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Families

Live music—and the human interaction that accompanies it—is one of the most intense, multi-sensory, and physically involving activities in which young children and their caregivers can engage together. Studies have found that day-old infants breathe differently depending on whether they are listening to Mozart or Stravinsky, that music soothes premature babies (and their worried parents) in hospital nurseries, and that babies will listen calmly to a lullaby for twice as long as baby talk or adult speech.

We welcome families of all shapes and sizes and regularly programme concerts and workshops specifically for family audiences. Explore our family events here.

If you’re planning a visit then find out more about our family friendly offer below.

Babes in arms

Children under the age of 2 will be admitted free of charge to appropriate performances, but must have a ticket. To request a complimentary ticket for your child, please contact us by telephone or when booking at the Box Office counter.

Concessions

Concessions are available on most concerts for audiences aged under 19. A reduced-price Family Ticket might also be available for family-focused events.

Minimum age

For certain concerts, external promoters may set a minimum age limit, and occasionally – due to the content of films or other elements of the performance – this may be a legal requirement.

For our own promotions, we prefer to let you and your child decide what’s suitable for you. However, we would remind all visitors that for classical concerts, in particular, there is an expectation that all audience members can remain focused throughout the performance and keep disruption to other visitors to a minimum. If you feel it’s likely that anyone in your party will struggle to concentrate or remain quiet for the entire duration of the concert, we would suggest booking aisle seats towards the back of the Hall, to allow you to leave comfortably if necessary. Our Box Office team will happily advise you when booking.

Facilities for families

Baby change facilities are available and breastfeeding is welcome in all public areas (or we have private spaces if preferred). Large, mixed gender toilet cubicles are also available on Atrium level, which may be useful for family groups.

Please note that buggies and prams must be stored in the secure area outside the auditorium, in the Atrium or Stalls Alcove. Stewards will guide you to this space when you arrive.

Chetham’s School of Music

To find out more about studying at Chetham’s, which welcomes young musicians from the age of 8 to 18, please pick up a leaflet during your visit or take a look at the Chetham’s School of Music website.

Family Arts Standards The Stoller Hall