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

Many thanks to all 208 people who took part in our audience survey.
The prize of an M&S voucher was won by Lukas Benstem from Meine in Germany. In his thank you note, Mr Benstem commented “I really enjoyed the concert at York Minster and it was interesting to hear German Baroque music in England!”


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 …’
Elgar’s setting of O’Shaughnessy’s poem The Music Makers will be sung at this
YMS open rehearsal, together with Brahms’ Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny).

Hear the choir rehearse with conductor David Pipe
for a Jubilee Concert on Sunday 24 June in Münster, Germany,
marking the 50th anniversary of Münster Philharmonischer Chor.
The music has been chosen as a tribute to the long-standing partnership of
these two large choirs, who first performed together 25 years ago in 1993.
This event is a York preview and a chance to hear a complete
run-through of these works, accompanied by piano.

Refreshments will be served afterwards.

Location: Shepherd Hall, St Olave’s School, Queen Anne’s Road, York YO30 7WA
Nearest parking: Marygate (+ footpath at north-west corner of carpark,
under the railway, towards the school)

 Click here for York Festival of Ideas website
Click here to go straight to the booking form

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

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.


Support YMS by becoming a singing member, Friend or benefactor.
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.