Acclaimed actor Vanessa Redgrave to appear with school orchestra


Acclaimed actor Vanessa Redgrave will join young musicians at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester for a special performance linked to the centenary of the First World War.

Described as “the greatest living actress of our times”, in Voices of Remembrance Redgrave will read a selection of the most famous poems of WWI alongside music from Chetham’s Sinfonia – an orchestra made up of players aged just 9-15.

Chetham’s is the UK’s largest specialist music school, educating 300 of the country’s finest young musicians. The UK government Music and Dance Scheme funds all or part of tuition and boarding fees for 90% of students, ensuring that they are selected on the basis of musical potential only, and never on background or ability to pay.

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Chetham’s involvement in the national commemoration of WWI has also seen primary school children from Greater Manchester and Jersey exploring the music and poetry arising from the conflict.  Children have written their own poetry in response to historical research, the best of which were selected by Laura Rossi to be set to music in a special commission.  The six chosen poems will be performed in Manchester and Jersey during October, with others presented in a commemorative book.

If you know a student with outstanding musical potential, find out more about funded school places at regular Open Days and Advice Auditions.  Chetham’s Outreach department runs regular creative projects with schools across the North West. 

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