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.

How YMS can help YOU...

At the beginning of each year, schools and music teachers are invited to nominate outstanding classical music students whose family circumstances merit some financial help. The students must be under the age of nineteen and should have been studying for at least a year. They must show commitment and enthusiasm, as well as being gifted and talented in their instrument of choice.

In March, the candidates are auditioned by a panel of professional musicians and enthusiasts. This year the panel was led by YMS Chairman and Artistic Director Ambrose Miller, with the Chairman of the Trustees for North Devon Theatres Richard Prowse, and Olya Shafikova, pianist and Assistant Director of Music at West Buckland School.


Awards are modest but effective. This year, we were able to award a total of £3,500 to help twenty young people. Happily, a relatively small sum can enable a fifteen minute lesson to be increased to half an hour, a broken instrument to be repaired or a young musician to join in at a music residential and experience ensemble playing for the first time - all potentially life-changing.

Financial help is only one way in which YMS helps the young musicians of North Devon. We have also arranged:

  • Free tickets to classical concerts
  • The chance to work with visiting artists
  • Masterclasses with top musicians
  • Formal performance opportunities
  • Music events in the open air