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.

Dates for your Diary

York Festival of Ideas – 2nd to 14th June 2020

“One morning, a young boy named Peter opened his gate and walked out into the big green meadow that was beyond it…”

Join the York Symphony Orchestra, a duck, a bird, a cat and of course young Peter in the tale of a greedy wolf and a brave young boy! Narrated by BBC Radio York’s Adam Tomlinson.

Let your creative juices flow – take part in our collage competition in collaboration with York artist Mark Hearld and complete our interactive activity booklet whilst listening to YSO’s performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.


With thanks to Pál Kerekes for his recording of YSO Summer Concert 2019.

2020/21 Season

Concert dates:

Sunday 6 December 2020
Saturday 27 March 2021
Saturday 26 June 2021

All concerts are at 7.30pm at the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York, YO10 5DD

For details of our programmes, 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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