Enabling & Inspiring all young people to make music

Our aim is that no young person in Surrey should be prevented from learning a musical instrument because their parents can’t afford it or through a lack of inspiration. We achieve this by providing bursaries for instrument lessons and grants for performances that inspire young people to take up music lessons.

Funding Lessons for All

We help fund music lessons for financially disadvantaged children and young people at all levels of musical development.

Funding Developing Musicians

We fund bursaries for talented young musicians through Awards for Young Musicians and Future Talent.

Funding Inspirational Performances

We help fund visits by inspirational musicians to State schools to inspire children and young people to take up instruments and develop their music skills.

News & Updates

29 Apr

Noah – “Music means more to me than I can say.”

16 year old Noah from Surrey began playing the […]

23 Mar

Thanks to Southern Pro Musica…

… who, at their recent Sunday afternoon concert, allowed […]

24 Feb

NYJO inspiration!

The Cheryl King Trust was delighted to help fund and inspirational visit The National Jazz Youth Ambassadors to Schools in Surrey.

Enabling and inspiring young musicians

How We Help

Bursaries and Inspirational Performances



Daniel is one of the promising young musicians we are funding through Future Talent's Fledgling programme.


Sophia and Noah

This year's AYM award has been given to Sophia aged 14 playing the piano and viola, and to Noah aged 15 who plays the French horn.  We are very much looking forward to hearing how they have got on at the end of the award year.


NYJO Project

The trust is co-funding with Surrey Arts a week of inspirational performances and workshops by members of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) in state primary and secondary schools in Surrey. 


Upcoming Gigs


Southern Pro Musica

Our grateful thanks to Surrey Mozart Players who are supporting us at their concert on Saturday 18 June at The Electric Theatre, 7.30pm.

Click HERE to buy tickets.

Why Support Us?

Music tuition from a young age improves young people’s literacy,  problem-solving skills, confidence, resilience and creativity. Many schools are struggling to resist the pressure to sacrifice music for other priorities. Children with families earning £48,000 or more are twice as likely to learn an instrument as those whose parents earn £28,000 or less.

CKT is a registered charity staffed by volunteers with no overheads. Therefore 100% of your donation goes to help or inspire local young people to make music. At present we are only able to help a limited number of young musicians. With your help we could help and inspire many more young people across Surrey to experience the joy of making music .  

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How You Can Help

There are many different ways you can enable and inspire young people to make music, from keeping in touch via our mailing list, making a donation, becoming a volunteer, running your own fund raising event or hosting a music event and donating the proceeds.

Where will my money go?

* £30 will fund 100% of an hour's individual tuition with a private music teacher

* £110 will co-fund a term of individual lessons with Surrey Arts

Please click the links on the right to find out more about how you can help.

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About Cheryl

Who was Cheryl King?

An inspiring teacher, and gifted musician with a vision for music education.

Cheryl King played alto sax and piano. She was a wonderful musician and a very gifted and popular music teacher and was committed to providing opportunities for all children to learn about music regardless of background. 

This Trust was set up in her memory.