Autumn Term & Covid-19

CYM will be running a blended programme of in-person and online learning during the Autumn Term. We know there is a real desire for a return to live musical interaction and look forward to welcoming students back to that experience as much as the situation allows.

Current government guidelines on performing arts activity will be adhered to. Social distancing will be observed for all in-person classes and group sizes will be appropriate to the rooms in which they take place, with the primary focus firmly on ensemble work.

We will be working closely with colleagues at the Guildhall School, Morley College and Johanna Primary Academy to provide a safe environment. Procedures will be in place to ensure everyone’s safety, including when entering, exiting and moving around the buildings.

CYM will be flexible and adaptive to the situation and react quickly to any change in circumstances or guidelines.

Online events will continue during the term so please follow our social media for all the latest news.

CYM 50th Anniversary Gala Online 

If you didn’t get a chance to watch our 50th Anniversary celebrations in real time on Wednesday 10 June, you can watch our Highlight Films below. The feedback we’ve had has been genuinely overwhelming and a huge testament to what CYM stands for. Thank you!

Our #YoungAtHeart appeal aims to raise £1 million to provide bursaries for another 1000 talented young students over the next decade. At the moment due to the current crisis, more students at CYM are needing financial  help than ever before. Your donation will directly help those children most in need.


At the Centre for Young Musicians we’re passionate about music, and so are our students. Many go on to have successful careers in music and the performing arts, or simply have the time of their lives taking their musical ambitions to the next level.

Our vibrant Saturday Music School is perfect for young Londoners aged 5-18 years old, to develop their creative and expressive skills. We are generously supported by The Foundation for Young Musicians , so we can offer bursaries for talented young musicians to fulfil their potential.

With more than 90 group performance activities taking place each week, our students don’t just learn, they perform; you only have to look at our termly magazine UPBEAT, to see the breadth and diversity. As a division of the Guildhall School – named in the Top 10 world Performing Arts institutions worldwide in 2016 – we can’t imagine a better place to spend a Saturday.

This year, CYM celebrates its 50th birthday and the LSSO, its flagship organisation, is 70 in 2021. Through the anniversaries of these incredible organisations, our Young at Heart Appeal aims to shine a spotlight on 120 years of combined youth music making in London and raise £1 million for bursaries to enable 10,000 more students to attend CYM over the next decade.

CYM’s 50th Anniversary Online Gala on Wednesday 10 June replacing the planned concert in the Barbican, was a huge success with contributions from 50 current students and celebrity former students including Christopher Warren-Green, John Lenehan, Vashti Hunter, Django Bates and Vincent Lindsey-Clark, once of CYM’s first students and faculty member  The ‘live’ Gala has been postponed until Monday 11 January 2021, when CYM will join forces with the LSSO – at the start of its 70th Anniversary year.

Geoff Harniess, Head of CYM (London)

Hear more about our Young at Heart appeal in our film below:

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