Celebrating 120 years of excellence in youth music

In 2020 CYM will turn 50 and in 2021 the LSSO will turn 70. We now have an opportunity through the anniversaries of both of these incredible organisations 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 FYM Bursary Fund to secure musical opportunities for talented young people in future generations.

Our Target

FYM’s target is to raise £1 million by 2021, providing bursary support for another 1,000 talented students who would otherwise be unable to study at CYM and benefit from the opportunities of membership of the LSSO over the next 10 years.

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

Gala Celebrations

CYM’s gala celebration event will take place at the Barbican on 10 June 2020 and will celebrate 50 years. Book Tickets

The day will begin at Milton Court Concert Hall where local school children will be invited to attend workshops and masterclasses led by CYM tutors and alumni, followed by an evening concert at the Barbican, headlined by the CYM Anniversary Orchestra and Choir – a specially created ensemble to mark the anniversary of the organisation – featuring alumni players and conductors alongside current CYM students. We are delighted that the CYM anniversary orchestra will perform a work by CYM alumnus Jonathan Dove.

During 2021, the LSSO’s celebrations to mark the organisation’s 70th will include commissions by Michael Zev Gordon, Joshua Borin and Eleanor Alberga.

Calling all CYM Alumni

Take part in CYM’s gala celebration on 10 June 2020. If you haven’t been in touch yet, please email: alumni@cym.org.uk


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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Would your business like to help talented young Londoners play music?

CYM is staging a series of mini pop-up concerts across city businesses this year to promote the Young at Heart appeal. Find out more by downloading our Brochure or visiting the Music in the City web page

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

Claire Barlow, fym@cym.org.uk, 07709 442852

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

There is no way my parents could have provided by their own means the thorough and inspiring music education I received at CYM. Luckily they had the foresight to send me to an inner London school, making me eligible for programme.

Django Bates