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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

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U3A Choir

The choir will be starting again in the autumn with a new choirmaster.

I look forward to meeting you all again with your Flexible Carol Books.


We would really welcome any new members whether they are tenor, bass Alto or soprano.


No prior experience is needed, just the desire to sing.


Venue:  Holgate Methodist Church Hall weekly, 2:00 pm until 3.30pm starting on Wednesday 28th September 2016. 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 Ensemble

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 23rd.




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 Uke3A group for fun and friendly sessions playing the ukulele.


Suitable for players of any (or no) previous experience or ability, we meet fortnightly on Thursday afternoons, 2-3pm, starting on the 8th September 2016.



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 7 Sep 2016 until June 2017.



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

The cost is £1 pp per session to cover room hire and refreshments.

Our first meeting of the autumn term is on Monday 5th September and fortnightly thereafter until 12th December. (Dates for the spring term 2017 not yet determined.)  



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


At our meetings we preview one of the operas which will be screened in the following month. Last year we looked at operas mainly by Verdi and Puccini, but this year we shall be exploring repertoire by German, Russian and Czech composers.


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. The first meeting will be on 14th 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 has curated “The Gilbert and Sullivan Archive”, http://gsarchive.net for more than ten years.


The first meeting will be on 21st September but there will be no meeting in October.


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: Day, time, frequency - not fixed



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 monthly. Day and time - not fixed  




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.