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Easter course

The next Easter Yorchestra course will run from 19-21 April 2017

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Applications close on 19 March 2017.

If you miss the application closing date, you can check if places are still available by emailing

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Course fees and bursaries

Yorchestra fees for 2017 are £50 per day, or £45 per day if applications are received by the ‘Early Bird’ discount deadline.

We believe this represents fantastic value for money, given the high quality of the course, but we also appreciate that some families face difficult financial circumstances. We are keen to ensure that as many young musicians as possible should be able to access what Yorchestra has to offer, and some assistance with course fees is available in the form of bursary funding for eligible applicants. For more information regarding bursaries, please contact the Yorchestra treasurer at Applications for bursary funding should be sent in at the same time as the course application. You can download a bursary application form here.


Venue for Easter 2017 courses

All courses 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 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 second day.

Parking is available on the church field (entrance on Field Lane).

If you would like to share lifts, we may be able to put you in touch with other families travelling from your local area.



Conductors for Y3: Annabel Revell and Tim Bayley

Annabel RevellAnnabel 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.





Conductors for Y4: Tim Bayley and Jenny Bembridge

Conductor for YoYoStrings: Jenny Bembridge

jenny_clarke-croppedJenny 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.

(Photo: Brian Slater)