In 2020 CYM London will turn 50 and in 2021 the LSSO will turn 70. To celebrate an incredible combined 120 years of youth music making we are launching our new appeal Young at Heart, to raise £1 million for over 1000 disadvantaged young Londoners to play music over the next decade.

CYM will launch its anniversary appeal online on Wednesday 10th June, 2020 at 7pm, with contributions from past alumni including Vincent Lindsey-Clark, once of CYM’s first students and faculty member, as well as former students: Christopher Warren-Green, John Lenehan, Vashti Hunter and Django Bates, along with 50 current CYM Students.


The ‘live’ Gala has been postponed until January 11th 2021 at the Barbican, when CYM will join forces with its flagship group – LSSO – which is celebrating its 70th anniversary. If you’d like to be part of our celebrations then please complete the form below.


We’d love to hear about your experience at CYM – whether you are still playing an instrument, if you continued your studies in music, or equally if you are now doing something completely different. Please help us with our planning for our celebrations, by completing the form below!

You can also connect with us on social media via TwitterFacebookInstagram and share your CYM story using the hashtag #YoungAtHeart. 

We are gearing up to mark 50 years of achievements at CYM and would like past students to get in touch to help us celebrate. We’re keen to hear from anyone who attended CYM, or played in the LSSO, and who would like to offer support to today’s students.

Geoff Harniess, Head of CYM London

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