Cheryl King

Our very dear friend Cheryl King passed away just before Christmas 2014.

Cheryl with Art Themen

Cheryl played alto sax and piano and was a wonderful musician and a very gifted and popular music teacher, and is very much missed by us all.

Cheryl was committed to providing opportunities for all children to learn about music regardless of background, so in her memory we set up a bursary for young people who need extra financial support for lessons or instruments.

Thank you to everyone who has given so generously to the bursary. The fund is currently providing financial help for lessons for five pupils in schools in Cranleigh and Guildford, with plans to extend this further, and from March 2017 we are delighted to be funding The Cheryl King (Hirst) Award under the Awards for Young Musicians (AYM) annual awards programme.

AYM have been running their annual Awards programme for 18 years and to date have given Awards to more than 1,000 exceptional young musicians, many of whom have gone on to prestigious music colleges and become professional musicians. Each year those in need of financial support towards the next step in their musical progression can apply for the award. As well as providing financial assistance, AYM supports Award winners by providing advice, guidance and access to a range of music-making, mentoring and performance opportunities throughout the Award year.

AYM are inviting applications for the award up to Friday 3rd March 2017. For more information on the AYM and the application process please click here.

If you would like to make a donation to the bursary please email Marianne at

Cheryl’s Music

John Clarke has kindly collated some recordings of Cheryl playing sax and piano over the past few years. They include recordings of her playing with Alan Barnes at Fleet Jazz (Cheryl on piano, and also on sax playing with Alan), with Gabriel Garrick and Sam Walker at The Electric Theatre, Guildford (Cheryl on piano), with her quartet ‘Kind Of Blue’, and playing with local musicians, either on piano and alto saxophone.

You can listen to these recordings here:

There’s also some video footage here from the Celebration evening in memory of Cheryl’s life, including a clip taken of Cheryl soloing at a jam session in Summer 2014.