10 April, 2008 – £4.6 million granted to Chetham's School of Music
The North West Regional Development Agency has granted £4.6million to city centre based Chetham's School of Music to help develop it as a world class visitor attraction.
The investment will help to develop a new multi-purpose school and a state-of-the-art performance venue. It will also enable the school to open up its 15th Century Library and other medieval buildings to the public for the first time in centuries as a new visitor attraction linked to the Cathedral, creating a new Medieval Quarter for the city.
This initial investment by the NWDA towards phase I of the project will enable the school to buy the land required.
James Berresford, director of tourism at the NWDA, said: “Through this investment the NWDA is recognising the huge potential that Chetham’s has to enhance the visitor experience of Manchester city centre.
“As well as providing a state-of-the-art teaching facility for the musicians of the future, this development will open up some fantastic historic buildings to the public. We hope this project will be the catalyst in generating further interest in Manchester’s important cultural tourism offer.”
Claire Hickman, head of Chetham’s School of Music, said: “We are thrilled that the NWDA has chosen to support us in such a crucial way. This land purchase is the first step, not only to realise our dreams as a music school, but also to capitalise properly on our unique heritage in medieval Manchester for the benefit of all.”
Chetham’s is the UK’s largest music school, with over 290 students.
Source: Crain's Manchester Business