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Our upcoming St Cecilia Concerts
Title At Date
Spring Concert Holy Trinity Church, Ripon
4 March 2017
Early Summer "Extravaganza" Ripon Cathedral, Ripon
20 May 2017
Summer Concert Holy Trinity Church, Ripon
1 July 2017
Special 'Gala' Concert Ripon Cathedral, Ripon
21 October 2017



Welcome to the St Cecilia web site. I hope it will give a good insight into the workings of our unique organisation.


Ripon’s renowned St Cecilia Orchestra is much more than just an orchestra. At its most spectacular it is an exceptionally fine and very large symphony orchestra, often working with top class international soloists and capable of giving high-quality performances of some of the most demanding large-scale works in the repertoire, such as Bartok Concerto for Orchestra, Elgar Symphony No 1, Holst Planets Suite, Janacek Sinfonietta, Mahler Symphony No 5, Rachmaninov Symphony No 2, Shostakovich Symphony No 5 and R. Strauss Ein Heldenleben.

To read PRESS REVIEWS of our latest Concerts please click on these links in the Harrogate Advertiser for the Winter Concert in January 2015, and reviews in both the Darlington & Stockton Times & Harrogate Advertiser of our October 2014 Gala Concert


The ANDANTE Project

'ANDANTE' (the big walk) was to raise funds for the St Cecilia Orchestra and VaCO. Xen Kelsey walked from John O'Groats to Land's End and wrote up a 'report' about music and music education throughout the UK, as well as his great adventure - and it makes thought-provoking reading! Please click on this link to read or download The Andante Report If you'd like to know more, or wish to make a donation, click here

St Cecilia OrchestraSt Cecilia Orchestra began life in the early 1990s, when a small group of local instrumentalists got together to accompany Ripon Cathedral Choir at its annual concert to celebrate St Cecilia's Day. It still relishes this close connection with the Cathedral, performing regularly for services and oth er special occasions, but it has also developed into a community orchestra par excellence.

The Orchestra draws its players from a wide area and performing in a variety of other guises, in a whole range of sizes, playing all types of music from 1600 to the present day.

The orchestra works regularly with adult choirs and choral societies across the north of England and its commitment to youth is demonstrated not only by the remarkable number of talented younger players in its membership but by its promotion of workshops for young instrumentalists and its championing of Ripon Youth Choirs and other young singers, especially in the annual Christmas Spectacular Concert.

Ripon Concerts The orchestra also promotes educational concerts in schools throughout the region, in collaboration with the UK’s outstanding student ensemble, Vacation Chamber Orchestras.

The work of the orchestra is brought together under an umbrella organisation, the Ripon St Cecilia Society Ltd, which works in collaboration with many other groups to provide a wide range of musical and educational concerts, events and services throughout the region. It is a non-profit-distributing company limited by guarantee and is also a registered charity. Its voluntary board of directors consists of local musicians, business people and professional arts organisers. For its income, the orchestra depends heavily on grants, sponsors and patrons.

Are you, or perhaps your organisation, able to offer this kind of valuable help? For more information, please telephone 01765 602856 or see elsewhere on this website.

The St Cecilia Society also provides, on this website, a comprehensive North Yorkshire Music and Arts Events Diary (including Craven, Hambleton, Harrogate, York, Richmond & Ryedale Districts) which also serves as an anti-clash diary for the region. Any arts organisation wishing to make use of this free service should please contact us via telephone or email us at:

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Xenophon Kelsey MBE
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