A-Z of CATEGORIES

Area: Yorkshire (North)

The Category Harrogate is a subset of Yorkshire (North). Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with the Harrogate which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Harrogate Competitive Festival for Music, Speech and Drama

- Harrogate Harmony Barbershop Chorus

- Knaresborough Choral Society

- National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company

 

Category Harrogate
! Harrogate KEY
VISITS (to Website)61
VIEWS (of this Record)76

The Category Ilkley is a subset of Yorkshire (North). Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Ilkley which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- King's Hall Ilkley

 

Category Ilkley
! Ilkley KEY
VISITS (to Website)67
VIEWS (of this Record)78

The Category Malton is a subset of Yorkshire (North). Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with the Malton which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Helmsley Arts Centre

- Malton & Norton Musical Theatre

- Ryedale Jazz

 

Category Malton
! Malton KEY
VISITS (to Website)88
VIEWS (of this Record)94

The Category Northallerton is a subset of Yorkshire (North). Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with the Northallerton which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Alverton Singers

- Thirsk Royal British Legion Band

 

Category Northallerton
! Northallerton KEY
VISITS (to Website)69
VIEWS (of this Record)89

The Category Otley is a subset of Yorkshire (North). Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with the Otley which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Aireborough Gilbert & Sullivan Society

- Otley Ukulele Orchestra

- White Rose Chorus

 

Category Otley
! Otley KEY
VISITS (to Website)66
VIEWS (of this Record)89

The Category Richmond is a subset of Yorkshire (North). Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Richmond (North Yorks) which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Richmondshire Choral Society

 

Category Richmond
! Richmond KEY
VISITS (to Website)70
VIEWS (of this Record)76

The Category Ripon is a subset of Yorkshire (North). Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Ripon which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

Category Ripon
! Ripon KEY
VISITS (to Website)77
VIEWS (of this Record)68

The Category Scarborough is a subset of Yorkshire (North). Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Scarborough which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Eskdale Festival of the Arts

- Scarborough Choral Society

 

Category Scarborough
! Scarborough KEY
VISITS (to Website)75
VIEWS (of this Record)65

The Category Selby is a subset of Yorkshire (North). Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Selby which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Abbey Belles Chorus

- Northern Comfort Barbershop Singers

 

Category Selby
! Selby KEY
VISITS (to Website)63
VIEWS (of this Record)70

The Category Skipton is a subset of Yorkshire (North). Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Skipton which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

Category Skipton
! Skipton KEY
VISITS (to Website)50
VIEWS (of this Record)66

The Category Wetherby is a subset of Yorkshire (North). Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with the Wetherby which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Daytones Harmony Chorus

 

Category Wetherby
! Wetherby KEY
VISITS (to Website)51
VIEWS (of this Record)68

The Category York is a subset of Yorkshire (North). Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with the City of York which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Main Street Sound

- School of Performance & Media Production [York St John]

- Spirit of Harmony

- Tuesday Singers York

- York Barbican

- York Classical Guitar Society

- York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir

 

Category York
! York KEY
VISITS (to Website)56
VIEWS (of this Record)87

‘Created in 1991 ... With concerts, dances, workshops, sessions and street entertainment on offer, there should be something for everybody.’ Held Late September.

 

Category Folk Festivals
* Black Sheep Otley Folk Festival
VISITS (to Website)303
VIEWS (of this Record)333

'Meets every Thursday night ... Special guests and resident performers appear at the club most weeks with a singers and musicians "Come All Ye" once every four weeks or so ... Additional concerts at the National Centre for Early Music.'

 

Category York
* Black Swan Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)79
VIEWS (of this Record)117

'Annual course gives brass enthusiasts throughout the globe an opportunity to study, learn and socialise with a world class music staff and like-minded musicians ... Having spent seven successful years (2010-2016) in the Suffolk town of Framingham, the BBSS has been in search of a new home with its 2017 and 2018 courses taking place in Taunton and Culford respectively. However, the search is now over! The BBSS Board of Directors are delighted to announce that this year's course [2019], and many more for the foreseeable future, will take place in the brass band heartlands of Yorkshire, England.’ Held Mid August.

 

* Brass Band Summer School
VISITS (to Website)305
VIEWS (of this Record)357

'The British Music Society of York is not quite what the name might lead you to think. It is simply an organisation which, as its core activity, stages six chamber music concerts per year, its season running from October to March. For historical reasons, however, it still has more the structure of a music society: its subscribers are called members, and the Society's committee and officers are appointed at an AGM, held in May or June.'

 

* British Music Society of York
VISITS (to Website)305
VIEWS (of this Record)606

‘The cmrc at the University of York supports and promotes creativity in contemporary music of all kinds. Firmly committed to the idea of practice as research, our staff and students are all dedicated to the creation of new music through composition, improvisation and performance ... Cmrc hosts a packed schedule of seminars, performances and workshops every term, with distinguished visiting artists and scholarship.’

 

* Contemporary Music Research Centre [York]
VISITS (to Website)206
Also indexedcmrc | University of York
VIEWS (of this Record)318

‘An acknowledged world-leader in creative, practical and scholarly approaches to music. You will be taught by active professionals, and our modules are informed directly by recent research. Our flexible course structure is unique in the UK, and promotes academic excellence through practical experience. Our alumni occupy positions of significance nationally within the music industry and associated professions.’

 

* Department of Music [York]
VISITS (to Website)135
Also indexedUniversity of York
VIEWS (of this Record)237

‘Has grown to become one of Yorkshire’s premiere art and music festivals. Played out in the heart of the beautiful Dales’ village of Grassington over the last two weeks of June, the festival offers an eclectic daily programme of music, comedy and cultural events ...   Grassington Festival is also proud of its Festival in the Community, which is a range of collaborative projects that provide exciting opportunities for local schools, care homes and community groups to get involved in the festival, and create anything from art installations to music concerts.’

 

Category Arts Festivals
* Grassington Festival
VISITS (to Website)250
VIEWS (of this Record)428

‘Offers ensemble experience to young & adult musicians. We have orchestras & bands ranging from beginner to senior level.’

 

Category Harrogate
* Harrogate Music Centre
VISITS (to Website)160
VIEWS (of this Record)496

'The origins can be traced back to 8 March 1942 when Cyril Smith gave the first of 31 concerts that were held from 1942 to 1946 (with a stunning array of artists). These concerts culminated in the formation of the Ilkley Concert Club at an open meeting held in the Ilkley Playhouse on 8 April 1946 and the first concert was given by Denis Matthews on the 28 August 1946 ... and the rest is history! ...'

 

* Ilkley Concert Club
VISITS (to Website)228
VIEWS (of this Record)424

‘Join us every Saturday evening. We continue to present the very best of British and overseas bands plus international world class soloists! ... Don't forget to bring your favourite tipple - we provide the glasses.‘

 

Category Jazz Clubs
* Jazz in the Spa
VISITS (to Website)123
VIEWS (of this Record)245

‘A whole week of music making for amateur musicians Whether your musical taste is for classical, jazz, popular, or folk, performing, composing or conducting, M4P has a music course to suit you ... led by our expert tutors in a friendly, supportive residential setting of Giggleswick School in the Yorkshire dales.’ Held Early August.

 

* M4P Summer School of Music
VISITS (to Website)247
Also indexedMusic for People
VIEWS (of this Record)350

'An annual medieval music festival wholly dedicated to medieval music-making. It's unique in the UK.' Held Early September.

 

* Medieval Music in the Dales
VISITS (to Website)343
VIEWS (of this Record)545

Moonbeams Events is a series of lovely relaxed nights of lovely music - dedicated to bringing the best acoustic, folk and roots music to East Yorkshire ... The Moonbeams Festival is set in the grounds of the award winning Wold Top Brewery, perched on top of the Yorkshire Wolds (held Early July) ... And each year in March, Moonbeams takes over the Bell Hotel in Driffield, for the now "Wold Famous" Moonbeams March Weekend. A fabulous Winter Gathering at this gorgeous venue with a line up that will impress all!'

 

Category Folk Festivals
* Moonbeams Festival
VISITS (to Website)355
VIEWS (of this Record)326

‘There's a potent sense of voyage and discovery about the Musicport Festival, which sets sail from Whitby every October. Indeed, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the Pavilion, with its tall windows and invigorating view of the North Sea, had unmoored itself from the West Pier in search of a world of diverse rhythms, melodies, food, dances and poems. In truth, the festival, complete with its six stages and impressive line-up of global performers, needn't go anywhere. Every autumn, the delightful northern seaside town of Whitby provides the only destination for which you'd need to steer to sample an exciting variety of world-class world acts.‘ Held Mid October.

 

Category Folk Festivals
* Musicport Festival
VISITS (to Website)241
VIEWS (of this Record)218

'Based in a medieval church in York. Home of the internationally acclaimed York Early Music Festival, the NCEM promotes a year-round series of jazz, world, folk and early music concerts as well as a thriving education programme.'

 

Category Early Music
* National Centre for Early Music
VISITS (to Website)273
VIEWS (of this Record)468

‘Set upon the majestic North York Moors National Park and along its magnificent Jurassic coastline, our festival contains many unique qualities which capacity audiences and loyal followers are testament to. International musicians who express their talents in an atmosphere of friendship and celebration, perform in ten of the extraordinary historical churches this region has to offer, nestled within hamlets, dales, remote moorland and coastal villages. Each venue contains its own ambience of mystery which the audiences- and the music- bring to life. This chemistry creates a community ...’ Held Mid August.

 

* North York Moors Chamber Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)234
VIEWS (of this Record)347

‘Every Saturday morning, during term time, around 200 children meet ... to make music. Offering all students from Grade 1 standard the opportunity to be part of a vibrant exciting Music Centre ... either in the Junior String Orchestra if you play a string instrument, or Junior Woodwind, Brass or WindBand if you play a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument ... Once you are around Grade 4 standard you can join either the Symphony Orchestra, String Ensemble, Jazz or WindBand ... We also have Guitar Groups, a Senior Choir and Theory Class.’

 

* Northallerton Music Centre
VISITS (to Website)168
VIEWS (of this Record)282

'Born in 1994, centred around the picturesque village of Aldborough near York. It has fast established itself as one of the most prestigious classical music events in the country ... "well on its way to being one of the leading fixtures on the classical music calendar".' Held Late June.

 

* Northern Aldborough Festival
VISITS (to Website)196
VIEWS (of this Record)420

'Operational since 2001, NYMAZ’s vision is that all young people in North Yorkshire will have the opportunity to actively engage in music, regardless of their circumstances. We are a strategic partner of Youth Music, one of only 13 in the country, working to create a musically-inclusive England.'

 

* NYMAZ [North Yorkshire]
VISITS (to Website)212
VIEWS (of this Record)393

'Acts as a host for local singers and musicians and for guest artists. Singing and playing usually starts around 8:30 p.m. The Folk Club works on rotation basis, alternating weekly between singers nights and booked artists ... New performers always welcome, whether you are a singer or a musician, solo artist or group. Simply turn up on the night' (or contact beforehand).

 

Category Folk Clubs
* Otley Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)181
VIEWS (of this Record)380

'The Richmondshire Concerts take place in a light, airy ex-cinema, now called the Influence Church, in Victoria Road, Richmond. It's the best classical music venue in the district. It's warm, and has comfortable, raked seating, clear sight-lines and an excellent acoustic. Seats are un-numbered. The venue is about 20 minutes by car from Leyburn or Darlington, 30 from Northallerton, Bedale or Barnard Castle, 40 from Thirsk, Ripon, Stockton or Durham ...'

 

* Richmondshire Concerts
VISITS (to Website)290
VIEWS (of this Record)443

'Concerts take place once a month, normally on Monday's in the quire of Ripon Cathedral.'

 

* Ripon Concerts
VISITS (to Website)289
Also indexedCathedral Concert Society
VIEWS (of this Record)464

‘Since 1998, RIF has brought the best of international musical & theatrical art to North Yorkshire ... A world-class celebration of great orchestras, choral, chamber and folk concerts, jazz, gypsy, literary celebrities and poetry, in magnificent Ripon Cathedral, the Royal Hall – Harrogate’s “Palace of Gold”, Markenfield Hall – moated mediaeval manor, and historic village churches. Come and experience the festival’s distinctive atmosphere in an area full of history and natural beauty.’ Main Festival held throughout September.

 

* Ripon International Festival
VISITS (to Website)114
VIEWS (of this Record)240

‘Every year, the Ryedale Festival welcomes outstanding performers from all over the world, both established and emerging, to perform a wide-ranging and distinctive programme in the many spectacular and historic venues of Ryedale, North Yorkshire – an area full of history and natural beauty. The festival enjoys a large, loyal and enthusiastic audience, the warm support of the local community and a growing reputation as one of the most exciting and enterprising in the country. Events range far and wide across the area ...’ Held Mid - Late July.

 

* Ryedale Festival
VISITS (to Website)256
VIEWS (of this Record)271

'Our lessons are tailored to the individual need of each student whether they are a child or adult. As well as playing for just for fun, our students also have the opportunity to enter for ABRSM, Trinity Guildhall and Rockschool music examinations. We are family friendly and have a comfortable waiting area with complimentary refreshments.'

 

* Ryedale School of Music
VISITS (to Website)163
VIEWS (of this Record)391

‘Scarborough Area Music Centre Area is all about helping young musicians towards fulfilling their maximum potential through playing together under expert direction. The Centre is staffed by a team of experienced and well qualified Music Service teachers and heads of department. They provide specialist guidance in each of the major instrument groups: Brass, Woodwind, Strings and Percussion. Entry to the Centre is usually by teacher recommendation and sometimes an informal audition is necessary.’

 

* Scarborough Area Music Centre
VISITS (to Website)143
VIEWS (of this Record)255

In early 1965, a group of organ enthusiasts who had recently purchased Hammond electronic organs had a meeting with the Manager of the local Hammond dealership and decided to form the Scarborough Hammond Organ Society ... The name of the Society was eventually changed to the Scarborough Electronic Organ Society when it was realised that some people were under the misapprehension that only owners of Hammond organs could become members of the Society ... The Society has approximately 100 members who have pre-paid for the season. Our concerts attract average audiences of over 200.’

 

* Scarborough Electronic Organ Society
VISITS (to Website)123
VIEWS (of this Record)376

Started in 2003. Held Mid September.

 

Category Jazz Festivals
* Scarborough Jazz Festival
VISITS (to Website)160
VIEWS (of this Record)333

‘Operated by the North Yorkshire County Music Service and staffed by County instrumental teachers. The Music Centre is open to both children and adults and it provides a wide range of ensemble experiences for musicians of all ages. Our ensembles perform throughout the year in and around Selby. We take part in festivals such as Music for Youth, Eskdale and Harrogate, and we perform each year in joint Centre concerts.’

 

* Selby Music Centre
VISITS (to Website)151
VIEWS (of this Record)302

'Held on Mondays at 8.30PM ... Singers, musicians, poets and all are always welcome. The club aim to have a Guest act at least once a month with singers/musicians nights in between - sometimes theme nights.'

 

Category Folk Clubs
* Skipton Folk Unplugged
VISITS (to Website)180
VIEWS (of this Record)452

‘Formed in 1947 and is recognised as one of the most successful music societies in the country. Its main aim is to bring professional national and international musicians to perform in this historic market town at the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales ... Six annual concerts, October - March ... There are many eating places in Skipton, hotel accommodation is plentiful and there is a late train to Leeds at 10.15pm.’

 

* Skipton Music
VISITS (to Website)102
VIEWS (of this Record)246

‘At Skipton Music Centre, we believe that music is for everybody and welcome children and adults of all standards (including beginners) to join either one or two of our twelve different ensembles on Saturday mornings ... We welcome new members throughout the year and encourage potential new members to come along on a Saturday morning and join in.’

 

* Skipton Music Centre
VISITS (to Website)166
VIEWS (of this Record)269

Established 1922: ‘We are delighted to welcome to the festival new and long established friends, competitors, audience, parents and supporters. An interesting and varied programme of speech and drama and music is promised. The festival is held annually in March and lasts for a week. The climax of the festival is always the Saturday evening concert where there is the opportunity to hear again some of the outstanding performances of the week. The evening concert is a relaxed and enjoyable celebration without the stress of competition’.

 

* Skipton Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)110
VIEWS (of this Record)227

‘The Ukulele’s popularity means it's the fastest selling instrument on the planet! SUC encourages new members to join. SUC's aim is to make new friends, improve your ukulele skills and HAVE A GOOD TIME!’

 

Category Ukulele Clubs
* Skipton Ukulele Club
VISITS (to Website)169
VIEWS (of this Record)574

'Concerts of professional classical music every month in the 12th century St Oswald's Parish Church in the picturesque village of Sowerby, North Yorkshire, UK ... Music for Life is the biggest and most diverse programme for young people organised and funded by any music society in the country.'

 

* Sowerby Music
VISITS (to Website)145
Also indexedMusic for Life
VIEWS (of this Record)437

'Annual festival of music and arts based in the three most northerly Yorkshire Dales - Swaledale, Wensleydale and Arkengarthdale - a large rural area of outstanding beauty. Festival venues range from tiny chapels seating fewer than fifty people to halls seating several hundred ... The Festival starts on the Saturday of the Late May Spring Bank Holiday each year, and goes on for two weeks.'

 

Category Arts Festivals
* Swaledale Festival
VISITS (to Website)193
VIEWS (of this Record)497

‘Tuition in ALL instruments, instrument repairs, ensembles, bands, workshops, band rehearsal space, music shop and cafe!’

 

Category Selby
* The Music Rooms Selby
VISITS (to Website)203
VIEWS (of this Record)314

‘Concert series in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Bringing world class performances in a year round concert cycle.’ Typically half a dozen or so recitals per annum at venues in and around Aysgarth.

 

* Wensleydale Concert Series
VISITS (to Website)91
VIEWS (of this Record)205

‘We hope the classes offered in this syllabus will appeal to people of all abilities. The Wensleydale Tournament offers the opportunity for sympathetic assessment and encouragement from experienced adjudicators. If you have any reservations about entering, do be assured that you will be given a warm reception by a Wensleydale audience, which is well known for its friendliness. Adjudicators have commented on the uniqueness of this Festival of Speech & Music because of the quality of local interest and delight in amateur dedication and effort.’ Held Early April.

 

Category Richmond
* Wensleydale Tournament of Music and Speech
VISITS (to Website)69
VIEWS (of this Record)226

'Formerly the Wesley Chapel, we are available to town centre communities every day of the week. Our landmark building in its central location allows us to engage with the community in many ways by connecting with voluntary services, charities, businesses and other organisations ...  Our Concert Series continues to attract artists with international reputations ... Bringing such a wonderful series of concerts to Harrogate is not without its costs. Although almost entirely volunteer-run, artist and venue costs are now approaching £16,000 annually. We do not receive grants. Ticket sales and donations only partly meet running costs, hence our patrons scheme ...'

  

* Wesley Centre Harrogate Concerts
VISITS (to Website)61
VIEWS (of this Record)274

Annually from 1977: ‘There’s a wealth of music from local and regional groups ... While a lot happens in the evenings, don’t overlook performances during the day.’ Held Mid October.

 

Category Arts Festivals
* Wetherby Arts Festival
VISITS (to Website)249
VIEWS (of this Record)378

‘The Piano & Song section of the Wharfedale Festival of Performing Arts is now held seperately from May's Speech and Drama Festival and November's Dance Championship and takes place during October each year.’

 

* Wharfedale Festival of Performing Arts
VISITS (to Website)80
VIEWS (of this Record)601

'Experience programmes featuring many aspects of classical music ... Enjoy the best in recorded music with our superb sound system ... Meet in friendly, comfortable surroundings ... New members and visitors are always welcome'

 

* Wharfedale Recorded Music
VISITS (to Website)186
VIEWS (of this Record)349

'Non-residential holiday orchestra in York, open to all young musicians aged 6–21, and catering for all levels of experience, from pre-grade 1 to grade 8+. There are five different orchestras, meaning that players of all abilities have a great opportunity to have fun making music and new friends, whether they have been learning their instrument for just six months or are accomplished musicians who have been playing for several years.'  Held during the school holidays at Easter, summer and Christmas.

 

* Yorchestra
VISITS (to Website)209
VIEWS (of this Record)339

'Founded in September 1945 by Sir Edward Cuthbert Bairstow. Its founding principles were "to engage with contemporaries socially, enjoy with them the art of music making, visit other spheres of activity, enter into open discussion on all matters of mutual interest, and profit from the wisdom of those expert in the dispensation of our art in Quires and Places where they sing". The York Organ Concerts Series is coordinated by the Association.

 

* York & District Organists' Association
VISITS (to Website)169
Also indexedYork Organ Concerts Series
VIEWS (of this Record)304

'A true mix of all styles from Rock and Pop, through Show Tunes to World Music, Folk Song and Classical ... Choirs great and small and young and old and all from York and North Yorkshire. A true community event that is certain to entertain whatever your musical taste.' Held Mid March.

 

Category Choral Festivals
* York Community Choir Festival
VISITS (to Website)47
VIEWS (of this Record)137

‘The NCEM promotes three early music festivals a year in Yorkshire - the York Early Music Festival in July, the Christmas festival in York in early December and the Beverley festival in the East Riding in May ... NCEM Patrons enjoy opportunities to meet early music specialists and like-minded individuals through informal receptions, supper parties and concerts whilst supporting the long-term artistic ambitions of the York Early Music Festival and the National Centre for Early Music.‘

 

* York Early Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)246
VIEWS (of this Record)249

‘Runs monthly concerts with some of the country's top organists ... Visitors are assured of a wonderful warm welcome by the loyal and enthusiastic team ... The society recently invested in some state of the art projection equipment including three cameras for close-ups of the keyboard and pedals - all enhancing the presentation and adding to the enjoyment of each performance.’

 

* York Electronic Organ & Keyboard Society
VISITS (to Website)119
VIEWS (of this Record)228

York Music Hub is a strong, inclusive partnership of key providers of music education within the city of York. Through our partnership of organisations and schools and wider musical networks, we set out to provide and sustain musical diversity and excellence and to enhance the education, life experience and self confidence of children and young people through music making. Through the Hub’s partnerships we are able to offer opportunities to inspire, improve and positively enhance the lives of young people. Together our combined expertise will enable us to achieve our goals.’

 

* York Music Hub
VISITS (to Website)189
VIEWS (of this Record)199

‘Founded in 1955. We hold regular meetings to listen to programmes of music played from CDs and other media. Programmes are devised and presented mainly by members but occasionally there are presentations by visiting speakers. Anyone who enjoys classical music is welcome to join us – no knowledge of music is needed. Listening in a group can be enjoyable and there’s always the chance to hear something new. There’s no obligation to discuss or comment on the music but we encourage informal discussion with other members - we’re a friendly group!’

 

* York Recorded Music Society
VISITS (to Website)138
VIEWS (of this Record)224

'Performs three concerts each year. The orchestra does not rehearse on a weekly basis – six intensive rehearsals are scheduled over a 2 week period prior to each concert.'

 

+ Academy of St Olave's
VISITS (to Website)156
VIEWS (of this Record)392

'Widely recognised as one of the leading community orchestras in the UK. Dating back to 1898 and originally known as the Keighley and District Orchestral Society, its name was changed to the “Airedale Symphony Orchestra” in 1982 ... Since 1982, the ASO has built up a high reputation for its performances, largely playing to near capacity audiences ... They regularly receive excellent reviews in the local and national press.'

 

+ Airedale Symphony Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)257
VIEWS (of this Record)366

‘A friendly new community orchestra set up to provide orchestral playing opportunities for amateur musicians in York and the surrounding area. We play a varied selection of music from across the orchestral repertoire, some easy bits and some of that really meaty stuff you've always wanted to have a go at.’

 

+ All Seasons Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)153
VIEWS (of this Record)271

'Draw from a vast pool of musical experience not only from the brass band world but from Military band, Dance band and Orchestra. This wealth of experience not only attributes to a quality sound but achieves the ability to play any form of music. We are a non-competing band who mainly concentrate on performing entertaining concerts raising money for charities either independently or joining forces with other bands, choirs etc.'

 

+ Alverton Brass
VISITS (to Website)217
VIEWS (of this Record)461

'We are a very friendly, traditional, non-contesting brass band who play in most beautiful venues in North Yorkshire & Cleveland ... All players are welcome ... The Band is always looking to recruit new players: why not drop by one night? Membership is free and instruments, music and jackets are provided.'

 

+ Bilsdale Silver Band
VISITS (to Website)237
VIEWS (of this Record)513

‘We are a friendly ladies choir who practice weekly in Selby, North Yorkshire and enjoy the fellowship and fun of singing together ... We perform about six to eight concerts per year, mostly to raise funds for charity. The choir has a varied repertoire, ranging from pieces by classical composers such as Handel & Mozart, to folk songs and songs from musicals and the shows. At Christmas time we sing for several carol concerts. There are about 18 members; the choir has an extensive library of musical scores which are loaned to choir members.’

 

Category Ladies Choirs
+ Brayburn Singers Ladies Choir
VISITS (to Website)174
VIEWS (of this Record)419

Founded 2015: ‘An exciting non-auditioning choir with a passion for a broad variety of choral music from around the globe ... Cantar’s aim, in addition to providing a wonderful singing experience for members in a friendly and welcoming environment, is to perform at a range of community, charity, arts and music events, to bring interesting and diverse choral singing to communities both locally and further afield’.

 

Category Community Choirs
+ Cantar Community Choir
VISITS (to Website)123
VIEWS (of this Record)276

‘Ilkley’s leading chamber choir. We are a mixed voice choir, established in the 1970s. Each year the choir performs four or five concerts, of major choral works, under the expert guidance of a professional conductor, usually with invited soloists and with either keyboard/organ or orchestral accompaniment ... We welcome amateur singers from all surrounding areas.’

 

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Cantores Olicanae
VISITS (to Website)211
VIEWS (of this Record)409

‘A chamber choir based in the Yorkshire Dales. From its modest start in 2007 when a group of people sang unaccompanied choral works around the kitchen table, the choir has developed into an established group of twenty members. Based in Long Preston, but drawing on singers from the surrounding area, we give at least two concerts each year in the Craven area of the Yorkshire Dales ... Anyone wishing to audition for the choir should be able to demonstrate an ability to sing in tune and to blend well with other voices as well as good sight reading and listening skills. Experience of singing in a small group is a further useful asset. Auditions can take place at any time of the year.‘

 

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Cantores Salicium
VISITS (to Website)206
VIEWS (of this Record)306

‘The name “Chanticleer” comes from the singing cockerel in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Having begun singing under the mantle of the Malton Singers, in 1975 our choir adopted the name “The Chanticleer Singers” ... There are currently about 30 singers in the choir, performing four or five concerts annually in the local area. Always popular are the two Christmas concerts - two performances being necessary to accommodate all those who wish to attend ... All works are sung in their original language and the choir has experience of singing in French, Russian, Spanish, Hebrew and Finnish - as well as English and Latin!‘

 

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Chanticleer Singers
VISITS (to Website)132
VIEWS (of this Record)343

‘Formed in 1965 by a group of Minster Songmen and their wives to raise funds for the Minster, the Chapter House Choir was soon established as one of the country’s leading amateur chamber choirs. We specialise in a cappella works encompassing the full breadth of the choral repertoire, from the Renaissance to new commissions, including much that is neglected or challenging.’

 

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Chapter House Choir
VISITS (to Website)166
VIEWS (of this Record)283

‘A friendly community wind band of woodwind and brass players. Our members are from all points on the age range spectrum from school students to retired adults. Collingham Band performs at local events in the Wetherby area throughout the year, raising money for charities ... If you can play a wind or brass instrument to the standard of Grade 1+ to Grade 3 and would like to join a band, Collingham Training Band will give you plenty of enjoyable experience. We play wind band arrangements of popular tunes from films and shows, together with folk tunes - all music that you know and love! There is no minimum age to join Collingham Training Band - and no maximum age either!’

 

+ Collingham Band
VISITS (to Website)172
Also indexedCollingham Training Band
VIEWS (of this Record)365

Originally founded 1903: ‘A friendly, mixed voice choral society based in the picturesque Georgian market town of Easingwold ... A community choral society in the heart of North Yorkshire ... The choir consists of around 50 singers, comprising sopranos, altos, tenors and basses ... Two concerts per year, usually performed in early December and May the following year ... There is no audition, and guidance can be provided as to which part your voice may be best suited if you are unsure. You are very welcome to come along to a rehearsal and join in or just listen to see if you think it is for you’.

 

Category Choral Societies
+ Easingwold Singers
VISITS (to Website)89
VIEWS (of this Record)286

‘Formed in 1995 by music students at the University of York to perform concerts and services in York Minster, much of their inspiration coming from the thriving early music and singing scene prevalent in York. When performing works requiring instrumental accompaniments, the choir draws on high-calibre early-music specialists. Now well-established in the North of England as a versatile chamber group, the choir sings its regular concert series in York Minster to capacity audiences ... The Ebor Singers are proud to be an associate choir of York Minster.‘

 

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Ebor Singers
VISITS (to Website)204
VIEWS (of this Record)220

‘We are a 30-strong mixed-voice choir ... Most of our singing is unaccompanied. Our repertoire stretches from the 16th to the 21st centuries, and includes sacred and secular music, serious and popular ... Potential new members are asked to take a simple audition.’

 

+ Elysian Singers [Wetherby]
VISITS (to Website)195
VIEWS (of this Record)377

‘A mixed-voice choir of some 36 members who have been performing a variety of choral music since its foundation in 1996 ... Our repertoire includes folk songs, spirituals, classical and sacred music, as well as choral items by contemporary composers. Lighter music includes songs from the shows ... We seek to promote talented young musicians and invite them to join our concerts as guest artists.‘

 

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Fairfax Singers
VISITS (to Website)117
VIEWS (of this Record)251

Founded 1984: ‘comprises around thirty five ladies of varying ages and walks of life. The choir performs concerts locally and in this way has raised thousands of pounds for local charities ... Members enjoy learning and performing a wide range of music in a friendly and positive spirit ... and welcomes new and returning members.’

 

Category Ladies Choirs
+ Hackness Ladies’ Choir
VISITS (to Website)169
VIEWS (of this Record)281

’We're seriously entertaining and are a popular choice for performing at concerts and all sorts of great events. As well as putting on fantastic concerts we compete regularly so our standard of playing is consistently high and we have a reputation for innovation and performing exciting contemporary music. Why not come and see us perform? You'll love what we do and we'd love to see you.‘

 

+ Harrogate Band
VISITS (to Website)161
VIEWS (of this Record)329

‘HCS are a high quality, mixed voice, open age choir, that perform a variety of concerts in the Harrogate area. We are open to new members of with or without prior singing experience, who want to perform with a leading choir ... Within the Harrogate Choral Society there are three choral groups; The Halcyon Singers, a group of young singers who sing with the Choral Society and as a separate entity, Beati, who are a group of 10 female voices and give concerts for charity, and the Harrogate Polyphonic Choir, which is a chamber choir who, as well as Beati are available to sing at weddings, corporate events and special functions.‘

 

Category Choral Societies
+ Harrogate Choral Society
VISITS (to Website)200
Also indexedBeati | Halcyon Singers | Harrogate Polyphonic Choir
VIEWS (of this Record)393

‘Was formed in 1972 by a group of G & S enthusiasts with our first production in Harrogate Theatre in May 1973. The Society has gone from strength to strength over the years and has continued to stage a production each May or June in the same theatre. Since 1986, in addition to our stage production we have held two Christmas concerts each year in conjunction with the world-famous Brighouse and Rastrick Band.’

+ Harrogate Gilbert & Sullivan Society
VISITS (to Website)225
VIEWS (of this Record)319

'Semi-professional chamber orchestra, giving three concerts each year and accompanying choral societies around the area.'

 

+ Harrogate Philharmonic Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)180
VIEWS (of this Record)421

'Can trace our roots back to 1931 when the Harrogate String Orchestra replaced the Municipal Orchestra. From this grew the Harrogate Chamber Orchestra, and then as numbers grew and demand for larger scale works developed, we became the Harrogate Symphony Orchestra in 1991. The aims have always been the same: to give players a chance to explore a wide range of orchestral music on a regular basis and to present concerts to as wide an audience as possible. For nearly 30 years we have tried to encourage a younger audience too through workshops, free tickets for under 11s and concerts specifically designed for children.'

 

+ Harrogate Symphony Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)178
VIEWS (of this Record)301

'We are a friendly choir of 100+ members who perform four concerts a year, in conjunction with Otley Choral Society. New members are always welcome.'

Category Choral Societies
+ Ilkley Choral Society
VISITS (to Website)196
VIEWS (of this Record)395

Founded in 1998 as a WI Choir ‘Norbitu’ but in 2000 ‘the choir was opened to non-WI members and the name changed to Jubilate which means “be joyful”.’ Typically sing two concerts per year in the Easingwold area.

Category Ripon
+ Jubilate Ladies’ Choir Easingwold
VISITS (to Website)145
VIEWS (of this Record)506

'We currently have a Senior Band, Junior Band, Learner Band, Community Band and a Beginner Band. Over 90 musicians in all. The band has always been a subscription band and rely on the generosity of the public for support.'

+ Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band
VISITS (to Website)214
VIEWS (of this Record)988

‘We are a friendly mixed-voice community choir which currently has some 60 members. We give three concerts a seasons ... We are always pleased to welcome new members - we do not hold auditions and previous singing experience, although helpful, is not essential.’

 

Category Community Choirs
+ Langcliffe Singers
VISITS (to Website)161
VIEWS (of this Record)482

‘Founded in 2007, North Yorkshire’s Malton District Male Voice Choir is one of the youngest, if not the youngest, male voice choir in the region. For all its short life to date and small size, it has gained formidable performing experience throughout Ryedale and, more widely, from Newcastle to Scunthorpe.’

 

+ Malton District Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to Website)141
VIEWS (of this Record)270

‘A non-contesting band with the aim of providing enjoyment and pleasure for its members and audiences. Playing engagements keeps the band busy throughout each year. Concerts are given at a variety of venues, including Churches, Show Grounds, Garden Fetes, Old Folk's Homes, Seaside Band Stands and Civic events. Christmas is also a very busy time. We use this season of goodwill to bring much cheer to the local people.’

 

+ Malton White Star Band
VISITS (to Website)173
VIEWS (of this Record)1017

Founded 1963: ‘We are a mixed-voice chamber choir based in York, singing an adventurous range of music dating from the 16th century to the present day ... We sing mostly a capella, and enjoy discovering the wide variety of music written for voices, from four parts upwards. Our concerts explore some of the lesser-known areas of the choral repertoire ... In order to sing with us, you will need to be able to read music and have a voice that can enhance a small choir and blend well. We perform new repertoire with every concert so good sight-singing skills and a commitment to learning new music are essential. We perform three concerts a year with approximately 12 rehearsals for each’.

 

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Micklegate Singers
VISITS (to Website)128
VIEWS (of this Record)344

Founded 2010: ‘We are a welcoming women's choir for military Wives, Affiliates, Girlfriends and Servicewomen based in and around the Catterick Garrison area ... The Choir’s ethos has always been to provide support, friendship and fun through singing and this has never been more evident than when the ladies are dealing with lengthy periods of separation from their loved ones. For many, the support from the Choir is what keeps them going, when their wider families live many miles away ...’

Category Community Choirs
+ Military WAGS Choir
VISITS (to Website)99
VIEWS (of this Record)247

Founded 1992: ‘We consist of approximately 30 singers.  We enjoy singing a wide range of works from the last four hundred years or so, and in recent years we have had the great pleasure of singing with small orchestras, organ, harpsichord and piano accompaniments. We give regular performances in the local area. As well as our own concerts, we have also sung by invitation at weddings, flower festivals, Christmas concerts, music festivals, assisting local churches in their acts of worship and as the entertainment at a local Dinner Club’.

 

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Mowbray Singers
VISITS (to Website)53
VIEWS (of this Record)136

'Started in September 2011 and is based in Pateley Bridge. We welcome players of all instruments and all ages. Some of our members have dusted instruments off after many years of hibernation, others have just begun. We have lots of fun playing together, please think about joining us ...'

+ Nidderdale Community Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)194
VIEWS (of this Record)504

'The Choir continues to seek new members. The friendly and relaxed atmosphere of both rehearsals and concerts makes for a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding experience. If you can read music that will be an advantage, but certainly is not essential. We are looking for voices in all sections of the choir. We rehearse from early September through until July ... And we perfom concerts on average once per month.'

 

+ Northallerton Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to Website)211
VIEWS (of this Record)505

‘A pre-war society, revived in 1954 ... We are a local musical theatre group who put on 2 major shows a year at The Forum, Northallerton in April and October plus a Christmas show.‘

 

+ Northallerton Musical Theatre Company
VISITS (to Website)159
VIEWS (of this Record)323

'We are a non-contesting Brass Band that enjoy full and varied concert seasons throughout the year. We are noted for giving some great family concerts such as those at the open air Bandstand at Saltburn. The band also enjoy playing at other venues throughout the North Yorkshire area; places such as Masham, Darlington, Richmond, Kildale and York.'

 

+ Northallerton Silver Band
VISITS (to Website)141
VIEWS (of this Record)409

'Founded in 2009 by a small group of keen local musicians who wanted to provide an opportunity for themselves and others to enjoy orchestral music-making. We have now grown to a group of 40 – 50 committed players who meet fortnightly ... The emphasis is on enjoying playing the Classical and early Romantic repertoire,and also some early 20th century works. Once a year we give a public concert ...'

+ Otley Chamber Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)192
VIEWS (of this Record)374

‘Founded in 1943, the flourishing society has about 60 members ... A full programme of concerts is given throughout the year. Many are joint concerts with our sister society, Ilkley Choral Society, with whom we share a conductor ... We welcome new singers of all levels of experience. Auditions are not required, just enthusiasm and love of music.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Otley Choral Society
VISITS (to Website)93
VIEWS (of this Record)208

‘A group of about 20 singers, some of whom are semi-professional and trained singers. We take our name from the little-known Victorian composer Ciro Pinsuti. Sacred and secular unaccompanied music forms the core of our performances, which are individually tailored to each venue and audience. We perform 4 - 5 concerts each year in the Wharfedale - Airedale area. We also enjoy singing at weddings and other events ... We vary in age; some of us currently work in such fields as education, medicine, various business and scientific professions and music, whilst others are retired, but equally busy.‘

 

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Pinsuti
VISITS (to Website)99
Also indexedThe Ilkley & Skipton Chamber Choir
VIEWS (of this Record)251

'This community orchestra seeks to perform to a high standard, and gives three concerts a year ... Entry is open to all string players, but places for wind and brass players depend on the balance of forces available.'

 

+ Richmondshire Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)200
VIEWS (of this Record)446

‘A thriving and friendly community choir ... We are a large choir of about 150 singing members. We rehearse on a Wednesday night and we perform a varied repertoire of choral music, usually 4 times a year in Ripon Cathedral.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Ripon Choral Society
VISITS (to Website)160
VIEWS (of this Record)533

'Consists of 25 plus dedicated and talented musicians although smaller groups can be provided when needed ... The Band has an extensive repertoire and is able to play many themes to suit any type of event. Examples include traditional brass band music, Jazz, Last night of the Proms, music from movies and shows, and original compositions and arrangements by local musicians ... Each year, the Ripon City Band members and supporters organise a very popular brass band entertainment contest in Ripon Cathedral as part of the Ripon Festivals programme. The contest is open to 3rd section, 4th section and unregistered bands.'

 

+ Ripon City Band
VISITS (to Website)241
VIEWS (of this Record)323

Founded 1968: ‘Unlike other local bands, Scarborough Concert Band has a “military” configuration which includes woodwind and reed instruments, as well as brass and percussion. This gives the band a greater range of musical textures and colours, and enables us to tackle a remarkably wide range of pieces. The military band line-up stems from our historic roots in the Yorkshire Green Howards Regiment ... We are a non-selective band that is inclusive of all musicians in the area, no matter what their ability or previous experience is. We actively encourage young players to use our band as a half-way house between school music groups and the wider adult band world’.

Category Scarborough
+ Scarborough Concert Band
VISITS (to Website)138
VIEWS (of this Record)267

‘The last remaining professional seaside orchestra, The Scarborough Spa Orchestra continue a seaside tradition that dates back to 1912 ... with nine concerts every week ... Where else could you go to recline in a deck-chair, listen to world-class performances of music and look out across a sandy beach and to the sea? In the evening sit in the fabulous Grand Hall and, during the interval, meet members of the orchestra as you enjoy a drink and relax to the sound of the waves on the shore ... The Spa Orchestra was created in 1912 by Alick Maclean. This first ensemble of 35 professional musicians gave daily concerts in the Grand Hall and Suncourt. Concert programmes included music from the classical repertoire, Viennese waltzes, operettas, and popular songs of the day. This unique musical tradition has been continued by Musical Directors since Maclean including Max Jaffa between 1960 and 1986.‘ Early June - Mid September.

Category Scarborough
+ Scarborough Spa Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)106
VIEWS (of this Record)275

'Made up of nearly 70 players, between them giving in excess of 6,000 hours of their time every year, preparing public performances. They come from as far afield as Beverley, Helmsley & Guisborough. Rehearsals have an average attendance of about 95% and we currently present 5 public concerts per season. Our ever-growing audiences seem to enjoy our enthusiastic music-making, as well as our innovative and varied programme building, combining lesser known works with popular favourites.'

+ Scarborough Symphony Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)209
VIEWS (of this Record)346

‘Bringing orchestra classics to the Dales ... Settle Orchestra is a flourishing community orchestra based in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. It comprises professional musicians and competent amateur musicians of a wide age range, including many talented young players ... If you play an orchestral instrument to at least Grade 5 standard and would like to find out more about playing in the Orchestra, please contact us.‘

+ Settle Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)171
VIEWS (of this Record)226

‘We are a Scarborough based group of like-minded brass players who share a love of playing music to the best of our ability, whilst having a bit of fun! ... Simply Brass have an extensive repertoire of music ranging from classical and standard Brass Band favourites, to music from films, to popular music and finally a bit of swing thrown in to round off a varied and exciting programme. Simply Brass enjoy entertaining the public and have appeared at various village shows, fund-raising events for St Catherine's Hospice, Weddings, Sunday afternoon Concerts at Peasholm Park and Filey Bandstand, Last Night at the Proms, and Carol Services around the region.’

 

+ Simply Brass
VISITS (to Website)104
VIEWS (of this Record)306

Created 2004: ‘In 2015 Skipton Camerata will take up residency in the newly refurbished Town Hall. Working closely with Skipton Town Partnership the orchestra will give concerts linked to several of Skipton’s festivals. Other concerts are planned in Ilkley, Harrogate, Bradford, Sheffield and Bakewell. Thanks to the continued support from Skipton Building Society and its other benefactors the Camerata is able to pursue its aim of making classical music at a professional level accessible to the more remote areas of Northern England’.

 

+ Skipton Camerata
VISITS (to Website)223
Also indexedSkipton Building Society
VIEWS (of this Record)280

‘Would you like to take part in a new-ish Choral Society? Sing a range of great music with us as we continue to explore new and favourite repertoires ... Then come and join us. We have a membership limit of 75, so interested singers may have to join a waiting list for a while ... We will take care to ensure you are singing within your comfortable range. No previous experience necessary - a willingness to learn and joy of singing is all that is required.‘

 

Category Choral Societies
+ Skipton Choral Society
VISITS (to Website)154
VIEWS (of this Record)227

'Set up in January 2012 to provide an opportunity for people to come along and play music together and hopefully make a reasonable sound.  We are open to all abilities; some people are just learning a musical instrument while others are experienced players who have not picked up their instruments for a long while. The emphasis is on having fun ...'

+ Skipton Community Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)166
VIEWS (of this Record)427

Founded 1989: ‘We are a very friendly and enthusiastic group who share a love of singing. We enjoy experiencing a broad range of musical styles from many different eras ... Each year we present Summer and Winter Concerts and take part in the Skipton Music Festival.’

 

Category Ladies Choirs
+ Skipton Ladies Choir
VISITS (to Website)256
VIEWS (of this Record)494

‘Widely regarded as one of the best "non-professional" orchestras in the UK ... Ripon’s renowned St Cecilia Orchestra is much more than just an orchestra. At its most spectacular it is an exceptionally fine and very large symphony orchestra, often working with top class international soloists and capable of giving high-quality performances of some of the most demanding large-scale works in the repertoire.’

 

+ St Cecilia Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)231
VIEWS (of this Record)383

‘A mixed choir of some 70 singers that rehearses generally on alternate Sunday afternoons in St Hilda's Church Whitby. The choir was formed in 1991 and performed its first concert, Mendelssohn's Elijah, in November that year ... The concert ... was accompanied by many local musicians who joined forces for the concert and thus later became known as St Hilda's Festival Orchestra. St. Hilda’s church has excellent acoustics and a fine Harrison & Harrison organ ... Our aim is to enjoy choral singing together in rehearsal and perform at a high standard giving enjoyment to all who come to listen.’

 

Category Choral Societies
+ St Hilda’s Festival Chorus
VISITS (to Website)109
Also indexedSt Hilda’s Festival Orchestra
VIEWS (of this Record)289

‘A community choir founded in 2000 from a choir which originally started as Stamford Bridge Primary School choir in 1989. The singers are from Stamford Bridge, York and the surrounding area. We are of different ages and have different levels of experience in singing ... and we perform at a variety of events through the year. It is a four part choir – that is there are sopranos, altos, tenors and basses. The upper two parts are normally female voices or boys, and the lower two parts are generally men.’

 

Category Community Choirs
+ Stamford Bridge Singers
VISITS (to Website)98
VIEWS (of this Record)298

'A community brass band based in Pickering ... Throughout the year we perform concerts at a variety of venues in & around the local area, and occasionally internationally. We aim to entertain our audiences with "something a little different": i.e. music with a "tune", played with a rich full sound, & delivered with clean precision & style. Anyone may join. If you would like learn to play, our training band offers one to one tuition, a loan instrument, and when you are ready the chance to play in an ensemble.'

 

+ Stape Silver Band
VISITS (to Website)218
VIEWS (of this Record)470

'Founded in 1989. From small beginnings we have grown to be an established choir of some 40 members, primarily from Swaledale and Wensleydale ... We sing an eclectic mix of musical styles, including major choral works, light opera choruses and folk songs, by such as Mozart, Sullivan and Rutter. Concerts in local churches, including in recent years at the Swaledale Festival, are given around three times a year, often to support a charity.'

Category Choral Societies
+ Swale Singers
VISITS (to Website)148
VIEWS (of this Record)373

‘Based in Swinton, a small village near Malton in North Yorkshire. The band was formed in 1936 by a group of ex-bandsmen living in Swinton who wished to resume their musical activities ... Now numbers about 30 playing members in the main band with a learners band of 20 or so whom we hope will carry on the growth and improvement of the band. Members range in age from Primary School pupils to some in their 70’s and 80’s. While many of our young players leave the band when they leave school and go on to university, many go on to play in other bands all over the country or even overseas.’

 

Category Malton
+ Swinton and District Excelsior Band
VISITS (to Website)76
VIEWS (of this Record)206

‘We are three Community Choirs ... Platform 1, Platform 2, The Branch Line ...  Anyone who wants or likes to sing is welcome to join us and there is no audition to go through. The choirs are friendly and welcoming with the emphasis on enjoying our singing. We have two terms during the year, autumn and spring, and each term ends in a performance of the best songs learned that term. The choirs perform separately and together to produce an evening to remember. We are also strong supporters of local charities and we have raised £1000s on their behalf ... The Station Charity (RPBT) kindly helped to underwrite the cost of launching The Station Singers in September 2011. Due to our great success, from August 2013, we now are self-financing, and operate as an independent community group.‘

Category Community Choirs
+ The Station Singers
VISITS (to Website)184
VIEWS (of this Record)314

'There are approximately fifty members in total with our youngest player currently being only fourteen years of age, our eldest being over 70. We are a community band and welcome players of all abilities ... Music grades are not required and we do not audition members. The only qualification you need is lots of enthusiasm for making great music.'

 

+ Two Rivers Concert Band
VISITS (to Website)149
VIEWS (of this Record)480

‘A dance band based in York, North Yorkshire, playing the music from the golden era of the 40’s and 50’s.The band recreates the nostalgic sound of the dance halls of yesteryear.’

 

Category Big Bands
+ Vintage Rhythms
VISITS (to Website)147
VIEWS (of this Record)364

‘Popular and sociable chamber choir made up of 30 members ... singing a wide range of music both sacred and secular dating from the 1500s to the 21th century. We perform 4 concerts a year of which at least one is dedicated to raising money for a nominated charity. We perform concerts in a wide range of settings and are equally at home performing at weddings and other events as requested ... The choir was formed in 1974 under the name of Harrogate Chamber Singers and gained a reputation for choral excellence which has continued to the present day.’

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Vocalis
VISITS (to Website)108
VIEWS (of this Record)294

‘We were founded in 1975 and now have well over 100 members. Our weekly rehearsals are friendly and informal ... We are a community choir and strive for high standards of performance. No audition is required to become a member, but the ability to sight-read is useful.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Wetherby Choral Society
VISITS (to Website)155
VIEWS (of this Record)324

Established in 1878: ‘We are available for every kind of event and ceremony and are able to craft the perfect music selection. We’ll help you deliver a truly memorable occasion enjoyed by all. Public Concerts, Festivals, Galas, Corporate Events & Weddings are all catered for ... We can also perform as a smaller ensemble if the occasion demands and will make effort to provide a bespoke programme of music to meet your exact requirements. Our concerts are always well received.’

+ Wetherby Silver Band
VISITS (to Website)151
VIEWS (of this Record)333

Formed in 2012: 'We meet regularly throughout the year, about once a term, and rehearse in a fairly unusual way. Our first rehearsal, on Friday evening, is a play-through of the works to be covered that weekend. Our second rehearsal, on Sunday morning, is in small groups: firstly in same instrument sectionals, then in string quartets and other small ensembles. Our third rehearsal, on Sunday afternoon, is with our conductor and at the end of this session we give a short informal concert to families with children, friends and anybody who would like to come along.'

 

Category String Ensembles
+ Wharfedale Chamber Ensemble
VISITS (to Website)125
VIEWS (of this Record)366

‘A thriving North Yorkshire ensemble and is a full concert band with brass, woodwind and percussion sections. It comprises close to fifty regular players, who meet weekly to rehearse an interesting and engaging repertoire for a regular programme of concerts.’

 

+ York Concert Band
VISITS (to Website)108
VIEWS (of this Record)208

‘Formed in 1980, ostensibly for a one-off performance. It was a gathering of local amateur and some volunteer professional players from York and surrounding areas. They all enjoyed themselves so much, that they arranged another concert - and then another. And so here we are ... performing to ever higher standards as the Orchestra in Residence at the York Barbican. We perform three concerts a year as part of the main concert season, but with the occasional extra concert or formal private engagement thrown in along the way.’

 

+ York Guildhall Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)156
VIEWS (of this Record)204

‘Formed in 1953 to perform the challenging new musicals of the time ... Throughout our history we have built an excellent reputation for producing shows to a professional standard; and the Company takes great pride in continuing its tradition of bringing brand new musicals to York as well as breathing new life into old favourites ... York Light Youth is the Youth Branch of York Light that focuses on theatrical productions for 11 to 18 year-olds.’

 

+ York Light Opera Company
VISITS (to Website)110
Also indexedYork Light Youth
VIEWS (of this Record)262

'An amateur group who specialise in playing music from the shows, light instrumental music, waltzes, marches and overtures. We have an extensive library of music ranging from traditional to modern pieces.'

 

Category Light Orchestras
+ York Light Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)165
VIEWS (of this Record)393

‘We are a choral society of approximately 160 members who enjoy performing a challenging repertoire including the more familiar large scale choral works such as Handel's Messiah, the Passions and various Requiems ... We usually sing three concerts a year ... Most of our concerts take place in York Minster; we also perform in York Barbican and St Lawrence’s Church, York. We also hold an annual choral workshop, open to other singers as well as YMS members.’

 

Category Choral Societies
+ York Musical Society
VISITS (to Website)226
VIEWS (of this Record)218

York Opera is York’s leading amateur opera company. Each year we produce a number of operas, operettas and concerts, including some for charity. Our singers are from all over Yorkshire, and are occasionally even recruited internationally! We sing for pleasure – of ourselves and our audiences – and to critical acclaim. Recent reviews have commented on both the quality of the performances and the enjoyment given to our audiences.’

 

+ York Opera
VISITS (to Website)148
VIEWS (of this Record)225

’Founded in 1898, the York Symphony Orchestra is the city’s oldest amateur orchestra. Its aim is to give amateur musicians in York and the surrounding area the opportunity to rehearse and perform works from the orchestral repertoire. It is particularly keen to encourage younger players, and many of its soloists are young musicians with links to York. The orchestra meets weekly for rehearsals and gives three concerts each year, in November/December, March, and June/July.‘

 

Category York
+ York Symphony Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)156
VIEWS (of this Record)230

‘The York Waits take their name from the ancient city band of York, the earliest evidence for which we find in 14th century records ... Today’s York Waits have revived the band as it was in its heyday in the 16th century, playing a wide repertoire of period European music as well as their own arrangements of popular dance and ballad tunes. Like their predecessors they play upon a noyse of shawms, ancestors of the oboe-bassoon family, and characteristic instruments of waits before 1600. They also play cornett, saggbut, and curtal, flutes, recorders great and small, crumhorns, bagpipes, hurdy-gurdies, lute and cittern. By creating a replica band of waits, not only in their instruments and costumes, but also in their performing style, The York Waits have attempted to remove the music from the rarefied atmosphere of the concert hall and return it to the wider audience for whom it was created.’

 

Category Early Music
+ York Waits
VISITS (to Website)130
VIEWS (of this Record)240

‘Formed in 1979 by conductor Peter Seymour, Yorkshire Bach Choir has been regarded for some time as one of the UK’s leading chamber choirs, specialising in performing renaissance, baroque and classical music. The mainstay of the choir’s performance is its annual series of six concerts held in the 16th century church of St Michael le Belfrey, York. In addition the choir regularly performs elsewhere in the UK and abroad participating in a variety of festivals, and has featured on both radio and television.’

 

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Yorkshire Bach Choir
VISITS (to Website)96
VIEWS (of this Record)255

'York is full of church buildings, many as old, or even older than ours. Our congregation is highly eclectic with some travelling considerable distances because they enjoy the English Missal. Our main Sung Mass is at 5.30pm, do come and join us when you next visit this fine city. There is also a Low Mass at 10.30am ... At many of the major festivals, we have the privilege of welcoming some of the region’s excellent independent choirs. On such occasions, the choir will sing a choral mass setting and appropriate anthems ...  The church boasts an excellent two-manual pipe organ, built in 1996 by Principal Pipe Organs ... Every summer, the church hosts a series of organ recitals.'

 

 

Category Churches
@ All Saints, North Street York
VISITS (to Website)232
VIEWS (of this Record)497

Lunchtime concerts, typically once per month on a Friday plus a series of evening concerts, also on Fridays.

 

Category Churches
@ Boston Spa Methodist Church
VISITS (to Website)366
VIEWS (of this Record)405

'Each summer we host a summer series of organ concerts. We’re proud of the instrument and enjoy hearing a a variety of talented organists play. Everyone is welcome, and no admission fee is charged. A collection is taken at the end to which donations are welcome but not obligatory ... The organ is located at the front of the church in a large gallery with a fine case in Spanish mahogany with five towers and four flats. Most of the pipes in the case date from 1841 and have decoration of a similar style to the Hill work at York Minster.'

 

 

Category Churches
@ Central Methodist Church York
VISITS (to Website)258
VIEWS (of this Record)410

The Bandstand, originally bult by Filey Rotary Club, is now managed by Filey Town Council. Each summer the Council organize a 10 week Sunday Band Concert Programme, but they are also encouraging use of the Bandstand by other musical performance groups, including beyond the Band Concert season.

 

@ Filey Bandstand
VISITS (to Website)231
VIEWS (of this Record)572

‘A beautiful, ancient church with a history reaching back to the 7th Century. It is a mother church for the Diocese of Leeds and home for the cathedra (throne) of the Bishop of Leeds. The Cathedral is an active, living Church with a community of Christians who seek to make worship a priority for life and to reach out in service to the wider community ... The music at Ripon Cathedral costs £250,000 each year [2018] and this will continue to increase. The costs include the salaries of the Director of Music, the Assistant Director of Music, an Organ Scholar, 6 Lay Clerks, 48 Boy and Girl Choristers, music tuition, singing lessons, choir robes, and sheet music. The Ripon Cathedral Music Trust was set up to raise £5 million to help sustain the Music at Ripon Cathedral ...’

 

Category Cathedrals
@ Ripon Cathedral
VISITS (to Website)366
VIEWS (of this Record)536

'A world-renowned venue for visiting orchestras, theatrical groups and our very own Selby Abbey Choir. The Abbey offers a packed calendar of events and special concerts throughout the year. The backdrop of this ancient and wonderful Abbey Church ensures the experience is both atmospheric and memorable .. The organ of Selby Abbey is one of the finest romantic instruments in Britain. It was built in 1909 by William Hill & Son ... and represented a high point in the course of the British craft that was soon to be lost ... By 2012, the organ had already become regularly unreliable and the rate of deterioration made it clear that it was nearing the end of its active life. It had been patched and repaired a number of times but the moment had finally come for a complete restoration to ensure the glorious sound of this world famous organ could be heard by generations to come ...'

 

Category Greater Churches
@ Selby Abbey
VISITS (to Website)589
VIEWS (of this Record)389

Well-established concert series with performers including internationally acclaimed musicians as well as the University's own student ensembles.

 

@ University of York
VISITS (to Website)197
Also indexedYork Concerts
VIEWS (of this Record)310

‘The Bandstand was built by volunteers and public subscription in 2000 by the river at the Wilderness Car Park in Wetherby. The first years of Brass Band Concerts at the Riverside Bandstand were very successful and have now become a regular part of many people's Sunday afternoon enjoyment.’

 

@ Wetherby Riverside Bandstand
VISITS (to Website)211
VIEWS (of this Record)302

'The music performed within the Minster comes from a wide and varied repertoire, from performances of some of the earliest music recorded to modern popular, within the liturgy and in concerts ... Over the year, York Minster’s musicians have not only performed some of the finest repertoire from past centuries, they have also commissioned and performed new works. Former Minster organists have contributed widely to the repertoire of Anglican choral music, most notably Tertius Noble, Sir Edward Bairstow, Francis Jackson and Philip Moore.'

 

Category Cathedrals
@ York Minster
VISITS (to Website)262
VIEWS (of this Record)462

'You are visiting North Yorkshire's largest cultural events website. Nearly 50 organisations have listed events around North Yorkshire. On this website you can find out what is going on in the area, find details of individual events and discover more about all the organisations.'

 

~ North Yorkshire Music & Arts Events Diary
VISITS (to Website)215
Also indexedSt Cecilia Online Events Diary
VIEWS (of this Record)394

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