The organisation has raised more than £100,000 in only three weeks to support the next generation of artists


The Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) has raised more than £100,000 in only three weeks to support the next generation of YCAT artists who have lost all concert engagements and income due to the COVID-19 crisis.

The Hardship Fund reached its initial target of £5,000 in 48 hours.

Endorsing YCAT’s efforts, the bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel says:

‘YCAT provides tremendous practical support to many great young artists at times of crisis and at the best of times. The success of this hardship fund underlines exactly why YCAT exists.’

Lord Burns, Chairman of YCAT, says: ‘The extraordinary young artists we support rely entirely upon our work to ensure they have income, which is why we are doing everything we can to support them when they need us most. The greatest loss at this time for musicians is the performance and learning opportunities that have disappeared overnight. In just three weeks, £100,000 has been donated by those who care about these talented young artists as much as we do. The generosity of our family of supporters has been truly heart-warming. Every single donation will make a tremendous difference to each and every artist, so thank you!’

In response, YCAT’s artists joined together from all over the world to perform Schubert’s ‘An Die Musik’ (‘To Music’) in an unexpected way, expressing their gratitude and sharing what music means to them in a video: