Are you a talented, committed and enthusiastic young music maker? Then the Norfolk Centre for Young Musicians (NCYM) could be just what you are looking for.

NCYM, a partnership between Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Norfolk Music Hub and City of Norwich School – an Ormiston Academy, is a Saturday Music Centre providing specialist training for Norfolk’s young musicians, combining excellence with equal access.

Students of NCYM attend on Saturday mornings during term time from 9.00am – 1.30pm.

Staff are appointed to run a range of activities for students aged 8 – 18. Young musicians are encouraged to work in ensembles with professional musicians and develop high levels of performance, musicianship and composition.

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Norfolk Intermediate Youth Orchestra

Norfolk Centre for Young Musicians welcomes applications from committed young musicians of grade 4 standard and above to attend a regular weekly orchestra on a Saturday for a sustained programme of orchestral training.

Norfolk Intermediate Youth Orchestra (NIYO) is the training orchestra for Norfolk County Youth Orchestra providing a great opportunity to introduce young musicians to orchestral repertoire. The orchestra perform regularly and players take pride in their performance acquiring important life skills such as team building, leadership, time management and self-confidence. NIYO is conducted by David Stowell and welcomes players of grade 4 standard and above (this is a guideline, exams are not required).

The orchestra meet every Saturday from 12.30 – 1.30pm.

Bursaries & Scholarships

Norfolk Music Hub has been working closely with the Guildhall School of Music & Drama to look at bursaries/scholarships which can help young musicians in the county with the cost of tuition/ensembles. For further enquiries please contact the NCYM Centre Manager, Juliet Rickard at or telephone 07786 122374.


Guildhall Young Artist bursaries are awarded by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama via the Norfolk Centre for Young Musicians. These awards will be reviewed annually and subject to commitment and satisfactory progress. NCYM will also need to provide updates about Guildhall Young Artists to GSMD for tracking purposes.


Assisted places will normally be available to students in Year 9 or above and will be offered on a recurrent basis provided that the student continues to be eligible under the conditions below, has an excellent participation record, and shows progression in their studies. If the number of eligible participants is low in a given year, students in Years 7 and 8 may also be considered. An assisted place will comprise of either a full or partial non-residential fee waiver.

To be eligible for consideration a Guildhall Young Artist student must:

· Attend an audition and have a letter of recommendation from their teacher
· commit to regularly and punctually attend the Norfolk Centre for Young Musicians
· be in care or come from a family with a declared household residual income of less than £29,927 per year for a full fee waiver*, or between £29,927 and £45,889 for a partial fee waiver, and
· have significant potential to benefit from the programme – based on talent.

*Residual income

This is based on the MDS formula. Residual income is household income minus £2,030 per child in the family – whether or not they attend NCYM. As an example – a family earning £35k with three children under the age of 18 could deduct £2,030 x 3 = £6,090 leaving a residual income of £28,910 – and thus qualify for full fee remission.

Guildhall Young Artist scholarships for NCYM will be given priority in the following areas:
80% Scholarships with membership and a lesson
Endangered instrument Scholarships
Long distance bursaries
Chamber Music Scholarships
Singing scholarships


NCYM is delighted to be able to offer three Leverhulme Arts Scholarships following a joint bid by the Foundation for Young Musicians (FYM) and the Guildhall School Development Department. Leverhulme Arts Scholarships are annual awards and worth £500 towards the cost of tuition and fees. These have been awarded to 3 outstanding musicians on the recommendation of the Head and staff of NCYM. Recipients for 2016-17 are Joanna Asher and Ben Pease Barton from CNS School and Syzmon Lis from Notre Dame. Congratulations to all of them.

 For more information and to apply online visit the NCYM website.