“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.

“If giving concerts is about weaving spells, the YGO’s performance… was a magician’s dream.”

Martin Dryer

The Press

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

Our 42nd season commences on 15th October – we have some wonderful music to present to you.  Please visit our What’s On page for more 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.

“The City of York can be proud of the orchestra that bears its name.”

Yorkshire Post

Will Clark


An evening of popular music

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Soloist montage


An all-Beethoven Concert

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Sergei Rachmaninov

SATURDAY 20th MAY 2023

Bernstein, Korngold and Rachmaninov 

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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. **

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.

Venue & Tickets

Unless otherwise advertised, tickets for our concerts at the York Barbican are priced as follows:

£24.00 & £18.50

Children and Students £7.50

The prices quoted here include service and facility fees as charged by the York Barbican Box Office, over which the orchestra has no control.  There may also be an additional transaction fee.

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

Please allow extra time to get through the security.

The York Barbican is located:

Paragon Street
YO10 4AH.

Tickets are available on-line only from the Barbican box office at:


We would urge our audience members to book their tickets on-line as this is by far the easiest method and avoids queuing delays on the evening of the concert.  However, the box office is also manned from 5:00pm on the day of the concert. 

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

The York Barbican’s current position on COVID is contained on their website here.


York Barbican
Paragon Street
YO10 4AH

York Guildhall Orchestra

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