Celebrating 120 years of excellence in youth music

In 2020, CYM celebrated its 50th birthday and its flagship organisation, LSSO is 70 this year. 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 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 .  

Many more exciting online events will be streamed over the next few months to celebrate CYM’s 50th and the LSSO’s 70th Anniversaries.  We very much look forward to live performances resuming as soon as we are able with the special CYM/LSSO Gala concert in the Barbican taking place now in January 2022.

Support Us

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. Your generosity also benefits our music tutors, who as freelance musicians and like so many in the Arts world, have been short of work in the past few months owing to the pandemic.  

If you would simply like to make a donation – any amount is extremely welcome and the Foundation for Young Musicians (FYM) can reclaim Gift Aid (if eligible) making your support worth 25% more to CYM.

You can also support CYM by joining our Patron Scheme.

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For more information please contact FYM Director of Fundraising:

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