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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.

We are pleased to announce our 38th concert season. 

We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Grace in our October concert - she played so beautifully in the third piano concerto of Béla Bartók. It was a great concert with fine playing by everyone, so thanks to all our players and to the wonderful audience who came to listen to us - even the crit was glowing in praise!  Grace played a wonderful encore, Balakirev’s arrangement of The Lark by Glinka - it was spellbinding.  The following day, Grace took four young pianists through their paces in a Master Class the next day - an excellent time was had by all.

Next February we will welcome one of the world's leading trombonists. Ian Bousfield is an amazing player and, what's more, he hails from our fair city of York!  It will be a privilege to welcome him to his home town and to hear him perform the Concertino by Ferdinand David and also the astonishingly difficult Variations on Blue Bells of Scotland by Arthur Prior - this is normally played with piano, but our intrepid music director is arranging it for orchestra - should prove interesting! 

Last, but definitely not least, our concert in May will feature the amazing talents of young violinist Jack Liebeck in the ever-popular concerto by Tchaikovsky.  Each concert this season will also feature a piece by Hector Berlioz - the concert in May will end with the semi-autobiographical and brilliant Symphonie Fantastique.

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

10th February, 2018 - 7:30pm

  • Berlioz - Overture “Les Franc-Juges”
  • David - Concertino for Trombone and Orchestra in Eb
            soloist - Ian Bousfield
  • Puccini - Nessun Dorma
            soloist - Ian Bousfield
  • Pryor - Variations on Blue Bells of Scotland
            soloist - Ian Bousfield
  • Beethoven - Symphony No.3 “Eroica”
Ian Bousfield

“The result is simply an incredible feat... He plays fiercely difficult passages as a cat toys with a mouse...”
British Bandsman Magazine 2006
(of the CD “Pryor Engagement”)

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19th May, 2018 - 7:30pm

  • Shostakovich - Festive Overture
  • Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto
            soloist - Jack Liebeck
  • Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique
Jack LiebeckJack Liebeck

“His playing is virtually flawless in its technical ease, scintillating articulateness and purity of tone”
Gramophone 2016

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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.

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 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.

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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