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Tuesday 22 October saw the official launch of the School's Anniversary Appeal, with a reception, concert and dinner for more than 200 guests at the Mansion House in the heart of the City of London.

After a champagne reception, guests enjoyed a sparkling concert featuring the School orchestra, together with YMS alumni Jeremy Menuhin and Tasmin Little in performances of Mozart's Piano Concerto in E flat K449 and Winter from Vivaldi's Four Seasons. The concert began with a fanfare specially written for the occasion by Director of Music Malcolm Singer.

Speeches were made by the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Roger Gifford, Chairman of Governors Richard Morris and YMS alumna Tasmin Little.

The Anniversary Appeal will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the School (founded in London in 1963), the 50th anniversary of its move to Surrey in 1964 and the centenary of its founder Lord Menuhin (born in 1916). The aim is to raise funds for the building of new music studios on the school site and to build up our bursary funds so as to be able to be truly 'needs blind'.

The evening was a great celebration of pupils and staff, past and present and successfully raised a net income after all costs of £140,000 towards the Appeal.  Our sincere thanks must go to the event Committee led by Vanessa Richards with Latifa Kosta, Victoria Agnew, Anne Simor, Lady Solti and Lady Traill, everyone at The Mansion House for making us so welcome, our pupils and Director of Music for giving us such a memorable evening and of course our guests who gave so generously to words the Appeal.