York Musical Society (YMS) is a large and friendly choral society that rehearses in central York and performs popular and less-known works from the classical choral repertoire.
We perform three or four concerts a year, usually in the glorious venue of York Minster – memorable for performers and audience alike. We also give smaller, more informal concerts at Christmas.
The choir rehearses on Monday evenings. For now, we meet on Zoom. In normal times, we rehearse at St Peter’s School (8-13), Bootham, York. We’re making the most of our enforced separation. But we can’t wait to get back into the rehearsal room, singing together in the same space, and looking forward to the buzz that comes with a live performance.
YMS is twinned with a similar-sized choir in Germany, the Philharmonischer Chor Münster. It’s always a great pleasure to invite our friends from Münster to join us in a concert, or to travel to sing with them.
We believe in encouraging more people to enjoy singing. We organise an annual choral workshop, to which all singers are welcome.
We take part in the Festival of Ideas run by the University of York, usually by holding an open rehearsal.
Our musical director is David Pipe who, besides running YMS and working in the Diocese of Leeds, is increasingly in demand as a conductor, workshop leader, and adjudicator. Read his biography on our 'About Us' page.
We look forward to seeing you at our concerts, annual workshop, and other events. We always welcome new members and Friends of YMS.