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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.

Our audience at our last concert was in very good voice for our Last Night of the Proms style event - well done to all who came along and joined in the singing in Pomp & Circumstance, Rule Britannia and Jerusalem.  It was thoroughly enjoyed by all - including the critic who came along to hear us.

The concert was a great success with two world premieres being very well received by all.  Both composers were in the audience and very appreciative both of our rendition and the audience's reception.  Our soloist, Louise Winter, gave a beautiful rendition of the Elgar Sea Pictures - glorious singing presented with a sparkling enthusiasm.  We were also well supported by a chorus made up from various York choirs - Micklegate Singers, Chanticleer Singers, Chapter House Choir, York St John University Chamber Choir, plus members of the Leeds Festival Chorus.  Louise also helped us run a Master Class workshop for five budding singers, held in York St John University's chapel. 

Next season is in development and will will be announced shortly.  It will include the next in our run through the major orchestral works of Sibelius, his 5th symphony.  We shall also have Grace Huang joining us again, this time in Bartok’s third piano concerto.  we will also perform Beethoven's Eroica symphony - a popular favourite.

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, please visit the Concerts Page

Venue and tickets

The York Barbican is located on Paragon Street, York, YO10 4AH.

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.

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.

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

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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.

If anyone wants any further information , please send an email to: