Young at Heart is a £1 million appeal to enable 1000 musically talented young Londoners to have a high-class music education
Thwarted in its plans to present a 50th anniversary concert at the Barbican, the Centre for Young Musicians (CYM) - a division of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama that provides under-18s with high-class music tuition - will launch its anniversary appeal on-line at 7pm on Wednesday 10 June.
Young at Heart is a £1 million appeal to enable 1000 musically talented young Londoners to have a high-class music education that would not otherwise be possible.
In celebration of CYM’s 50th year, Young at Heart will launch with contributions from past alumni including Vincent Lindsey-Clarke, one of CYM’s first students and now on the faculty, as well as former students: Christopher Warren-Green, John Lenehan, Vashti Hunter and Django Bates. The 90-minute presentation will also feature video material from 50 current CYM students.
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The Centre for Young Musicians’ Saturday Centre has provided over 400 students a year with tutoring from leading London musicians since 1970. For this term, all 450 of CYM’s weekly classes - 1 to 1 instrumental lessons, ensemble know-how, choral classes and musicianship – have moved online.
The Foundation for Young Musicians (FYM) - CYM’s supporting charity – provides assistance with fees as appropriate to individual cases in the belief that music education should be available to all, irrespective of means to pay, privilege or chance.
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The cost for a year’s tuition at CYM is approximately £2000. To date FYM has raised in excess of £10 million to enable young Londoners access to high quality music education. CYM Saturday Centre meets for 32 weeks of the school year and caters for young musicians aged 5 to 18, 80% of whom attend state schools.