Chetham’s, the renowned music school in Manchester, set itself a vast fundraising challenge. The music school had the opportunity to develop adjoining land and create cutting edge facilities, but £36 million would be required as a fundraising target.
This ambition was far beyond the reach of a local fundrasing campaign. The music school’s Feoffees (trustees) needed not only to appeal to civic pride, but to establish the school’s national standing in the music world and significance to UK culture as well as Manchester’s development.
Patrick and the Tarnside team helped the Feoffees develop a fundraising strategy around vision, funders and champions. Royal patronage opened the door to national funding. Concerts by the music school students proved a priceless selling tool.
Within two years the appeal had raised in excess of £26 million and the new build could get underway. The organisation had grown physically and intellectually and was able to complete its appeal, but the legacy of the campaign was more than money. Chetham’s is becoming a leading international force in the training of musical talent: helping music to change the world.
“Chetham’s is the largest specialist music school in the UK, and the only one in the north of England. Originally established as a charity school in 1653, it became a co-educational, specialist music school in 1969 and, over the last 50 years, has established itself as a central part of music education in the UK.
Chetham’s students learn and play in a state-of-the-art New School building, opened in 2012 to provide acoustically designed practice rooms, performance spaces and rehearsal rooms. A full programme of performances takes place in School and across the region, with senior ensembles travelling regularly to London and overseas.
A new, professional concert hall, The Stoller Hall, will further enhance the School’s place in Manchester’s cultural community, bringing international artists to perform at Chetham’s and providing a performance space to match the superb standards of playing by our School’s young musicians.
Chetham’s attracts students from across the world, making it a truly international community which celebrates every student’s individuality, passions and potential. Those who join the Chetham’s community – whether as students, staff, parents or audiences – comment on the special atmosphere in the school – an atmosphere which allows every individual to learn, develop and share their skills.”