About 20 Years of Y&T

Join us for an exclusive evening of performance and celebration evening as Young and Talented celebrates 20 years of empowering and inspiring young lives through the performing arts.

Prepare to be captivated by world-class performances from our alumni who have achieved international success in television, film, and on the prestigious West End stage. Alongside them, our current students will showcase their talents creating a truly unforgettable gala experience.

Founded by Suzann McLean MBE, Y&T has launched the careers of thousands of individuals, nurturing and developing young people for stage, screen and life. This milestone event reflects on two decades of artistic excellence, providing a diverse group of children and young people with the inner-confidence and self-belief hey need to thrive. Our young artists continue to use their passion and motivation to make a positive impact on their communities, their country, and even the world. During our Gala evening, we will shine a spotlight on these remarkable individuals, both past and present, as they share their extraordinary talent and inspiring stories.

Since its inception in 2004, Y&T has operated as a not-for-profit social enterprise, providing a space for children and young people to unlock their full potential. Setting itself apart from traditional performing arts schools, Y&T empowers young individuals to find their own voice, reflect on world through their own eyes, and create work that is truly relevant to their lives. This approach has led to life-changing experiences and a lasting legacy that continues to shape the future of the performing arts.

The 20th Anniversary Gala is more than a show; it is a celebration of passion, creativity, and community. Join us for an unforgettable evening that honours the transformative power of the performing arts and the incredible achievements of our young people.

Guest performances from:

  • Leanne Robinson
  • Ayanna
  • Idele
  • Reece Buttery
  • Aicha Therese
  • Jordan Xavier
  • Cristiano Cuino
  • Selorm Adonu
  • AkomaAsa Performing Arts


  • Albert Magashi
  • Roy Alexander Weise MBE
  • Kris Dillion
  • Kiell Smith-Bynoe
  • Jordan Benjamin

Presented by Young and Talented.

Winners of the UK Recognition Award 2016

Jack Petchey Foundation Crystal Award 2015

Contact list of staff members

  • Suzann McLean MBE

    Founder and Artistic Director/CEO
  • Milly Zero

    Event Producer
  • Ben Christopher

    Musical Director
  • Jean Leanne Benjamin

  • Demii Walker

    Creative Director
  • Andreea Urzica