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 amateur/volunteer 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.

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the recent passing of two dear friends and players of the orchestra.  Rosalind Richards, as a superb violinist, was a past and founder member of the orchestra; she also served the orchestra with distinction as its chairman. Shan Thomas was a stalwart member of the cello section of the orchestra; she also looked after the youngsters who came to play with us at first rehearsals and was the liaison with the York Music Hub for our Masterclass series.  Our heartfelt condolences go to both families - they will be sorely missed

Our final concert this season is in May when it will be a delight to welcome internationally renowned  Alison Balsom to play Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto. More details can be found on our Concerts Page


Tickets are available from the Barbican box office - by phone on 0844 854 2757, or via their web site.  You can collect tickets during box office opening hours which are 10:00am to 2:00pm on weekdays - or from 5:30pm on concert days.  The address of the Barbican is Paragon Street, York, YO10 4AH

We would urge anyone wanting to come to our concerts to try and sort out their tickets before turning up on the night.  The box office is open from 6:30pm on the day of the concert, but it can get very busy.

Do please come along and support one of the best symphony orchestras in the area!  We look forward to seeing you there.


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!



Future Soloists
The York Guildhall Orchestra is delighted that, by very popular demand, Alessandro Taverna will be returning to play with the orchestra in February 2016. And Alison Balsom will be joining the orchestra in May 2016.
Ticket Sales
To purchase tickets for our concerts, 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. YGO urges everyhone to buy their tickets prior to the event so as not to be caught up in a large queue for ticket sales on the night of the concert.
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.
Please follow the orchestra on Facebook. Gossip and tidbits of information to amuse and inform!
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.
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'.
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Orchestra Sponsors and Supporters

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

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: 6 February 2016