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 at St Peter’s School (8-13), Bootham, York. We are enjoying singing together in the same space again and looking forward to the buzz that comes with our live performances.

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.

mozart requiem - york minster 18 june 2022

'York Musical Society chorus was in excellent health despite the pandemic' - The Press 21 June 2022.
to read the full review see our News & Reviews page here

OUR Next Concert:

19 November at 7.30pm - Karl Jenkins : THE Armed Man and
Haydn : Mass in Time of War in York Minster 

For full details see our events page

YMS Community Events

We believe in encouraging more people to enjoy singing. We organise an annual choral workshop, to which all singers are welcome.

Our 2022 workshop was on Sat 14th May at The Citadel, Gillygate, York in honour of Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee

We also take part in the Festival of Ideas run by the University of York, usually by holding an open rehearsal.


Musical Director

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.

‘YMS is now a choir that impresses each time it performs – and in widely differing repertoire’ Francis O'Gorman