Our stories

Future Talent supports young musicians from across the UK on any instrument and in any genre. The diversity of the musicians we support is what makes Future Talent so special.
Here a few stories from our inspiring young musicians:

At the age of two Alexander received the present of a ¾ electric guitar which he named Layla, and he has been rocking ever since. Now nine years old, he has already passed his LLCM performance diploma with the RGT, has appeared on television and has recently been offered a place at Chetham’s School of Music.

Alexander has used his financial support from Future Talent to pay for guitar lessons with his teacher Matt Vero, and for costs relating to his diploma. We love Alexander for his sense of humour!

From a family of singers, 16-year-old Charlotte has always wanted to be involved in music and, after winning the Frome Young Musician of the Year Award and applying to Future Talent, she has gone from strength to strength. This year Charlotte will perform as a frontline singer for the Future Talent Jazz Orchestra at venues such as Windsor Castle.

Charlotte has used her financial support to buy recording equipment and a laptop to help her with her songwriting and producing. We love Charlotte because of her soul!

Future Talent alumna Elodie has been playing the violin since she was just two years old. Now 19, she has developed into a fine soloist and chamber musician. She is the leader of the National Youth Orchestra, and a member of Chineke! Orchestra with whom she will also appear as a soloist in 2018.

Elodie used her financial support to help fund lessons with her teacher Maciej Rakowski and her Future Talent mentor was Chloë Hanslip. She has grown in confidence so much since we have known her. We love Elodie because she is a passionate and sensitive musician and person!

Our vision

Inspiring and changing young lives through music…

Music is a powerful language that touches all those it reaches, and for those with talent it can change their lives. We listen to the needs of young talented musicians, and through our Young Musicians Development Programme support and develop them both as musicians and as young people.

Future Talent specifically supports young musicians from challenging backgrounds who need both the financial assistance and the mentoring and guidance to reach their potential. We do this through hands-on support as well as mentor days, ensemble performance opportunities, and growing a network of amazing young talent.

Music has no boundaries and we believe there should be no boundaries to fulfilling future talent.

From our Co-Founder and Trustee, The Duchess of Kent

“For thirteen years I taught music in a primary school in East Hull. I taught children with exceptional talent but I could not find any natural pathways for them to develop that talent. I saw the power of music in every aspect of their lives and as an extraordinary stimulant for growth.

Our vision has been to support talented young musicians from every corner of the country and in every genre of music. The benefits for these children are inestimable. We hope to break barriers down, enhance opportunities and make a career in music an equal reality for all, as well as to capture the power of music as a force for change that can improve young people’s lives.”

About us

Future Talent has been inspiring young lives and musical talent for nearly 15 years, becoming the UK’s flagship charity in identifying, mentoring and supporting young “Future Talent” from challenging backgrounds. It is managed by a devoted and hardworking team and supported by a range of ambassadors and trustees from the worlds of music, entertainment, education and business. Future Talent, through its Young Musicians Development Programme, listens to, supports and develops the needs and aspirations of amazing young musical talent whose backgrounds present challenges to their musical development. Core to Future Talent is the evolution of the young lives it affects; without exception, endearing and inspiring examples of musical talent and life development.


The need to build confidence, education, knowledge and performance experience, with specially tailored mentors, teachers, instruments, rehearsal space and life routes to explore.

We are on hand throughout the year, with support from our dedicated Relationship Manager, who is in constant contact with our musicians and their families.

Every year we provide development opportunities through mentoring, masterclasses and performance opportunities at venues such as the Southbank Centre, Ronnie Scott’s, Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.

Join our talent

Young Musicians Development Programme

Future Talent invites applications to its Young Musicians Development Programme annually from young musicians and singers, across the UK, aged between five and 18 years of age. Our Programme offers both financial assistance as well as scheduling of development and performance opportunities. By working closely with the families we support, we build lasting relationships to ensure the advice and nurturing we give is relevant to the individual and their circumstances.

Financial assistance can be used to fund a variety of musical costs. These include lesson fees, contribution towards instrument purchase/ hire, membership ensemble fees and grade fees. Our performance and development opportunities include mentoring sessions and masterclasses with established musicians and music professionals, such as Chloë Hanslip, Leslie Howard and Mary Hammond and performances as part of the Future Talent Orchestra at venues such as Southbank Centre and Buckingham Palace. For more information about our Young Musicians Development Programme, and how to apply, please click the button below.

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"Music is the soundtrack of our lives and having the privilege to work with these inspiring young musicians not only fills our ears with their amazing talent but sees us grow along with their life journey. We are supported by a wonderful dedicated team and committed trustees. Our ambassadors such as Sting, Danielle de Niese, Judi Dench and the Galways are themselves inspirations.

So get involved with us! And help us help more inspiring young musicians and young people - either through our dedicated CSR programme that uses music as a heartbeat for corporate social purpose or join our distinguished Amadeus Members and supporters who enjoy and share in a year round programme of music and activity and whose gifts literally change lives…"

Ambassadors and Trustees


Corporate Partners and Private Donorship

Along with the vital support of trusts and grants Future Talent is further empowered by corporate partnerships and private donorship.

Our first Corporate Partner is Office Space in Town. Office Space in Town provides inspiring office space to rent across the UK helping organisations of all sizes to achieve an individual business profile through its inspiring and professional office spaces in prime locations. With beautifully appointed premises located in the heart of the business districts of London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Northampton, Office Space In Town offers fully serviced offices, day offices, virtual offices and meetings rooms. In 2018 OSiT became Future Talent’s first Corporate Partner with a concert in its Mayfair Offices to celebrate hosting the charity’s head office as one of its many clients.

This year we launched our private donorship programme for supporters and a prestigious group of donors who form our Amadeus Club. Our Amadeus Club Founding Members are Gerry and Kelly Pasciucco who have had a long association with Future Talent supporting our young musicians. Gerry and Kelly are both patrons of the arts and we are privileged to have their support.

For further details on both Corporate Partnership and our Future Talent Amadeus Club and Supporters, please contact us at info@futuretalent.org

Here to help

Sheree-Marie Abraham

Associate Director

Although initially picking up the flute by mistake in school, I have grown to appreciate music as not only a wonderful method of expression and communication but, personally, as an important means of confidence building, comfort and achievement. This passion fuels my belief that young people should have access to the many positive roles music can play in life, regardless of circumstance and background.

My love of learning has led me to achieve a 1st class honours degree from the Open University in Humanities - specialism Music. I play the flute in a large Folk Orchestra, at folk evenings and festivals, co-conduct, and play in, my church choir and play guitar, flute and sing as part of a duo. Previous working in large and small arts organisations such as the Southbank Centre, the Royal Academy of Arts and The Photographer's Gallery has led me to build my experience across many areas of charity management and now

I am lucky enough to combine my love of music and education, and enthusiasm for charity work and youth development, in my current role at Future Talent.

Holly Harman

Relationship Manager

Having just started working at Future Talent, I can’t wait to meet and work with all the talented young musicians that the charity supports. As a young musician, I was fortunate enough to benefit from various schemes, mentoring programmes and fantastic teachers and without these probably wouldn’t have become a professional musician.

I studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama gaining a Bmus (Hons) and PGDip in Historical Performance and I freelance as a Baroque violinist in various orchestras around the UK and Europe. I also play folk music in an ensemble, The Twisted Twenty, and run my own record label for string music, Penny Fiddle Records.

Rob Brooks

Team Administrator

My musical journey began with learning the piano and trumpet whilst in primary school. I later took up singing lessons too, and before I knew it I was spending every moment of my spare time singing and acting in shows with youth theatre groups and choirs. In recent years, I have worked with numerous music and theatre groups to pass on the all the lessons I learned growing up that helped me to find my passion for performing, grow in confidence and develop as a person.

In 2017, I graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with a BMus (Hons) in Classical Performance. I enjoy singing a varied repertoire ranging from opera and musical theatre to jazz and pop. I am also the Chorus Manager at the Dorset Opera Festival and a freelance voiceover artist. In my spare time I like going to gigs and concerts, sailing, and watching football (I am an avid Arsenal supporter)!

Now I have joined the team at Future Talent, I can’t wait to begin contributing to their excellent work, and I look forward to witnessing first-hand the musical talents of the young people the charity supports.

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