Play a supporting role

Our charity currently has four full-time staff and a hard-working board, but we still rely on a great many volunteers who very generously donate their time to our charity.

The question is: do you fancy joining us?

Are you looking for a charity to share your expertise and time with? Perhaps you’re a musician yourself, perhaps you know someone who has inspired you, perhaps you just want to support the next generation; but whatever your reason to want to help, we’re always on the lookout for new volunteers.  Some volunteers offer specialist advice, join us for project-based work or support us on an ongoing basis.

To discuss your ideas get in touch with Hannah Turner: [email protected]

Meet some of our current volunteers by expanding the box below.

We are hugely grateful to all our volunteers; those who give their time an ongoing basis, listed above, and the many more who support our fundraising, marketing and events on an ad-hoc basis.

Edward Webb

Volunteer Photographer

Edward Webb

Volunteer Photographer

I studied music at university and have spent most of my working life in the professional music sector. I run my own consultancy which covers music education policy; event and project management; operations and governance; organisational change and strategic development. I currently hold roles with the Association of British Orchestras, PRS for Music Foundation and Sound and Music. I enjoy using my extensive professional network to match people with ideas and to develop creative solutions.

I am an active musician, singing backing vocals with a country and western band; and I am an active consumer of the arts, in particular new music, theatre, art and so on.

I became a Trustee of Awards for Young Musicians because I believe that all children and young people should have the opportunity to develop and realise their potential and talent and I am proud to be part of an organisation that provides support, information and guidance to enable them to do so.

Stephanie Kulesza

Volunteer Opportunities Coordinator

Stephanie Kulesza

Volunteer Opportunities Coordinator

I first heard Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf  when I was five years old, and since then, music has been a huge part of my life. I was able to attend some wonderful Robert Mayer concerts for children and soon began learning the flute and piano and joining the choir at school. Eventually I studied singing for four years at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama including two years on the opera course.  After several years singing professionally, in between bringing up three children, I decided to go into the administrative side of music.

I took up jobs at the London Symphony Orchestra, Harold Holt Music Management and Decca Records, then in 1999 I joined BBC Radio 3 where I worked on the Lunchtime Concerts, the Opera and the Proms Season, carrying out research for the presenters, arranging recording sessions, booking artists and liaising with agents and concert venues.  I recently retired and after having met Philip Jones at a concert I became very interested in the work of AYM.

I was so impressed by the young AYM Award winners who performed at the House of Commons, that I offered to become a volunteer. Having been so lucky with my own music education, I am really keen to further AYM’s work in helping talented young musicians and my aim is to help them acquire as wide an experience as possible of the wonderful world of music.

Julia Roth

Events Programming Volunteer

Julia Roth

Events Programming Volunteer

I started my professional life as a flautist but after about 10 years, I became doubtful about music as a lifetime career so I made a second career in management development, finally retiring in 2005.  After a hectic working life in business, I decided to use some of my free time in retirement in helping musical children, which seemed a natural extension of my own personal experiences.  I wanted everyone to enjoy the pride I felt in my first school concert, with people really listening to me! And the self-discipline needed for practising became a core life-skill.

When I started researching possible organisations that might need me, AYM stood out for many reasons: AYM is one of very few organisations which offer help to schoolchildren, as opposed to conservatoire students; it is a model of efficiency – a lot of businesses could learn some lessons; my time is very well used, as well as funds being carefully managed. On top of that AYM provides so much more than the financial awards, such as support and advice to parents and performance opportunities. I’ve been closely involved with AYM for nearly 8 years now, and I hope to continue for many more!

Sue Dorey

Events Programming Volunteer

Sue Dorey

Events Programming Volunteer

Cellist Sue Dorey studied at the Menuhin School with Maurice Gendron, and on Scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music with David Strange. She completed her studies with Jacqueline du Pre (her childhood hero) in London and Wolfgang Mehlhorn in Hamburg.


Sue’s long and varied career embraced chamber music, orchestral playing and teaching. Whilst still a student she founded the piano trio Trio Zingara which won the Munich International Competition, and subsequently she was the cellist of Ambache Chamber Ensemble and a member of the cello octet of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
Working with London’s busiest chamber orchestras Sue was Principal cello of City of London Sinfonia for 17 years, and for over twenty years a member of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields touring the world with such distinguished musicians as Murray Perahia, Iona Brown and Radu Lupu.


Sue has always loved teaching and working with young aspiring musicians. She taught at Chethams School in Manchester, was the cello orchestral coach for over twenty years for the Incorporated Association of Preparatory Schools and currently is an external adjudicator at the Royal Academy of Music. It is the desire to pass on her passion and her knowledge of music which has drawn Sue to working with the young musicians of AYM.
She programmes the Sunday Music concerts at Omnibus Theatre in Clapham where she is Director of Music. omnibus-clapham.org

Roberto Beretta

Graphic Design Volunteer

Roberto Beretta

Graphic Design Volunteer

Roberto works as a graphic designer for Radley Yeldar and has been instrumental in helping to establish AYM’s sophisticated style and quality tone through a series of innovative and creative print designs for award winning AYM’s annual review documents. He works closely with Ed Webb, AYM’s volunteer photographer. Together they produced AYM's 20th anniversary printed publication "20:20".

He is happy to help AYM because he believes that his skills help the charity to raise its communications profile and in return allows him to lend support to young musicians who deserve the chance to succeed in their musical studies.

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