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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 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 this season was a tremendous success and probably broke all records for the number of performers on stage - 106!

Ian Bousfield, world class trombonist, was superb in the Gr√łndahl concerto.  His rendition of the two arias from Korngold’s opera Die Tote Stadt - glorious music in the big Hollywood style - were simply sublime; what glorious music that well deserves to be more widely performed.  And of course, we had to get Ian to play the ridiculously difficult arrangement of The Blue Bells of Scotland by Arthur Pryor.   And then there was  the little matter of the Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky - quite an orchestral show-piece - which went superlatively well to great acclaim by audience and critic alike. 

Next season will be our 40th anniversary and we are planning some wonderful concerts. Come back to visit for more information.

Do please come along and support this splendid group - we look forward to seeing you at one of our concerts! For more information on our future events, please visit the Concerts Page for more information.  our 40th season is being planned in detail - keep on the look out for more information..

Next season’s dates

12th October, 2019 - 7:30pm - York Barbican

10th November, 2019 - 3:30pm - Helmsley Arts Centre

4th January, 2020 - 3:30pm - York Barbican

15th February, 2020 - 3:30pm - York Barbican

9th May, 2020 - 3:30pm - York Barbican

Details of the concerts and featured soloists will be published when the arrangements are complete.

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.


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The York Guildhall Orchestra is a registered charity (number 700863).

It is affiliated to Making Music, which represents and supports amateur vocal, instrumental and promoting societies throughout the United Kingdom.

The York Guildhall Orchestra is grateful for the assistance received from the City of York Council

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