Join YMS as we celebrate Christmas, singing Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols. A family friendly concert with Christmas music, traditional carols and some opportunities to sing along.
Refreshments will be served after the concert in the church hall so please also join us for a cup of tea and mince pie.
T?ickets are available on the door on the night but it will be CASH ONLY as we have no facility to take other payments.
|Please be aware that parking at St Peter's School is only available for those with mobility issues. Unless you have mobility issues please park at Marygate and Bootham Row car parks which are situated within 5-10 minutes walking distance of the venue.|
Tickets from Eventbrite here
|Saturday 20th January 2024|
Our next very popular Come and Sing workshop will be at St Lawrence's Church, York in January 2024. We will learn to sing Vivaldi's Gloria and end the day with an impromtu concert whiuch will be open to the public.
TICKETS FROM EVENTBRITE HERE
We were saddened to hear that Mr Raymond Lovely, a vice-President of YMS, had died peacefully at home on 11th June 2023. Ray was a YMS institution in himself, with a hugely enthusiastic approach to life and music. He sang with us for over 50 years, had an encyclopaedic knowledge of the society and its history and until quite recently was still actively liaising with Rosemary our archivist in supporting our historical record keeping. We owe a huge to debt to Ray for his contributions over many years.
|YMS hosts a return visist to York Minster by its partner choir from York's twin city Munster.|
A Sea Symphony is a panoramic work and takes us on a journey from darkness to light.
Tickets available here
|Saturday 11 March 2023|
Two requiems in one concert: much loved Fauré and the rare Michael Haydn which is said
to have inspired Mozart.
|Saturday 21st January 2023|
COME AND SING
Handel's Messiah (The best Bits!)
St Lawrence Church, York
Our popular day of choral singing returned with well-loved choruses from Handel's Messiah. and was sold out!
|Saturday 10th December 2022|
TICKETS FROM EVENTBRITE HERE
With heavy hearts, York Musical Society regrets to announce the passing of our beloved John Bradbury.
His sharp wit, dry sense of humour, warm heart, and generous spirit will be deeply missed.
He joined us as an occasional accompanist several years ago, and in April 2019 became our Assistant Musical Director.
He was born and educated in Cheshire and was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where he gained Associate and Graduate Diplomas.
He held a Master of Arts degree from the University of London and was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He had a long and illustrious career in the musical world and when he took early retirement moved to York with Eric, his husband, in 2012.
He threw himself into the musical life of our City, singing with the Yorkshire Bach Choir, running his own chamber choir, The St John’s Consort, and many other musical ensembles.
He was an active and talented organ recitalist, recently organising and performing in his series of ‘Organ Plus’ concerts at St Luke’s Parish Church in York.
He will be missed by so many people from all the different parts of his life.
We send our love and thoughts to Eric at this difficult time
Details of a memorial/celebration of his life will be announced in due course.
By Haydn Lewis, Live News Editor
A group of singers from York got to perform for a princess this week.
York Musical Society (YMS), a thriving choral group with hundreds of members, welcomed the Queen’s granddaughter, Princess Beatrice to a Zoom performance of Handel’s Coronation Anthems.
They were also joined by patrons Sir Ron Cooke and Dr Richard Shephard, and vice-presidents Lady Gillian Barron and Philip Moore along with his wife Allison, and Kurt Calder from sponsors, The Shepherd Group.
A group spokesman said: “As we have adapted to the strange times this term and rehearsed via Zoom, we decided to treat our last two sessions as virtual concerts, complete with concert dress.
“Princess Beatrice joined us for the first two anthems and spoke enthusiastically about how everyone has adapted to the situation, and that she is looking forward to being able to join us in person sometime in the not too distant future.”
Like many other cultural activities, YMS concerts and face-to-face rehearsals are cancelled for the whole of 2020 and the YMS committee has also made the decision to cancel their planned November concert and the choral workshop in January next year.
They will reconvene their usual Monday evening rehearsals at St Olave’s School in January.
As the committee email to members puts it: “We know this will be a huge disappointment, but we must make the health of our members and audiences our priority, and adhere to Government guidelines. If the situation changes and it becomes possible for us to get together sooner than January, then we will certainly arrange something.”