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.


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

Read the York Press review here
See the photo gallery here


Monday 11 June 2018  7.30pm–8.45pm
Festival of Ideas: Open Rehearsal
‘We are the dreamers of dreams’

We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams …’
We sang Elgar’s setting of O’Shaughnessy’s poem The Music Makers
at this YMS open rehearsal within the York Festival of Ideas. 


Sunday 24 June 2018
Jubilee Concert

This concert, which will take place in Münster, Germany, marks the 25th anniversary of the twinning of YMS with the Münster Philharmonischer Chor, as well as their 50th anniversary. The programme includes Brahms’ Schicksalslied and Alt Rhapsodie, Beethoven’s Chorfantasie, and will conclude with Elgar’s The Music Makers as a tribute to the long-standing partnership of our two choirs.

See philchor-muenster.de to find out about the Münster choir.


Support YMS by becoming a singing member, Friend or benefactor.
CONCERT SEASON 2017 / 2018
This season has included works by Rutter, Copland and Vaughan Williams; a Christmas Concert; a choral workshop; the Bach St Matthew Passion; a trip to Münster in Germany; and as a grand finale, the Castle Howard proms.