All Seasons Orchestra

An open-access community orchestra in York, England

About the ASO

ASO is a friendly community orchestra set up to provide opportunities for amateur musicians in York and the surrounding area to play together. 
 
We play a varied selection of music from across the orchestral repertoire, some easy bits and some of that really meaty stuff you’ve always wanted to have a go at.
  • No auditions or entry requirements
    Yes, you really can come along and mime while you soak up the thrill of sitting in an orchestra if you want to.
  • No limits on number of players
    If there’s space for another chair, you can play!
  • No weekly commitments
    Although it’d be great to see you every week if you can make it.
  • No need to even play an instrument
    ASO is a thriving community of music lovers.  We run a variety of events including socials, interactive talks and classses as well as our rehearsals so there’s something for everyone.

We want you to join… because you want to!

  • Music-making with others is proven to support mental health and well-being
  • We all love that warm fuzzy feeling we get from helping out in the community
  • Being a part of an orchestra is a great way to make new friends
  • It’s great fun!

Meet the team

The ASO Committee is made up of volunteers from across the orchestra:
 
  • Helen Jones (cello)
  • Joyce Bateman (cello)
  • Cris Marchall (violin)
  • Lisa Garforth (violin)
  • Margaret Scott (violin)
  • Paul Mosely (clarinet)
Other unofficial but helpful roles include:
 
  • Photographers: Cris Marshall (violin), Maki Brookes (cello), Catherine Candlin (flute)
  • Website & Social Media: Margaret Scott (violin)
  • Student placement: Samantha Wong (multitalented!)

Artistic Director

Catherine Holbrook

Catherine Holbrook studied Music at the University of York where she focussed on the interpretation and performance of instrumental music, going on to gain a Masters degree in Community Music with distinction.

Catherine is now a freelance musician and artist specialising in community work, education & creative consultancy across Yorkshire and the North of England.

Catherine Holbrook

Assistant Conductor

Hannah Crawford

Hannah Crawford studied Music at York St John University where she specialised in violin performance and music within the community, going on to get her Masters degree in Community Music at the University of York.

Hannah now works as a freelance performer in Vitula String Quartet and teaches violin, viola, African drumming, trumpet and ukulele. She also prepares workshops and music courses for mental health service users and disabled young adults.

In her spare time, Hannah performs regularly with Union Central (a bluegrass Alison Krauss tribute band) and is a keen motorcyclist (with violin on t’ back!).

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