Wydale Hall Residential Weekend 2023
You are warmly invited to YLSS’s 2023 music-making weekend, at our new venue, Wydale Hall.
Friday 26th May - Sunday 28th May 2023
The Weekend

This will be another fun and friendly music-making weekend, with three inspiring tutors - Andrew Watkinson, Margaret Moseley and Laurence Hughes - covering all the sections for ‘late starters’ of any standard. Music will vary in style and difficulty, within the usual range of YLSS, but please come willing to be stretched!

The programme will be a mix of playing together as a full orchestra and smaller ensembles, as well as technique/sectional sessions.  There will be chamber groups for beginners as well as for more experienced players. We will contact you before the weekend and organise groups and tutors to suit everyone in advance of arriving.  On Saturday afternoon there will be a choice of creative and fun music activities or the chance to explore local walks.

YLSS’s amazing cabaret is back on Saturday evening! We will contact everyone in advance to invite you to take part, on your own or in a group, but no pressure!

The sheet music will be emailed out to all attendees in advance for you to print out. 

You are welcome to arrive from 3.30pm on Friday. Tea and cakes will be served at 4.00 and the first orchestra session of the weekend starts on Friday at 5.00pm.  Dinner is at 6.30pm, followed by another full orchestra session. 

The weekend finishes on Sunday at 4.30pm, following a playthrough and tea.


There are up to 32 places available, in a mix of single and twin rooms. All rooms have en suite WC, bath and/or shower. Towels are provided.

If you are willing to share, please arrange a room-sharer yourself and save £30 each!

All YLSS members and string-playing non-members are warmly welcome. We regret that we cannot accommodate non-playing partners or friends in the group, except where their presence is needed to assist a player.

As Wydale is a rambling building, extended over the years, every room is different and most are accessed by stairs, there is space on the booking form to say if you require a ground floor room or few stairs, and to also tell us about dietary or other access requirements.


Friday to Sunday playing, accommodation on Friday and Saturday nights, inclusive of all meals and refreshments from Friday tea to Sunday lunch.

Shared Room: £265 * £290
Single Room: £295 * £320

* A small number of places at reduced rate (£215 shared/ £245 single) are available for YLSS members on a very limited income, who would not otherwise be able to come. Please see the booking form.


Places will be allocated to members from 1 January 2023 on a ‘first come first served’ basis, when your booking form and deposit are received.

Places will be allocated to non-members from 1 February 2023 based on date of application and the balance of instruments in the group. Non-members are encouraged to apply from 1 January, but places will not be allocated until 1 February.

Violinists should be willing to play Violin 1 or Violin 2, as numbers/music requires.


Download Booklet    Book Online From Jan 1st


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