39th Concert Season

Please note that whilst we will always endeavour to perform the programmes as shown below, the orchestra reserves the right, should circumstances require, to change programme details, ticket arrangements, ticket prices or soloists without further notice.

Saturday, 13th October, 2018, 7:30pm
York Barbican

  • Brahms - Tragic Overture
  • Beethoven - Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor
  • Brahms - Symphony No.4 in E minor

Simon Wright - Conductor
Martin Roscoe - Piano
Fiona Love - Leader

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A welcome return for Martin Roscoe sees one of this country’s foremost interpreters of Beethoven perform the third piano concerto. 

The concert is top and tailed by Brahms, his turbulent Tragic Overture to start and the wonderful fourth symphony with the famous Passacaglia final movement to conclude the concert.

Sunday, 18th November, 2018 - 2:30pm
Helmsley Arts Centre

  • Mozart - Eine kleine Nachtmusik
  • Mozart - Piano Conceto No.23 in A
  • Mozart - 4 Contretšnze
  • Mozart - Symphony No.33 in Bb

Simon Wright - Conductor
Rebecca Taylor - Piano
Fiona Love - Leader

Tickets are £15 (£7.50 for children under 16).  Available from the Helmsley Arts Centre Box office on 01439 771700 -
or boxoffice@helmsleyarts.com .

Rebecca Taylor

The YGO venture away from its routine venue for a chamber concert in the Arts Centre, Helmsley.  This is a Sunday chamber concert with an all Mozart programme featuring Scarborough raised and up and coming star pianist, Rebecca Taylor. 

The orchestra first played the Eine Kleine in 2017 in a concert in Ripon - everyone enjoyed it so much, Simon has included it in this concert!  The symphony is rarely played, but it is a glorious piece and deserves to be performed more often.

Saturday, 5th January, 2019 - 3:00pm
York Barbican

  • Barry - Out of Africa
  • Strauss - Emperor Waltzes
  • Strauss - Tritsch-Tratsch Polka
  • Prokofiev - Peter and the Wolf
  • Barry - On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (A View to a kill)
  • Lehar - Gold and Silver Waltzes
  • Strauss - Thunder & Lightening Polka
  • Barry - Born Free (Lions at Play)
  • Strauss - Champagne Polka
  • Strauss - Blue Danube Waltzes

Simon Wright - Conductor
Lynne Dawson - Narrator
Fiona Love - Leader

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Happy New Year’ - a selection of music for all the family, compŤred by the president of the orchestra, Lynne Dawson.  Lynne is also the narrator in the wonderful family favourite, Peter and the Wolf. There will be various famous waltzes and polkas from by Strauss family.  Interspersed between these works will be popular John Barry themes.

It is hoped to involve local groups of dancers as part of the entertainment - who knows, we might be able to put in a dance floor for audience members to participate!

Saturday, 9th February, 2019 - 7:30pm
York Barbican

  • Humperdinck - Overture Hansel & Gretel
  • Emily Lawler - Elemental Soundscapes (World Premiere)
  • Sibelius - Symphony No.6
  • Bruch - Scottish Fantasy
  • Tchaikovsky - Sleeping Beauty Suite

Simon Wright - Conductor
Tasmin Little - Violin
Fiona Love - Leader


The winter concert sees the orchestra continue with its journey through the major symphonic works of Jean Sibelius - this time it is his 6th symphony. As part of our involvement with our partner, York St John University, we work with their students.  Emily Lawler’s piece is one the orchestra worked on in 2018; it is a fascinating work that plays with the different sounds that orchestral instruments can produce.

We are thrilled to have secured world renowned violin soloist, Tasmin Little, for this concert; she will be performing the wonderful Bruch Scottish Fantasy.

Saturday, 18th May, 2019 - 7:30pm
York Barbican

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

Simon Wright - Conductor
Ian Bousfield - Trombone
Fiona Love - Leader

Ian Bousfield - 2

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 GrÝndahl.  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.

For information on more concert dates in our forthcoming seasons,
please visit the
Future Seasons Page

Tickets & Parking information...


£25.30, £20.80 and £17.45 - Senior Citizens: reductions available on advertised prices.
Students and children in full time education - £6.20

Prices shown include all the booking and facility fees levied by the York Barbican. Tickets are available from the York Barbican Box Office
0844 854 2757

Please note: The box office is run by SMG (Europe) Ltd, not by YGO. for more information on SMG’s charges please click here.


The closest parking is QPark on Kent Street behind the Barbican.  Discount vouchers are be available from the Barbican Box Office - ask for more details when you purchase your concert ticket.

Parking is also available on Peel Street and St Georges Field.