This page shows the planned programme of concerts, recitals and other events for 2017. The whole programme is still shown to indicate the types of concerts we welcome. Most are free with a retiring collection. Ticket details are shown in footnotes where appropriate. Booking enquiries by e-mail .




Saturday 18 November     An evening concert at 7.30pm given by the Hempland Community Choir from York.  Entitled "In This Heart" the concert will feature a programme of contemporary classical and popular music. ADMISSION at the door Adults £5, children Free. 

Wednesday 13 December   NEW ENTRY  A surprise booking by the Barker College (from Sydney Australia) chamber orchestra  and choir who will give a joyful "drop-in" concert at 12.30pm to reflect the Christmas season. ADMISSION FREE with retiring collection. . 

Thursday 21 December.  Our customary "drop-in" Christmas concert given by the Micklegate Singers, starting at 7pm. A festive blend of Christmas music and carols (audience participation invited for the carols). ADMISSION FREE but there will be a collection for local charity. 


Two "drop-in" Shoppers Christmas Carol Services at midday on Saturday 9 and 23 (lasting 30-40 minutes),

Our traditional Christmas Carol Service at 6.30pm on Tuesday 19 December

Our customary Families and Children Crib Service on Christmas Eve at 4pm

UNFORTUNATELY you have missed all of the programme below but we will be putting a 2018 Programme together in the coming weeks.. The YDOA season of organ recitals will feature in 2018. 



Thursday 16 February    "Showtunes in Spring", a lunchtime concert at 1pm by "Cansing" of York. FREE with a retiring collection.

Friday  24 February        A lunchtime concert  at 1.00pm by "Musicke in the Ayre" making a welcome return. This time featuring Din Ghani on vihuela, lute and baroque guitar with soprano  Marie Lemaire on a musical tour of the Spanish Golden Age from early Renaissance songs written for the vihuela through to songs of the early Baroque with  continuo on lute and guitar.  FREE with a retiring collection.

Saturday 4 March           At 7.30pm a concert by "Poeticall Musicke". Acclaimed historical performance specialists Alex McCartney and Jonathan Rees explore the rich, florid and expressive flavours of the French Baroque in an intimate concert for viol and theorbo. Admission on a "Pay What You Want" basis.

Saturday 18 March         A lunchtime concert at 2.00pm by the Chapter House Youth Choir from York comprising a programme of secular choral highlights from across the centuries. FREE with a retiring collection.

Friday 21 April .             Sorry - POSTPONED due to an injury.   See Friday 21 July.  

Friday 5 May                   A lunchtime concert at 1.00pm given by two Yorkshire-based musicians, Rachel Shirley (flute) and Tim Knight (organ/piano), focussing on the lesser-known Baroque repertoire, including pieces by several British composers.  

Saturday 20 May            At 2.30pm a concert performance of Rossini's  "Petite Messe Solennelle" by the John Pilling Scholars and the St Helen's Consort, accompanied by Thomas Hawkes and John Bradbury. "This setting of the mass is neither small nor particularly solemn. The music is reminiscent of Rossini's writing for the opera house. This mass shares many characteristics of his other works, notably the chamber-sized ensemble for which it was originally scored and the cheerful nature of the music". Tickets £8 (£5 all concessions) CASH ONLY on the door .     

Thursday 25 May            A lunchtime concert at 1.00pm by "Cansing" of York entitled "Lunch Bites - A lavish spread of fresh tasty music!".  FREE with retiring collection.

Wednesday 7 June         A lunchtime concert at 12.30pm given by Paul Wilkinson. Passion, depth of emotion and innate musical ability will be demonstrated in Paul's improvised piano music.   Featuring beautifully crafted melodies Paul creates his own compositions and explores and interprets the music of others, including a few popular songs that you will recognise. With no absolute certainty about content, come along, sit back and enjoy a journey through the art of music improvisation.   FREE with retiring collection.

Friday 9 June                  A lunchtime concert at 1.00pm given by "Musicke in the Ayre" entitled "Treasures of the early Baroque" featuring Din Ghani and three sopranos, Helen Atkinson, Carmel  Edwards and Marie Lemaire. Join these early song specialists for some luscious lunchtime fare from Italy and France written by Luzzaschi, Lambert, Strozzi, Monteverdi and others for the newly-emerging all-female ensembles that became the musical "must-haves" of the noble courts.   FREE with retiring collection.

Friday 16 June                A lunchtime concert at 1.00pm given by the Junior Instrumentalists of St Mary's Music School, Edinburgh with their Director of Music Paul Stubbings. A varied recital given by the younger members of Scotland's Specialist Music School featuring strings, woodwind, piano and saxophone......all with a story to tell.     FREE with a retiring collection.

Tuesday 20 June            A lunchtime concert at 12.00 (midday)given by the Royal St George's College Chapel Choir on tour from Toronto, Canada.  FREE with a retiring collection.

Friday 21 July                  A lunchtime concert at 1.00pm given by Galina Vale as part of her "Cathedrals" Tour. Appearing in York for the first time, Galina is 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, flamenco, arrangements of Latin American and East European folk music.   FREE with a retiring collection.

Wednesday 2 August         A lunchtime concert at 12.30pm by Sax Forte, a York based saxophone quartet, who will be performing a varied programme of music that should appeal to all tastes.  This will range from light classical, to some well known jazz and swing classics.  FREE with a retiring collection. Wednesday 2nd August.  12.30pm.   

Thursday 3 August         A lunchtime concert at 1.00pm by the choir of the First Baptist Church of San Antonio, Texas. FREE with a retiring collection.

Friday 18 August              A lunchtime concert at 1.00pm by guitar virtuoso Galina Vale who returns for a second visit with her exciting programme of classical and flamenco music entitled "From Spain with Love". Ideal for the heat of the summer!    FREE with a retiring collection

Wednesday 20 Sept        A lunchtime concert at 1.00pm given by Helen Atkinson (soprano and lutenist) & Esha Neogy (viol). Helen regularly performs at St Helen. This programme focuses on Thomas Campion : poet, composer and collaborator  and celebrates the 450th anniversary of his birth. His connections with other composers of the day allow for a rich variety of lute songs. FREE with a retiring collection

Friday 6 October               A lunchtime concert at 12.30 given by The Community Chorus of Detroit (USA). This choir is on tour in the UK and will be performing in St Pauls Cathedral and at Canterbury Cathedral so don't miss this chance to hear them. This will be an inspiring anduplifting concert featuring the choir accompanied on our organ and piano. The repertoire will range from sacred and spirituals to contemporary pieces.     FREE with a retiring collection.




Two performances by Peter Carrington Porter at 7pm on Thursday 23 February and at 5pm on Friday 24 February telling the saga of "The Last Viking". After 3 consecutive years with sell-out performances of "Beowulf" Peter returns with a new work detailing the life of Harald Hardrada in true "saga" style

2017 Organ Programme

In association with the York District Organists Association (YDOA) two recitals per month will be given as follows;-

May to September 2017 inclusive at 1.10pm at St Helen on the fourth Wednesday of the month;-

24 May            Ben Morris                York Minster

28 June           Stephen Disley         Southwark Cathedral

26 July             Thomas Hawkes    Organ Scholar, St Helen Stonegate, York

23 August        David Pipe                Leeds Cathedral

27 September  Prof David Saint       St Chads RC Cathedral Birmingham


May to September 2017 inclusive at 1.10pm at St Martin on the 2nd Thursday of each month.

11 May             Robert Smith             Assistant Director, St Wilfrids, York

 8 June             Joan Johnson (organ) and Wiuebkje Mackay-Engel (flute and voice)

13 July              Robert Sharpe          Director of Music, York Minster

10 August         John Bradbury with sopranos Felicity Day and Kasia Slawska

14 September   John Bradbury with strings.



Last reviewed/updated  15.11.17 (A&M)