Spring 2020 News

Now We Are Six… and you’re invited to our party!

We’d love to share with you springtime news from Centre for Young Musicians Taunton (CYMT) – a division of the Guildhall School. Here is the link to our newsletter (same as text below):

Before we tell you about the exciting events coming up very soon (6th birthday party NEXT SATURDAY!) we remember the fantastic evening in October 2019 when CYMT singers joined forces with Fusion Performers from Minehead to present An Evening With Sir Tim Rice. It was recorded for radio broadcast by BBC Somerset and transmitted on 28 December and 1 January.

In November 2019 CYMT instrumentalists performed the world premiere of Guildhall School composition student and ex-Huish student Joshua Hathaway’s intriguing and atmospheric “Somerset Serenade” at the first Tyca (Taunton Youth Culture & Arts) Festival.

In December 2019 CYMT was fortunate to be visited by The Kenley Quartet from Guildhall School. James Flannery, Ivelina  Krasteva, Joana Praca & Benedict Swindells worked with students in rehearsals and workshops and then performed an excellent concert for everyone. A few days later young CYMT students performed brilliantly with violinist Sebastian Tesouro in Carols by Candlelight in aid of NSPCC.

Also in December we were delighted to announce CYMT has received a grant following from The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation. The grant of £2,000 has been specifically awarded to help run a new programme in 2020 called ‘CYMT Young Composers’. The Centre will host a visiting composer for several visits each term this year whose role it will be to support and work with students developing their own new music. Working closely with the Composition Department of Guildhall School of Music & Drama, we look forward to welcoming our first ever ‘Composer in Residence’ very soon.

Here are the details of our upcoming events. Any queries please call CYMT on 01823 424745.

1/ Now We Are Six! Saturday 29 February 2020 – Richard Huish College Taunton, 11.45am

We’ll be celebrating the Centre’s 6th birthday on Sat 29 Feb at 11.45am-12.45pm at Richard Huish College. Hope you can join us. There will be birthday cake (obviously!) and a stunning performance by CYMT Percussion Group directed by Mr Sam Felton. Free Admission, all welcome.

2/ Inspirational pianist Nicholas McCarthy in concert – Saturday 7 March 2020 – Richard Huish College, 11.45am

Come and hear a fantastic lunchtime concert by Nicholas McCarthy, pianist & motivational speaker, as he visits CYMT whilst on tour with Concerts in the West. Nicholas McCarthy (picture by Paul Marc Mitchell) was born without his right hand. In 2012 he graduated as the first left-hand-only pianist from Royal College of Music. Not to be missed! Sat 7 Mar at 11.45am-12.45pm at Richard Huish College. Free admission, all welcome. What’s not to love?!

3/ Melos Saxophone Quartet in concert – Saturday 14 March 2020 – THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED

Melos Saxophone Quartet from Guildhall School will perform a lunchtime concert on Sat 14 Mar at 12pm-12.45pm at Richard Huish College. Music by Michael Nyman, Will Gregory & Richard Rodney Bennett. Free admission, all welcome. Free workshops available during the morning for woodwind players of all levels aged 10 – 18 (booking essential:

4/ CYMT Large Ensembles Concert – Saturday 21 March 2020 – THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

This will be a fun concert with a wide variety of music showcasing the bands, ensembles & orchestra of students at Centre for Young Musicians Taunton. There will be something for everyone. Sat 21 Mar at 1pm-2pm at Richard Huish College. Free admission, all welcome

5/ CYMT Small Ensembles Concert & Learn To Play Day 2020 – Saturday 28 March 2020 – THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED

CYMT students present a concert of the Centre’s small ensembles, such as chamber music groups and debut performances by our youngest students, on Sat 28 Mar at 12pm-1pm at Richard Huish College. Free admission, all welcome.

Learn to Play Day 2020, in conjunction with the UK’s Music For All charity, is a special day when CYMT tutors will be offering free taster lessons to all on Sat 28 Mar. Booking essential:

For more information about CYMT please contact or call 07754 217993.

Thank you for reading!