NCYM is the flagship Music School of Norfolk Music Hub and Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London.


NCYM is the flagship Music Centre of Norfolk Music Hub, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, and City of Norwich School – an Ormiston Academy. Young musicians are encouraged to work in ensembles with professional musicians and develop high levels of performance, musicianship and composition. NCYM meets every Saturday during term time from 9:00am – 1:30pm at The Arc, City of Norwich School.

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Enquiries are welcome from musicians aged 8-18 of any standard. Bursaries are available from Guildhall School of Music & Drama: Guildhall Young Artist Scheme & Leverhulme Arts Scholarships. Please see our Bursaries page for more information.


The Norfolk Centre for Young Musicians’ mission is one of access and excellence. No child of identified musical excellence should be denied access to NCYM because of a lack of financial means. Excellence in this context is more about musical potential than a specific ability on a given date. This Centre is not for the complete beginner – but talented young musicians in the earliest stages of learning who are able to demonstrate a technical and musical fluency will be welcomed alongside their more experienced peers.

The National Music Plan requires Hubs to form partnerships with conservatoires, professional musicians and ensembles, concert halls and other arts venues to enrich the work of Music Services.

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Norfolk Music Hub and City of Norwich School desire to enhance the educational experience of talented, able and committed school-age pupils from Norfolk wishing to further their studies in instrumental and vocal training. Additionally, to offer training placements for Guildhall School students wishing to prepare for careers as musicians working in schools, and to lead the way in conservatoire/school partnership in Europe.

NCYM priorities and general outline

  • high quality, sustainable, week by week Saturday training in association with one of the world’s leading conservatoires
  • ensuring progression routes are available and affordable
  • providing access to high quality music experiences, working with professional musicians and/or venues.
  • a holistic curriculum, embracing individual and group instruction, ensembles in a variety of styles and genres
  • singing and supporting studies
  • high quality NCYM Tutors who have been appointed through a quality assurance partnership scheme with the Guildhall School.

These priorities ensure that NCYM members develop key skills in:

  • the discipline of regular practice
  • instrumental and vocal techniques
  • musical analysis
  • performance skills

Student testimonials

Sharing the love of music with others but also being inspired and pushed to try my best by passionate teachers – Lucy


It is really good fun. The lessons are entertaining and very educational – Peter


Having opportunities to play lots of different styles with lots of different people – Reuben


Really fun teachers and interesting lessons that you would never have at school – Emily


playing violin with other string players, being with new friends who enjoy music as well, performing at concerts/festivals – Stephanie


Making music with people who are as enthusiastic as I am – Emily