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Current "Music" Groups.                                    Members: to find more details/dates/news or to contact a Group Leader, go to our Member's Page

                                                                                   Interest Groups are open to York U3A members only.

U3A Choir

The choir will be starting again Wednesday 20th September 2017.


We will be using the Flexible Carol book, which can be purchased at Banks music shop, in preparation for the Christmas Carol Concert.


We heartily welcome new members, particularly altos and MALE singers to join with our tenors and basses.


There are no auditions, just a desire to sing.


Give us a try for 2 weeks before committing! Cost is £5 pounds per term.    



Venue:  Holgate Methodist Church Hall weekly, 2:00 pm until 3.30pm. Disabled access available.



Singing Madrigals

Singing for Fun

Music Miscellany

The Music Group

Music Circle

Opera Group

Musicians Group


G&S Appreciation Group

Jazz Jam Session

Classical Guitar

We sing a variety of songs, old, new and in-between, just for the pleasure of singing together.  


All are welcome – there is plenty of room.


Venue: We meet at St Lawrence’s Church Hall, just outside Walmgate Bar, on the 2nd and 4th Friday each month, September – July, 1.30 - 3.30. The first meeting will be on Friday September 8th.




We sing madrigals for pleasure, and no performance is contemplated. We use The Oxford Book of Madrigals and Introduction to Madrigals by Stainer and Bell.


Members really need to be able to read music.  


Venue: The leader’s home on 2nd Thursday of the month at 10:00 am. There will be a cost per member of about £10 to £15 for books.





Join our Ukulelians group for fun and friendly sessions playing the ukulele.


Suitable for players with some previous experience or ability, we meet fortnightly on Thursday afternoons, 2-3:30pm, starting on the 21st September 2017.



Venue: Clifton Parish Church





Mainly classical, but not exclusively so. The leader will provide the first programme and subsequently; however, members are invited to lead a session and produce their own selection from their CDs.


Music is played on a CD player which the leader will operate, leaving the member to introduce the music and comment on it with other members of the group.


Venue:The Woolman Room every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 10:15 am to 12.15, starting on Wed 6th Sep 2017 until June 2018.



We meet monthly, generally on Saturdays, starting at 7.30 pm, in each others’ homes, taking turns at presenting a roughly 2 hour programme of recorded music, usually but not necessarily “classical”.


We chat about what we have heard, and have a sociable coffee/tea-and-biscuits break. Future dates to suit all are discussed at each meeting.


Members will need to have recorded music – usually CDs – and means of playing them.


Other than providing refreshments there is no cost.


Venue:  Members’ houses by rotation.




We meet to listen to, enjoy and learn a little about the diversity of mainly classical music and the composers and performers through the presentations by members of the group (not compulsory!).


Come and join us - we have plenty of room.


Venue:  We meet at the Friends’ Meeting House at New Earswick (behind the Folk Hall) where there is ample free parking and it is served by bus services 1 and 13. 2pm-4pm.


Our first meeting of the autumn term is on Monday 11th September and fortnightly thereafter until 18th December. (Dates for the spring term 2018 not yet determined.)



Cost:The cost is £2 pp per session to cover room hire and refreshments.





The City Screen regularly shows performances of operas relayed from major opera houses such as the Met in New York, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Glyndebourne.


In the past we have generally previewed one of the operas to be screened during the coming month, but this year it seems that the opera houses are being less adventurous with their programmes so we may need to take a more flexible approach!


Coming to the meetings does not commit you to attending the screenings and you certainly don’t have to be an “opera buff” to join us.


All are welcome, but early application is advised as the group was oversubscribed last year. The first meeting will be on 13th September.


Venue: Woolman Room, second Wednesday in the month, 2-4 pm.



A group for those who enjoy the operas of Gilbert and Sullivan. Activities include viewing videos of productions, hearing historic (and more modern) recordings and exploring the genesis of the operas and the history of the Gilbert-Sullivan-D’Oyly Carte partnership.


We can also explore some of Gilbert’s plays and his ‘Bab Ballads’ and hear some of Sullivan’s other music.


The leader is the curator of “The Gilbert and Sullivan Archive”, gsarchive.net.


The first meeting will be on 20th September.


Venue: Woolman Room 3rd Wednesday of the month, 2 - 4 pm.


We are classical guitarists who meet to rehearse arrangements of music in 3 or 4 parts.  


We would welcome new members.  Perhaps you used to play the classical guitar but haven’t played for some time – this is the ideal opportunity to give it another go.  


The group is not suitable for absolute beginners although the standard is not high.


The ability to sight-read is useful, however if you can work things out at home before coming to a practice, that would work!


Venue:  Twice a month. Once in Clifton (near the hospital) and once in Askham Bar (in Tesco)



We are an informal group of instrumentalists and singers who now meet regularly in a room in the Knavesmire pub (near the racecourse).


We cover a wide range of ability and instruments and focus mainly on jazz standards e.g. Autumn Leaves, Stars fell on Alabama, Bye Bye Blackbird.  


New members are very welcome especially if you can dust off that trumpet, sax or clarinet and bring that along.


Venue: Knavesmire pub every 2 weeks, Thursday afternoons.  




The musicians group meet monthly on Thursday morning to play trio sonatas.


We welcome violins, cellos, keyboard, flute, oboe, bassoon and recorder players who are happy to sight-read baroque music which we usually play one to a part.



Venue:    Group Leader's home