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Yorchestra is a non-residential holiday orchestra in Yorkshire for young musicians

Yorchestra is for musicians age 6–21 from pre-grade 1 to grade 8+

There are five different orchestras to ensure 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 Grade 8+.

Yorchestra Young Strings
String players aged 6 and 7 years old

Yorchestra 4
Players aged 8+
Learning instrument 6 months – Grade 1

Yorchestra 3
Players aged 8+
Grade 2-4

Yorchestra 2
Grade 4-6

Yorchestra 1
Grade 7+

Participants enjoy between 1 and 4 days of orchestral playing, sectionals, chamber music and workshops.

Yorchestra costs £50 per day (or £45/day if application received by ‘Early Bird’ date). Bursaries are available.

One of the amazing things about Yorchestra is the quantity and quality of our conductors and tutors so that players of all instruments receive the expert and specific tuition that they deserve – a fact that is reflected in the fact that 75% of our course fees are spent on tutor costs.
Due to the time given voluntarily by the management committee to run Yorchestra, we are able to keep our course fees at a lower level than would otherwise be the case; 94% of our income is accounted for by music staff pay and venue hire.  We have had a bit of catching up to do in terms of music staff pay to bring us into line with accepted pay levels which has necessitated a rise in course fees this time but we hope to be able to maintain these fees for a while.

More about Yorchestra ▶︎

photo_1 (1)Generous boost to bursary fund

We are very grateful to The Rotary Club of York for their extremely generous donation of £1000 to our bursary fund as well as financial support for our publicity.

Further Yorchestra news updates and photos can be found on Yorchestra’s Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @yorchestra.

Summer Course

Applications for our summer course open on 1st May.  Early bird discount closes on 31st May.  Application deadline is 17th June.  Book early to avoid disappointment!
We are very excited to announce that, subject to sufficient numbers applying, Y1 will be playing West Side Story and the Candide Overture – both by Leonard Bernstein.  Do take a listen at and  Y2 repertoire to follow.

Yorchestra takes place during the school holidays at Easter, Summer & Christmas

The next Yorchestra Course will take place in August 2016

August/September 1630th31st1st2nd
Y1 ✓ ✓
Y2 ✓ ✓ ✓
Y3 ✓ ✓
Y4 ✓
YoYoStrings ✓ ✓

Dates of future courses may be found under ‘Courses’

Up and Coming Courses ▶︎
Please be aware that occasionally, music students from the University use some of the rooms for practice during Yorchestra Courses.