About us

Aims and Objectives

The TSO is a newly formed orchestra based in Thirsk.  We have been successful in recruiting around 50 musicians for rehearsals and our inaugural concert was held on Saturday 29th September 2015.

We are proud to be the first (that we can find) full sized orchestra in the market town of Thirsk.

The Thirsk Sinfonia aims to give enjoyment to players and audiences by performing classical music to a high standard whilst selecting repertoire that will satisfy the wishes of the musicians which will create a varied and interesting concert programme for our audience.

Repertoire and Programming

We endeavour to ensure that each programme includes some technically demanding works with the intention of stretching and retaining advanced players in TSO.  We are keen to perform works that are less well-known and/or not often performed.  This may include music of other cultures or genres such as klezmer or jazz.  


We are aiming to give around three concerts per year in February, June and September in or around the Thirsk area.

We are aiming to be a full sized orchestra and at present have the following regular member list.

We also have a selection of guest players who will be performing solo concertos in future programmes.  

Regular Musicians

  •    8 x 1st violins
  •    8 x 2nd violins
  •    8 x violas
  •    6 x cellos
  •    2 x double basses
  •    2 x flutes (picc)
  •    2 x clarinets (bass)
  •    2 x oboes
  •    2 x bassoons
  •    3 x trumpets
  •    3 x French horn
  •    2 x tenor trombone
  •    1 x bass trombone
  •    1 x tuba
  •    3 x percussion
  •    2 x pianists