All Seasons Orchestra

A new open-access orchestra for York and the surrounding communities

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7.15 - 9.15pm

The Centre@Burnholme
Mossdale Avenue, York YO31 0HA

All Seasons Orchestra; photo copyright David Holbrook
Autumn Term Dates 2019

Thursdays 5th September - 19th December 2019
HALF TERM BREAK: 31st October.

Spring Term Dates 2020

Thursdays 9th January - 2nd April 2020
HALF TERM BREAK: 20th February.

Summer Term Dates 2020
Thursdays 23rd April - 16th July 2020

How do I find you?

The Centre@Burnhome is the shiny new building on the site where Burnholme School used to be, so we haven’t actually really moved we’re just in the gorgeous new shiny bit rather than in the middle of the building site.

From Bad Bargain Lane turn onto Mossdale Drive (that’s a new road that wasn’t there before so satnav may not believe it exists) to access the car park. Then enter the building through the swanky new York Explore entrance and follow the blue carpet road to the main hall.

You can even grab a drink and something to eat at the cafe and return your library books on your way to orchestra if you’re coming straight from work.

Come see! It’s lurrrvely!

How much does it cost?

Your first session is absolutely free. Please go and say hello to Simon our Membership Secretary so he can make a note that you came to play with us - he’ll also be able to answer any questions you may have about the orchestra.

After that we operate a pay as you play scheme so it costs just £6.00 per evening.

Alternatively, you can pay for a full term in advance and get 2 weeks free. This has the added bonus of saving you having to remember your pennies each week as well as giving you more time in break to chat and eat cake.

What do I need to bring?

[ ] Yourself;

[ ] Your instrument;

[ ] A music stand if you have one;

[ ] A re-usable mug for the teabreak (we're trying to reduce our carbon footprint and avoid using disposables where possible);

[ ] A pencil for making notes on the music is often handy too;

[ ] If you're an instrument with a spike please bring something to anchor your instrument without causing damage to the beautiful polished wooden floor;

[ ] A friend who would love to come and join in too.

[ ] A sense of humour for the inevitable moment when you play really loudly in the wrong place.

All Seasons Orchestra; photo copyright David Holbrook

Who will be conducting?

We have two regular conductors, our Artistic Director Catherine Holbrook and our Assistant Conductor Hannah Crawford.

Our conductors are highly trained musicians both holding a Masters Degree in Community Music as well as Bachelors Degrees in Music and are chosen for their friendliness and encouraging natures that bring out the very best in the players.

As well as conducting Hannah specialises in brass and strings, and Catherine in a woodwind and piano. Both also perform and give private coaching.

What music do you play?

Each week one of our conductors (Catherine or Hannah) guides us through a varied selection of music from across the orchestral repertoire, some easy bits and some of that really meaty stuff you’ve always wanted to have a go at.

We try to make sure that there is a little something for everyone in each of our sessions.

And can I borrow the music to practise at home?

Yes, most of the music we play you are welcome to borrow if you’d like to have a look at it at home or with your teacher. Some people do, some people don’t. It’s entirely up to you.

We just ask that you sign out the music you’ve borrowed in the white spotty library book (so we can keep a track of it) and that you make sure that you either bring it back or make alternative arrangements for the music to be returned to us at the next rehearsal so we have enough parts for everyone.

Much of the music we play is also available to download from the Petrucci website free of charge, so you can print off, sellotape, enlarge, decorate and scribble all over your very own part as you wish.


We like to reward our efforts with hot drinks, biscuits, and usually cake too so refreshments are available at each session for a small fee - monies all go back into the orchestra to help fund All Seasons activities and replenish the all important breaktime supplies.

A huge thank you to Judith and Shirley for keeping us fuelled, well, for all the years we’ve been playing together, and to everyone who has helped them out. We’re currently looking to expand the tea-time-team, it’s a great way of getting to know people so please make yourself known to those doing the tea when you join us if you’d like to get involved. The more the merrier!


Please note that photographs taken by players during our events may be used to promote and advertise All Seasons Orchestra including on the internet. If you do not wish for your photograph to be taken and used in this way please inform the photographer present at each event to avoid any confusion.
Copyright (c) All Seasons Orchestra 2014