The next Easter Yorchestra course will take place from 15 – 17 April 2019

NB – please note change of course dates from those originally publicised

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Venue and timings

The Easter Yorchestra course will be held at Heslington Church

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


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


Conductor for Y3 and Y4: Tim Bayley and Kathleen Butcher

Tim Bayley

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.


Kathleen has been a peripatetic string teacher for North Yorkshire County Music Service since 1987. Although she started playing the violin she changed to playing the cello as a teenager and then went on to study with Sue Lowe.

Kathleen also works at Northallerton Music Centre on Saturday mornings where she conducts Junior Strings, Junior Orchestra and Junior Choir. The choir was an initiative of Kathleen’s so that all the musicians would have the opportunity to enjoy singing once a week.

At the moment the area where Kathleen gets a lot of enjoyment is teaching and arranging folk music. This even proves popular with the brass players in the primary school orchestra.


Conductor for YoYos: Kieran Lynch

Kieran began playing the violin at the age of ten under the guidance of Helga Penny. His love for music and the violin grew quickly and in July 2011 he was accepted to study at Yorkshire Young Musicians (YYM), a centre for advanced training.

Kieran has recently completed his undergraduate violin studies at Birmingham Conservatoire under the tutelage of Sebastian Müller. A keen chamber musician, Kieran performed with a variety of chamber ensembles during his time as a student, and has given regular solo performances both in recitals and in masterclasses with artists such as Oliver Wille, Berent Korfker and Leland Chen. Orchestral performance has also been a priority, including as a participant in the Conservatoire’s side-by-side scheme with the Welsh National Opera, and as a member of the Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra during their live recording of Verdi’s ‘Requiem’ for BBC Radio 3.

Kieran is passionate about teaching the next generation of violinists and musicians. He has worked for Yorchestra since 2013, held the post of Mentor at Junior Birmingham Conservatoire during the 2016/17 academic year and maintained several term-time classes as a Violin Teacher for The Strings Club in Birmingham between 2015 and 2017. Kieran recently secured a place on the Leverhulme Fellowship at Pro Corda and now works as a full-time peripatetic teacher for the Hull Schools’ Music Service. He is pleased to have returned to home pastures, is enjoying teaching and is looking forward to working with YoYos again on the Easter 2019 course!