Cheethams college in Manchester is an outstanding music ed establishment.
Mahler 8th symphony, nicknamed the Symphony of a Thousand is a major challenge for any professional orchestra. It requires several choirs, an organ, seven soloists, a large orchestra and remote brass section. For a college to take this on will raise many eyebrows. To perform this to a world class level is astonishing.
In the days of command and control approaches to educational management with the risk aversion inherent in the process, the confidence shown here restores ones faith in the sector. The standing ovation at the end from a capacity Bridgewater Hall was fully deserved by those passionate students and well done!