- Centre for Young Musicians
London's Centre for Young Musicians, or CYM, as it is more commonly known, is a Saturday music centre for children up to 18 who play an instrument currently run by Stephen Dagg. Anyone other than an absolute beginner is elegible for it, although there is an audition process. Many people apply every year but unfortunately not all can get through.
A standard timetable consists of a 30-minute lesson (some students have a 45 or 60 minute lesson), choir, musicianship, and where applicable, an instrumental ensemble. It's only until students reach Yrs 11-13 that they can opt out of choir and/or musicianship but many choose to carry on, seeing them as valuable opportunities in their musical education. Other classes include special Grade 5 Theory, composition and various ensembles and band to further their playing skills. An accompanist is available for students to practice with prior to concerts or exams.
Many pupils from CYM also take part in the LSSO (London Schools Symphony Orchestra) or the LYWB (London Youth Wind Band), both great opportunities for students wishing to pursue a career in music and would like the experience of playing in an orchestra - especially in prestigious venues - although, of course, standards are very high so usually only the advanced students get to take part.
The CYM Dance Band and LYWB will be going on a tour of Germany in July 2008. They will also be playing in other venues in London before and after their tour dates.
The 2008 annual CYM concert was held on Sunday 16th March 2008. For more information about CYM, visit [http://www.cym.org.uk]
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