Welcome to our Patrons and Friends Page

Our Big Anniversary Offer!

I am 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
  • 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 all ten Mahler symphonies and, in October, will play the last of all seven Sibelius symphonies.  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.  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 complete the attached

  • Standing Order form: to specify your annual contribution

Patron £75 /£120 (single/joint) or Friend £30

If you wish to contribute more than the above 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’s School
Hull Rd
YO10 5ZA

We thank you for your support and look forward to welcoming you.

Angelo Braganza
Patrons’ Secretary

For more information, please contact:

All information held as part of our Patrons and Friends scheme is help fully in accordance with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulatio

Standing Order Form


Gift Aid Form


York Barbican
Paragon Street
YO10 4AH



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