Preston Parish Arts and Education Trust


The Trust aims to promote Arts and Education particularly among young people using its two Grade II listed buildings – St John’s Minster Preston and St George the Martyr Parish Church.

It promotes music, art and literature by staging concerts, recitals and other events. It also occasionally publishes books, its most recent being ‘Types & Shadows – A History of Preston City Parish’

Friday Recitals – Lunchtime Concerts

Taking place on the first Friday of each month between September 2017 to July 2018 (excluding January and August) at St George the Martyr, 12:30pm

PPAET is please to be associated with two of the north west’s leading music academies.

Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester

Chetham’s buildings date from 1421 when they first provided accommodation and teaching space for the Manchester College of Priests – with the Collegiate Church (now Cathedral) adjacent. After the distress of the Reformation and the Civil Wars, the buildings were acquired by the executors of Humphrey Chetham (twice High Sherriff of Manchester), ‘for the use of schollars and others well affected’. From 1656 until 1969, Chetham’s operated as a boys’ boarding grammar school, and the children wore a traditional blue coat uniform with tabs.

In 1969, it became a school of music and over the last fifty years has become one of the world’s best. In 2012 a new school building was opened, followed in 2017 by the Stoller Hall – a stunning new performance venue.

Boys and girls are admitted between the ages of 8 and 18.

Students from ‘Chet’s’ perform in Preston three times a year.

The Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

One of the leading conservatoires in the world, it is one of four conservatoires associated with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. It was established in 1973 by the merger of two older music colleges.

In addition to being a centre of music education, RNCM is one of the UK’s busiest and most diverse public performance venues.

Its population is 905 students (610 undergraduates / 290 postgraduates) It has 320 teaching staff.


A Series of 10 Lunchtime Recitals (1 September 2017 – 6 July 2018) £7 on door / Season Ticket price £60.

A Season Ticket may be purchased before the end of October for the whole year. Refunds may be given for the September/October Recitals if appropriate.

Recital Manager – E.J. Crighton

Registered Charity number: 1083857