Staying connected

AYM's direct, financial, support for young musicians stops at 18, however that's not necessarily the end of the journey.  We love to stay connected with our Alumni and many go on to to be involved in other AYM events and project.  Here are just a few examples:

My Musical Journey

As part of celebrating our 20th anniversary in 2018, we published a set of stories, photographs and films, telling the stories of 20 AYM Award winners, spanning our 20 year history. Many of those who took were Alumni who responded to our anniversary reconnect communication.

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Talent to Talent mentoring

In 2016 we launched a pilot peer mentoring programme called Talent to Talent. 15 of our Alumni took part in training in how to be a musical mentor, before spending 6 months mentoring a current Awardee.

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AYM concerts

We organise regular fundraising concerts at which current Awardees and members of our Alumni are invited to perform and to talk to our donors about the impact of our work.

AYM 20th anniversary (c) Edward Webb 2018 (6)

Other performances

We are always delighted when members of our Alumni stage concerts and performances to raise funds to help us continue our work.  In January 2019 Alumnus Julian Trevelyan (piano) staged a concert with AYM Awardee Willard Carter (cello) at the Hollywell Music Room in Oxford, which raised over £1,000.

Willard website

Get in touch

Please do get in touch, if you are interested in reconnecting with AYM, or have a particular idea you would like to discuss with us. We'd love to hear from you!

News and resources for our Alumni

AYM Alumna Trustee Mahaliah Edwards co-hosts the BBC Proms launch

On Tuesday 26 April, our Alumna Trustee Mahalia Edwards co-hosted the BBC Proms Launch event…

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An Evening at Lauderdale House

On Tuesday 22 March 2022 three of our Award winners performed to an audience of…

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“Music is something that I will be doing for the rest of my life.” 

16 year old Phoebe is a singer and songwriter from Suffolk. Brought up in a…

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“I’m getting so good at playing now and I never want to stop.”

8 year old Millie was one of the first pupils who joined our Furthering Talent…

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“Music means more to me than I can say.”

16 year old Noah from Surrey began playing the French horn when he was 7…

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“Music is a common language.”

15 year old Sophia has been through many changes on her musical journey over the…

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Other funding opportunities for young musicians

Are you overwhelmed and not sure where to begin in order to find funding for…

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“My favourite musical is The Lion King. When I grow up I would love to play the violin in the orchestra pit for this show.”

For the Big Give Christmas Challenge week, we’ve been sharing stories of what music means to seven…

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“Music has become so prominent in my life that without it I wouldn’t know what to do.”

This week (Tuesday 30 November – Tuesday 7 December) we’re taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge. …

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Violinists Tasmin Little and Mathilde Milwidsky in conversation

Watch: Violinist to Violinist with Tasmin Little and Mathilde Milwidsky

‘I am a musician for a reason – I can speak best through my instrument’…

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Q & A with our newest Alumni Patron: jazz pianist Deschanel Gordon

Born in Hackney, Deschanel was supported through Furthering Talent from 2009 until 2013. We funded his jazz piano…

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Apply now for an AYM Award

Do you love making music? Does money and other things hold you back? An AYM…

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Watch again now: enjoy our Alumni concert

This online concert celebrates the many successes of our Alumni, and is hosted by Mahaliah…

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Deschanel Gordon performs in BBC Young Musician. Photo by Doug Peters (c) BBC Young Musician

BBC Young Jazz Musician winner Deschanel Gordon joins AYM as Alumni Patron

Born in Hackney, Deschanel was supported by our Furthering Talent programme with funding for jazz piano…

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Meet our second Alumni Trustee

I’m very much looking forward to getting stuck in as this year’s Alumni Trustee, a position…

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Alpesh Chauhan talks all things conducting

Alpesh Chauhan joined our team of AYM Patrons in 2019. During lockdown he’s been chatting with…

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Three AYM Award winners progress to BBC Young Musician Category Finals

We’re really proud to support three talented young musicians who have progressed to the category…

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Online resources for music leaders

We’ve compiled a list of resources from organisations doing fantastic work across the UK in…

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Online resources for young musicians and parents/carers

Here are just some of the innovative online musical activities and resources being made available…

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Musical mentoring: launching Talent to Talent 2

In 2016 we launched a pilot peer mentoring programme called Talent to Talent. It provided…

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AYM and the BBC Symphony Orchestra: a short film

To celebrate hitting our 2019 Big Give Christmas Challenge target of £60,000, we’ve released a…

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Jess Gillam in concert for AYM at The HopBarn

On Thursday 28 November Mary and Stuart Poole hosted a special concert with AYM patron…

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Youth Music Opportunities Board

Looking for information about jobs, training, funding, events, resources, networking, performance opportunities and more? Youth…

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A week with Jess Gillam

Today (Friday 26 April 2019), AYM Alumna and Patron Jess Gillam visits her friends and…

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Celebrating 20 years of AYM

In 2018 we celebrated our 20th anniversary.  As part of celebrating this important milestone we…

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