The Foundation for Young Musicians (FYM), a registered charity, has been supporting CYM by raising funds for bursaries and special projects since 1990. FYM’s Bursary Fund enables families who are struggling financially to receive help with their fees.

If you would like to find out more about our work, please get in touch.

Jackie Inverdale
FYM Director 

Bethan Wood
Marketing & Communications Manager

Thank you for your support.

FYM Board of Trustees

Christopher Warren-Green


British conductor Christopher Warren-Green is Music Director of the London Chamber Orchestra in the UK and the Charlotte Symphony in North Carolina.

2021/22 marks the final season as Warren-Green’s tenure as the Music Director of Charlotte Symphony, when he will step down after 12 years at the helm becoming the Conductor Laureate whilst remaining as Artistic Advisor.

Over the last 30 years he has conducted eminent orchestras around the world, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Detroit, Houston, St Louis, Toronto, Milwaukee, Seattle and Vancouver symphony orchestras, and the National Symphony Orchestra Washington D.C. In Europe,he has conducted Orchestre National de Belgique, Zürcher Kammerorchester, RTÉ Symphony and Iceland Symphony Orchestra. In West Asia he has worked with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon, Singapore, Sapporo and KBS symphony orchestras. In the UK, he has worked with the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Royal Scottish National orchestras.

Dedicated to the promotion of new works and passionate about music education, Warren-Green plays a key role in LCO Music Junction, a ground-breaking project which brings together children in the UK from different backgrounds by using music as a medium to foster mutual empathy and collaboration.

In addition to his international commitments, he has been invited to conduct at the wedding services of TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, in 2005, TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey in 2011 and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, in 2018. He conducted the London Chamber Orchestra on the occasion of HM The Queen’s 80th birthday and the Philharmonia Orchestra for Her Majesty’s 90th birthday concert at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, as well as HRH The Prince of Wales’ 60th birthday concert in Buckingham Palace.

A violinist by training, Warren-Green began his career at the age of 21 as concertmaster of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, followed by the Philharmonia Orchestra under Ricardo Muti aged 25 and later concertmaster of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields under Sir Neville Marriner. As a soloist he has recorded Mozart, Vivaldi and Mendelssohn violin concerti, and appeared as soloist extensively in Europe most notably with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the Fields in the Berlin Philharmonie.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, having been a Professor there for eight years, and has appeared and presented numerous times on television and radio, most notably for the BBC Proms.

As a conductor he has recorded extensively for Sony, Philips, Virgin EMI, Chandos, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, and records with the London Chamber Orchestra for Signum Classics.

Lisia Bassett

Lisia is a chartered accountant and works for a FTSE listed information services business leading the strategic planning and analysis team. Lisia qualified with the EY financial services practice in London and then held roles including planning and reporting, strategy and corporate finance at Lloyds Banking Group and Prudential Plc.
Having attended junior music college as a recipient of an exhibition award, Lisia is a passionate about the benefits of a musical education and that it should be accessible to all.

Ruth Jenkins

Currently company secretary for her own bespoke furniture making business which Ruth runs with her husband, Ruth is a trained nurse, midwife and registered family planning nurse but no longer practising in those professions. Ruth has two grown up children who were at CYM for eleven years each and who were also members of both the LYWB and LSSO.

Ruth was vice chair of the Friends of CYM for many years as well as canteen purchaser. Ruth is a school governor at Dalmain Primary school in Forest Hill and chair of a Scout Group in Forest Hill.

Nick Lawson

Nick is a chartered accountant and freelance Finance Director.  He trained and practiced with Spicer and Oppenheim and Touche Ross in London before spending 8 years with Inchcape plc in the motors division.  Since 2000 he has worked predominantly with early stage businesses as well as having been a school governor and treasurer to various charities.  He is a founder and director of Vocality Singing, a Surrey based business that promotes choral singing in local communities.

Russell O’Brien

Russell is the Group CFO of Centrica plc. He previously worked for Shell plc for over 25 years undertaking various senior finance roles across multiple geographies. He is a fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Russell is married with three children and lives in London. In his spare time he enjoys playing the trombone and has a passion for helping children thrive through early access to music.


Marcus Price

Marcus has worked in a number of organisations in a 20 year career in the City of London, including the Bank of England and Lloyds Banking Group.

He has worked in the fields of strategy, risk and P&L management. Alongside his professional life, Marcus is passionate about supporting social enterprises that provide opportunities for the disadvantaged and is a Trustee of FYM (City of London) and a Director of Mow & Grow (Norwich).