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The York Symphony Orchestra, or 'YSO,' was founded in 1898 by then York Minster organist, Thomas Tertius Noble, who conducted and composed for the orchestra until his departure in 1913 to take up a post in New York. The first rehearsal was held in June 1898, and the first concert took place on 5th April 1899. It included works by Elgar, German, and Tertius Noble himself.
The amateur orchestra continued to meet weekly and perform two concerts per year, as well as further special concerts, until the start of the First World War. Though plans were initially made to continue, and a memorial service at York Minster featured a performance by orchestra of Brahm's German Requiem, the orchestra was forced to suspend its programme during the war.
The orchestra was revived in 1919 and a number of concerts were given during the interwar period, but these were occasional rather than regular, such as to celebrate the visit of the Prince of Wales to York in 1933.
After the Second World War, the YSO was once more resurrected, and continues to this day in York as an amateur orchestra, currently performing three concerts annually.
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