York Guildhall Orchestra

This is the web site of the York Guildhall Orchestra, one of the leading orchestral ensembles in the North of England.

York’s renowned Guildhall Orchestra is much more than just an orchestra, it is an exceptionally fine and large symphony orchestra, regularly working with top class international soloists and capable of giving high-quality performances of some of the most demanding large-scale works in the orchestral repertoire.

We all greatly enjoy the making of music and take great pleasure in presenting concerts to discerning listeners, be they experienced in concert going, or be they new to orchestral concerts.

February's concert was a wonderful success - great music, great playing and a great audience of around 900 - thank you all for coming along and supporting us.

Our soloist was thrilled with the professional way we supported his playing - following his every nuance and rubato.  And Dick Blackford’s new piece was simply a triumph - it has become a favourite of the orchestra and we all want to make sure it is programmed again for us to play.  The start of our new journey through the symphonic works of Sibelius with his Finlandia and 1st Symphony was very exciting; we are all looking forward to the exploration.

There was a very successful Master Class on Friday 7th with David Greed and a number of talented young violinists from the York area.  Simon (with his cut finger) did sterling work on the piano as accompanist.  Many thanks indeed to Shan Thomas for her splendid work in putting this all together and making it such a success.

The orchestra plays again on April 5th in the Baths Hall in Scunthorpe as the invited orchestra for a celebration performance of Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius with the Scunthorpe and Grimsby Choral Societies together with the Lydian singers - all conducted of course by Simon.

At the request of many friends of the orchestra, we have been asked to set up a mailing list.  This has now been done and if anyone wants to receive the occasional newsletter with information about the orchestra and future concerts, please send an email to friends@yorkguildhallorchestra.com


This web site gives just a flavour of the orchestra, its players and its achievements, which for an amateur music group in the truest sense, is of the highest quality - don’t take our word for it, read some of the reviews!

See a complete history of past concerts.  Although not entirely complete for all concerts, we try to include a word for word copy of the concert reviews - warts and all!



Email Newsletter
We are developing an email newsletter system for those of our loyal audience who would like to receive news and information about the orchestra and forthcoming concerts. If you are interested, please send an email to friends@yorkguildhallorchestra.com.
YGO In Scunthorpe
The orchestra is privilage to have been invited to perform with both the Scunthorpe and Gimsby Choral Societies in a performance of Elgar's magnificent "Dream of Gerontius". The performance will be in the Scunthorpe Baths Hall on Saturday 5th April 2014. Ticket information will be made available shortly.
Ticket Sales
Tickets for the orchestra's Barbican concerts are on sale. To purchase, please call in to the Barbican box office (10:00am 'till 2:00pm), phone 0844 854 2757, or go on-line www.yorkbarbican.co.uk.
Support your local orchestra
We are very grateful indeed to our current sponsers and to the loyal patrons. If anyone would like to support the orchestra either in cash or by way of business support, do please get in touch. Please visit the Patrons or Sponsorship pages for more detailed information.
Follow the orchestra on Facebook. Gossip and tidbits of information to amuse and inform!
Interested in playing in the YGO?
If you are interested in joining the orchestra, please visit the How to Join page for further information. Particular vacancies exist for Double Bass.
Orchestra in Residence
The York Guildhall Orchestra is delighted to have the agreement of the new owners of the York Barbican, SMG (Europe) Ltd to be entitled 'Orchestra in Residence'.
York Guildhall Orchestra Facebook page

Orchestra Sponsors and Supporters

Shepherd Group City of York Council O'Neill Associates Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors Bettys & Taylors Group

The York Guildhall Orchestra is a registered charity (number 700863).  It is affiliated to Making Music, which represents and supports amateur vocal, instrumental and promoting societies throughout the United Kingdom.

The York Guildhall Orchestra is grateful for assistance received from the City of York Council.

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Updated: 11 February 2014