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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Latest News

  • YLSS Residential Weekend - Wydale 2023
  •  Date Posted: Sat, 10 Dec 2022
    We're pleased to announce that information about the YLSS residential weekend, to be held between Friday 26th and Sunday 28th May 2023, is now available! 

    The website gives more information about the weekend in general, and more specifically about the arrangements for 2023.  

    Booking will open to everyone on 1st January 2023, but Members have priority until 1st Feb 2023.  Places book up quickly, so if you have any questions or concerns do get in touch via the usual email addresses: ( or
  • Winner of the 2022 - 2023 New Music Competition Announced
  •  Date Posted: Mon, 24 Oct 2022
    On Sunday 23rd October 2022 the orchestra met to workshop the shortlisted submissions in the latest round of the New Music Competition.  It was an inspiring and challenging day culminating in the announcement that Tom Carr had won the 2022 - 2023 competition with his piece, Sanctuary.  We now look forward to working with Tom over the months ahead as we prepare for the premier in July 2023.  Read more about Tom and his piece here.
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