As the longest standing amateur orchestra in York, we aim to provide our musicians with an enriching environment to enjoy and develop their love of classical music, and to share this passion for beautiful music with our friends, families and the local community.

York Festival of Ideas – Peter and the Wolf

We enjoyed being part of the York Festival of Ideas this summer with our performance of Peter and the Wolf.

Our recording and activities for the York Festival of Ideas can still be found here (recording also below).

We are delighted to announce our collage competition winner, Zoey Whitehead (centre) and our runners up Emily Rowntree (left) and Polly Oldfield (right). A huge thank you to Mark Hearld who judged the competition and has given one of his wonderful prints as a prize.

1st prize, Zoey Whitehead

1st prize, Zoey Whitehead (9)

2nd Prize, Emily Rowntree (7)

3rd Prize, Polly Oldfield (10)

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(Please note, the audio will commence once the white bar is approximately 1/6 of the way along).

2020/21 Season

7.30 pm, Sunday 6 December 2020

Sibelius: Finlandia Op. 26
Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B Minor Op. 104
Jamal Aliyev: Cello
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E♭ Major “Eroica” Op. 55

7.30 pm, Saturday 27 March 2021

Smyth: The Wreckers Overture
Vaughan Williams: In the Fen Country
Elgar: Symphony No. 1 in A♭ Major Op. 55

7.30 pm, Saturday 26 June 2021

Marquez: Danson No. 2
Britten: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D Major Op. 43

For further details, please see the Concerts page.

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Please note, due to Covid-19, we hope to be able to play these concerts, but will only be able to play if it is safe to do so.

2019/20 Season

Saturday 4 July 2020 – Cancelled

Sadly, due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19, we’re very sorry that we have had to cancel our Spring and Summer concerts. We will, of course, refund any tickets, or hold tickets for a future concert, or if you  would like to donate your ticket to the YSO, we would be very grateful. Any donated monies will be used to cover costs already incurred for the cancellations.


2nd Trumpet – We are looking for a second trumpet to join our brass section.

Fifth Horn – This involves deputising for any of the four fixed section members at rehearsals when they are absent, or otherwise bumping on first. The position would suit a sensitive horn player who would not otherwise want the responsibility of playing a fixed part.

We currently have a vacancy in the Viola section.

If you are interested, please send your playing CV to: ysorch@googlemail.com
Players should be of grade 8 standard or demonstrate equivalent orchestral experience.

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