THE UK charity Awards for Young Musicians (AYM) has released a new film starring Ulverston saxophone sensation Jess Gillam, who is also the charity’s youngest ever patron.

The film is one of 20 to be released by AYM this autumn.

The series follows the stories of young people from low-income families, whose lives have been transformed by access to music education.

“Every child deserves the chance to make the most of their potential in life,” says Sir Simon Rattle, AYM’s first patron.

“The barriers are high if a family is struggling financially and if life is challenging in other ways too.

“AYM makes a musical life possible for everyone, no matter where they come from, and these films demonstrate the impact that this kind of support can have.”

Founded in 1998 with the sale proceeds of Robert Lewin’s collection of stringed instruments, bows and books, AYM has for the last 20 years helped exceptional young people who need financial and other forms of support to progress their musical talent.

“AYM offers young people holistic, tailor-made support to further their music education, whether that means funding instruments, lessons, transport, expanding young people’s musical networks and giving them opportunities to perform.

“Beyond this, AYM’s varied programmes support teachers in identifying and nurturing talent wherever they find it.

(above picture Kaupo Kikkas)