VaCO Easter Concert, SHAROW

Date: April 2, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Location: St John's Church, Sharow

A thrilling programme of sensational repertoire, performed by the exceptional

 Vacation Chamber Orchestras Chamber Ensemble

supported by Ripon Cathedral Concert Society

We are delighted to be performing at 



Martinu – Nonet

Novak – Nonet

also to include some wonderful String Quartet & Wind Quintet repertoire

 Tickets Available:

Adults £10, Under 18s Free

Tel: Jane Lomax 07974 698264 for ticket reservations

On the Door from 7pm


Vacation Chamber Orchestra(VaCO) was set up to provide development opportunities for some of the country’s talented musicians giving them experience to play together and to promote high-quality orchestral and chamber concerts in rural North Yorkshire, concentrating on the Yorkshire Dales. The students are challenged with repertoire that is difficult to play  but wonderful to listen to; a win-win for all concerned.

VaCO has been running for nearly 25 years in the North of England and many students have gone on to play for some of the major orchestras around such as BBC Philharmonic, LSO, Halle, Ulster, RSNO, RLPO, Opera North, Manchester Camerata, Ulster & RTE as well as many other wonderful international, chamber ensembles.  Students are tutored by eminent exponents in their field,  this Easter being no exception: Jon Thorne – Oculi Ensemble and Professor at Royal Academy of Music and Tom Verity – Clarinet with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra and Sterling Trio join the team.

Yorkshire’s own Xenophon Kelsey who has  been conducting, lecturing, teaching and playing for nearly 50 years and who was the brainchild behind VaCO said: “Over Easter time, we shall be performing our Easter concerts right across the Dales. The Easter Concerts start the beginning of a new, exciting VaCO musical year and the repertoire that we have selected will bring beautiful, exquisite music for you all to experience!”




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I’ve been on a lot of VaCO courses during my time as a student and afterwards; they’re always so much fun and you get to meet people from all over the country and even from other countries that you would never meet otherwise. It’s incredibly satisfying to work with such high calibre musicians to make music of an extremely high standard - I always come back for more. The courses are hard work but it is all worth it – because of VaCO I’ve seen myself grow massively as a musician and a person.

Emily Farren

Freelance Clarinettist/Teacher