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.


Our new term starts on Monday the 4th of September, getting ready for the Simple Gifts concert as described below.



 Saturday 28th October 2017
at York Barbican

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Folk music, with its memorable melodies and words telling the stories of ordinary people’s lives, has been an inspiration for many composers. This performance offers British and American composers’ takes on folk tradition.

We have chosen Vaughan Williams’ English Folk Song Suite and Fantasia on Greensleeves, and John Rutter’s The Sprig of Thyme to represent traditional British music. These include well-known favourites such as ‘The Miller of Dee’ and ‘The Keel Row’.

Crossing the seas, we have Aaron Copland’s Old American Songs – including the popular Shaker song ‘Simple Gifts’. In contrast, Gustav Holst’s Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda reflect his interest in traditional Indian stories and music.


Support YMS by becoming a singing member, Friend or benefactor.
CONCERT SEASON 2017 / 2018
Next season will include 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.