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  • Last Night At The Proms - Charity Concert
  •  Date Posted: Mon, 4 Mar 2024
    Last Night At The Proms - Charity Concert

    Yorkshire Wind Orchestra and Stephen Hill Methodist Church are teaming up once again, to present a magnificent evening of British musical splendor at the Last Night At The Proms concert!

    Date: Saturday, 20th April 2024
    Time: 7:30 PM
    Venue: Stephen Hill Methodist Church, Sheffield

    Don your finest attire, bring your flags, and let your voices soar in a jubilant celebration of music and community. Whether you're a seasoned aficionado or a newcomer to the world of classical music, Last Night At The Proms promises an unforgettable evening of joy, camaraderie, and musical brilliance.

    Join us for a night to remember at Stephen Hill Methodist Church in Sheffield for this enchanting musical journey that will leave your spirits soaring and your heart singing!

    Entry is FREE, with PAY WHAT YOU DECIDE donations in support of some specially selected charities.


    Proceeds from this special concert will support two fabulous charities...

    THE FAMILY WORKS work with any family where there are children aged 0-18 years and where the family feels they need just a little bit of help to move their lives forward. This family support programme was developed by a local church that works with families in Sheffield. The Family Works offer time, encouragement and support for the whole family through trained people who want to walk the journey with you. 

    SMILE TRAIN is the world’s largest cleft-focused organisation, with a sustainable and local model of supporting surgery and other forms of essential care. Over the last 20+ years, they have supported safe and quality cleft care for 1.5+ million children and will continue to do so until every child in need with a cleft has access to the care they deserve.
  •  Date Posted: Mon, 13 Feb 2023
    Yorkshire Wind Orchestra warmly invites you to our Spring Concert...

    Saturday 25th March 2023, 7.30pm
    Dewsbury Minster

    Vicarage Rd, Dewsbury WF12 8DD

    Join us as we present an evening of music dedicated to the movies and musicals you love. From West Side Story to Fiddler on the Roof, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street to Wicked, there will be something for everyone in this delightful evening of entertainment. 

    Entry is £10 for adults or £5 for under 18s. Tickets can be purchased here on the Yorkshire Wind Orchestra website, in person from Dewsbury Minster (Monday to Friday, 10am-2pm) or on the door on the evening of the performance (subject to availability).  

    The interval will include the option to purchase wine and light refreshments, as well as the chance to enter our ever popular YWO raffle to win a host of wonderful prizes! All proceeds will be shared between Yorkshire Wind Orchestra and Dewsbury Minster.  
  • Brass & Percussion Open Rehearsal
  •  Date Posted: Tue, 8 Nov 2022
    Brass & Percussion Open Rehearsal

    Brass & Percussion Open Rehearsal 
    Monday 9th January 2023, 7.15pm
    St Peter & St Paul's Catholic Church

    Yorkshire Wind Orchestra are hosting an open rehearsal for brass players and percussionists from the Yorkshire region.  
    Whether you are interested in becoming a full member of the orchestra, would like to be added to our deps list or simply want a fun evening of high quality music making with like-minded musicians, this is a great opportunity find out more about Yorkshire Wind Orchestra and to meet our members.  

    The open rehearsal is open to the following instruments:
    - Trumpet
    - Cornet
    - Trombone
    - Bass Trombone
    - French Horn
    - Euphonium
    - Tuba
    - Percussion (kit)
    - Percussion (tuned)
    - Percussion (timpani)
    - Percussion (auxillary)

    The open rehearsal will take place at our usual rehearsal venue, St Peter & St Paul's Catholic Church in Wakefield (St George's Walk, Standbridge Lane, Wakefield, WF2 7NR). 

    The evening is FREE to attend, but we encourage anyone wishing to join us to register their interest in advance HERE - this registration will allow us to monitor numbers, make sure you have a suitable part to play and keep you updated with details about the day as they become available.  

    If you would like more information about the Open Rehearsal, or would like to discuss becoming a full member of the orchestra in more detail ahead of this date, please contact our Membership Secretary on 
  • Winter Celebration
  •  Date Posted: Mon, 7 Nov 2022
    Winter Celebration
    Yorkshire Wind Orchestra invites you to join us as we celebrate the festive season! 

    Monday 12th December 2022, 7.30pm
    St Peter & St Paul's Catholic Church

    St George's Walk, Wakefield, WF2 7NR

    This informal evening will feature a selection of winter themed music, festive favourites and christmas carols, with all the mince pies you can eat! Bring your family, your festive cheer and your best singing voices and help us celebrate Christmas with our final performance in 2022. 

    Entry is FREE, with Pay As You Feel donations on departure - all donations support Yorkshire Wind Orchestras future activities. 
    Booking is not required. 
  • Workshop with Calderdale Music
  •  Date Posted: Sun, 2 Oct 2022
    Workshop with Calderdale Music
    Yorkshire Wind Orchestra are thrilled to be partnering with Calderdale Music to offer young woodwind and brass players an opportunity to play and perform with the Orchestra.  

    On Saturday 5th November, we will host a workshop for students from the Calderdale region, followed by a joint performance to an audience of family and friends.  

    The event will take place at Calderdale Music’s base at The Old Courthouse, Blackwall, Halifax Town Centre, HX1 2DL. The workshop is suitable for pupils grade 2 standard and above, with parts specially created to suit developing performers as well as more advanced musicians. There is no charge to pupils for taking part in this workshop. There will be a small charge for tickets to watch the performance at the end - more details will be provided to parents of pupils who sign up to take part. 

    Timings are as follows: 
    13:00 - 13:30        Registration 
    13:30 - 16:00        Workshop (with breaks) 
    16:15 - 17:00        Concert 

    Calderdale Music’s café will be open from 10am serving food and hot and cold drinks.

    To take part in the workshop, each pupil must sign up through the Calderdale Music website. 

    Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. The closing date for applications is Friday 21st October 2022.  For more information please contact Samantha at Calderdale Music: 
  • Summertime is here!
  •  Date Posted: Wed, 8 Jun 2022
    Summertime is here!
    Following a successful return to the concert platform in April this year, Yorkshire Wind Orchestra are taking to the stage once again and are delighted to present a special concert in July. Summertime will  provide audiences with an evening of summer themed music and popular classics at Stephen Hill Methodist Church in Sheffield. 

    Yorkshire Wind Orchestra is well known for its longstanding tradition of supporting other charities, and this performance is no exception. This concert is in aid of local charity Sheffield Young Carers, who offer support to children and young people in Sheffield who are young carers or are affected by drug and alcohol issues in their family. 

    Yorkshire Wind Orchestra Chairman, Emma Cordell said: “Whilst Yorkshire Wind Orchestra exists to provide high-quality music making opportunities for its members and fabulous entertainment for our audiences, we take pride in supporting other local charities across the region too. It is wonderful to be returning to Sheffield and we are delighted to be supporting a charity which provides such important support to the local communities.”

    The concert will feature a range of well-known and much-loved music, including Summertime (from Porgy and Bess) by George Gershwin, a fun arrangement of Country Gardens by Percy Grainger and Four Dances from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein, as well as compositions by the ensembles Musical Director and Conductor, Keiron Anderson.

    Join the orchestra on Saturday 16 July 2022, 7:30pm at Stephen Hill Methodist Church, Sheffield.

    Tickets are just £6, available through our website HERE or on the door.
  • Ready to be Reunited!
  •  Date Posted: Thu, 24 Mar 2022

    Yorkshire Wind Orchestra are delighted to be reunited in an evening of joyful music-making as they return to the concert platform.

    Featuring new music by musical director, Keiron Anderson, celebrating the chance to reunite with fellow musicians and our audiences and recognising the tireless work of the NHS during the pandemic.

    We’ll be paying tribute to Joseph Horowitz, who died recently, by performing his Fête Galante.

    The concert also includes much-loved repertoire which the orchestra has enjoyed playing since reuniting in rehearsal, including Holst’s First Suite in E flat, Arnold’s Tam ‘o Shanter and Bernstein’s Overture to Candide.

    Tickets are available at:

  • The show must go on!
  •  Date Posted: Wed, 1 Jul 2020
    As we're still unable to play together, we're taking our summer concert online. 

    The virtual concert video will launch on Saturday 4 July at 19:30 on both Facebook and YouTube. If you're not able to tune in then, the video will remain available in both locations.

    Sit back and enjoy a short, light-hearted virtual concert created entirely by members of the orchestra who’ve been working on their recording and editing skills.

    Brought to you from homes and gardens across Yorkshire, we present a number of small ensembles formed from within the orchestra.
    YouTube Video URL:
  • Fundraising target met!
  •  Date Posted: Sat, 16 May 2020

    We are delighted to have met our target and raised £625 - so far - for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service Charity

    This money has been raised thanks to the generosity of our supporters who have listened to new version of Happy Birthday and donated to our chosen cause and of all those involved in the production of the video who have given considerable time and talent to the project.

    It's not too late to contribute. Donations can still be made via Virgin MoneyGiving.

    Happy Birthday celebrates the orchestra's 25th anniversary and was arranged by Keiron Anderson, played and recorded by members of Yorkshire Wind Orchestra during the current lockdown, and edited by Ricardo Lacombe

  • Making the YWO Happy Birthday video
  •  Date Posted: Wed, 13 May 2020
    If you've wondered how we went about producing our new arrangement of Happy Birthday from persuading 39 people to record themselves to bringing together the home recordings into a high-quality final video, let us tell you about it!

  • 25th anniversary celebration in lockdown
  •  Date Posted: Sun, 19 Apr 2020

    The Yorkshire Wind Orchestra 25th anniversary concert was scheduled for 16 May and we were very disappointed to have to postpone it.
    Our committee discussed how to mark the occasion anyway and thought it would be fitting to make a lockdown recording of Happy Birthday. There are several arrangements of Happy Birthday available for concert band but we wanted something that better reflected YWO's personality and style so we asked our MD, Keiron Anderson, to write an arrangement for us.
    Over a couple of weeks, members of the wind orchestra recorded their individual parts ready to be combined into a final video. However, we hit a snag when we remembered that our timpani were locked away in our rehearsal venue. A cheeky email later and Mark Wagstaff, percussionist with Opera North, agreed to record the timp part for us.
    Once the final video has been edited and mixed - by Ricardo Lacombe - we'll make it available on social media and on our website in support of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service Charity. A pdf version of the arrangement will also be available. 
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