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.

Valentine Day Special Concert

What a stunning concert last Saturday - fabulous music, fabulous soloist and the best audience we have had for years!  The orchestra played their hearts out - well done to everyone involved.  Our intrepid cello section even found the energy to play an after-show encore with several arrangements for massed cellos - including a hysterical and superb arrangement of Nellie the Elephant by our very own Simon Wright!  A great way to end a fun evening

May 16th

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 Shostakovich.

See our Concerts Page for more details.


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 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!



Rebecca Taylor wins award
Rebecca Taylor, piano soloist in our Valentine Day's special concert, recently won the prestigious Accompanist Prize at the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards 2014 at the Wigmore Hall in London. We are all very proud of her.
CÚline Forrest wins competition
CÚline Forrest, mezzo soprano soloist in our forthcoming Valentine Day Special concert, recently won the Welsh Singers Competition. In doing so, CÚline gains will be representing Wales in the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition later on this year.
Please follow the orchestra on Facebook. Gossip and tidbits of information to amuse and inform!
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.
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.
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: 15 February 2015