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Orchestra in Residence

“The City of York can be proud of the orchestra that bears its name.”

York’s renowned Guildhall Orchestra is one of the leading orchestral ensembles in the North of England.  It is an exceptionally fine amateur/volunteer symphony orchestra. 

Regularly working with top class international soloists, it is capable of giving high-quality performances of some of the most demanding large-scale works in the orchestral repertoire.

39th Concert Season

Our last concert on the 9th February was a superb event - the orchestra were on top form and Tasmin Little was an absolute superstar in the Scottish Fantasy by Max Bruch; the orchestra truly enjoyed performing alongside such wonderful instrumentalist.  Emily Lawler’s new piece for orchestra, which received its world premiére, very cleverly evoked the sounds of water, fire and air by using the instruments of the orchestra in ways never thought possible!  It was an intriguing work that everyone enjoyed.  For most of the orchestra - and possibly many of the audience too - the sixth symphony of Jean Sibelius was a wonderful discovery.  Many thanks to the lovely audience who came along to support us.

Our next visit to the York Barbican on the 18th May will see a return of the inimitable Ian Bousfield, world class trombonist, in the Grøndahl concerto.  There will also be the little matter of the Rte of Spring by Igor Stravinsky.  we can guarantee a very full stage - worth coming along to see how we fit in over 100 players!!

Do please come along and support this splendid band - we look forward to seeing you at one of our concerts! For more information on our future events, please visit the Concerts Page for more information.  our 40th season is being planned in detail - keep on the look out for more information..

18th May, 2019 - 7:30pm

  • Wagner - Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walküre
  • Grøndahl - Trombone Concerto
          soloist - Ian Bousfield
  • Korngold - Pierrot’s Tanzlied and Marietta’s Lied from Die Tote Stadt
  • Pryor - The Bluebells of Scotland
  • Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring

It will be a great pleasure to welcome back Ian Bousfield to perform with us again after his triumph last season.  This time it is the glorious, but little known concerto by Grøndahl.  Ian will also play two arias by Korngold and (by popular demand) the astonishing variations on The Bluebells of Scotland by Arthur Pryor.

The concert finishes with one of the more difficult pieces in the orchestral repertoire, the fantastic Rite of Spring by Stravinsky.

Ian Bousfield
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Venue and tickets

The York Barbican is located on Paragon Street, York, YO10 4AH.  It is run by SMG (Europe) Ltd

Tickets are available from the Barbican box office - by phone on 0844 854 2757, or via their web site.  You can collect tickets during box office opening hours which are 10:00am to 2:00pm on weekdays - or from 6:30pm on concert days.  Please note that SMG charge additional card and transaction fees that are outside our control.

We would urge anyone wanting to come to our concerts to try and sort out their tickets before turning up on the night.   The box office is open from 6:30pm on the day of the concert, but it can get very busy just before the concerts!

The box office also sell discounted parking tickets for the QPark on Kent Street at the rear of the Barbican.


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The York Guildhall Orchestra is a registered charity (number 700863).

It is affiliated to Making Music, which represents and supports amateur vocal, instrumental and promoting societies throughout the United Kingdom.

The York Guildhall Orchestra is grateful for the assistance received from the City of York Council

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