The 2019 programme of concerts, recitals and other events is shown here. We welcome enquiries by phone to 01904 636512 please (leave a message - we will get back to you) Ticket details are shown where appropriate but most events are free with a retiring collection to maintain the church and pay costs.



In a change from previous years we provided a concentrated season to coincide with York's Festival of Ideas in June with all our guest performers providing their own interpretation of the Festival theme "A World of Wonder" 

Our 2019 season continues as shown below. Unless specified the events are free but we ask for a donation when you leave to help us maintain St Helen and cover any costs.

Monday 1 July                   An afternoon concert  at 3.00pm given by the Bellevue Youth Choir from Seattle, USA .   Programme details to follow.            .        FREE with a retiring collection

Friday 19 July                   A lunchtime concert  at 12.30  given by  "Sax Forte". This saxophone quartet gave a rousing and much enjoyed concert at St Helen two years ago. We are delighted                                             that they have asked to come again and we look forward to an exciting programme taken from their repertoire.  Details to follow.          FREE with a retiring collection

Saturday 20 July               An afternoon concert - details pending

Friday 2 August                 A lunchtime concert at .1.00 given by the St Wulframs choir from Grantham, in York as a guest choir in residence with York Minster. Programme details to follow..                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                FREE with a retiring collection.

Thursday 19 September    A lunchtime concert at 1230. "Two lutes and a voice"  Songs and solos from the lute's Golden Age ands Baroque.  Music by Robert Johnson (1583-1633) and  Sylvius Weiss.(1687-1750) performed by Jenny Hill, Tony Johnson (baroque lute) and Simon Nisbett (renaissance lute).               FREE with a retiring collection.


Tuesday 31 December        A  third visit to St Helen by a specially selected "choir on tour" from the Perth Academy for Girls in Australia. Details to follow



2019 Festival of Ideas              (Retained here to show the type of concerts we are very happy to welcome at St Helen)

Tuesday 4 June                 As part of our organ recital series (see below) Philip J Paul performs a varied programme of music from around the world on the unique JW Walker organ gifted by                                               the German people when the church was restored.                     Please note this is at St Martin Coney Street at 1.10pm

Wednesday 5 June           Lunchtime concert at 1.00pm.        Helen Atkinson, soprano and lutenist (and one of us at St Helen) highlights the Festival theme of wonder as expressed in the                                                       beautiful songs of medieval and Renaissance Europe from the 13th century Cantigas de Santa Maria through to the delights of the natural world found in                                                               Shakespeare's songs.                                                                                                                                                                   FREE with a retiring collection.              

Sunday 9 June                  An afternoon concert at  2.00pm given by a specially selected choir  from the Waukee High School, Iowa, USA on tour in the UK. Another excellent choir from                                                       America with a programme from British and American composers.                                                                                      .   . FREE with a retiring collection.

Wednesday 12 June         Another organ recital in association with the YDOA . At St  Helen at 1.10pm with guest organist Leonard Sanderman. Leonard has toured frequently in Germany                                                   and the United States and has appeared live on BBC Radio 3. He is currently resident in Yorkshire.                                       FREE with a retiring collection

Thursday 13 June       .     Louise Alp, soprano, gives a solo recital at 1.15pm. Louise is an experienced choral singer and a member of the Huddersfield Choral Society. Today she                                                                offers a mix of sacred pieces and traditional folk songs from around the world.                                                                        FREE with a retiring collection.

Friday 14 June                  "The Diva returns!"  A lunchtime concert at 12.30pm 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. She will present an exhilarating programme ranging from the Flamenco                                              tradition to classical composers such as Rossini, Paganini,Brahms, de Falla and Liszt. Galina has performed at St Helen 3 times previously. Last year we had a full                                                house and so we are delighted to have her return with a programme inspired by the Festival of Ideas theme.                          FREE with a retiring collection

Saturday 15 June              An afternoon concert at  4.30pm given by "The Tapestry Singers" from Cambridge. This a capella ensemble will offer a programme embracing secular and sacred,                                                contemporary and period music. They promise their selection will be thoughtful, fun, uplifting and beautiful songs.                   FREE  with a retiring collection

Sunday 16 June                 An afternoon "event" as a rousing finale to the Festival. We have invited members of the British Pipe & Taborers Society to return this year. Discover England's                                                      traditional musical instruments, the pipe and tabor. Demonstrations will lead to an informal concert at about 3.30pm. The event will be educational and fun, suitable                                                for families, children and enthusiasts. Watch the making of medieval music & just how does a hurdy-gurdy work?   From 1pm to 5pm.    FREE with retiring collection




 2019 Organ recital programme In association with the York District Organists Association (YDOA). Two recitals per month will be given.(May to September). 

At St Helen. All on Wednesdays at 1.10pm for about 45 minutes 

15 May 2019                             Alana Brooke                                   Ripon Cathedral

12 June 2019                            Leonard Sanderson                         York

10 July 2019                              Matthew Blaiden                              Leeds Minster 

14 August 2019                         Jeremy Blasby                                  Newport Cathedral

11 September 2019                    Ben Morris                                       York Minster

And at St Martin. All on Tuesdays at 1.10pm for about 45 minutes   

7 May 2019                               Ben Morris                                       York Minster

4 June 2018                              Philip Paul                                       York Central Methodist

2 July 2019                                Robert Sharpe                                 York Minster

6 August 2019                           Matthew Lazenby                             St Martins Leeds

3 September 2019                     tbc

  Last reviewed/updated   4.9.19 (A&M)