Celebrating 120 years of excellence in youth music

This year, CYM celebrates its 50th birthday and the LSSO, its flagship organisation, is 70 in 2021. Through the anniversaries of both 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 invite businesses, charitable trusts, individuals – parents and music-enthusiasts alike – to help build our Bursary Fund to raise £1 million to enable 1,000 more students to attend CYM and benefit from the opportunities of membership of the LSSO over the next decade. 

Our Target

Due to Covid-19 and the impact it has had on our fundraising efforts, the #YoungAtHeart target to raise £1 million for disadvantaged children has been extended until the end of 2022. 

CYM is one of the only places that offers such diversity in music and gives young people the opportunity to try out different types of music, from classical to jazz and I want to help young kids have the opportunity to go there, like I did. 

JB Gill

CYM’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations 

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.  More news of the LSSO’s special celebrations to be announced soon…


The Centre for Young Musicians (CYM) relies on support from music lovers who want to help young people continue their music education regardless of their family circumstance. If you would simply like to make a donation – any amount is extremely welcome.

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For more information on our Young at Heart appeal please contact FYM’s Directors of Fundraising:

Jackie Inverdale, fym@cym.org.uk, 07540 263498

Claire Barlow, fym@cym.org.uk