This page shows the planned programme of concerts, recitals and other events for 2018. We are at an early stage and welcome enquiries, especially for the summer months. Ticket details are shown in footnotes where appropriate. Booking enquiries by e-mail are preferred.




  YOU ARE WELCOME to all our events

The YDOA season of organ recitals will feature in 2018. 



"Blizzards of Steel - The tale of the Last Viking"

Peter Carrington-Portehas given performances at St Helen in conjunction with the Viking Festival for four consecutive years. From Staffordshire, Peter has a long history of both performing and directing in amateur and semi professional works but his particular interest is in the recreation of the skills of the travelling storyteller. So for his costumed performance the church is darkened and candlelit to represent the hall in which Peter entertains with his dramatic recall of a famous legend. 

 After 3 consecutive years with sell-out performances of "Beowulf" Peter returned last year with this new work detailing the life of Harald Hardrada (the Viking leader killed at Stamford Bridge 1066) in true "saga" style. A huge success he returns with it for two more performances.

At 7pm on Thursday 15 February and at 6pm on Friday 16 February. Doors open 30 minutes beforehand. New arrangements this year = Entry by "Pay at Door" £5 cash per person (accompanied children FREE)


Saturday  24 March      Under discussion.  

Wednesday 11 April         A lunchtime concert at 12.30pm given by Rachel Cawte (mezzo soprano) accompanied by Marcus Brigham featuring Elgar's "Sea Pictures" . FREE with a retiring collection.

Friday 27 April       .A lunchtime concert  at 1.00pm by "Musicke in the Ayre" making a welcome return to St Helen for a third consecutive season. Entitled "Breaking barriers in the Baroque" the concert is a celebration of some of the earliest professional female composers and singers in the 16th century Italian courts and will feature Din Ghani on vihuela, lute and baroque guitar with three sopranos, Helen Atkinson, Carmel  Edwards and Marie Lemaire.         FREE with a retiring collection.

Saturday 5 May            An evening concert in memory of York clarinettist Alan Hacker. Details to follow.     

Friday 8 June         A lunchtime concert at 12.30pm    FREE with retiring collection.

Friday 15 June                  A lunchtime concert at 1.00pm given by Galina Vale,a guitar virtuoso whose  performances combine a charismatic stage presence and dynamic playing style with an unusually wide ranging and technically demanding repertoire including classical music. Galina gave two recitals in 2017 and we are delighted to have her return with a programme inspired by the Festival of Ideas theme "Imagining the Impossible"


Saturday 15 September             A drum and tabor concert as part of the Festival      Details to follow.



2018 Organ recital programme In association with the York District Organists Association (YDOA) two recitals per month will be given.(May to September). Details to follow





Last reviewed/updated   18.2.18 (A&M)