A Note of Hope for Yorkshire Day

Ben Crick, conductor of the Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra, wrote a new composition to celebrate Yorkshire Day on August 1 2021.

An exclusive preview of the piece, ‘Yorkshire for All’ has been released for Yorkshire Day. It aims to celebrate the true diversity of the region and demonstrate that the arts, in particular classical music, is accessible and inclusive to all communities in Yorkshire.

The Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra (YSO) was specifically reformed this year to support freelance northern musicians hit hard by the pandemic. It played the piece live at The Great Yorkshire Proms at Harewood House where the orchestra made its debut appearance on September 4, alongside guest stars Sir Willard White and Aled Jones.

Jamie Hudson, a leading figure in the arts, social enterprise and community sector, came up with the idea of reviving the orchestra with the acclaimed Skipton musician, composer and conductor, Ben Crick.

Jamie said: “Music has the power to break down barriers, bring people together, and make hearts sing. The piece is entitled, ‘Yorkshire for All’ to reflect the down to earth, open, friendly spirit of our county.”

Composer Ben Crick is known for performances in unusual places, and once had a chamber orchestra perform outside Sainsbury’s in Leeds Station.

Ben Crick said: “’Yorkshire for All’ is a 90 second journey taking audiences from the start of Covid to rising from the ashes, with a bit of a triumphant finish. That’s the journey our orchestra has been on. As well as blowing the trumpet literally for Yorkshire, it’s a note of hope, not just for our musicians who are desperate to get back to live performances, but for audiences, who now need the uplifting, transformative power of music.”

The Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra performed ‘Yorkshire for All’ alongside classical favourites at The Great Yorkshire Proms on 4 September.

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