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This is a list of public concerts recently performed by the Orchestra

details of 2017/18 season
details of 2016/17 season
details of 2015/16 season
details of 2014/15 season
details of 2013/14 season
details of 2012/13 season
details of 2011/12 season
details of 2010/11 season
details of 2009/10 season
details of 2008/9 season
details of 2007/8 season
details of 2006/7 season
details of 2005/6 season
details of 2004/5 season
details of 2003/4 season
details of dates before 2003

2017/2018 season



DATEVENUENOTES

Saturday 14th July
2018

Selby Abbey
A Summer Concert
celebrating our 70th anniversary year.


Thursday 24th May
2018

Linton on Ouse Primary School
A programme of music selected for a younger audience


Sunday 15th April
2018
2.30pm
Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York
A 70th Anniversary
Family Proms Concert
In support of St Leonard's Hospice


Thursday 21st December
2017

Acomb Methodist Church, York
A concert of Christmas and Festive Music

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2016/2017 season



DATEVENUENOTES

Saturday 15th July
2017

Selby Abbey
With guest soloist Tracey Bowen


Thursday 25th May
2017

Linton Primary School
A Concert of Music
chosen for a younger audience


Thursday 15th December
2016

Acomb Methodist Church
A Concert of Christmas
and Festive Music


Sunday 27th November
2016

Poppleton Community
Centre
2 - 4pm
A Festive Concert in aid of The British Heart Foundation.

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2015/2016 season



DATEVENUENOTES

Saturday 16th July
2016

Selby Abbey


A Summer Concert of Light Music
with guest soloist
Tracey Bowen


Thursday 17th December
2015

Acomb Methodist Church,
York

A concert combining
both light and festive
music


Saturday 3rd October
2015

Milton Rooms,
Malton

A prom style concert
with the
Harmonia Ladies Choir
in aid of
Ryedale Special Families

Ryedale Special Families

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2014/2015 season



DATEVENUENOTES

Saturday 18th July
2015

Selby Abbey
A 'Prom' Style Concert

with guest soloist Tracey Bowen


Thursday 4th June
2015

Linton School
A programme of music for a younger audience.


Thursday 23rd April
2015

Haxby and Wigginton Methodist Church
St George's Day Concert

Proceeds to 'Action for Children'


Thursday 18th December
2014

Acomb Methodist Church
A Concert of Christmas Music

With guest soloist
Cathy Atkin


Thursday 4th December
2014

Stockton on Forest Village Hall
A Festive Encore

A concert of Music for Everyone



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2013/2014 season



DATEVENUENOTES

Saturday 21st June
2014

Selby Abbey
A Summer Concert of Light Music

with soloist Tracey Bowen

Thursday 22nd May
2014
Linton School
A concert of music selected for a younger audience

Thursday 6th March
2014
Askham Grange
A fund raising concert with admission by ticket only.
All proceeds to Martin House Children's Hospice


Thursday 19th December
2013

Acomb Methodist Church
A Concert of Christmas and Festive Music
With guest soloist
Tracy Bowen



Thursday 5th December
2013

Clifton Parish Church
A concert on behalf of the Friends of York Hospitals
With guest soloist
Tracy Bowen

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2012/2013 season



DATEVENUENOTES
Saturday 13th July
2013
Selby Abbey A Summer Concert of Light Music.
With guest soloist
Tracy Bowen

Proceeds to the Mission and Ministry of Selby Abbey.

Thursday 9th May
2013
Linton School
A concert of music selected for a younger audience

Thursday 20th December
2012
Acomb Methodist Church
A concert of Christmas and Festive Music

With guest soloists
Charlotte and Lara

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2011/2012 season



DATEVENUENOTES
Thursday 19th July
2012
Acomb Methodist Church
A concert in aid of Church funds


Thursday 14th June
2012
Linton on Ouse
Primary School

A concert of music
specially chosen
for a younger audience


Thursday 15th March
2012
Stockton on Forest Village Hall A fund raising concert on behalf of the village hall
With guest soloist Tracy Bowen

Thursday 1st March
2012
Askham Grange A fund raising concert with admission by ticket only.
Proceeds to Askham Richard Church Bell Tower Fund
and the children's charity SNAPPY
(Special Needs Activity and Play Provision for York)
Thursday 15th December
2011
Acomb Methodist Church
A concert of Christmas and Festive music

With guest soloist
Tracy Bowen


Saturday 10th December
2011
Stockton Village Hall
A fund raising concert
on behalf of the
Myesthenia Gravis Charity

With guest soloist
Tracy Bowen


See http://www.mga-charity.org/ for more details about Myesthenia Gravis

Ron Middlemass - Myesthenia Gravis York
tel: (01094) 679939 or 07715 943406
email: ron.middlemass@o2.co.uk

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2010/2011 season



DATEVENUENOTES
Saturday 23rd July
2011
Connaught Court
An outdoor Prom style concert of music
With guest soloist
Tracy Bowen

The orchestra is taking part in a full day of
fund raising and entertainment,
and will start playing at 6.15 pm.
Thursday 9th June
2011
Linton on Ouse
Primary School

A concert of music
specially chosen
for a younger audience
With guest soloist
Tracy Bowen

Thursday 3rd March
2011
Stockton on Forest Village Hall
A fund raising concert on behalf of the village hall
With guest soloist
Tracy Bowen

Thursday 16th December
2010
Acomb Methodist Church
A concert of Christmas and Festive music
With guest soloist
Tracy Bowen

Thursday 7th October
2010
Acomb Methodist Church
A concert in aid of Church funds
with guest Organist
Alistair Timmis



The 2010/11 season started with a special event in October at the Acomb Methodist Church to help raise funds for building repairs, with church's resident organist, Alistair Timmins as the soloist, demonstrating the full range and power of the church organ. We were then back a few weeks later to play in the traditional end of year Christmas concert, combining festive music and carol singing, which becomes more popular each year.

We played just 3 concerts in 2011, starting at Stockton Village Hall in a fund raising event for the village hall where a capacity audience was treated to a night of light music, and songs from our guest Tracy Bowen. The visit to Linton this year included introductions to all the music by the pupils, and ended with a mini-prom concert where the flags from the school's Royal Wedding Celebrations in April were brought out and energetically waved to give a realistic 'last night of the proms' feeling to the event.

Connaught Court celebrated their 60th anniversary this year and we were invited to take part in their celebration which took the form of an outdoor Prom in the Park, in a marquee their grounds. One of 3 groups taking part, the orchestra played a range of pieces, ending with music from the prom concerts with all the associated flag waving and audience participation. Tracy sang with the orchestra in Carmen and Les Miserables, before leading the community singing of Land of Hope and Glory, Jerusalem and Rule Britannia to conclude the concert and the season.

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2009/2010 season



DATEVENUENOTES
Thursday 20th May
2010
Linton on Ouse
Primary School

A concert of music
specially chosen
for a younger audience

Thursday 29th April
2010
Clifton Parish Church
A concert arranged by
The Friends of York Hospitals

With guest soloist
Tracy Bowen
Thursday 17th December
2009
Acomb Methodist Church
York

Christmas Concert

With guest soloist
Tracy Bowen
Thursday 12th November
2009
English Martyrs Church
York

A Concert in aid of the
York Blind and Partially Sighted Society
as part of their 30th anniversary celebrations.

Visit their website at
http://www.ybpss.org/

With guest soloist
Tracy Bowen

Thursday 22nd October
2009
St James' Church
Wetherby

A concert of light music arranged by the Wetherby Lions as part of
The Wetherby Festival

With guest soloist
Tracy Bowen



Our 2009/10 season started with the sad news that due to a family illness, our principal conductor, Malcolm Galloway, could not be with us. We were fortunate in that our deputy conductor, Dennis Brown, was able to take over and the three concerts we had arranged were all performed, starting with a return visit to St James's Church, Wetherby as part of the Wetherby Festival. Our second concert was both a new location and a new cause, and a successful evening was held to raise funds for the York Blind and Partially Sighted Society. 2009 ended with our traditional Christmas concert at Acomb church where, in addition to songs from our guest soloist, Tracy Bowen, the audience was treated to a display by the church puppet group.
We returned to the Clifton Parish Church in April for another concert in aid of the Friends of York Hospitals with a varied programme including Die Fleidermaus, and selections from Lord of the Rings and Chicago. As in previous years, the season closed with a visit to Linton school with a programme adapted for a younger audience. Continuing last year's successful audience participation, this year the pupils had researched the music to be played and announced each piece as it was played.

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2008/2009 season



DATEVENUENOTES
Thursday 4th June
2009
Linton on Ouse
Primary School

An concert of music
for a younger audience

Thursday 30th April
2009
St. Saviourgate
Unitarian Chapel
York

A concert to support church fundraising

click here for further details

Thursday 29th January
2009
Stockton on Forest
Village Hall

An evening of music
sponsored by the
Rotary Club of York
with our guest soloists
Tracy Bowen
and
Emma Tatnall

For details of the sponsored charity,
please click here.

Thursday 18th December
2008

Acomb Methodist Chrch
Front Street
York

A Concert of
Christmas music
with our guest soloists
Tracy Bowen
and
Emma Tatnall


The 2008/9 season was started with our traditional Christmas concert at Acomb Methodist Church, combining a selection of our popular music, Music with a Christmas theme and Christmas carols for the audience to join in. Our guest soloist, Tracy Bowen, was joined this year for the first time by Emma Tatnall, a fellow soprano from York Opera, and they entertained with duets including the 'Duet for Two Cats' by Rossini which proved to be very popular. In January we were invited back to play for the Rotary club in a fund raising concert in aid of their sponsored charity.This year it was for a water purification project in Kerla, Southern India. This is the 6th year the event has been held and we helped raise over 1100 for this worthy cause. The press release for the event, written by the Rotary Club, can be seen here
The Unitarian Church was a new venue for us this year, and gave a rare opportunity to perform in the centre of York. A small, appreciative audience was enteratined with a varied concert of orchestral music, and our guest soloist, Tracy Bowen, performed a selection of songs from both opera and musicals.
The final concert of the year was for the children at Linton School. This is becoming another regular event, and the program is tailored to suit a younger audience. In addition to demonstrating the various instruments of the orchestra, in a novel experiment, some of the children were able to sit in the orchestra for part of the performance to see the stage side of a concert and two of the pupils were invited to conduct the orchestra. This proved to be very successful, and the concert ended with the selection of music from The Pirates of the Caribbean, completing our 2008/9 season.

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2007/2008 season



DATEVENUENOTES
Thursday 5th June
2008
The National Centre for Early Music
St Margaret's Church
Walmgate, York

A special Anniversary concert
to celebrate the Orchestra's 60th year.
With our guest soloist Tracy Bowen

Proceeds to
North Yorkshire Music Therapy Centre

Thursday 1st May
2008
Linton
Primary School

A concert of music selected for
a younger audience.
In aid of school fundraising
to promote music within the school

Thursday 17th April
2008

Forest of
Galtres School
Shipton-by-Beningborough


A concert of music specially
selected for a younger audience

Thursday 31st January
2008
Stockton on Forest
Village Hall

An evening of music
sponsored by the
Rotary Club of York

For details of the sponsored charity , please click here.

Thursday 13th December
2007

Acomb Methodist Church
York
 
A concert of
Christmas Music
with guest soloist
Tracy Bowen
Thursday 1st November
2007
St. James' Church
Wetherby

A concert of light music
arranged by the Wetherby Lions as part of
The Wetherby Festival.

With guest Soloist, Jennifer Grant.



The first performance in our 2007/8 60th anniversary season was a return visit to Wetherby in a concert organised by the Wetherby Lions as part of the Wetherby Festival. Held in St James church, the orchestra performed a varied selection of music including Pique Dame overture and Handel's Water Music as well as selections from Andrew Lloyd Weber musicals and theme music from the James Bond films. Joining us for the first time was soprano soloist Jennifer Grant who sang traditional songs from Mozart, Schubert and Puccini, as well as modern favourites by Ivor Novello and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

2007 ended with what is becoming part of the traditional Christmas celebrations at Acomb Methodist Church in a concert of light music, with the audience joining in with a selection of Christmas carols, led by our guest soprano, Tracy Bowen. A few weeks later, on 31st January 2008 we played in a fund raising event, sponsored by the Rotary Club of York, and raised over 1,300 towards their charity, The Yorkshire School in Sri Lanka. The school has been established to help the children following the tsunami in 2004, and is currently in need of funds for books and school equipment.

We played two school concerts, at Forest of Galtres School, and Linton Primary school. These are also becoming regular events and are proving popular with the children and parents. The programme is selected from music which is likely to appeal to a younger audience, and this year's concerts included the theme music from Dr. Who, and a selection of music from the film The Pirates of the Caribbean. The individual instruments and sections of the orchestra are demonstrated as well as an example of how the melodies of a piece of music combine to produce the finished result.

Our final concert of the season was a special event to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the orchestra. Organised by the orchestra, and held in the Early Music Centre in York, the programme contained music from the original 1948 concert as well as some of the latest additions to our music library. The event raised over 200 which was donated to the North Yorkshire Music Therapy Centre, who provide a mobile service to promote the use of music therapy throughout North Yorkshire.



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2006/2007 season



DATEVENUENOTES
Thursday 19th October
2006
Forest of
Galtres School
Shipton-by-Beningborough
Proceeds in aid of the
Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Thursday 16th November
2006
Wetherby
Parish Church
Sponsored by the
Wetherby Lions

Thursday 14th December
2006
Acomb Methodist
Church

A concert of
Christmas Music

Thursday 1st February
2007
Stockton
on Forest
Village Hall
Sponsored by the
Rotary Club of York
Proceeds to
The Wheelchair Foundation
Thursday 10th May
2007
Linton School
Linton on Ouse
 
A concert of music specially selected
for a younger audience
Proceeds to the school funds


2006-7 was a year in which the orchestra played 5 public concerts and one private function, starting with a return to Galtres School with a programme for our younger listeners, including the demonstration of the sections and instruments of the orchestra. It was our second performance at the school, and the event was organised to raise finds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The year ended with a return to Wetherby for a performance sponsored by the Wetherby Lions, and finally our Christmas concert, held as usual at Acomb Methodist Church.
2007 started with a return to the Rotary Club of York, this time held at Stockton on Forest Village Hall, in an event in aid of the Wheelchair Foundation, the result of which was that an additional 24 wheelchairs can now be obtained by the charity. Our final event was another return invitation, this time to Linton school, again with a programme designed for our younger listeners.



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2005/2006 season



DATEVENUENOTES
Thursday 20th October
2005
St James'
Parish Church
Wetherby
Encore
A concert of light music
arranged as part of
The Wetherby Festival

Sunday 23rd October
2005

Riley Smith Hall
Tadcaster
 
A concert of music
in the style of the Prom Concerts.
With local choir,
Tadchorale
and soloist Tracy Bowen
Thursday 10th November
2005

Southlands
Methodist Church
 
A concert arranged
as part of the church's
anniversary celebrations
Thursday 17th November
2005
Forest of
Galtres School
Shipton-by-Beningborough
Concert in aid of
St. Leonard's Hospice, York
and
British Heart Research

Thursday 15th December
2005

Acomb Methodist Church
 
Christmas Music Programme
soloist Tracy Bowen
Thursday 2nd February
2006

United Reform Church
Priory Street
 
A concert in association with
The Rotary Club of York
With guest soloist
Tracy Bowen
Saturday 25th February
2006
Selby Abbey
 
A concert with the
York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir
and guest soloist Tracy Bowen
supporting Selby District Council's
2006 charity appeal
Thursday 16th March
2006
Clifton
Parish Church
York
A concert arranged by
The Friends of York Hospitals
Saturday 13th May
2006
Poppleton
Community Centre
 
A concert in aid of
Cancer Research UK

For further information on supporting
this important charity
click here.
Thursday 18th May
2006
Linton School
Linton on Ouse
 
A concert of music specially selected
for a younger audience
Proceeds to the school funds


The 2005/6 season opened with a return visit to St. James's Church, Wetherby in a concert arranged by the Wetherby Lions as a part of the Wetherby Arts Festival. In addition to selections from a number of musical shows, the programme also included our first performance of Mozart's Exsultate & Alleluya, sung by our guest soloist, Tracy Bowen.
Three days later, was the Battle of Trafalgar Proms Concert, held in the Riley Smith Hall, Tadcaster in aid of the current restoration work being carried out at the hall. The orchestra appeared with Tadchoral to perform a variety of orchestral and choral numbers. The concert included the traditional music associated with the last night of the proms, including Land of Hope and Glory, Rule Brittania and Jerusalem. The community singing was led by our soloist, Tracy Bowen.

November 2005 had two concerts, both played in new venues for the orchestra, and to two different, but highly appreciative audiences. On 10th November we played at Southlands Methodist Church in York with a programme opening with the Dam busters March, in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the end of the war; a range of musical selections refrom Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance, to the modern Andrew LLoyd Webber musicals, and ending with the Pomp and Circumstance March.
A week later, on 17th November, we made our first visit to the Forest of Galtres School, at Shipton by Benningborough. This was another of our concerts selected for a younger audience and as well as listening to the theme from Harry Potter, the pupils were able to participate in the Sailor's Hornpipe, the Liberty Bell March and the Land of Hope and Glory. The concert also included an introduction to the four sections, and the various instruments which make up the orchestra, making an educational and entertaining evening for the children.

The final concert in 2005 was the Christmas concert held at Acomb Methodist Church in York. This has become an increasingly popular event over the last few years and once again, an enthusiastic audience joined in with the singing of several Christmas carols. The programme also included other festive tunes, and we were joined by our guest soloist, Tracy Bowen in a performance of two movements from Mozart's Exsultate & Alleluya.

2006 brought us back to the Rotary Club in another fund raising event, this time for Rotary's Hope and Homes Africa Hope Appeal. The concert was held at the United Reform Church, in York, which was a new venue for us, and a large audience enjoyed a concert of orchestral music and songs from our guest soloist, Tracy Bowen. The music included our first performance of a selection of music from the recently released film 'Titanic' as well as more traditional pieces.

In February, we took part in a Last Night of the Proms concert, held in Selby Abbey as part of the Chairman of Selby District Council's Charity Appeal of 2005-2006. The charities benefiting this year are:

Hearing Dogs for the Deaf
Diabetes UK - Selby branch
Daisy Chain Campaign to end domestic violence

Joined by the York Philharmonic Male Voice Chour, and our soloist Tracy Bowen, a total of almost 100 perfomers took part in the concert which included a wide variety of modern and traditional music and songs. Tracy performed two movements from Mozart's Exsultate & Alleluya, and the evening ended with the traditional music from the last night of the proms concert, culminating in a rousing rendition of Jerusalem. The audience of about 500 joined in with the community singing and the flag waving, providing a spectacular ending to a memorable concert.

The Selby concert was followed in March by a return to Clifton Church, York, for a concert arranged by the Friends of York Hospitals. The audience were entertained by an orchestral programme including selections form musicals, marches and traditional pieces; Tracy Bowen performed a number of songs, and Harry Harrop, one of our members from the viola section, performed two of his monologues.

A concert on 13th May was held at Poppleton Community Centre in aid of Cancer Research UK. The event was organised by one of our members, Clare Dixon, as part of her work to support this charity, and our 2005-2006 season concluded with a return to Linton School with one of our concerts adapted to our younger listeners. As well as the introduction to the instruments, there were two monologues from Harry Harrop about "Aggie the Elephant", and "Young Albert Ramsbottom" together with music which included the themes from "The Empire Strikes Back", and The Pink Panther, both of which proved very popular with the audience.

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2004/2005 season



DATEVENUENOTES
Thursday 9th December 2004St. Oswald's Church, FulfordChristmas Programme
Soloist Tracy Bowen
Thursday 16th December 2004Acomb Methodist ChurchChristmas Programme
Soloist Tracy Bowen
Thursday 10th February 2005Bootham School, YorkConcert arranged by
The York Rotary Club
in aid of
The Nepal Trust
Thursday 14th April 2005Acomb Methodist ChurchConcert arranged by
Acomb Methodist Church
in aid of
The National Children's Home
Soloist Tracy Bowen
Thursday 28th April 2005Clifton
Parish Church
Concert in aid of Tsunami apeal
Soloist Tracy Bowen
Thursday 26th May 2005
Linton Primary School

A special concert of music
selected for our younger audience
Saturday 18th June 2005Poppleton
Community Centre
A concert in aid of
the commuunity centre
Soloist Tracy Bowen



After a busy 2003-4 season playing 8 public and two private concerts, the orchestra spent the remaining part of 2004 in rehearsal time, both working on some different music from our extensive library, and preparing new music for the Christmas concerts.
There were two Christmas concerts this year, performed at St. Oswald's Church, Fulford, and at Acomb Methodist Church were both well attended and appreciated by the audience. The program consisted of a mixture of Festive music, traditional carols and a few items of light music.
Once again, we welcomed back Tracy Bowen, our guest singer, who performed a selection of seasonal songs

2005 started with two fund raising events, the first at Bootham School, York, in an evening in conjunction with the Rotary Club in aid of the Nepal Trust. The second, on 14th April was held in Acomb Methodist Church in aid of the National Children's home.
We were joined, once again, by our soloist Tracy Bowen, for a performance in Clifton Parish Church on 28th April 2005 for another fund raining event, this time to help the victims of the Asian Tsunami Disaster. In addition to the music and songs, a series of photographs from the area affected by the disaster was presented by Mr. Anthony Cockerill, and the evening raised a substantial sum for the appeal.

The 2004/5 season ended with two concerts, the first at Linton school, where our special programme of music and the introduction to the sections and instruments which make up the orchestra once again proved extremely popular with the children. Our final event, on June 18th and at a new venue for us, was a concert at Poppleton Community Centre. Tracy Bowen accompanied us, with a selection of both classical opera and songs from the shows. The event was well attended and helped raise further funds for the development of the centre.



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2003/2004 season



DATEVENUENOTES
Thursday 4th October 2003St. James' Church, Selby 
Thursday 6th November 2003St. James's Church, WetherbyWetherby Arts Festival
Soloist Tracy Bowen
Thursday 11th December 2003St. Oswald's Church, FulfordChristmas Programme
Thursday 18th December 2003Acomb Methodist ChurchChristmas Programme
Soloist Tracy Bowen
Thursday 5th February 2004Early Music Centre, Yorksponsored by York Rotary Club in aid of
TB Alert Campaign
Saturday 13th March 2004Riley Smith Hall, TadcasterSelby District Council Charity Concert with York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir
Thursday 6th May 2004Tadcaster Methodist ChurchProceeds to Christian Aid
Soloist Tracy Bowen
Saturday 10th July 2004Harrogate United
Reform Church
Harrogate Art and Music festival 2004



2004 started with a concert in early February, held in the York Early Music Centre and organised by the Rotary Club of York in aid of the TB Alert Campaign. The concert was supported by several local businesses, and the evening raised a substantial sum for the charity.

On 13th March a combined concert was held with the York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir at the Riley Smith Hall in Tadcaster. This event was part of the Chairman's Charity Appeal celebrating 30 years of Selby District Council and again raised a substantial sum to be used for helping local people. The concert, which was played to a full house, concluded with the community singing of Rule Brittania, Land of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem in the style of the last night of the London Prom concerts.

On 6th May a performance in Tadcaster Methodist Church was given, with the proceeds of the evening being donated to Christian Aid. We were again joined by our guest soloist, Tracy Bowen, in a successful evening of light entertainment.

The orchestra played for two private end of term concerts at local primary schools in a special program designed to introduce the various instruments and sounds to the children. These have proved particularly popular in the past and we are pleased to be able to have the opportunity to repeat the performance at a second location this year.

The season of public concerts concluded on 10th July with a concert held in The United Reform Church, Harrogate. This was part of the fifth annual festival of Art and Music which combined exhibitions of artwork by local artists and senior students with evenings of musical entertainment.

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Events Prior to 2003



The Orchestra has a long tradition of performing concerts in and around the York area since it's creation in 1947. The Website opened in spring 2004 and we hope to maintain a record of all performances from that date. In addition to our local work, since The Millenium, the orchestra has taken part in 3 significant events in the area.
In 2001, the orchestra returned to it's origins when it teamed up with Tadcaster Operatic Society in a performance of Merrie England at the Riley Smith Hall in Tadcaster. In 2002 we played at Wetherby in an open air concert in front of an audience of 2500 as part of the BBC music festival, and in November 2003, we were invited back to Wetherby to perform a concert as part of the Wetherby Arts Festival.

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