Yorkshire Late Starters Strings - YLSS - is a friendly and informal string orchestra for adult musicians of varying levels of experience.  We are a learning orchestra, supported by a supportive and talented team of professional musicians who lead and conduct our rehearsals.

During our Saturday morning rehearsals we play string music of all styles and periods from the baroque and earlier to the present day. Our music is carefully chosen to suit the abilities of the group. We work hard to ensure there is challenge for our more confident players but with plenty of music for newer players to access and enjoy. Simplified parts are often available so that you can join in even if you are at an early stage of study on your instrument. 

Our players enjoy learning in a supportive, non-competitive and friendly atmosphere. We don't have auditions and we don't organise formal concerts, but we do have a celebration playthrough event each summer for our friends, family and supporters. 

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We are always keen to welcome new musicians at YLSS at any point during the year.

If you've been playing a while, you may feel ready to join our full orchestra rehearsals however, we also run a new learners group for less experienced players during the first half of our rehearsals, so there's a great opportunity to get involved with YLSS even if you've only been playing a short while, or if you're still working on lower grades. 

We're very pleased to offer new members a free introductory session to help you get a flavour of orchestra and our ethos. Click below to find our more. 


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Diary Dates

  • Autumn Term 2023

    Sat, 9 Sep 2023 to Sat, 9 Dec 2023
    New term starts on Saturday September 9th 2023 more
  • Spring Term 2024

    Sat, 13 Jan 2024 to Sat, 23 Mar 2024
    Spring Term 2024 Starts on 13th Jan. more
  • Summer Term 2024

    Sat, 20 Apr 2024 to Sun, 14 Jul 2024
    Summer term 2024 starts on 20th April and concludes with the play thorough performance on 14th July. Half term, no rehearsals, on 25th May and 1st June. more
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  • New terms starts in one week!
  •  Date Posted: Sat, 2 Sep 2023
    We hope you've enjoyed the summer break and are looking forward to resuming regular rehearsals next Saturday, 9th September. 
    Now is a great time for new members to join and you get tour first session for free! Please get in touch if you'd like to come along.

    For returning players, if you haven't already, please complete the short sign-up form so we have an up to date list of members and your contact details.  This list will also be used to manage access to the website and music downloads.  Here's the link:
    Speaking of music, there are 7 pieces this term:
    • Sinfonia in G. Vivaldi
    • Sentimental Saraband, Britten            
    • Lamento, Schmelzer
    • 4 Pieces from Don Juan, Gluck
    • Allegro, Avison
    • Oblivion, Piazzolla
    • Serenade for Strings, Elgar
    You'll find all these in the members area here: and the plan for the term here:  Term dates are also published:  Please get in touch if you have any problems accessing the website or printing the music. 
    Full fees are £94 for the term and the concessionary rate is £68, please pay by bank transfer if possible.  Any problems, please contact our Treasurer, Steve,  

    We're looking forward to seeing everyone on the 9th!
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