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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Join us


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

  • 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
  • Wydale Residential Weekend, 2024

    Fri, 24 May 2024 to Mon, 27 May 2024
    Our annual residential weekend, to be held again at Wydale.   Details now availalable here: more
  • Half term break - no rehearsals!

    Sat, 25 May 2024 to Sat, 1 Jun 2024
    Half term break - no rehearsals! more
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Latest News

  • Playday with Darragh Morgan
  •  Date Posted: Sat, 13 Jan 2024
    Violinist Darragh Morgan ( returns on Saturday 13th April, 11am - 5pm to lead us in another day-long fantastic workshop.

    During the day we'll look at three pieces:
    • Handel Concerto Grosso op 6 no 1 in G Major
    • Trimble In Glenade
    • Haydn Last movement of Symphony 86 (strings only)

    Tea / Coffee provided, please bring your own lunch

    Members and non-members are very welcome, the fees are:

      )  YLSS Members: £25
      )  YLSS Members concessionary rate: £20
      )  All non-members: £35

    See: for more information or to book, please use this form:

  • YLSS Wydale Weekend 2024 - Booking now!
  •  Date Posted: Wed, 20 Dec 2023

    We're pleased to share details of the 2024 YLSS residential weekend at Wydale Hall.  Running from Friday 24th May to Monday 27th May 2024 our 2024 Wydale Weekend will be in two parts as we re-introduce the Monday Study Day - a popular feature of our residential weekend pre-pandemic.  You are very welcome to book for both parts, or just one or the other.

    Information about the programme and links to the booking form (which goes live on Jan 1st) can be found on this page:

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