(Registered Charity Number: 504611)


Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York
Sir Ron Cooke

The Archbishop of York

Mrs Irene Plaistowe

Principal Conductor
Mr David Pipe

Associate Conductor
Dr Richard Shephard

The Rt Reverend Glyn Webster, Bishop of Beverley
Dr Francis Jackson
Lady Gillian Barron
Dr Philip Moore
Mr Raymond R G Lovely

Honorary Life Members
Mr Leslie Bresnen
Mr Chris Bush
Mr Arthur Holroyd
Mr Tony Pook
Mr Christopher G Poole
Mr John Tierney


Associate Conductor: RIchard Shephard



York Musical Society is proud of its history; the current society was formed in 1876, but traces its origins back to 1767 when it first enrolled member was John Camidge, Organist of York Minster.

Today it is a thriving choral society of around 150 singers, performing three or four concerts a year at York Minster, York Barbican and other locations.

Our principal conductor is David Pipe, Director of the Organist’ Training Programme and Cathedral Organist in the Diocese of Leeds. Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings at St Olave’s School, York. We welcome new singers who are invited to attend a rehearsal informally and then a short voice test will be required. This is usually carried out by David Pipe and a member of the committee in a side room in private.

The choir is twinned with a similar-sized choir in Germany, the Philharmonischer Chor, Munster. Our most recent joint concert was the Brahms Requiem in York in 2016 and we plan to visit Munster in June 2018 to mark 50 years of the city twinning link.

We also share concerts with the Coventry Cathedral Chorus (formerly known as the St Michael Singers of Coventry Cathedral), most recently Handel’s Israel in Egypt in April 2017.