NCYM meets every Saturday during term time from 9:30am – 2.30pm at The Arc, City of Norwich School.

Established in 1970, The Centre for Young Musicians has provided musical training of the highest quality for thousands of students in Greater London for over 40 years.

In 2013, the decision was taken to roll out the highly successful CYM model to other parts of the country, particularly to rural areas. Norwich CYM was the first regional centre to open and provided the model for further CYM’s now thriving in Hestercombe, Saffron Walden and Peterborough.

Norfolk Centre for Young Musicians provides emerging musicians aged 4-18 in the East of England with a unique opportunity to play in an ensemble, participate in workshops and have individual tuition for instruments including woodwind, brass, strings, piano, guitars as well as singing. In addition to these practical lessons, students may opt for more academic subjects; composition, musical history, theory and aural perception will all be on offer.

Working within a wide curriculum, every student has an opportunity to develop their individual musicianship across the broadest possible spectrum. The Centre operates every Saturday in term-time from 9.30 am to 14.30 for 30 Saturdays over the academic year, and is suitable for any young musician who is already able to sing or play an instrument. Places are offered on the basis of potential, taking into account the candidates age, musical education and experiences to date. Those with sufficient potential can be accepted at any stage of their musical development, and there is no minimum standard.

CYM has been a division of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama since 2009, and plays a part in the Guildhall Young Artists progression routes, from primary education right through to graduate and postgraduate studies in music. It is committed to offering excellence in achievement as well as wider opportunities. As of 2019, NCYM has the privilege of nurturing 130 young musicians.

National Teaching Award

In September 2020  City of Norwich School, home of NCYM, was selected from thousands of nominations, to be awarded Pearson’s prestigious Silver Award for their work with NCYM and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.  The award recognised  how NCYM embodies effective partnership working to develop musicianship and creativity in young people across the county.


Student testimonials

Lottie has loved every moment of NCYM – the head of her school handed me an NCYM flyer just as she was leaving to go to High School and it has provided her with everything she needs to follow her musical dream.


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