From a small beginning in September 2000, YLSS has grown to nearly fifty players with more joining each year. Each section has a range of abilities from virtual beginners upwards to experienced players. Members come from all over Yorkshire, including Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Hull, Harrogate and, of course, Leeds itself. Our repertoire is very varied. We have played music by composers as diverse as Monteverdi, Purcell, Bach, Mozart, Schumann, MacDowell, Sibelius, Warlock, Faure, Copland, Jerome Kern, Ivor Novello, Astor Piazzolla and Arvo Pärt.
YLSS meets every Saturday morning from 10:00 until 12:30. Since major problems with the building at West Park Centre, we have rehearsed at Allerton High School, King Lane, Leeds (see map in ‘Find Us’. We also have extra events including a weekend away music making at the seaside, extra afternoon events, occasional days and so on. Watch the website for updates Top
YLSS works with some of Yorkshire’s leading musicians.
Stuart Hazelton hails from Essex and studied viola and violin at Colchester Institute and Trinity College, later gaining a PGCE at Canterbury Christ Church University. After touring with an opera company, he joined the teaching staff of Kirklees Music School in West Yorkshire, where he is currently Assistant Principal. He has worked as a tutor and conductor with YLSS for several years. He has experience as a somewhat eclectic musician including orchestral, chamber and solo work. Some of his performing has consisted of playing guitar and violin in a pop band and an Irish rock band and he has worked with artists such as the Undertones, Billy Bragg, The Dubliners and The Beautiful South. Stuart is the Musical Director for CoMA Leeds which allows him to pursue his love of contemporary music and premiering new music. In the past, he has worked as a conductor for Leeds College of Music. He also runs a local Music Centre and is a trustee of the European String Teachers’ Association (ESTA). During his spare time, Stuart enjoys following Chelsea FC, reading, cinema and spending time with his young family.
Margaret Moseley regularly provides violin and viola coaching to the orchestra and is closely involved with the beginners’ group. Her early career took her to Austria where she played in the Tiroler Symphonieorchester, Innsbruck. She returned in 1979 to join the newly-formed Opera North; working there for 4 years before leaving to start a family. Since that time she has combined freelance work with teaching and coaching. An enthusiasm for string quartet playing, while at music college, has developed into a life-long love of chamber music. Margaret comes to YLSS with a desire to communicate the joys of ensemble playing.
Andrew Watkinson’s career has combined both playing and teaching since finishing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1982. Five years in the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra followed before returning to the UK in 1988. Part time teaching and freelance playing continue to this day. Whilst Andrew is still active as a player he also enjoys directing various groups and ensembles and thanks to his association with YLSS, an enthusiasm for tutoring adult learners of Violin/Viola has developed. Andrew can be contacted here.
Sam Laverick originates from the North East but moved to London to study. It was here that Sam discovered her flair for teaching which has become something that she is really passionate about. Sam was fortunate enough to develop her craft under the guidance of numerous ESTA mentors. (European String Teachers Association.) Sam moved North again in 2002 to be with her now husband and started once again to build her own teaching practice. Sam is a firm believer in building strong foundations right from the start, whilst always enjoying what is being asked. Sam is a very active member of ESTA Yorkshire, and frequently runs string courses for school aged students. Sam understands the importance of ensemble work alongside that of the individual lesson and runs Ready Steady Bow, a weekly string Orchestra to which all of her beginner students are invited to attend. Sam founded Cellissimo Yorkshire in 2016, which is a monthly cello orchestra for adult learners, once again the importance being on learning through enjoyment, and also a love of cake is a vital requirement! Sam plays regularly with her quartet, Serenade String quartet. On the odd day off Sam enjoys, walking, gardening and spending time at home enjoying the company of Simon, her husband, and her two rather troublesome cats, Dickie and Onslow.
Other musicians who occasionally work with the orchestra include Henry Pankhurst (viola/violin), Ken Mitchell (violin/viola), Claire Sadler (double bass), Jessica Burroughs (cello), both from Opera North, Miriam Roycroft (cello).
Full Member £87 per term, with concessions of £64. Fees can be paid by cheque and given to the Treasurer. Alternatively, if you would like to pay by Bank Transfer, our bank details are available on any Saturday rehearsal, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Gift Aid YLSS is registered charity number 1088105, and welcomes contributions that attract gift aid to support our activities. If you wish to make a gift to YLSS, please download and complete the Gift Aid Form, and forward it to email@example.com. New Music Fund Since 2006 YLSS has sponsored a biennial competition for composers to write a piece of music for the orchestra. The venture was initially sponsored by a grant from the arts council www.artscouncil.org.uk/ but this is no longer available and we now rely on donated subscriptions. Find out how you can support us in this initiative here. Contact us for more information and we will get back to you. The Downloads page contains all the appropriate forms.
YLSS is a registered charity, number 1088105.