Celebrating 50 years of

the Friends of The Yehudi Menuhin School


Join us for this series of events open exclusively to our Friends.


Yehudi Menuhin founded the Friends in 1971, together with a few local supporters. This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Friends, who offer a warm, supportive audience to our pupils as well as vital financial assistance to the School.

If you would like to attend any of these events but are not yet a Friend, please do consider joining. Members receive priority booking for concerts at The Menuhin Hall and invitations to Friends-only events. Through becoming a member, you will support the education of our exceptional pupils, over 90% of whom need financial support to take up their place at the School.

For details on becoming a Friend, please click here or contact Barbara Thwaites at friends@menuhinschool.co.uk or 01932 584409.


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Festival Prelude & Champagne Celebration

Friday 2 July, 1.15pm concert
followed by champagne and cake
Friday 2 July, 4.00pm concert
preceded by champagne and cake


Join us to raise a glass to the 50th Anniversary with an afternoon concert, champagne and cake celebration. Alumnus and BBC Young Musician Strings Finalist Will Duerden will give a special exclusive performance alongside current pupils.

Friends can book tickets online for either the 1.15pm or the 4pm concert. Tickets include entry to the champagne reception, which takes place in between the two concerts from 2.15pm to 3.45pm.


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Charles Owen: Pre-concert talk

Tuesday 6 July, 6pm


Internationally renowned pianist and YMS alumnus Charles Owen, in conversation with Ashley Wass, talks about his career, his music, and the role the Menuhin School played in his life.


Tickets are limited and must be reserved in advance. To book your seat for the talk, please email Barbara Thwaites at friends@menuhinschool.co.uk.

To purchase tickets for the 7.30pm concert, please click here.



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‘Behind-the-Scenes’ tours
of The Yehudi Menuhin School

Saturday 10 July, 3pm


Join us for a “behind-the-scenes” tour of the School and the Hall, led by our pupils. Tickets are free of charge but places are limited and must be booked in advance.




To reserve your place or if you would like further details, please email Barbara Thwaites at friends@menuhinschool.co.uk.


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The Wandering Civil Servant of Stradivarius

Meet the author: Desmond Cecil

Monday 12 July, 4pm


Desmond Cecil’s book The Wandering Civil Servant of Stradivarius provides a fascinating insight into the life of a well-travelled senior diplomat who had originally trained to be a violinist. Mr Cecil has been a friend of the School for many years, particularly in the links with the Menuhin Festival Gstaad. Here is an opportunity to meet the author in person and hear him speak about his experiences.


Copies signed by the author will be available to purchase.



To reserve your place or if you would like further details, please email Barbara Thwaites at friends@menuhinschool.co.uk.