Patrons & Friends

Welcome to our Patrons’ and Friends’ Page

Our Big Anniversary Offer!

We are very pleased to say that we are marking our 40th anniversary season with enhancements to our supporters’ benefit package.

As a Friend you will receive

  • discounts on concert tickets
  • direct advance booking for the best seats via YGO
  • complimentary attendance at any of our rehearsals

As a Patron you will additionally be entitled to

  • complimentary programme
  • exclusive listing in our concert programme
  • free invitation to our Chair’s pre-concert drinks reception
  • complimentary attendance at our soloists’ Master class
  • free invitation to the YGO/YSJU orchestral workshop day

The last forty years

You may be familiar with the remarkable story of the YGO. Founded in 1979 by John Hastie for one concert only – here we are starting our 40th season in September 2019!

Over that time, we have played most of the symphonic music in the Romantic and early twentieth century repertoire. Under Simon Wright’s encouraging, masterful baton we have performed the entire symphonic output of both 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.

Our future

‘The City of York can be proud of the orchestra that bears its name’ was how one critic described the orchestra.  Your financial support will help us maintain these demanding standards in the future in the face of ever increasing costs.

The loudest cheer we get at Simon’s now traditional ‘thank you’ concert speech is the mention of the free tickets we give to schools, done with the kind support of the wonderful York Music Hub that does so much for music education in the city.  With your contributions, we can continue this vital investment in encouraging and building the audiences of tomorrow.

Sign up for our Big Anniversary Offer

All you have to do is to download, print and complete the three forms shown at the bottom of this page.

  • Standing Order Form: to specify your personal contribution
    Patron – £75/£120 (single/joint). or
    Friend – £30
    If you wish to donate more than the these minimum amounts, please do so as every £ extra helps
  • Gift Aid form: to increase your contribution by 25% at no cost to you if you are a UK tax payer
  • GDPR form: to allow us to keep you informed of our activities

Return all the completed forms to:

York Guildhall Orchestra
York Music Hub
Archbishop Holgate School
Hull Road
YO10 5ZA

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

Angelo Braganza
Patrons’ Secretary

For more information, please contact:

List of Patrons ( as at 18/7/2020)


Mr & Mrs P J Bartle

Trevor Berry

Tom Bird

Loretta Braganza

Dr R Brech

Alyson Brody

David & Wendy Brooks

John & Josephine Bryan

Margaret Bryan

Andrew Carter

Katharine Carter

Mrs Colleen Copley

Mrs C 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

Frances Jones

Mr L & Mrs C E Mackinlay

Prof. Andy Marvin & Heather Marvin

Mr D Miller & Mrs S Gray

Paul & Ellen Murphy

Sheila Newman (in memorium)

Giles & Alex Nightingale

Dr Maureen A Porter

Prof. Tony & Dr Eva Robards

Cllr C Runciman

David Rymer & Laurent Simon

Tina & Peter Sanderson

Mark Saunders

Patrick Scott

Marc Schatzberger

Nigel Tooze & Chris Shaw

Rome Sigsworth

Gerard Simpson

Peter & Penny Smith

Prof. Karen Stanton

Gill Stilwell

Judith Thorpe

Peter & June Vaughan

Miss V Walpole

Hon Alderman Richard Watson

Mrs Ann Wilson

Clive Woolley

Honor Wright

All information held about our Patrons and Friends is fully in accordance with our GDPR undertakings.

Standing Order Form


Gift Aid Form


York Barbican
Paragon Street
YO10 4AH



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