The Stoller Hall is part of Chetham’s School of Music, which offers a world class music education in the heart of Manchester.
Chetham’s has long identified the need for a high quality performance space, suited to the outstanding musical talent of its students. Furthermore, the city of Manchester – whilst well endowed with music venues, ranging from the classical elegance of The Bridgewater Hall to the vibrant energy of Band on the Wall – lacked a space designed for chamber music, combining the intimacy of a small venue with impressive visual and acoustic design.
When Chetham’s New School Building opened in 2012, funding limitations meant that the planned concert hall existed only as a void. Three years later, generous donations from the Stoller Charitable Trust and the Garfield Weston Foundation turned the vision into reality, and building work began. On 21 April 2017 it opened its doors with a celebratory Opening Weekend, beginning with a live broadcast of BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and including performances by jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock, comedian Ted Robbins, and conductor Sir Mark Elder alongside an orchestra of student and professional musicians.
The Hall’s stunning architecture, designed by Stephenson STUDIO, resulted in a national RIBA Award in 2017, when it was named one of the 49 best new buildings in the country. Acoustics by Arup have set a standard described by Robert Beale for the Arts Desk as, “deliver(ing) the music as if every hearer is in the conductor’s shoes.”
Now in its first full season, The Stoller Hall is establishing a reputation as a home for professional touring artists and for Manchester’s musicians, in a vibrant programme of music and spoken word. Festivals, family and school concerts, new music and classical composition, comedy, folk and jazz together offer something for every audience, but running through the programme is the ethos of learning, collaboration and exchange which have come to epitomise Chetham’s role in the city.
The Hall has also proven its worth as a centre for conferencing, rehearsal and recording, with a succession of high profile clients from the city’s cultural and business community. With its own entrance on Hunts Bank, superb technical facilities and event support, it’s a unique location for any event, perfectly connected to major transport links at Victoria Station.
An active strand of family concerts, workshops and masterclasses; adult learning and discussion; close connections with music education across Greater Manchester; collaboration between professional and emerging artists. All of these things combine to make The Stoller Hall a place for music, for learning, for audiences of all ages and backgrounds, for those who wish to listen, for those who wish to watch, and for those who wish to play.