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! And for most of the orchestra - and probably 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 events, please visit the Concerts Page.
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.
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.
For any performing organisation, presenting concerts is a challenge, not least because of the expense. The committee of the orchestra work hard in a voluntary capacity to keep expenditure to a minimum, however costs can be quite startling.
The orchestra continuously strives to balance the twin aims of improving the already high standard of performance and the increasing popularity of the concerts, whilst at the same time advancing financial stability. A major influence on the financial status of the orchestra is the increasingly necessary support from commercial sponsors.
Please the Sponsorship page for more information on how you might be able to exploit the possibilities that sponsorship of a respected and renowned organisation like the York Guildhall Orchestra. Further information can be obtained from our Corporate Affairs Manager, Peter Vaughan - email@example.com
The loyal support of patrons make an invaluable contribution to its success and financial security. This enables the orchestra to promote exciting events that otherwise would be impractical.
Benefits may include advance notice of the orchestra’s activities, the opportunity to attend rehearsals, privileged booking for the orchestra’s concerts, an invitation to after-show soirées, an invitation to social events run by the orchestra.
We are very grateful to our patrons for their financial assistance - especially those who enter into a Gift Aid agreement.
For more information on how you could support the orchestra, please visit the Patrons page.
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Last updated 11 January 2019
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