“This orchestra is one of the treasures that makes living in York such a delight.”
What's on

York’s renowned Guildhall Orchestra is one of the
leading orchestral ensembles in the North of England

. The York Guildhall Orchestra was founded in 1980 by John Hastie with a number of very talented players who enjoyed the experience of exploring the repertoire of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and performing it to a high standard.  That tradition continues to this day under the baton of Music Director, Simon Wright.

Important Notice

We are currently trying to plan our next season, but everything will depend on whether or not we will be allowed to hold public events.  The dates we have planned are shown below.  Please keep checking back for more up to date information.

Should you wish to join our growing band of Patrons, you will be most welcome.  More details are contained on the Support page.  We are so grateful for the support of our patrons.

Thank you and our best wishes to you and your loved ones in these difficult times.

What’s on

Due to the cancellation of our May concert, our 40th season is effectively concluded.  Without any clarity in what we will be allowed to do during the current lockdown and restrictions in place for large scale public events, it has been decided with regret that we will also cancel our concert in the autumn in October.  The plan is that we will commence our 41st season in February 2021 – details below.  Tickets are not on sale yet; check back here for further information.

Do please come along to our music making events and enjoy our enthusiasm for playing big symphonic works; your support is vital for the continued success of the orchestra.


Rebecca Taylor

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Martin Roscoe


Martin Roscoe

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** Please note that whilst we will endeavour to perform the concert as shown, the orchestra reserves the right to amend the concert date, concert programme, soloist and ticket pricing should circumstances require. **

Our sponsors

For any performing organisation, presenting concerts is a financial challenge. We’re proud to present our sponsors who allow us to strive as an Orchestra; we are very grateful for their wonderful support.

In Association with our principal sponsor,
York St John University.

Help us to inspire
with music!

We are a registered charity that uses music to inspire people, to bring happiness, relaxation and exhilaration to their lives, helping to make York a better place.

This includes working with the York Music Hub to bring young aspiring musicians to our rehearsals and concerts. We are also working with our principal sponsor, York St John University, helping in their education of young adults who are working towards a career in the world of music.

Proudly supported by

In addition to our loyal sponsors we are very proud to be supported in our aims by the following organisations.

Venues & Tickets

Tickets for our concerts at the Barbican are priced as follows:

£25.40, £22.05 and £17.55

(Concessions £24.30, £20 90 and £16:40; 
Children and Students £6.30)

All tickets are subject to a service charge and a facility fee as levied by the Barbican Box Office.  The prices quoted here include all relevant charges.

Please note that the Barbican operates a security system to check bags – large bags and backpacks will not be allowed in.  Further details are available here.

The York Barbican is located:

Paragon Street
YO10 4AH.

Tickets are available from the Barbican box office by:

0203 356 5441


The box office also sell discounted parking tickets for the QPark on Kent Street at the rear of the Barbican.


York Barbican
Paragon Street
YO10 4AH

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The York Guildhall Orchestra is a registered charity (number 700863).