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The Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir

Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir









The Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir (YPC) was formed in Wakefield in 1953 as the Old Thornesians Choir. It adopted its current name in the late 1980's and over the years it has grown and developed into one of the finest choirs in the North of England.

Although performing across Yorkshire, its main performance base is in one of the County's most notable churches, Wakefield Cathedral, where YPC gives up to 5 performances each year. These concerts include the great sacred choral works and a wide range of contemporary and newly commissioned works. 

The YPC undertakes regular community and educational development projects and is always keen to spread the acknowledged 'well being' which musical activity brings to participants and listeners. 'Come and sing' days, school workshops, adult workshops, involvement in 'Making Music', BBC and Classic FM partnership schemes are just some of  the ways this community involvement is delivered.

A current focus is on young people and older students, with a view to introducing them to, and then maintaining their interest in choral music. Recently, through a bursary, the YPC has developed a reciprocal Performance Partnership with the Leeds College of Music. This annually brings 3 performance students into membership of the choir, allowing them to experience high standard choral singing as well as featuring them as occasional soloists.

Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir


The YPC is honoured both to represent Yorkshire at home and abroad through its music making, in concerts, broadcasts, recordings and regular tours in the UK and Europe and to have the Archbishop of York as its President.

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Registered Charity Number 1123716