York Musical Society (YMS) is a large and friendly choral society, directed by David Pipe. The choir sings most of its concerts in
the wonderful setting of York Minster. It has contributed
to the musical life of the city of York since 1876.

We look forward to seeing you at our concerts, annual workshop and other events. We welcome new members and Friends of YMS.
For details, see the Get Involved page of this website.


See the review for our last concert, Celebrate Christmas,
in the News and Reviews section.


J S Bach: St Matthew Passion
York Minster – March 24th 2018 

Click here for a direct link to the booking page

Paul Smy Evangelist
Jonathan May Jesus
Anita Watson, soprano

Kate Symonds-Joy, mezzo-soprano
Ben Thapa, tenor
Alex Ashworth, bass

With the Senior Choristers of York Minster 

York Minster is the appropriately magnificent setting for this monumental choral work. The YMS chorus, orchestra and six soloists will tell the story of Jesus’ betrayal, arrest, trial, crucifixion and burial, in a work that has been described as a unique human achievement.

Bach created his Passion from choruses both small and large, with arias for specific characters such as Jesus, Judas, Peter and Pontius Pilate. The Evangelist, a role for tenor voice, is the narrator and moves the drama along.

The chorus and orchestra are split in two to create a stunning musical effect. Supporting Bach’s structure are three grand choruses – at the beginning, middle and end – which frame the music.

Though the work was originally written in German, YMS will sing the English translation.

Senior choristers of York Minster will sing the ‘ripieno’ part in the first half of the work.

Tickets available now at York Theatre Royal and on the door on the night.

Please email any enquiries to: comms@yorkmusicalsociety.org.uk 


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CONCERT SEASON 2017 / 2018
This season includes works by Rutter, Copland and Vaughan Williams; a Christmas Concert; a choral workshop; the Bach St Matthew Passion; and a trip to Münster in Germany.