About the Programme

Launched in 2000, our Young Artists’ Programme is a scheme for musicians who have won one of our awards.  It supports our musicians during the vital first few years of professional practice, and allows them to share their skills and passion with the wider community through participation work.

Former Young Artists include Alfie Boe tenor, Amy Dickson saxophone, Milos Karadaglic guitar, Duncan Rock baritone, Ksenija Sidorova accordion and Ben Baker violin.

The scheme has over 150 young musicians, usually between the ages of 18 and 28.  Their ‘yeomanship’ lasts five years, when the first steps towards a long lasting career are made.  Our Young Artists predominantly come from a classical music background (including soloists, chamber musicians, singers and ensembles), but recently we have increasingly given awards to (and accepted new Young Artists from) the jazz and contemporary music sphere.

Current Young Artists: For a searchable list of our current Young Artists, click here.

Music Participation: We offer Young Artists the opportunity to develop their skills through music participation workshops and longer-term projects in schools and the local community.  We work with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama to provide Education and Participation training for all our Young Artists.  More information about our work can be found here.

Performance Opportunities: Young Artists are offered the chance to bid for performance work with our concert partners who include Brighton Festival, Buxton Festival and St John’s Smith Square.  If you are a concert promoter interested in booking a Yeoman, please email yeomen.admin@wcom.org.uk.  Further information about our concert opportunities can be found here.

Professional Development: We work with the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) to provide one-to-one professional development workshops and monthly seminars that cover a range of topics of interest to young professionals, from tax to marketing.  We also set up face-to-face support meetings between Young Artists and our members who come from a wide array of professional music backgrounds.

Promotion and Publicity: For further information about our Young Artists, please sign up to our newsletter.  Information about Young Artists performances and news can also be found on our Twitter page and Facebook page.

For any enquiries about the Young Artists Programme, including concert and event partnerships or our participation work, please contact yeomen.admin@wcom.org.uk.