Cause UK

Cause UK, Special Advisor

Established in 2010, Cause UK is run by sisters, Clair and Ann. It specialises in promoting the arts, ethical businesses, social enterprises, the public sector and good causes. Cause UK also delivers its own portfolio of cultural events.

Cause UK launched the Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra to the media in 2021, and secured its patron Alan Bennet. Clair was appointed Special Advisor to the YSO, and the team support the orchestra’s profile, as well as working with Jamie and Ben to secure performances, and help establish its future.

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In the Media

As the original YSO disbanded in 1955, there was a real sense its revival was long overdue.

To tell the story of the Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra’s triumphant rise from the dire straits of the pandemic, Cause UK interviewed Ben Crick, and trumpet player, Anthony, who had performed for Pope Benedict XVI and Sting but took a builder’s labourer job during Coronavirus. 

In May 2021, Cause UK staged a media call at Harewood House with Ben and the orchestra, filming drone footage and co-ordinating press photography and journalists. Ann at Cause UK, a feature writer, also wrote a piece for the Yorkshire Post, and the team used the stories of Ben and Anthony in a press release to accompany the media launch.

The results were phenomenal, with 138 pieces of press coverage, not including radio and broadcast, with interviews on BBC Radio4 Broadcasting House. Highlights were a full-page feature in the Guardian, with print coverage in the Times, Daily Mail, Telegraph, the Independent and others.

Coveragebook put the readership at a staggering 1.72 billion, with 3.35 million estimated coverage views.

Later in 2021, Ben Crick wrote a new composition, Yorkshire for All for Yorkshire Day on August 1. Cause UK placed the story across Yorkshire-media, with a bespoke film showcasing the county by their associate, Gary Lawson. The photo-story ran in the Sunday Times.

Jamie Hudson, YSO Founder

Jamie is an entrepreneur, musician and passionate about the arts. He has led the restoration of the Yeadon Town Hall into a thriving community arts venue and community space.

He co-founded the newly reformed Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra (YSO) providing an artistic and financial platform for the YSO, producing the debut of the YSO at the Harewood House Picnic Proms September 2021. Yeadon Town Hall will be the official home of the new orchestra for the 2022 season.

Ben Crick YSO Artistic Director and Founder

Ben has been working in music for 20 years, mainly as a freelance orchestral conductor and composer. He is a former BBC Music Fellow and has conducted such soloists as Tasmin Little, Peter Donohoe, Nicholas Daniels, Raphael Wallfisch, Lesley Garrett, Sir Willard White, Aled Jones and Dame Emma Kirkby. He has worked throughout the UK and internationally including performances in Germany, Norway and Lithuania.

His work aims to present western classical music stripped of surrounding pretensions, so that the music can speak for itself. To facilitate this in 2004 he created Skipton Building Society Camerata, of which he is still the Artistic Director, with this ensemble he has performed in pubs, shopping centres, train stations and schools alongside many concerts in more traditional venues.

His compositions and arrangements have been performed at the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music, the Wigmore Hall and the Bridgewater Hall to name but a few venues as well as festivals throughout the UK. Major projects include collaborations with Ian McMillan, Khadijah Ibrahiim and Simon Armitage.

He is a staff conductor at the Leeds Conservatoire, has written for BBC Music Magazine, Opera Now and Early Music Today, translated 3 operas and has been a guest contributor for BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4.

Outside of music he’s into climbing, caving, fell running, rugby league and being a dad who ropes his son into the aforementioned activities.

Bennett and the Bard

Playwright Alan Bennett and poet Ian McMillan have been announced as Honorary Patrons of the Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra.

Disbanded in 1955, the orchestra reformed this May to support 50 freelance northern musicians hit hard by the pandemic.

National treasure Alan Bennett, 87, was born in Leeds. The author used to attend performances of the Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra as a boy at Leeds Town Hall.

Alan Bennett said: “When I was a boy in the ‘40s I was a fan of the Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra, going to concerts sometimes twice a week. A lifetime later I am happy to be its Honorary Patron. Orchestras need fans. Come and listen.”

In 1987 Talking Heads, a series of monologues for television, made Alan Bennett a household name and earned him the first of six Laurence Olivier Awards. The film adaption, The Madness of King George, secured several Academy Award nominations, including one for Bennett’s screenplay.

Jamie Hudson, co-founder of the Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra, said: “It’s a great honour to announce Alan Bennett and Ian McMillan as Honorary Patrons. They are remarkable creative voices and huge advocates for Yorkshire.”

An Orchestra for Yorkshire

An Orchestra for Yorkshire by Ian McMillan

Yorkshire is an endless symphony anyway

Light shining like brass in the morning air

Wind singing in the woods at the end of the day

With percussion on the beach as you stand and stare

Strings binding the past to the present

And so, here’s to the overture

Of the brand-new Y S O

Encore!

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.