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.

Our opening concert went with a real swing - some fabulous music making enjoyed by a large audience - thank you all for your support.  So-Ock played one of the best performances of the Mendelssohn you would be ever likely to hear - fabulous.  The Sibelius symphony was passionate and very moving.  Well done to all the players who put their heart and soul into the performance

Next February, our concert falls on Valentine's Day - so of course we could not pass up that  opportunity.  The concert will feature various pieces associated with joys and travails of unrequited love!  Joining us will some wonderful young talent - Rebecca Taylor (piano), CÚline Forrest (soprano) and Oliver Johnston (tenor) - who are making quite a name for themselves on the stage.  CÚline recently won a place through to finals of the Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 2015 representing Wales.  See our Concerts Page for more details.

We are thrilled that Internationally famed guitarist Craig Ogden (currently featured on Classic FM) will be coming to play the delicious Concierto de Aranjuez by Rodrigo.  This will be next May, when we will also play some fun pieces by Richard Strauss and Shostakovitch.

Tickets are available as usual 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 6:30pm on concert days. 

Do please come along and support York's best symphony orchestra!  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!



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 was privilaged to have been asked by a group of choirs in Scunthorpe, including the Grimsby Choral Society to perform Elgar's wonderful "Dream of Gerontius". The performance took place in Scunthorpe Baths Hall on Saturday 5th April 2014, to great acclaim.
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.
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

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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: 19 October 2014