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.
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.
SATURDAY 5th FEBRUARY 2022
SATURDAY 23rd April 2022
St George’s Day Concert at the Rowntree Theatre
SATURDAY 14th MAY 2022
Martin Roscoe & Leeds Festival Chorus
** 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
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
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.
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In addition to our loyal
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:
Tickets are available from the Barbican box office by:
0203 356 5441
The box office also