James Langley Memorial Trust

Supporting members of the CBSO Youth Orchestra

The James Langley Memorial Trust (JLMT) is a grant-making charity assisting the young musicians of the CBSO Youth Orchestra.

"Having worked with the talented young musicians of the CBSO Youth Orchestra, it’s wonderful to see first hand how the James Langley Memorial Trust is helping our next generation of musicians, who show immense potential and find themselves one step closer to achieving their dreams, thanks to this much-needed financial support.”

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
CBSO Music Director
Patron, James Langley Memorial Trust
Photo © Frans Jansen

The JLMT was established in 1995 in memory of James Langley (1927-94), a BBC Senior Music Producer, Trinity College of Music Examiner, composer and brass band competition adjudicator who devoted 38 years of voluntary service to the Midland Youth Orchestra (MYO) which was founded in 1956 by CBSO General Manager Blyth Major. James was a founder member of the MYO as a French Horn player, subsequently becoming its inspirational Conductor, Music Director and Chairman.

The original charitable objective of the JLMT was to award funding annually to MYO players. In 2004 the MYO was incorporated into the new CBSO Youth Orchestra and since that date the JLMT Trustees offer financial support to players in the current CBSO Youth Orchestra and to those who have left the orchestra within the twelve months preceding their application.

Past recipients are to be found throughout the music profession. Many are highly successful teachers, performers and music administrators, whilst others enjoy a diversity of careers in other areas.

Pictured here is 2019 JLMT recipient Sara Banks who was granted an award to assist her with the cost of purchasing a new bow. Sara says: “The JLMT grant has helped me to purchase a new bow which will take me through music college and beyond. I have been able to play much more challenging works, especially with the CBSO Youth Orchestra, which would otherwise have been inaccessible to me.”

To make an online donation to the JLMT, please click on the button below. Thank you for your support.


"I fully support the important work of the James Langley Memorial Trust in providing much needed financial aid to CBSO Youth Orchestra players. Jim would have loved this continuation of his life’s work, and it is a perfect memorial to a wonderful man."

Sir Simon Rattle OM CBE
James Langley Memorial Trust

Photo © Oliver Helbig