Patronage of the Orchestra

Welcome to our Patrons’ Page

We are very grateful to our loyal Patrons, whose names are shown on this page, for their valuable financial support during these unprecedented times when the future of live music itself seemed at risk – but we have survived!

Your contribution enables us to continue our outreach activity of giving free tickets to local schools via York Music Hub, which does so much for music education in the city – a vital investment in encouraging and building of audiences for the future

We simply could not have done this without your generous donations.

As a Patron you will be entitled to

  • discounts on concert tickets
  • privileged advance booking directly with YGO for the best seats
  • complimentary programme
  • exclusive listing in our concert programme and website
  • free invitation to our Chair’s pre-concert drinks reception
  • complimentary attendance at our soloists’ Masterclasses
  • free invitation to the YGO/YSJU orchestral workshop day
  • complimentary attendance at any of our rehearsals

Our history

You may be familiar with the remarkable story of the YGO. Founded in 1979 by John Hastie for one concert only – and here we are 42 years later!

In addition to the major works in the repertoire, we have also performed under Simon Wright’s encouraging and masterful baton, all the symphonies of Mahler and Sibelius – a unique double of which we are very proud.  We have regularly attracted world-class soloists to York and commissioned new works especially for the orchestra.  Our concert reviews are a testament to our successful endeavours over the years.  You can listen to us here.

Simon Wright on music for our 42nd season

“I would like to add my thanks to those of Angelo for the support you have so generously given to the YGO over the last few difficult years.  It is very good to be able to be back making music again together, the last year really felt in many ways as though we were just starting again and yet it also had the feeling of a grand reunion.

“This season in October we have programmed many popular favourites including Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending with a young ex-member of the orchestra as soloist.  There will also be two pieces which, sadly, in the last week have become particularly appropriate at this time, Handel’s Zadok the Priest and Tavener’s Song for Athene

“We are looking forward to two concerts in collaboration with the Leeds Festival Chorus (including Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in February) and a concert in May when we will play Rachmaninoff’s wonderful 2nd Symphony.

 “I do hope that you can join us for our music making and I thank you again for your most valuable ongoing support.”

Sign up to become a Patron

Please complete a Standing Order (on-line if you have internet banking) with the following details:

  • Name of the organisation:  The York Guildhall Orchestra
  • Bank Details:  HSBC Bank, Parliament Street, York
  • Account Number:  11192523
  • Sort Code:  40-47-31
  • Reference:  Your name

The minimum annual subscription is £75 for a single patron or £120 for joint patronage, which can also be paid in instalments if that is more convenient.  Any contributions above these amounts will also be of enormous help.

Once your Standing Order has been set up, or if you need any further information, just email me at…

… and I will be happy to help.

Thank you for supporting us and we look forward to welcoming you to our concerts.

Angelo Braganza
Patrons’ Secretary

List of Patrons (as at 8/5/2022)

Penelope Armour (in memoriam)

Ian Bainbridge

Mr & Mrs P J Bartle

Trevor Berry

Tom Bird

Mrs M A Blakeson

Ellen and David Bradbury

Loretta Braganza

Dr R Brech

Clare Brind

Dr Alyson Brody

Mrs Eileen Brody

David & Wendy Brooks

John & Josephine Bryan

Margaret Bryan

Helen Byrne

Katharine Carter

Mrs Lucy Charnock

Mrs Colleen Copley

Mrs Christina Cramb

Terry & Mary Crawford

Ian Cuthbertson

Mr & Mrs R Dexter–Smith

Mr D Dickson

Helen & Robert Dobson

Geoff Egginton

Mr A Evans

Mr F & Mrs M J Finney

Mr & Mrs K Freeman

Mrs Olwyn Fuller

Ann Green CBE

David & Janet Hopton

Jeremy & Paula Horsfield

Clare Howard

Cathy Hunter

Rosemary Johnson (in memoriam)

Frances Jones

Graham Long (in memoriam)

Mr L & Mrs C E Mackinlay

Prof. Andy Marvin & Heather Marvin

Cllr. Ashley Mason

Mr D Miller & Mrs S Gray

Jacky Moran

Paul & Ellen Murphy

Sheila Newman (in memoriam)

Giles & Alex Nightingale

Dr Maureen A Porter

Prof. Tony & Dr Eva Robards

Cllr C Runciman

David Rymer & Laurent Simon

Tina & Peter Sanderson

Mark Saunders

Marc Schatzberger

Nigel Tooze & Chris Shaw

Rome Sigsworth

Gerard Simpson

Helen Speight

Peter & Penny Smith

Gill Stilwell

Commodore Paul Sutermeister

Kathrine Sykes

Mark Sykes

Judith Thorpe

Peter & June Vaughan

Miss V Walpole

Hon Alderman Richard Watson

Mrs Ann Wilson

Clive Woolley

Honor Wright

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