The next Christmas Yorchestra course will run from 28 – 30 December 2020


January 2nd 3rd 4th
YoYo Strings

Venue and timings

Yorchestras 1 and 2 and YoYo Strings will take place at the University of York Music Department, with Yorchestras 3 and 4 taking place nearby, at Heslington Church.

For Y1 and Y2, the course will run from 10.00am to 4.00pm each day, with a concert at 7.30pm on the final day.

For Y3, the course will run from 10.00am to 3.45pm each day, with a concert at 3.15pm on the final day.

For Y4, the course will run from 10.00am to 3.45pm, with a concert at 3.15pm at the end of the day.

For YoYoStrings, the course will run from 10.00am to 12.30pm each day, with an informal concert to family and friends at 12.15pm on the final day.


For more information on the course venues, including a location map and information about parking, click here: Venue ▶︎


Conductor for Y1: Carlos Zamora

Carlos ZamoraCarlos Zamora was born in Calama, Chile and holds the Master of Arts in Composition (maximum distinction) from the University of Chile. He has studied orchestra conducting with Wilfried Junge, Guillermo Scarabino and Guillermo Rifo, contemporary music conducting with Aliocha Solovera, choral conducting with Mario Cánovas and composition with Miguel Aguilar, Gustavo Becerra, and Eduardo Cáceres.

He created and conducted the chamber ensemble of the Silva Lezaeta Institute of Calama, the San Miguel of Talcahuano’s children choir, and the Choir of the Artists of Steel Academy of Concepción. He was the Assistant Conductor of the Symphony and the Chamber Choirs of the Universidad de Concepción. In 2008 he created the School of Music of the Academia de Humanismo Cristiano University, where he was head of the Department of Music and later the Dean of the Faculty of Arts.

Since 2009 he has resumed orchestra conducting, having been invited to conduct the Symphony Orchestra of the University of Concepción, the Symphony Orchestra of Antofagasta, the Chamber Orchestra of the Austral University of Valdivia, the Marga-Marga Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Chile, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Temuco, the Chamber Orchestra and the Chimera Ensemble of the University of York, as well as several chamber ensembles.

He has given presentations about Latin American, Chilean and his own music at the University of York, the University of Sheffield and the University of Huddersfield.

Conductor for Y2: Dan Shilladay

(photo: Nigel Luckhurst)

Dan read music at the University of Birmingham before completing a master’s degree in contemporary music studies at the University of York. Following a further year of study at the Royal College of Music, he is now a London-based freelance musician and has worked with, among others, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the English Chamber Orchestra and the English Baroque Soloists, with whom he has performed at the BBC Proms.

As a member of the 2008 Southbank Sinfonia, he participated in critically acclaimed productions of Tom Adès’ Powder Her Face at the Royal Opera House and Tom Stoppard and André Previn’s Every Good Boy Deserves Favour at the National Theatre. Alongside period instrument performance, he is especially interested in contemporary music, and has played in the York and Cheltenham festivals.

A keen chamber musician, Dan is a founder member of the Berkeley Ensemble, a flexible group of winds and strings specialising in twentieth- and twenty-first-century British music. Dan is also in demand as a conductor and educator and directs Imperial College String Ensemble, Stoneleigh Youth Training Orchestra and Merton String Sinfonia. He regularly coaches chamber ensembles at the University of York and is a tutor and conductor on Yorchestra’s holiday music courses.

Conductors for Y3: Tim Bayley and Annabel Revell

Conductors for Y4: Jenny Bembridge and Tim Bayley

Conductor for YoYo Strings: Jenny Bembridge

Tim has played and taught clarinet and saxophone in the York area for many years, working with students from beginner to diploma level in a variety of schools and colleges. He is an experienced conductor and arranger, and tutors a selection of ensembles each week, in addition to individual lessons. Tim is a founder member of the early music group, The York Waits, with whom he has toured extensively and produced over ten albums.

Tim has been associated with Yorchestra since soon after its inception.

Annabel Revell


Annabel is an experienced upper strings teacher and conductor of children’s holiday orchestras, having worked on courses throughout England for over 25 years. Trained in London and Manchester, Annabel has also attended a number of string teaching courses, working under Sheila Nelson and Penny Stirling, and has a PGCE with Specialist Strings. She now works as a peripatetic strings teacher, specialising in violin, in a number of different settings in the North West including Music Services and at the Junior RNCM. She maintains her own playing experience with orchestras in the Manchester area.


Jenny Clarke

Jenny studied at York University for her BA and MA in music, specialising in baroque performance. She then took her PGCE in ‘Musicians in Education’ at Greenwich University and Trinity Laban College. Following this Jenny spent a busy time at Barnsley Music Service, and was subsequently appointed as Classroom Music Teacher and Violin Teacher at a HMC school in Hertfordshire.

She is now settled in back in York and enjoying a substantial portfolio of private pupils along with teaching violin at the Mount School, where she also conducts the school orchestras and string groups. Jenny has worked with Yorchestra since 2008 and loves working with the younger groups, especially Y4 and YoYo strings.


Symphony No. 4, last movement
(starting at 24’39″)

Robert Schumann

Enrique Soro
Festival March from Aladdin Suite
Symphony 7/ii in the Ling arrangement
Waltz and Galop from Masquerade
Carl Nielsen
Ludwig van Beethoven
Aram Khachaturian

In addition we are excited to announce that all Y1 and Y2 players will combine for a performance of ‘Huapango’ by Jose Pablo Moncayo.