50 Portraits – Gemma Dunne

50 Portraits – Gemma Dunne

As well as celebrating the 50th anniversary of Chethams School of Music, one of the aims of the 50 Portraits series is to create a series of contemporary portraits of classically trained musicians. With limited time and space for many of the shoots, it’s been important to be able to shoot quickly and creatively.

Gemma Dunne, viola player with the Halle, was shot at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester at the end of 2018. With an idea already in mind for the shoot, the final image was lit and shot in minutes, making use of one of the plain walls within the auditorium for the backdrop.

Gemma’s image along with 11 other portraits will be on display at the Stoller Hall, Manchester later this month as the first part of the 50 Portraits exhibition.

Viola player Gemma Dunne photographed at the Bridgewater Hall. Gemma is viola player with the Halle.


50 Portraits is part of the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Chethams School of Music featuring fifty images of the schools alumni. The exhibition will be in 4 parts across 2019 and images will be on display at Stoller Hall during the schools anniversary year.

Further images taken during the series can be seen at and images will be added to this portfolio across 2019.


Chethams School of Music

Stoller Hall

Halle Orchestra

Bridgewater Hall







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