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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 U3A choir starts again on Wednesday 26th September at 2pm. till 3.30pm.


We sing a variety of styles from the popular classics through to shows and musicals, sometimes in unison sometimes in 2,3, or 4 parts.

There is no Audition.

All that is required is an interest in music and singing (some of us can read music, some can’t) Our aim is to make sure that all our choir members can share in the enjoyment of singing together.

We put on informal concerts around Christmas and Easter under our musical director Stephen Lusty and accompanist Nick Morrice.

Come along and try for a couple of weeks without obligation to join.

EVERYBODY SHOULD SING. It is good for your wellbeing and makes the Adrenalin run!


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 14th.




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 13th September 2018.



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.


Alternatively, an iPod or MP3 Player may be used, connecting to the equipment.  


Venue:The Woolman Room every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 10:15 am to 12.15, starting on Wed 5th Sep 2018 until June 2019.



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 17th September and fortnightly thereafter until 17th December. (Dates for the spring term 2019 not yet determined.)



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





The Opera Group has become very popular since it started four years ago. Each month we choose an opera and view excerpts from a video.


We look at the background of the writing of the opera, discover its story and comment on what the music tells us about the characters and how it is used to enhance the drama. We also comment on the production we are seeing, sometimes irreverently!


If any member would like to volunteer to lead a session about an opera of their choosing, their contribution will be welcome. There are two groups which broadly follow the same programme.

The first meetings will be on Wednesday 12 and Friday 14 September.


Venue:The Wednesday Group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month and the Friday Group on the 2nd Friday. Both groups meet in the Woolman Room at 2.00pm.




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 19th 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 cover a wide range of ability and instruments and focus mainly on jazz standards e.g. Autumn Leaves, Take the A Train, Bye Bye Blackbird.  


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


Venue: Knavesmire pub every 2 weeks, Tuesday 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



Listening to Jazz  

If you have an interest in jazz and would like to meet with others who may share your musical preferences, as well as introducing you to previously unknown aspects of jazz music, please get in touch.


We meet monthly to share recorded music and also possibly attend local jazz concerts.


Venue: Neal Guppy's Enterprise Club, Nunnery Lane, York. 1st Wednesday in the month at 2-4 pm.


Cost: Approximately £2 for room hire.