Ripon’s local amateur orchestra provides playing opportunities for a wide range of local musicians.  Directed by Xenophon Kelsey, they enjoy rehearsing and performing a wide range of music in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Members benefit from Xen’s extensive international experience as a composer,arranger, conductor and instrumentalist. Significantly his unusual wealth of knowledge as both string and wind player is a huge source of support for players of all abilities. We are always on the look-out for new members be they young instrumentalists looking for an outlet for their talents, those who have not played for many years or those who have decided to take up an instrument in later life.

Rehearsal take place on Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm -9.30pm at Bishop Monkton Village Hall.

Players need to be capable of playing at about grade 5 standard and new members are very welcome. If you are interested in joining us please contact our chairman Simon Robinson  by email  hartwith@icloud.com


Update July 2022 – Our Summer concert July 2022 was attended by a lovely audience at Bishop Monkton Village Hall. , we played Schubert “Unfinished Symphony”, Dvorak Slavonik Dance no.8, Meugher (by Peter Dodson) and English Folk Songs, Vaughan Williams.

We will be back rehearsing from Tuesday 20th September 2022, any new players please do email Simon as above.

Update Spring 2022

We’re well into our rehearsal schedule for 2022, the music is coming along nicely. Its great to see some new members have joined us. Our rehearsals are a little more “Covid relaxed” – many members are choosing not to wear face masks in line line with more relaxed rules “out & about”. We are looking forward to our next Summer Concert Tuesday 5th July 8 pm at Bishop Monkton Village Hall. (free entry, raffle & donations welcome)

Update Sept 2021 – Its great to be back folks!

We are back rehearsing weekly. We are following “covid safe” guidance. Hand gel is provided on entry to the village hall, players are  requested to wear face masks on arrival and when moving around the hall. Players are requested to continue wearing face mask when playing where able (clearly not wind & brass!). We are using individual stands and are seated 1m + apart.

Update Dec 2021

We had a great socially  distanced social Christmas meal and quiz at the Ripon golf club. We are planning (as long as there are no covid restrictions advising otherwise ) to restart rehearsals on Tuesday 11th Jan 2022


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