Who We Help

Mila, Viola

Future Talent

"Due to the pandemic, Mila's year was pretty tough. She had so looked forward to starting secondary school, where she had won a music scholarship. The year had promised orchestras and quartets and so much more music in her life - but sadly, none of it materialised. Thankfully, Future Talent was a lifeline and kept her connected to other musicians and it gave her a sense that that music still exists and is alive. It was also an exceptionally hard year for the family financially and the award support meant she could carry on with viola lessons. When possible, the lessons were in person and this became the only real connection to live music. Playing the viola with her teacher became a real treat this year. Mila sadly didn’t take any exams but progressed onto ABRSM Grade 7 repertoire. She was also part of The National Children’s Orchestra and National Youth Choir. Mila is hoping to try for Chineke! this year and is working hard towards that preparing for future auditions."


Mila, Viola

Future Talent Fledgling Musician 2021

“We are most grateful for your support and we hope you enjoy reading about the difference you made to the continuation of Mila's music as one of our Fledgling musicians"

The Cheryl King Trust Award


In 2021-22 The Cheryl King Trust Award has been given to Sophia aged 14 playing the piano and viola, and to Noah aged 15 who plays the French horn, and who we also supported last year (see below).  We are very much looking forward to hearing how they have got on at the end of the award year.

Sophia says...

"Hello there! My name is Sophia and I'll be 15 in December. As I mentioned in my application I started playing the viola last October. I feel I have a much stronger bond with the viola than the violin and thanks to your generosity I will be able to hire the instrument for a whole year as well as having some lessons or courses during the holidays. I am very excited to the prospect of it and I cannot thank you enough for giving me this incredible opportunity. I am eager to expand my viola repertoire and improve my technique. Thank you for believing in me and make it possible."

Recipients of The Cheryl King Trust Award from AYM in 2021-22 are Surrey students are Sophia (piano & Viola) and Noah (French horn).

Letter from a Surrey Arts Student

Surrey Arts

This year the Trust is currently supporting 18 students across a number of schools in Surrey.

“I play the violin and drums and I want to be an electronic musician when I grow up. Thank you so much! The grant really helps me in lots of ways. Longer lessons: Longer lessons help me engage more with the piece I'm currently working on and to learn faster. Attending an orchestra: Orchestras help me musically socialise with other musicians and to get used to playing in front of others. 

"Thank you so much for my grant. It really means a lot to me.”

Learning - Surrey Music Hub

Surrey Arts Music Lessons:

"Engaging, Creating, Inspiring"