Since its founding in 1970, London’s Centre for Young Musicians has provided high quality music training for thousands of talented students. Uniquely amongst London training providers CYM’s focus is pan-London: our students are drawn from all of London’s boroughs and principally from schools in the maintained sector. The CYM Saturday Centre’s status as one of the Department for Children, Schools and Families Centres for Advanced Training (CATs) reflects CYM’s dual approach to supporting musical excellence by enabling real access and supporting sustained progression. This is not something we are able to do alone. Long term partnerships between CYM and participating Inner London local authorities enable talented young musicians, most of whom would otherwise not get the opportunity to train at this level in a sustained way, to benefit from high quality, affordable, jazz and classical musical training.
CYM provides a broad and eclectic programme. 420 students attend the Saturday Centre throughout the school terms and holiday activities range from open access courses for young primary age children - leading for many of them to a long term involvement with the Saturday Centre - through to the London Schools Symphony Orchestra and the London Youth Wind Band.
The Centre is administered by the City of London Corporation on behalf of all subscribing London Boroughs and is supported by its own fund raising organisation, the Foundation for Young Musicians, as well as parents and other individuals through the Friends of CYM.