Joining YLSS

We meet at Allerton High School on Saturday mornings from 10am to 12.30pm. The school is easy to find, just off the ring road in north west Leeds. It has ample free parking and direct access to our rehearsal room from the car park.  There are several disabled parking spaces and disabled access to rehearsal rooms and toilets.

Who is it for?

Anyone who took up or returned to playing an orchestral stringed instrument as an adult. Although we have a group for new learners, to get the most out of the sessions we do recommend you've been playing for about a year. If you're not sure, get in touch with our secretary, Jane, to discuss your circumstances or to arrange to visit a rehearsal - we're a friendly bunch!


What happens at a rehearsal?

The rehearsals start at 10am, and for the first hour the new learners group meets separately under the guidance of one of our conductors / tutors to explore music at around Grade 2 or 3 and some of the more tricky sections from the whole orchestra folders.  After the break, the new learners join with the rest of the orchestra to play as one large ensemble.

We have a 30 minute break halfway through our rehearsals. This is a great opportunity for our members to get to know one another. And more importantly, it's time for coffee and cakes. 

As well as your instrument, bow and rosin, you'll also need a music stand, your own folder of music and a mute.  Cello players will also need a spike holder.  Music will be sent once your fees have been paid which you'll need to print off but we can help with this if you don't have access to a printer.

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Full Member £94 per term, with concessions of £68.

Payments are paid by bank transfer and details are available when members complete their termly subscription form. We can also accept cheques made payable to Yorkshire Late Starters Strings.

Concessions apply to those in dependent on benefits and for full time students.  If in doubt, you can have a confidential conversation with Jane, our secretary, who will be happy to advise. 

YLSS is registered charity number 1088105, and welcomes contributions that attract gift aid to support our activities. Charitable contributions support the general work of YLSS and also help to sustain our biennial new music competition, helping to encourage and support new composers. If you are kindly making a charitable contribution and you are eligible for gift aid, you can make a gift aid declaration by clicking here.

Ready to join us?

Please complete the form below, or email Jane (Secretary): 

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