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.”