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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 and large 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.

38th concert season. 

our final concert this season took place in the Barbican to a large audience - many thanks to everyone who came to support us and hear the wonderful playing of our soloist, Jack Liebeck.  Jack also gave a Masterclasses on the Sunday following the concert to six very lucky young violinists, giving them a one-to-one session as they play their prepared pieces for Jack to review and advise on technique and interpretation

Later on this season, the orchestra will appear again, accompanying the fabulous Leeds Festival Chorus in a concert to be performed in Ripon Cathedral on Saturday 14th July.  See below for more details.  Plans are also coming together for our next season, which will include two extra concerts - a visit to Helmsley for an all Mozart concert w chamber orchestra made up of regular YGO players, and a family concert in January 2019.  Visit our Next Season page for more details.

Do please come along and support this splendid group of players - we look forward to seeing you at one of our concerts! 

For more information on our events, please visit the Concerts Page.

14th July, 2018 - 7:30pm

A concert in aid of the Ripon Cathedral Development Campaign

Featuring the Leeds Festival Chorus, baritone Robert Brooks and the York Guildhall Orchestra, conducted by Simon Wright.

  • Handel - Zadock the Priest
  • Tallis - O nata lux
  • Lauridson - O magnum mysterium
  • Bruckner - Ecce scaredos
  • Bach - Jesu, joy of man’s desiring
  • Mozart - Laudate Dominum
  • Poulenc - Litanies
  • Poulenc - Gloria
  • Tchaikovsky - Waltz & Polonaise (Eugene Onegin)
Ripon Cathedral
Leeds Festival Chorus
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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.


Sponsorship & support...

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 - info@yorkguildhallorchestra.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 soirĂ©es, 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.

Keep in touch...

At the request of many friends of the orchestra and members of our loyal audience, we have been asked to set up a mailing list. 

This has now been done and we will publish occasional newsletters containing information about the orchestra and future concerts. All information is held in accordance with our
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