Support YCAT

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



If you have any questions about becoming a YCAT Donor, or other ways to support our work, please contact Kieran Jones, Development Manager
020 7379 8477

There are four levels of 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 may purchase a ticket to attend 1 Sounding Board seminar, and 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.


Your contribution is split between a suggested and voluntary donation (to which Gift Aid provisions apply) and payment for benefits. Technique: Donation £49/Benefits £26 Expression: Donation £91/Benefits £59 Passion: Donation £399/Benefits £101 Charisma: Donation £2,373/Benefits £127. Benefits available to purchase separately without donation.

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

YCAT is generously supported by the Rachel Baker Memorial Charity. We are proud to be the recipient of funding from Help Musicians UK through their National Grants Programme.

YCAT also gratefully acknowledges financial support from the following:

Trusts and Foundations

AD Power Will Trust
Angus Allnatt Charitable Trust
Atkin Foundation
Rachel Baker Memorial Charity
John S Cohen Foundation
D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
Doric Charitable Trust
Joyce Fletcher Charitable Trust
Garrick Charitable Trust
International Music and Art Foundation
Harriet’s Trust
Harris Charitable Trust
Help Musicians UK
The Hobson Charity
Idlewild Trust
Dolly Knowles Charitable Trust
The Mercers’ Charitable Foundation
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
John Swire 1989 Charitable Trust
The Thistle Trust
Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust
Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation
Paul Woodhouse Fund

YCAT Donors

Honorary President of YCAT Donors

Sue MacGregor CBE


Robin and Veronica Bidwell
Lord and Lady Burns
Kate Dugdale
Keith Grant
Stewart Grimshaw
James Martin
Paul Rhodes
Hugh and Clare Richards
Sir Simon and Lady Robey OBE
Gerald Wakelin


Shelagh and Tom Allen
Philip Carne MBE and Christine Carne
Mr and Mrs R Chadder
Valerie Chinchen
Tony and Gill Clamp
Marijke C Curtis
Richard and Margaret Dennis
Ann Dunbar
Andrew Fletcher OBE
Jane James
Tessa Gaisman MBE
Gilly Gammell
Fiona Grant MBE
Joan Griffiths
Barbara and Michael Gwinnell
Dr Bridget Hill
Eileen and Graham Lockwood
Brian Mace
Professor Simon Majaro MBE
Mr Mark and Dr Jill Pellew
Sue and Alan Warner
Leonard Whitford and Derrick Yates
Charles Wilmot-Smith
Dr Richard Wray


Sir Gerald and Lady Acher
Dr Jane Adam
Richard Anderson-Jones
Dr Mary Anstey
Mary and David Bowerman
Sir Stanley Burnton
Dr Marius Carboni
Colin Clark
Julia Clarkson
Mr and Mrs M Crawford-Phillips
Andrew Collender
Carol Dennis
Angela Dixon
Margaret Elliott
Mary Fraser
Prof. Jonathan Freeman-Attwood
Deborah Fry
Doug Gregory
Peter Gregory
Martin and Anne Gregson
Felicity Guinness
Harriet Harman
Martin and Alicia Herbert
Diana Hiddleston
Sir Christopher and Lady Hum KCMG
Judith and Sandy Hunt
Gillian Humphreys OBE
Ann Jonas
Fay Kaye
Rose and Dudley Leigh
Julia MacRae
Revd Iain McDonald and Dr Ken Thomas
Janet and Kevin Marchand
Ian Mella
Dr and Mrs I F Moseley
Birgit O’Brien
Amanda Osmond
Alan Paul
Peter Ruback
Alan Sainer
Dr Louise Scheuer
Howard and Hilary Shelley
Dr Christopher Storr
Mr and Mrs R Tait
Gordon and Sue Thorburn
Prof. Nancy Underhill
Myles Walker
Mark Welling
David and Margaret Winter
Tilda Yolland


Primrose Arnander
Mr and Mrs D Bayliss
Jean Blundell
Mr and Mrs R Boas
Sir Alan Bowness
Tony Britten
Dr Christopher and Marita Brown
Stephen Brown
Robert Burns
Peter Byng
Susie Carpenter
Andrew Comben
Andrew Connel
John Cotterill
Carole Cox
Michael Coyle
Ange De Vena
Peter Dobson
Philippa Dodds John
John D Donnelly
Julius and Belinda Drake
Nina Drucker
Janette Eden
Marion Friend
John Garfield
Doreen Gedge
Toby Gilles
Jeremy Greenwood
Jennifer Hammond
David Harman
Margaret Harvey
Caroline Hillaby
Hoddeston Music Club
Carol Honey
Brian Jimack
Natalia Jimenez and Edmund Fawcett
John Lackington
Maria Landau
Philip Jones
Mark Le Fanu
Timothy Leese
Uri Liebrecht
Lord and Lady Lipsey
Lady Rosa Lipworth CBE
Gill MacCabe
Catherine Maddocks
Patrick McEntee
Heleen Mendl-Schrama
Katherine Melville
Barney and Diana Miller
Jane Moss
Margaret Murphy
Hugh Noble
Geraldine Overill
Oxted & Limpsfield Music Society
Robert Pearce
Beau and Pat Pettinger
Brian Pickering
Amanda Platt
Robert Ponsonby
Martin Randall
Rosemary Raza
Paul Rhodes
Royal Philharmonic Society
Donald and Joy Salkeld
Dr and Mrs JW Scadding
Charles Seager
Barry and Sheila Silverman
Andrew Simon
Alison Smith
Richard Smith
Peter Thomas
Stephen Tully
Sonya and Thomas Ulrich
Janet Unwin
Anne Waite
Hazel Watson
Tom West
Miss K M Westlake
Keith and Elaine Whitesides
Anthony Whitworth-Jones
Peter Willan
April and Gwynne Williams
Bettina Wood
Rosemary Woodburn
Sir Stephen Wright OBE

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