All Seasons Orchestra

An open-access community orchestra in York, England


Due to Covid restrictions, all our events are currently taking place online via Zoom.
CLICK HERE to read about online safety measures.

Join us for our weekly rehearsals, led by artistic director Catherine Holbrook!

THURSDAYS 7.30-9pm GMT during term time


This term we are teaming up with our namesakes in the US, the All Seasons Orchestra of the Redwood Coast in California, with a special recording project of Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz of the Flowers”. 

Our weekly ASOvirtual sessions are focussing on getting to grips with our parts for this as well as learning  some chamber pieces by Mozart & Beethoven for some small group playing in person when we’re allowed!

Musicians from across the globe playing with All Seasons Orchestra during our weekly Thursday Zoom rehearsals.

What our players are saying

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yourself;
  • Your instrument;
  • Your music for ASO Virtual in whatever form you wish to read it;
  • A music stand;
  • A mug / cup / glass of something to sup;
  • A pencil and rubber for making notes, rubbing out mistakes and changing your mind are useful too;
  • A friend who would love to come and join in too for extra jollity.
  • Patience & a sense of humour – everyone’s learning and adapting to this new way of playing together

There is no formal charge for participating in our ASOvirtual events although donations to enable our on-going programme and associated costs are very welcome.

As a guide we suggest £4 per session or £20 per half term for our ASOvirtual events for those of you who can afford it.

Our Artistic Director Catherine Holbrook leads the ASO Virtual sessions.

Catherine is a highly trained musician with a Masters Degree in Community Music as well as Bachelors Degrees in Music. Primarily a pianist and bassoonist but dabbling with range of instruments according to the winds of whim and opportunity, Catherine has a wealth of experience conducting, working and playing with musicians of all instruments and abilities.

Links for music and parts for you to download and print off or read from your tablet or computer screen during and in between ASOvirtual sessions are emailed out in advance of each session.

If you’d like to join in you will need to sign up for our mailing list so we can send you the information, details and links you need.

Previous Events

In 2020, the All Seasons Orchestra of the Redwood Coast in California, USA reached out to the All Seasons Orchestra in York UK, looking for players to collaborate on a virtual orchestra recording project during lockdown.  A beautiful friendship was formed as the two orchestras supported each other through the trials of the pandemic.  This film is the fruit of our first collaborative project: Leroy Anderson’s Sandpaper Ballet.

Online Safety

Please be aware that these events are open-access. Please respect people’s privacy and do not record any part of these sessions.  

All Seasons Orchestra may on occasions record ASOvirtual sessions and/or take photographs promotional. You will always be informed before this happens and given the option to turn off your video.

We recommend you take the following precautions:

  • Identify yourself by first name & instrument only. To do this, right click on yourself in the Zoom call and select “rename” from the dropdown menu.
  • You may wish to consider what is on view and  remove any personal items or identifying information from shot.
  • Under 18s should be under the supervision for the duration of the session.
  • If you wish to share personal information such as contact details please use the ‘chat’ function on Zoom where you can choose to send it either to ‘everyone’ or only to specifically named people.

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