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York Musical Society offers Philip Moore choral scores to the wider community of choral societies through Making Music’s Music Exchange.

A choral work by Philip Moore, commissioned for and first performed at the 2011 Southern Cathedrals Festival in Winchester Cathedral, has been made available by York Musical Society (YMS) through Making Music’s Music Exchange scheme.

The work, At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners, was written to be performed alongside Gloria by John Rutter, and uses the same orchestration (4 trumpets, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani and percussion and organ). There is also a tenor solo.

Philip Moore was Master of the Music at York Minster from 1983 until 2008 and was York Musical Society’s conductor for 27 years until his retirement in 2010. He is now one of the Society’s vice-presidents.

The Society has a full set of scores that it is keen to avoid gathering dust in a corner. James Downey, the Society’s Treasurer, describes the chorus parts as being of ‘medium difficulty’. He explains ‘The choir divides into two occasionally and there is a part that can easily be sung by a small semi-chorus.’ The piece lasts approximately 15 minutes.

Making Music’s Music Exchange service matches up amateur music groups looking for music to borrow with those that have library holdings. Philip Moore’s work will be available for loan through this scheme, so if you are interested in borrowing a set of scores you should get in touch with York Musical Society directly to find out about availability and to discuss arrangements for delivery or collection.

The Music Exchange service is part of the evolving Music Bank resource, which aims to help members programme their concerts. Use the one-stop programming tool to find other music to borrow from the exchange scheme, as well as repertoire information and programme notes.


York Musical Society (“YMS”) returns to rehearsals, after the Easter break, on Tuesday 9th April. It is therefore an ideal time to join us and get in on the action!

Our next concert is “Summer Celebrations” which takes place on Saturday 15th June in York Minster where we will be performing:

  • Mozart: Coronation Mass (K317)
  • Rutter: Gloria
  • Haydn: Te Deum
  • Moore: Psalm 23

For further details on joining and how to arrange for your audition, please see the “Get Involved” section of our website.

We look forward to seeing you!

CONCERT PREVIEW: Bach St Matthew Passion

YORK MUSICAL SOCIETY will perform Bach’s St Matthew Passion in York Minster on March 9 at 7.30pm.

“It’s a very important and also demanding work to sing and considered to be one of Bach’s grandest works,” says conductor David Pipe.

“Our concert will be the opening event of York Minster’s Festival of the Passions and promises to be a wonderful evening.”

The York Musical Society Chorus and Orchestra will be joined by soloists Paul Smy, Julian Tovey, Laurie Ashworth, Juliette Pochin, Jo Cornwell and Jon Saunders and the Minster choristers.

Tickets are available at the Minster box office during opening hours, online at and by phone on 0844 9390015.


Reproduced by kind permission of the The Press.


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PRESS RELEASE – HRH Princess Beatrice of York becomes patron of York Musical Society


York Musical Society (“YMS”) is pleased to announce that Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York has agreed to become its Patron.
The YMS is the oldest musical society in the country, tracing its origins back to 1765. Rule 2 in 1825 said:
“No person in any business or profession shall be deemed admissible as a Member of this Society, unless he be a principal or partner in such business or profession”. The total membership was limited to sixty, who met on Mondays at 7.00 p.m. in BAYNES’S coffee house in Petergate. Supper was at 9.30 p.m. and cost two shillings (10p) which included malt liquor. Members could bring friends to meetings (but not more than one in four meetings) if they were residents of York. Instrumental performers “being disqualified by Rule 2 from being admitted into this Society” were not subject to this restriction and could be introduced at any meeting. 
Happily the Society follows a more welcoming and enlightened policy of membership nowadays.
David Pipe, Musical Director of the Society said, “It is a great honour for the York Musical Society to have a Royal Patron. We are all delighted that Her Royal Highness has accepted the invitation and we look forward to welcoming her to one of our concerts.”