St Cecilia Orchestra

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



Our Friends are essential for St. Cecilia and help to give the orchestra some financial stability.

St Cecilia Orchestra is undoubtedly one of the best non-professional orchestras in the country.

It really is amazing how many quality players live locally to Ripon and love to play in our orchestra. We also attract some of the very finest soloists. 

There are some fantastic concerts in the coming months, not only in the Cathedral but also in Holy Trinity Church.  In Holy Trinity, smaller groups of players are able to explore the repertoire that benefits from the more intimate size and excellent acoustic of this building.

We are justifiably proud of our orchestra. It is a real and tangible asset for Ripon and is something quite unique for a town of this size.  It is, however, an expensive business to put on concerts.  Concert venues, rehearsal venues, music hire,soloists’ fees - all of these and more need to be found and ticket sales onlygo some way towards this.  We therefore rely hugely on any additional help that you can offer.

Our Friends scheme runs like this;

  1. We ask each individual patron for a donation. A minimum of £35 is suggested. 
    If you are a UK taxpayer we are able to claim gift aid on your donation.
    Please ask for a gift aid form.
  2. Renewals fall due at the end of August for ease of administration.
    If you become a Friend in the few months prior to this, you will not be asked for a renewal until the following August.
    Similarly, in the few months after August, a pro rata payment is entirely acceptable (based on a minimum suggested donation of £35 per person).
  3. Reserved seats are available for Patrons on request. Please contact Paul Baily for this (see below).

£35 is a little more than 50 pence per week, and we hope that you will consider this to be excellent value to help sustain your local orchestra.

To make contact, with a view to becoming a Friend, please complete the form opposite or write or email with the following information;

  • Name
  • Address
  • Post code
  • Telephone number
  • Email address (if possible).

Ripon St Cecilia Society Ltd
6 Westgate
Thirsk YO7 1QS

Email Charles Monck:

If you are ready to make a donation then;

Cheques should be made payable to 'Ripon St Cecilia Society Ltd'.

Bank transfers to St Cecilia Society  Sort Code 54 30 46   Account number  12058726 with your name in the reference.

Thank you so much for your help - we wouldn't be here without it!