Read about the charities we support and other news and views from the Academy of St Olave’s Chamber Orchestra in York

Birth of the Academy!

by Christine Smith

Founder member Christine Smith gives a light-hearted description of the birth of the Academy of St Olave’s, in honour of the orchestra’s 40th anniversary.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

This blog post is written with some help from Esme Sharpe (age 11) and Arthur Sharpe (age 12), whose mum Jude plays viola in the Academy of St. Olave’s.

Our concert of beautiful mid-summer music on 24th June 2017 is also raising funds for Neuroblastoma UK, a charity which helps to fund medical research to improve diagnosis and treatment of this aggressive childhood cancer. The concert starts at 8 pm, and is in St Olave’s Church York.

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From Imperial Rome to Communist Russia

by Alexandra Nightingale

Our Winter Concert on 21st January 2017 takes us on an extraordinary journey from imperial Rome to communist Russia to the heavenly heights! The concert starts at 8 pm, and is in St Olave’s Church York.

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Farewell Symphony!

by Tina Sanderson

When the Academy of St Olave’s gave its first concert in 1978, the leader of the orchestra was Robin Gilbert, Headmaster of Easingwold School. Naturally he invited talented pupils to play in the orchestra, and our chairman Christine Smith was one of them! Robin’s tenure as leader of the Academy saw a steady trickle of young players recruited into the ranks, and the tradition continues.

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