The next summer Yorchestra course will take place from 27 – 30 August 2019

The Summer Course is now closed for applications. Course details for our Christmas Course will be updated nearer the time.

 

 August 27th 28th 29th 30th
Y1  
Y2
Y3  
Y4
YoYo Strings


Venue and timings

Rehearsing

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 ▶︎


Y1 and Y2 ‘After Hours’ Workshops

Learn to play the Gamelan – Weds 28th August, 4-5pm

Why not take the opportunity to experience this traditional percussion instrumental from Java and Bali? Numbers are strictly limited, and places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Learn how to conduct – Thurs 29th August, 4-5pm

Once again we are offering the chance for students to learn the skills of a conductor. Numbers are strictly limited, and places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Applicants who are interested in attending one or both should indicate their preference on the application form, giving first and second choice if applicable (full instructions included on the form).


Conductors

Conductor for Y1: Dr Edward Venn

Edward studied Music at the University of Birmingham and on completion of his PhD, he joined the Music Department at Lancaster University as a Lecturer in Music, where his responsibilities included the direction of the department Chamber Orchestra and New Music Ensemble. Later, he was invited to conduct the Orchestra of the Lancaster University Music Society.

During his time at Lancaster, he also conducted local choirs and new music groups, his repertoire ranging from small chamber ensembles through to works for choir and orchestra; he also conducted performances of Holst’s opera Savitri.

With an LRSM in Directing (Chamber Orchestra), Edward relocated to Yorkshire, where he has conducted the University of Leeds Chamber Orchestra, the Easingwold Singers, and the York Symphony Orchestra. His repertoire ranges from 1500 to the present day.

Conductor for Y2: Jon Hargreaves

Jon is co-artistic director and co-founder of London’s Octandre Ensemble and specialises in contemporary repertoire. With a professional portfolio including Music Directorships for the London Medical Orchestra and South Birmingham Sinfonia, and as a guest conductor for projects including London Symphony Orchestra Soundhub, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Rogue Orchestra.

In addition, Jon co-directs the Nevis Ensemble, a 40-piece orchestra which aims to deliver music music “for everyone, everywhere”. In August 2018, they gave 70 concerts in 10 days, in settings as diverse as the summit of Ben Nevis, the Glasgow Night Shelter, psychiatric and dementia care settings, community gardens, children’s playgrounds and swimming pools.

Conductors for Y3: Tim Bayley and Annabel Revell

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.

Conductors for Y4: Jenny Bembridge and Tim Bayley

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.

 

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.

 

 

Conductor for YoYo Strings: Jenny Bembridge

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.


Repertoire

Y1
Benjamin Britten
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Elizabeth Maconchy
Y2
The Tour
Cathcart
Claude Debussy
Alexander Borodin
John de Simone
Phil Cunningham