Young Musicians Support

an activity of Dartington North Devon Charitable Trust

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Thinking about continuing to study music after A Level? Read the experiences of past YMS awardees here.

Welcome to YMS!

  • YMS supports learning with awards to promising students to help pay for their lessons.
  • YMS supports performance by arranging concerts featuring young local talent
  • YMS supports listening by subsidising tickets for classical concerts at local venues. 

A musical education is a costly undertaking, and the potential of many talented youngsters is wasted because the expense is too much for their families. Lessons, a decent instrument, sheet music, exams, attending concerts, travel and summer schools all cost money.

Photo of Imogen Cooper hereYoung Musicians' Support is here to help. In 1988, with the encouragement and support of Dartington North Devon Trust, a group of concerned professional musicians, teachers and enthusiasts established the YMS to raise funds to promote excellence in musical education throughout the region. Over the last twenty-five years, the YMS has raised thousands of pounds and helped hundreds of local young people to achieve their goals.

YMS is honoured to have Imogen Cooper as its patron. A wonderfully inspiring advocate for the involvement of young people in music making, Imogen has donated the proceeds of her recent concerts in Barnstaple to YMS.





When the Alauda Quartet was booked for an evening concert at the Queens Theatre, YMS arranged for them to spend the morning working with the talented youngsters of the North Devon String Orchestra. The workshop in Fremington Church was such a success that Alauda invited the young musicians to join them on stage for a special encore at the end of their concert. Director of the North Devon Strings, Keith Chivers, was thrilled to see his ensemble given this exciting opportunity and the audience cheered the surprise ending to a wonderful concert. The Alauda quartet, Cristina from Spain, Milan from Serbia, Rhoslyn from Wales, and Elena from Italy were warm in their praise for Naomi, Emily, Ben, Josh, Kelsie and Alex. The youngsters said it had been inspirational and, thanks to YMS, can look forward to more opportunities to work with professional musicians visiting North Devon.