Our Tutors

This page explains about the HISTORY of the Centre and, further down, the current TUTORS at CYMT.

Staff VACANCIES: For all staffing enquiries please contact the office on 07754217993 or email taunton@cym.org.uk.


The Centre for Young Musicians was founded in London in 1970.  Since that time the Centre has continued to provide high quality musical training for thousands of students in London’s boroughs and beyond.  The Centre is committed to offering excellence in achievement as well as wider opportunities.


As a division of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama since 2009, the CYM plays a part in the Guildhall Young Artists progression routes, from primary education right through to graduate and post-graduate studies in music.

In 2013 it was decided the CYM model should be implemented in more rural areas across the UK, and a plan was formulated to open a satellite centre in the stunning location of Hestercombe House in Cheddon Fitzpaine, just outside Taunton.  The “Hestercombe Centre for Young Musicians” opened in March 2014, and has since become a fast-growing pillar of the Taunton community. There were three successful years at Hestercombe Gardens and the Centre outgrew the facilities.

The new name “Centre for Young Musicians Taunton” and an exciting new partnership with Richard Huish College was announced on 27 March 2017.  Since April 2017 the Centre has been based at Richard Huish College, South Road, Taunton, Somerset TA1 3DZ.

Centre for Young Musicians Taunton (CYMT) offers young musicians aged 5-18 in the South West the opportunity to gain access to ensembles, performance workshops and individual lessons in woodwind, brass and string instruments as well as singing, piano, guitar and bass guitar.

Students are also offered academic subjects on top of their practical lessons, including composition, music production, history, theory and aural.  Each student follows an individual programme of study across a range of genres from classical to jazz, folk and musical theatre. This broad curriculum allows for the development of all areas of musicianship for each student.

The Centre runs every Saturday in term-time from 8.30am to 2.00pm for 30 Saturdays during each academic year.  The Centre is open to all young musicians who already sing or play an instruments as well as complete beginners.  There is no minimum standard, as we accept children at any stage in their musical studies. Places are offered according to each candidate’s musical potential, taking into account their age, education and musical experiences to date. For more information on how to apply, please go to our Application page.

Centre for Young Musicians

Centre for Young Musicians (CYM) is a division of the Guildhall School and provides high quality progressive music training for thousands of talented children across the country. The original Centre is based at Morley College in London, close to Waterloo and the South Bank, and also has branches in Norwich, Taunton, Saffron Walden, Bristol and Peterborough. CYM teaching staff are experienced and respected performers and teachers working in many areas of the music profession. Many CYM students go on to careers in music but all benefit from the skills gained in the vibrant, inclusive and stimulating environment that CYM provides.

www.cym.org.uk  www.ncym.co.uk  www.cymtaunton.org.uk  www.saffroncym.org  www.pcym.org.uk

About Guildhall School of Music & Drama

The Guildhall School is a vibrant, international community of young musicians, actors and theatre technicians in the heart of the City of London. Twice-rated No.1 specialist institution in the UK by the Guardian University Guide, and recently selected as one of the top ten institutions for performing arts in the world (QS World University Rankings 2016), the School is a global leader of creative and professional practice which promotes innovation, experiment and research, with over 900 students in higher education, drawn from nearly 60 countries around the world. It is also the UK’s leading provider of specialist music training at the under-18 level with nearly 2,500 students in Junior Guildhall and Centre for Young Musicians. The School is widely recognised for the quality of its teaching and its graduates, and its new building, Milton Court which opened in September 2013, offers state-of-the-art facilities to match the talent within its walls, ensuring that students enter their chosen profession at the highest level. Milton Court is part of the unique Guildhall School/Barbican partnership delivering world-class arts and learning.



Jim Bennett

Jim was educated at Bedford School and studied trumpet at the Royal College of Music (2001 – 2004). He is an experienced performer… read more

Sarah-Jane Cross

Singing & Piano

Sarah-Jane studied music with the Open University and… read more

Kim Driscoll

Upper Strings

Kim studied violin with Esta Boda-Katona at Trinity College… read more

Ed Gerlach

Guitars, Bands & Ukulele

Ed is a busy guitarist based in the South West… read more

julia holmes

Julia Holmes

Julia Holmes studied the clarinet with John McCaw at the Royal College of Music… read more

Sally Jenkins

Harp, Piano, Teacher of Music

Sally achieved a Music Degree from Bristol University… read more

Alex Lane

Music Production, Drums & Percussion

After moving to London to study drums… read more

Jo Lewis

Lower Strings

Jo studied cello with Anthony Lewis of the Medici String Quartet whilst… read more

Emily Murphy

Theory of Music, Piano

In 2012 Emily achieved MPerf from Royal… read more

Rachael Parvin
Head of Centre & Woodwinds

Rachael trained at Arts Educational School and the universities of Surrey, North Texas USA, and London (Goldsmiths College)… read more

Alison Powell

Upper Strings & Piano

Alison achieved BA Hons Music from Homerton College, University of… read more

Richard Stubbings

Lower Brass

Richard was educated at Wells Cathedral School and… read more

Rob Tribe

Guitar & Band

Rob Tribe’s biggest passion is playing and teaching the guitar… read more

Carolyn Tudor

Oboe, Bassoon, Piano

With over 20 years of music teaching experience… read more

Frances Webb

Frances studied music at Dartington College of Arts in Devon and plays… read more