This weekend (Friday 21 – Sunday 23 April) The Earl of Wessex, Patron, Chetham’s School of Music, opens The Stoller Hall: Manchester’s newest performance space at Chetham’s School of Music. It offers a flexible, professional venue which is the ideal place for recitals, chamber concerts, jazz, folk, pop and spoken word events as well as recordings and conferences. The city of Manchester is a vibrant hub of culture with a plethora of music venues catering to a variety of genres: The Stoller Hall adds to this by filling the gap for a dedicated chamber music space, combining the intimacy of a small venue with impressive visual and acoustic design.
Situated in the New Building, which opened in 2012, a void was deliberately left in this new part of the school for a planned for concert hall, with the assumption that years of fundraising still lay ahead before that could become reality. The total cost of The Stoller Hall is £8.7m, and £7.5m of its overall cost has been generously donated by Sir Norman Stoller through the Stoller Charitable Trust: Chetham’s are delighted that this means the doors are opening just five years after the original conception, with additional support from the Garfield Weston Foundation. The remainder of the funds have been raised through various arms of the Encore Campaign: from donating a Round of Applause or the Name a Seat scheme to establishing a Wall Plaque or exploring Naming Opportunities.
The concert hall provides:
- State-of-the-art 482-seat auditorium
- Flexible acoustics, designed by industry experts Arup, for different types of performance
- An extendable concert stage
- High quality, brand new PA and lighting with in-house technical support
- In-house Steinway D grand piano
- Two large dressing rooms & two Green rooms with en-suite facilities
- An intimate yet impressive setting providing a unique audience experience in the heart of Manchester
The opening of The Stoller Hall meets several needs for Manchester and Chetham’s including providing a new home for professional artists and students alike, matching the outstanding musical talent that the city attracts whilst also adding to the vibrant culture scene in Manchester: fulfilling the city’s need for a dedicated chamber music space. As the largest concert venue on site, it also complements the already established Carole Nash Hall and Oglesby Atrium, and with this new facility, the School can continue to attract and support the very best staff and talented musicians from all over the globe.
In addition to public performances from Chetham’s musicians, The Stoller Hall will be the venue for a year-round series of events from a variety of genres: from jazz and comedy to folk and spoken word. The inaugural season includes the continuation of the Shostakovich: The Compete String Quartets concerts; Julian Clef and Yuanfan Yang, both alumni pianists perform in the Rising Stars series on Friday 28 April & Friday 19 May respectively; the Northern Chamber Orchestra with Chloë Hanslip on Saturday 10 June; Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra and Chorus with members of Gabrieli on Tuesday 4 July. The Stoller Hall will bring even more inspiration to the Chetham’s International Summer School & Festival for Pianists, already a much loved and highly impressive musical event.
The benefits of the new Hall will be experienced by audiences, performers, students and staff:
- Artists will rehearse and play in solo recitals, chamber ensembles and orchestras, with state-of-the-art facilities and acoustics, creating a flexible space for different types of performances
- Outreach programmes, led by Chetham’s, will follow their ethos of learning, collaboration and exchange, which has come to epitomise the School’s role in the community Students will take their study and practice to a larger audience, providing them with more performance opportunities
- Public audiences can experience a varied programme of world-class performances in the city’s most dedicated chamber music space
- There are also other teaching, meeting and administrative spaces in the New School which complement The Stoller Hall
The Stoller Hall has been designed by stephenson STUDIO architects with industry experts Arup Acoustics, and built by Sir Robert McAlpine.