Educational Music Organizations

Leeds College of Music
University of Leeds, School of Music
Yorkshire College of Music and Drama
Associated Board of the Royal College of Music
Royal Northern College of Music

Regional Orchestras

The Sinfonia of Leeds
The Airedale Symphony Orchestra
Alwoodley Sinfonia
The Leeds Symphony Orchestra
Harrogate Symphony Orchestra
Harrogate Philharmonic Orchestra

Other music-making organisations

Contemporary Music for All   This website is dedicated to enabling amateur musicians to become involved in contemporary music and works in partnership with professional musicians in order to bring new music to wider audiences. CoMA in Leeds

Lowry Strings, Salford, Manchester.  A friendly and supportive group for adult beginners to more confident players of violin, viola, cello and double bass.


The East London Late Starters Orchestra came into existence in the mid 1980s and the idea has spread to Yorkshire and other places.

Music, Accessories, Teachers and Luthiers

A list of Music Shops and Luthiers around Yorkshire is available here and on the Downloads page.

Musicroom, and Amazon and also sell music and accessories.

IMSLP (International Music Score Library Project)/Petrucci Music Library is an internet library of scores and sheet music, and a useful public domain resource for chamber music.

Our Beginners’ Information Sheet containing details of local teachers can be found on the Downloads page.

Leeds Music Teachers Guild

Andrew Watkinson, upper strings teacher


Stringed instrument websites

The internet has become an international resource in education generally, and, while it can never replace face-to-face contact with a tutor, it does offer amazing interactive content that many do find helpful.   Many sites are not peer reviewed, so it best always to choose those associated with accredited institutions if you can.  While Wikipedia is widely used and is generally very good, there can be rather limited reviewing or refereeing of articles by experts.   So don’t take everything on the internet as being written on tablets of stone! – interesting American site with lots of useful information and even a banjo link! – one member of the orchestra got Grade 8 violin using this site.  free online music theory lessons and exercises, following  the ABRSM syllabus  for grades one to six. – send a violin e-card, find a teacher, download free sheet music and much more… – full of resources and forums for cellists.

The Cello Companion (a collection of resources for and articles on playing, teaching and learning the cello). (Deryn Cullen’s teaching site)

The Strad – the premiere site for stringed instruments and instrument makers


Allcomers Music: residential music courses throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

Basically Quartets: a chamber music course in North Wales.

Cubertou Holiday Courses for Adults, SW France, Beginners to Advanced.

Cherwell Chamber Music:  weekend chamber music courses in the Cotswolds for small groups of adult beginner/intermediate string players.


Historic Teaching Videos by Yehudi Menuhin

There are six tutorials on violin technique by Menuhin in the 1970s on YouTube: this link is to the first tutorial.

Arts Listing Websites for the Region

Our listing at digYorkshire – useful for all sorts of music-related events in the region.

YLSS is a registered charity, number 1088105.

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