“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.

What’s on

It was wonderful for us to be able to start performing again – our first concert was warmly received by audience and orchestra members alike.  Sharing the concert with Leeds Festival Chorus was an added bonus – and our two soloists (Jenny Stafford and Oliver Johnston) sang absolutely superbly,

Our next concert will be on the 5th February 2022 with Rebecca Taylor performing Beethoven’s first piano concerto.  The season continues with a chamber concert in April and a programme of light music, and then concludes in May with a bang!  Visit our What’s On page for more information.

It has been quite a frustrating time for the orchestra as we have not played ‘live’ for quite some time – clearly as frustrating for you, our loyal audience, as much as it is for our players. We have done some virtual playing and created a couple of video recordings, the latest being a Yorkshire Medley – do have a look, it’s great fun; many thanks to Simon Wright for his wonderful arrangement.  More recently, we have managed to have some small live orchestra workshops – all suitably socially distanced of course – great fun and much enjoyed by all.

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


Rebecca Taylor

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SATURDAY 23rd April 2022

St George’s Day Concert at the Rowntree Theatre


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Martin Roscoe

SATURDAY 14th MAY 2022

Martin Roscoe & Leeds Festival Chorus

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** Please note that whilst we will endeavour to perform the concert as shown, the orchestra reserves the right, without prior notice, to amend the concert date, concert programme, soloist and ticket pricing should circumstances require. **

Covid Regulations for the York Barbican

Important information – please read

To help keep you, performers, and staff safe, the York Barbican have set some rules as part of their Covid Risk Assessment.

For detailed information, please visit:  Coronavirus (COVID-19) | York Barbican

Our sponsors

For any performing organisation, presenting concerts is a financial challenge. We’re proud to present our sponsors who allow us to thrive 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

Unless otherwise advertised, the provisional pricing for tickets for our concerts at the York 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 York Barbican Box Office.  The prices quoted here include all relevant charges.

Please note that the York 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 York Barbican.


York Barbican
Paragon Street
YO10 4AH

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