About YMS

(Registered Charity Number: 504611)


Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York
Sir Ron Cooke
Dr Richard Shephard

His Grace, the Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell

Irene Plaistowe

Musical Director
David Pipe

Assistant Musical Director
John Bradbury

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

Honorary Life Members
Leslie Bresnen
Chris Bush
Jean Cobb
Tony Pook
Christopher G Poole
John Tierney



York Musical Society is proud of its history; the current society was formed in 1876, but traces its origins back to 1767, when its 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 and other locations.

Our musical director and principal conductor is David Pipe, Director of the Organists’ Training Programme and Cathedral Organist in the Diocese of Leeds. Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings at St Peter’s School (8–13), York (formerly St Olave’s School). 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, Münster. We visited Münster in June 2018 to mark 50 years of the city twinning link.

We also share concerts with the Coventry Cathedral Chorus (formerly the St Michael’s Singers), most recently Mendelssohn’s Elijah in June 2019, in Coventry Cathedral.