Welcome to the Centre for Young Musicians Taunton!

CYMT is part of Guildhall School of Music & Drama and one of five national centres in the “Guildhall Young Artists" progression route, from primary education right through to graduate and postgraduate studies in music. It is a specialist Saturday music centre offering high quality musical training to students aged 5 to 18.

CYMT provides outstanding opportunities for students with a special interest in music from beginners to diploma standard. Children come together every week to play in a wide range of ensembles and choirs, led by professional tutors appointed by Guildhall School and CYMT.

This successful partnership also provides opportunities for students to work with visiting artists from the School, and access to support from a major UK conservatoire for those interested in studying the creative arts.

Rachael Parvin, Head of Centre.

For further information please go to the pricing page  or email us taunton@cym.org.uk


"CYMT is a fabulous resource for children who enjoy making music in the South West. It is definitely the “go to” place for anyone who is serious about music in our area and I can’t praise it enough!" - Parent/carer

"CYMT provides expert tuition, gives children the opportunity to mix with others who are like minded and allows them to make music in groups,  provides opportunities for children to perform in a safe and supportive atmosphere and later as children gain more confidence facilitates performance opportunities to a wider public. Its connection with the Guildhall and the regular input that it receives from past and present students from there provide our children with positive role models and open up our children’s horizons to see what can be achieved through music." - Parent/carer

"The staff team are warm, welcoming and massively enthusiastic, setting high expectations and instilling in children the discipline they need to become the best musicians they can. They impart musical knowledge and understanding of the highest calibre." - Parent/carer


Due to Lockdown 2 in England, CYMT is unable to operate any in person activity for the rest of November unless we receive government guidance to the contrary. Therefore, we will be operating online during November and all staff will be working from home. Read more in the latest news blog.

IN OTHER NEWS, we are delighted that thanks to the Michael Tippett Musical Foundation we will have 3 Composers in Residence from Guildhall School this term, and 3 next term. Look out for information about the concert celebrating students' new musical creations in Feb 2021.

Bursary applications are welcome at this link  from parents/carers of ALL young musicians aged 5 - 18. Don't delay, apply today.

Fill in our online
application form  here and
start straight away.

CYMT is an Artsmark Partner and Rachael Parvin, Head of CYMT, would welcome contact from any educational setting on its Artsmark journey.

Please get in touch via 07754 217993 or taunton@cym.org.uk


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Safeguarding at CYMT

Safeguarding of all students and staff is of the utmost importance at CYMT. The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Rachael Parvin rparvin@cym.org.uk and the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Sarah-Jane Cross sjcross@cym.org.uk.

All staff and volunteers receive training in Safeguarding and Prevent Duty, and all staff, volunteers and parents are made aware of the Safeguarding Policy 2020 of Guildhall School of Music & Drama, which can be found at this link.

Find out more via the tabs above or feel free to contact CYMT on 07754 217993 or taunton@cym.org.uk.

CYMT is COVID-secure

CYMT & Guildhall School has carried out extensive work to consider the way we use our space, apply social distancing principles, additional hygiene and cleaning measures, organise timetables and staffing. Therefore, CYMT is COVID-secure and we are confident that all will be well if everyone continues to be vigilant and actively engaged in maintaining good hand and respiratory hygiene, and face coverings (where required) and keep a safe distance from others.

Read our COVID-19 Risk Assessment.

Read our FAQs regarding our being COVID-19 safe and what to expect on returning to CYMT.

Read our Coronavirus Absences - Quick Guide.

If you have any questions please contact CYMT on 07754 217993 or taunton@cym.org.uk.