Support YCAT

YCAT is indebted to the generosity of charitable Trusts and Foundations, the YCAT Donors and individual sponsors.

Become a YCAT Donor

Technique (from £75)

Your support at this level can contribute to:

  • Artists’ appearances at the YCAT Wigmore Lunchtime Series
  • Developing our mentoring offering through YCAT Sounding Board, open to all emerging musicians

Technique level supporters receive twice-yearly newsletters and are invited to purchase tickets to our annual Donors’ Concert. Donors at this level receive up to 2 complimentary tickets to concerts across the YCAT Wigmore Lunchtime Series.

Expression (from £150)

Your support at this level can contribute to:

  • High-quality photography and publicity materials for YCAT Artists, significantly impacting their public profiles
  • Securing the involvement of leading industry experts at YCAT Sounding Board seminars and workshops, open to all emerging musicians

Expression level supporters receive the above benefits and a curated CD of live YCAT performances each season. Donors at this level receive up to 4 complimentary tickets to concerts across the YCAT Wigmore Lunchtime Series.

Passion (from £500)

Your support at this level can contribute to:

  • Developing international performance opportunities for YCAT Artists
  • The professional audio and video recording of the YCAT Wigmore Lunchtime Series
  • Supporting the mentoring of unique artistic projects through YCAT Sounding Board, open to all emerging musicians

Passion level supporters receive the above benefits and are invited to meet YCAT Artists at private events throughout the season. Donors at this level receive up to 6 complimentary tickets to concerts across the YCAT Wigmore Lunchtime Series.

Charisma (from £2,500)

Individuals wishing to make a substantial contribution to YCAT are invited to call Alasdair Tait, YCAT’s Chief Executive, to discuss tailoring their support to suit particular areas of interest. Examples can include:

  • Contributing towards the management and development of a named YCAT Artist
  • Sponsoring a series of promoted concerts or events
  • Funding career development opportunities for over 500 young artists through YCAT Sounding Board

Charisma level supporters receive all the above benefits and an exclusive invitation to the YCAT semi-final auditions (which are not open to the public). Donors at this level receive up to 8 complimentary tickets to concerts across the YCAT Wigmore Lunchtime Series.


If you have any questions, or would like to find out more, about donating to YCAT please contact Luke Bell:

Encore: Legacy giving

Since its establishment in 1984, YCAT has been committed to building sustainable futures for young artists. Our generous supporters have enabled YCAT to build a powerful and lasting legacy within classical music, not least through our past beneficiaries including Ian Bostridge, Alison Balsom, James Baillieu and the Belcea Quartet.

Leaving YCAT a gift in your will, whatever the size, is one of the most valuable ways to support the development of young artists, because it can help us plan for the future. Furthermore, leaving a gift to a charity in your will can reduce the tax paid by your estate.

Your gift will make a real difference in:

Identifying, nurturing and promoting young artists at a pivotal stage

Developing future audiences for these artists as their careers evolve

Contributing to the growth of YCAT Sounding Board, our open-access career development programme for emerging musicians

We are extremely grateful to the Donors who have already remembered YCAT through Encore. If you would like to discuss the options available, please contact Alasdair Tait (Chief Executive): or 020 7379 8477.

Current supporters

Trusts and Foundations

We are extremely grateful to the Rachel Baker Memorial Charity for their longterm transformational support, underpinning core aspects of YCAT’s work.

We are grateful to Help Musicians UK for their continued support.


Trusts and Foundations

AD Power Will Trust
Angus Allnatt Charitable Trust
Olav Arnold Charitable Trust
The Ashley Family Foundation
Rachel Baker Memorial Charity
Cavatina Chamber Music Trust
CHK Charities Ltd.
John S Cohen Foundation
D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
Doric Charitable Trust
du Plessis Family Foundation
Fresh Leaf Charitable Foundation
Joyce Fletcher Charitable Trust
Garrick Charitable Trust
International Music and Art Foundation (IMAF)
J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust
Harriet’s Trust
Harris Charitable Trust
Help Musicians UK
Derek Hill Foundation
Dolly Knowles Charitable Trust
The Mercer’s Company
The Monument Trust
Goulding Murray Fund
John R Murray Charitable Trust
Anthony Nesbitt Fund
The Stanley Picker Trust
The Radcliffe Trust
Kathleen Beryl Sleigh Charitable Trust
Surrey Square Charitable Trust
The Thistle Trust
Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust
Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation
Paul Woodhouse Fund

YCAT Friends

Honorary President of YCAT Donors

Sue MacGregor CBE


Robin and Veronica Bidwell
Stewart Grimshaw
Hugh and Clare Richards
Sir Simon and Lady Robey
Gerald Wakelin


Shelagh and Tom Allen
Philip and Christine Carne MBE
Mr and Mrs R Chadder
Valerie Chinchen
Tony and Gill Clamp
Marijke C Curtis
Richard and Margaret Dennis
Kate Dugdale
Andrew Fletcher
Tessa Gaisman MBE
Fiona Grant MBE
Barbara and Michael Gwinnell
Philip Jones
Eileen and Graham Lockwood
Simon Majaro MBE
Dr Richard Wray


Sir Gerald and Lady Acher
Richard Anderson-Jones
Dr Mary Anstey
Mary and David Bowerman
Dr Marius Carboni
Colin Clark
Mr and Mrs M Crawford-Phillips
Ann Dunbar
Prof. Jonathan Freeman-Attwood
Doug Gregory
Martin and Anne Gregson
Joan Griffiths
Harriet Harman
Martin and Alicia Herbert
Sir Christopher and Lady Hum KCMG
Gillian Humphreys OBE
Ann Jonas
Fay Kaye
Rose and Dudley Leigh
Brian Mace
Gill MacCabe
Julia MacRae
Revd Iain McDonald and Dr Ken Thomas
Janet Marchand
Ian Mella
Dr and Mrs I F Moseley
Birgit O’Brien
Amanda Osmond
Mr Mark and Dr Jill Pellew
Dr Louise Scheuer
Gordon and Sue Thorburn
Prof. Nancy Underhill
Myles Walker
Mark Welling
Leonard Whitford
Charles Wilmot-Smith


Dr Jane Adam
Primrose Arnander
Barbara Ballantyne
Mr and Mrs D Bayliss
Jane Berthoud
Jean Blundell
Mr and Mrs R Boas
Sir Alan Bowness
Tony Britten
Dr Christopher and Marita Brown
Stephen Brown
Robert Burns
Sir Stanley Burnton
Peter Byng
Susie Carpenter
Sheila Chambers
Julia Clarkson
Andrew Comben
Andrew Connel
John Cotterill
Carole Cox
Michael Coyle
Ange de Vena
Carol Dennis
Peter Dobson
John D Donnelly
Julius and Belinda Drake
Nina Drucker
Janette Eden
Margaret Elliott
Mary Fraser
Marion Friend
Deborah Fry
John Garfield
Doreen Gedge
Toby Gilles
Keith Grant
Peter Gregory
Jeremy Greenwood
Felicity Guinness
Jennifer Hammond
David Harman
Margaret Harvey
Diana Hiddleston
Dr Bridget Hill
Caroline Hillaby
Hoddeston Music Club
Carol Honey
Judith and Sandy Hunt
Brian Jimack
Natalia Jimenez and Edmund Fawcett
John Lackington
Maria Landau
Mark Le Fanu
Timothy Leese
Uri Liebrecht
Lord and Lady Lipsey
Lady Rosa Lipworth CBE
Catherine Maddocks
Heleen Mendl-Schrama
Katherine Melville
Barney and Diana Miller
Margaret Murphy
Hugh Noble
Geraldine Overill
Alan Paul
Robert Pearce
Beau and Pat Pettinger
Brian Pickering
Amanda Platt
Robert Ponsonby
Martin Randall
Rosemary Raza
Paul Rhodes
Royal Philharmonic Society
Alan Sainer
Donald and Joy Salkeld
Dr and Mrs JW Scadding
Charles Seager
Howard Shelley and Hilary Macnamara
Barry and Sheila Silverman
Andrew Simon
Alison Smith
Richard Smith
Dr Christopher Storr
Mr and Mrs R Tait
Peter Thomas
Stephen Tully
Sonya and Thomas Ulrich
Janet Unwin
Anne Waite
Sue Warner
Hazel Watson
Tom West
Miss K M Westlake
Keith and Elaine Whitesides
Anthony Whitworth-Jones
Peter Willan
April and Gwynne Williams
Christine Williams
David and Margaret Winter
Bettina Wood
Rosemary Woodburn
Sir Stephen Wright OBE
Tilda Yolland

Encore: Legacy giving

Legacy Giving

In Memory of Miss H. Castell
In Memory of Mrs Sylvia Davis
In Memory of Ms Marjorie Duesbury
In Memory of Ms Gwenda Evans
In Memory of Louise Honeyman
In Memory of Sir Kenneth James
The Estate of Mr Billy Newman
In Memory of Mr Hugh O’Brien
In Memory of Mr Richard Oake
The Estate of Desmond Tice
In Memory of Mr Gareth Walters