Young Musician Support

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Young Musician Support is a local charity which operates as an activity of Dartington North Devon Charitable Trust and with support from the Dartington North Devon Foundation. It was founded in 1990, the brainchild of pianist Susan Steele who wanted to help a gifted student whose parents could not afford to pay for lessons.

Brian Finch
Brian Finch

Committee Member

Ambrose Miller

Honorary President

Roger Durrant

Committee Member

Karen Hopper


Michael Downward


Emma Collingham

Music Mentor

Niki Kinkaid
Niki Kinkaid

Web Designer

Richard Prowse


How YMS can help You

Our heart is to help deserving young musicians and spread the love of classical music throughout North Devon

Let us help you with a financial award

Our Concerts

Young Musician Support arranges concerts and other events both to provide exciting musical experiences for the community and to raise funds. New generation artists at the start of their career bring fresh energy to their performances and are brilliant with children when running workshops in local schools.

How Can You Help YMS?

The best way to support YMS is to come to one of our concerts.

You can donate by either making a one-off donation or commit to regular giving. If you make a Gift Aid Declaration your gift will go further. (Contact us to find out more, or visit our Support Us page).

Another way to help us to raise much needed funds is to use EasyFundraising  when you are shopping online, or click on the banner below.


What Our Awardees Say
About Us


Without the help of YMS I would have really struggled to continue to afford to pay for lessons. I’m so glad that they could help me out, now I’m able to keep playing with my friends in the orchestra and I’m even studying for my next practical exam.

Alex Kinkaid


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