The Yehudi Menuhin School

About us

Founded in 1963 by the world-renowned violinist and educator Yehudi Menuhin, the School provides a place for musically gifted children from around the world to develop their talents to the highest level within a stimulating academic environment. It was accorded the status of Centre for Excellence in the Performing Arts in 1973 and has a global reputation as one of the world’s leading music schools.

Today’s school provides a holistic education for around 80 exceptional pupils aged from 11 to 19, with specialist tuition on the stringed instruments, piano and classical guitar. Pupils split their time between their academic and musical studies and are given many opportunities to perform in front of an audience. Concerts take place regularly in The Menuhin Hall, but also in local state schools, care homes and churches, carrying on Menuhin’s belief in the importance of giving back to the community.

Pupils are admitted based on talent, potential and passion for music, not on their ability to pay the fees. Today, around 90% of pupils require some level of financial assistance to attend YMS. The School is one of nine specialist UK schools that are supported by the Department for Education’s Music and Dance Scheme.

YMS Alumni include renowned international soloists such as Nigel Kennedy, Nicola Benedetti CBE, Tasmin Little OBE, Alina Ibragimova, Valeriy Sokolov, Kathryn Stott and Melvyn Tan. Many other alumni are shaping the global cultural landscape through teaching at leading conservatoires and performing with world-class orchestras and chamber ensembles.

As the School approaches its 60th anniversary in 2023, YMS is developing exciting new programmes to reach a wider number of pupils, including a recently launched Virtual Menuhin School and other initiatives that will aim to introduce much younger children to the joys of classical music. In the meantime, September 2022 will see the opening of YMS’s first international school, in Qingdao, China, bringing YMS’s unique music education model to
talented young musicians from around the Far East.