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 2021

We are delighted to be taking part in the York Festival of Ideas again this year in collaboration with York Printmaker Gerard Hobson.

“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.

Winners of the 2021/22 competition.

Thank you to everyone who entered our competition. We had over 50 entries and it was a tough job for York printmaker Gerard Hobson to choose a winner!

The winners are:

Age ten and over – 1st- Juliette Rose Philipose – peacock playing a cello, 2nd- Amaranth Ali – frog playing the harp, 3rd- Alice Dilley – turkey playing the bassoon (highly commended – Jemina Goodwin (Y6)- Bush baby playing the flute, Will L- (11) Dinosaur playing cello).

Age nine and under –  1st – Henry Till – bear playing guitar, 2nd- Edwin Gameson – Labrador playing the piano, 3rd – Lottie Wass – birds playing flute and guitar (highly commended – Patrick Curran – Bear playing drums with a band of other animals).

Winners will receive a Gerard Hobson print and tickets to the YSO Summer concert 2022 on Saturday 26th June 2022.

With thanks to Gerard for judging and donating his beautiful prints and Pál Kerekes for his recording of YSO Summer Concert 2019.

2021/2022 Season

Our next concert is on Sunday 5th December 2021 at 7.30pm and will include Sibelius Finlandia, Dvorak Cello Concerto in B Minor and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” in belated celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

For full details on this concert, and future concerts, 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.


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 vacancies in the Viola and Violin sections.

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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