Saturday, 24 November 2012
Weekend Reflections: Chetham's through the looking glass
Chetham's School of Music bends and bows but does not break in yesterday's beautiful late November sunshine. Today Mancunian Wave is taking part in Weekend Reflections.
From the Chetham's website I have borrowed this snippet which I found to be fascinating- I hope you do too...
"The 20th century brought huge expansion in educational opportunity and at one point three schools shared the yard – The Manchester Grammar School, Nicholls Hospital School and Chetham’s Hospital School, where boys still wore traditional Tudor dress. Music slowly but surely put down the firm foundations throughout the 1950s and 1960s, helped by Manchester’s strong musical tradition, manifested in the success of the Hallé and BBC Philharmonic Orchestras, and the City’s music colleges (amalgamated into the 1970s into the Royal Northern College of Music).
In 1969, a bold and far reaching decision was taken – to change the boys’ Grammar School to a fully co-educational boarding specialist Music School. Today, over 40 years later, Chetham’s enjoys a reputation as being a celebrated and internationally renowned specialist Music School."