A-Z of CATEGORIES

Area: Yorkshire (North)

The Category Malton 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 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):

- Malton & Norton Musical Theatre

 

Category Malton
! Malton KEY
VISITS (to the Website)5
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)12

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

 

Category Northallerton
! Northallerton KEY
VISITS (to the Website)6
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)10

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

 

Category Otley
! Otley KEY
VISITS (to the Website)5
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)12

The Category York 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 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):

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

- York Barbican

 

Category York
! York KEY
VISITS (to the Website)3
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)6

‘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 the Website)189
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)201
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'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 the Website)240
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)262

'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 the Website)211
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)377
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

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

* Cathedral Concert Society
VISITS (to the Website)195
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)323
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘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 the Website)130
Also indexedcmrc | University of York
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)187

‘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 the Website)86
Also indexedUniversity of York
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)161

'Whitby’s increasingly popular festival of music and the spoken word, consisting of the Festival held each year in March, which culminates in the Concert Band Competition and Boyes Gala Concert, and the National Choir Day in April.'

* Eskdale Festival of the Arts
VISITS (to the Website)165
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)541

‘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 the Website)154
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)241

‘The object of the Festival is to advance the education of the public in the arts, and in particular the arts of Music, Speech and Drama in all their branches. The Festival is an Educational Trust, as started by the Harrogate Town Council as it then was, aiming to improve and enhance the performing skills of musical, singing and speech and drama students. To this end, a wide variety of classes is held encompassing solo performers, duets and groups both large and small, in all of the arts of Music, Speech and Drama.’ Held During March.

* Harrogate Competitive Festival for Music, Speech and Drama
VISITS (to the Website)229
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)455

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

Category Harrogate
* Harrogate Music Centre
VISITS (to the Website)120
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)239

'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 the Website)148
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)314
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘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 the Website)50
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)124
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘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 Mid August.

* M4P Summer School of Music
VISITS (to the Website)188
Also indexedMusic for People
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)257

'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 the Website)251
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)411

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 the Website)261
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)196

‘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 the Website)90
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)118
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'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 the Website)198
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)363
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘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 the Website)160
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)233

‘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 the Website)101
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)178

'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 the Website)130
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)321

'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 the Website)133
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)305

'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 the Website)122
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)264
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'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 the Website)191
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)321
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘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 the Website)64
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)102
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘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 the Website)181
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)153

‘Back in 2000, the Pickering Jazz Society was founded with the twin aims of keeping the Jazz flame alive between the annual Jazz Festivals in Pickering (North Yorkshire) and introducing Jazz to a younger audience and players ... These aims were met with a monthly Jazz evening featuring an ever evolving “house band” with guests and visiting bands and by outreach work into local schools culminating in excellent Jazz concerts performed by the children. The Ryedale Jazz Society has had a number of homes over the years but is now back where it all started at the Beansheaf Hotel in Pickering. The Society meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7.30 pm. All are welcome. Admission remains free but there is a raffle which helps fund the musicians' travel expenses. Come along and join us!’ Ryedale Trad Jazz Festival held Late July.

 

Category Jazz Clubs
* Ryedale Jazz
VISITS (to the Website)102
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)252

'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 the Website)124
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)295

‘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 the Website)82
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)150

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 the Website)74
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)142
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals
* Scarborough Jazz Festival
VISITS (to the Website)106
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)255
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Inaugurated 2017: ‘Bringing the best and most exciting music, comedy, theatre and family events to Selby, North Yorkshire ... A nine day explosion of creativity and culture, it is about transforming spaces, animating places and celebrating everything that is great about the town & the district’. Held Late JulyALERT “A MAJOR arts festival at a North Yorkshire town will not go ahead this year after funding failed to materialise. The Selby Arts Festival (SAF) launched last year, with thousands of people enjoying music, theatre and comedy at venues around the town ... As part of the SAF’s launch, organisers promised it would become an annual event, but although dates for this year’s event were set, it will not be going ahead.” [York Press 21 April 2018]

Category Selby
* Selby Arts Festival
VISITS (to the Website)141
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)338

‘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 the Website)104
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)184

'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 the Website)129
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)340
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘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 the Website)44
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)121
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘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 the Website)101
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)163

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 the Website)59
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)132

‘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!’ ALERT Changed Link to Facebook Page at Review.

Category Ukulele Clubs
* Skipton Ukulele Club
VISITS (to the Website)115
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)423

'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 the Website)94
Also indexedMusic for Life
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)319

'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 the Website)139
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)358

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

Category Selby
* The Music Rooms Selby
VISITS (to the Website)160
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)198

VaCO is a UK Registered Charity that runs residential chamber orchestra courses for advanced young musicians, offering professional training in a relaxed, but tutored, environment. VaCO courses offer fantastic career development opportunities whilst being exceptionally good value for money. Courses are highly subsidised to ensure they are affordable for aspiring young talent. Our courses focus on exciting orchestral repertoire, as well as exploring and developing a wide range of chamber music and small ensemble pieces – coached by some of the UK’s leading musicians ... At the heart of VaCO courses is the drive to present outstanding live concerts and recitals in a variety of locations and settings.‘

* VaCO
VISITS (to the Website)100
Also indexedVacation Chamber Orchestras
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)130

‘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 the Website)37
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)89
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘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 the Website)28
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)62

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 the Website)160
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)218

‘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 the Website)44
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)378

'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 the Website)147
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)256
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'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 the Website)158
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)258

'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 the Website)114
Also indexedYork Organ Concerts Series
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)202

‘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 the Website)173
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)166

‘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 the Website)73
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)112
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

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 the Website)119
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)125

‘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 the Website)88
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)114
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We sing a cappella, that is, unaccompanied music, in many styles including barbershop. We are always looking for new members. No experience is necessary, just a commitment to the chorus and a desire to achieve the highest standards.'

Category Selby
+ Abbey Belles Chorus
VISITS (to the Website)205
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)380

'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 the Website)106
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)279
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'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 the Website)186
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)277

‘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 the Website)89
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)178

'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 the Website)131
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)322
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'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 the Website)159
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)386
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘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 the Website)105
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)257
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

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 the Website)61
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)153

‘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 the Website)137
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)228

‘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 the Website)65
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)186

‘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 the Website)91
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)160
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘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 the Website)114
Also indexedCollingham Training Band
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)255

'A group of men who entertain a variety of audiences across Yorkshire with songs, stories and with a few jokes along the way. We socialise together, we're all good friends, we laugh together, we rehearse together, we sing together and we generally enjoy ourselves ... We have received National Lottery funding to buy music, concert and rehearsal outfits, and to provide professional coaching.' Could not open the Website at Review, so changed Link to the Facebook Page.

+ Daytones Harmony Chorus
VISITS (to the Website)133
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)395

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 the Website)48
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)151
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘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 the Website)128
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)196

‘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 the Website)57
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)120

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 the Website)109
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)162
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'A 60-strong all-female community choir based in the North Yorkshire market town of Malton ... We predominantly sing in 3 or 4 parts, and perform a wide range of material from pop to gospel, choral to jazz and everything in-between. We take part in a number of concerts each year, many for local charities ... Our members range in age 21-70+, some of whom have been singing for decades while others are completely new to it.'

Category Ladies Choirs
+ Harmonia Choir
VISITS (to the Website)207
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)388
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

’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 the Website)108
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)222
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘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 the Website)129
Also indexedBeati | Halcyon Singers | Harrogate Polyphonic Choir
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)272
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘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 the Website)160
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)211

‘We are a friendly group of male singers who enjoy singing in the Barbershop, close harmony style ... We sing for our own enjoyment and undertake a number of local engagements every year. We welcome new members whether experienced singers or complete novices. There is no need to read music as training CDs are provided as an aid to learning our repertoire of popular songs. We also welcome enquiries from local clubs and societies who are looking for singing entertainment at their gatherings.’

+ Harrogate Harmony Barbershop Chorus
VISITS (to the Website)109
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)223

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

+ Harrogate Philharmonic Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)132
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)300
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'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 the Website)130
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)225
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'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 the Website)151
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)274
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

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 the Website)83
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)227
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'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 the Website)132
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)489

‘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 the Website)101
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)383
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A ladies barbershop chorus based in York and a member of LABBS, the national association for female barbershoppers. We sing in a-capella (unaccompanied) close harmony in four parts: lead, tenor, baritone and bass. The part names are taken from male barbershop but we sing in a higher pitch to match the female range.’

+ Main Street Sound
VISITS (to the Website)105
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)182

‘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 the Website)89
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)160
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘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 the Website)113
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)886

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 the Website)72
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)185

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 the Website)57
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)147

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 the Website)16
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)36
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

The Company was founded in 1995 to perform at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival - held Mid August, in recent years in Harrogate, Yorkshire. As well as professional performances, ‘the Festival brings together a wonderful mix of leading amateur performing groups who compete for the coveted Festival Champion’s Trophy’. In additional to its performances at the Festival, the Company tours productions in a number of venues before and after the Festival itself: ‘The Opera Company is completely self-sufficient and does not receive a penny of public funding. I don’t think there are many other opera companies of a similar stature who can say that today!’

 

Category Harrogate
+ National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company
VISITS (to the Website)40
Also indexedInternational Gilbert & Sullivan Festival
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)79

'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 the Website)129
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)387

'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 the Website)152
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)368
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘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 the Website)94
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)170
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'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 the Website)97
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)280
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We are a group of men who sing 4 part harmony in the Barbershop style ... Newcomers are always welcome and need no musical skills except the ability to sing in tune ... Please come along and join us or just listen. You will be very welcome.'

+ Northern Comfort Barbershop Singers
VISITS (to the Website)169
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)313

'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 the Website)136
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)268

‘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 the Website)54
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)80
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We have been playing together since 14th May 2012 ... We meet every Monday night ... We do not meet during August and have some weeks off around Easter and Christmas ... People of all abilities are welcome to attend either (or both!) sessions. Beginners are welcome and we can lend you a uke for your first session.'

+ Otley Ukulele Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)173
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)391

‘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 the Website)46
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)150
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Has origins going back to 1879 and in its time has sung most of the great choral works. Its name has changed several times to include or not the "shire" suffix and be either "Choral" or "Musical" and on a few occasions it has closed down for a short time due to shortage of singers during times of war and epidemic but has always bounced back ... We usually give two concerts a year, one in December and the other in the Spring, which can be March, April or May depending upon when Easter falls, and when other local ensembles are performing.'

Category Choral Societies
+ Richmondshire Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)93
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)225

'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 the Website)141
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)337
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘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 the Website)108
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)405

'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 the Website)192
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)234
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Exists to promote the enjoyment of singing. Anyone may join, and there is no audition. Regular attendance at rehearsals is encouraged, in order to maintain as high a standard of performance as possible at the two/three concerts each year.'

Category Choral Societies
+ Scarborough Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)107
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)232
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

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 the Website)93
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)152
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘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 the Website)48
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)153
FEATURED: Multiple Concerts and RecitalsYes

'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 the Website)158
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)270

‘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 the Website)125
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)140

‘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 the Website)42
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)183
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

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 the Website)152
Also indexedSkipton Building Society
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)169

‘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 the Website)82
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)136

'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 the Website)121
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)356

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 the Website)177
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)378

'An amateur male barbershop chorus with over 50 members. We have maintained a top-6 placing in National competition since 2006, making us one of the UK's leading barbershop groups.'

 

+ Spirit of Harmony
VISITS (to the Website)228
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)324

‘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 the Website)163
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)285
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘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 the Website)48
Also indexedSt Hilda’s Festival Orchestra
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)192
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘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 the Website)53
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)218
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'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 the Website)142
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)383
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'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 the Website)93
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)264

‘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 the Website)30
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)86
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘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 the Website)127
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)206

‘Formed in September 1984 and grew rapidly from an initial 10 members to its current size of 30 to 40, drawn from across the York and Selby areas ... Our repertoire has grown over the years to include a wide variety of popular and light classical music (we have over 300 items in our library) as well as solo pieces and readings. Most of the music the choir perform is arranged for first and second Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass parts, and there are also solo and smaller group pieces performed by choir members ... We are always keen to welcome new members to what is a friendly, social group.’

Category York
+ Tuesday Singers York
VISITS (to the Website)58
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)110

'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 the Website)101
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)369

‘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 the Website)93
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)252
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘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 the Website)52
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)162
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘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 the Website)108
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)237

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 the Website)117
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)241
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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 the Website)92
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)290

‘The performance name of The Leeds & Bradford Barbershop Harmony Club ... We sing in the barbershop, close harmony style. Songs old and new. We entertain and compete in national and local competitions mainly for fun, but with the serious aspect of improvement of our quality.’

+ White Rose Chorus
VISITS (to the Website)106
Also indexedThe Leeds & Bradford Barbershop Harmony Club
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)231

‘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 the Website)65
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)127
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘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 the Website)77
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)129
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘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 the Website)36
Also indexedYork Light Youth
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)118

'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 the Website)123
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)312

‘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 the Website)170
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)113

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 the Website)58
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)152
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‘The “Phil”, as the choir is affectionately known, plays a significant part in the rich musical fabric of York. The choir loves to sing, and the passion, commitment, and continuity that has sustained since it was founded in 1925 is very much in evidence today ... Whether your taste is for contemporary or classical, west-end or opera, folk song or spiritual, the wide repertoire will offer entertainment and pleasure ... The choir has some 60 members and would expect 30-40 to be singing at any one concert. Members ages range from 20s to 80s and new members are always welcomed. At any time we can have a singer with a few weeks experience alongside seasoned performers of 30, 40 or even 50 years.’

+ York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)48
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)137

’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 the Website)101
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)170
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‘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 the Website)48
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)125
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‘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 the Website)54
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)163

'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 the Website)151
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)345
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

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 the Website)160
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)226
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'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 the Website)144
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)267

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 the Website)171
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)382

'A thriving performance venue for theatre, music, dance, talks, cinema and live broadcasts, plus exhibitions, classes and a range of creative activities for children. The management of the Arts Centre, initially entirely voluntary, has gradually been professionalised, but the success of the project continues to depend on a large group of volunteer staff and participants, and on the wider support and enthusiasm of our rural community.'

@ Helmsley Arts Centre
VISITS (to the Website)215
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)293

King's Hall and Winter Garden 'hosts a wide range of events and community provision. From a variety of professional productions including enchanting family shows, must-see music concerts and inspiring talks, to local amateur dramatic and performing arts companies, weddings, parties, lifestyle fairs and community events. It is also one of the key venues for the Summer Festival held in August every year and the hugely popular Ilkley Literature Festival'.

@ King's Hall Ilkley
VISITS (to the Website)122
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)294

‘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 the Website)162
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)366
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'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 the Website)358
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)263
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

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

@ University of York
VISITS (to the Website)131
Also indexedYork Concerts
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)212
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘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 the Website)137
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)167
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'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 the Website)189
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)349

'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 the Website)151
Also indexedSt Cecilia Online Events Diary
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)284

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