Developing high quality music education in the community...
Welcome to the Yorke Trust!
Music can make an enormous contribution to a happy life. It is something which should be available to all young people, above all to those who have musical talent which might otherwise remain unfulfilled.
Our aim at the Yorke Trust is to provide opportunities for students and children from all walks of life to study and to perform in the un-pressurised atmosphere of the North Norfolk countryside, away from the competitive environment of university and school. We have been doing this to the highest possible standards since the foundation of the Trust in 1984, and we have been doing it virtually free of charge.
Our work began with the Yorke Mini-Bass Project, an innovative scheme to enable children to play the double bass, for which we received generous funding from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Acquisition of premises in Norfolk enabled us to broaden our horizons and focus on singing as well as providing facilities for instrumental courses and workshops for children.
Trustees invite you to join them in planning for the future and help continue this valuable work in the years ahead. You can do this in a number of ways: by coming to events; by making a donation or by remembering us when making your will.
Thank you for your support!
- Rodney Slatford, OBE
The Tempest by Henry Purcell Summer Opera 2019
Photographs by Samuel McMullen
Erard Grand Pianoforte, No 732, London, ca. 1840
We are proud to promote this unique instrument we have in our Chapel!
Privately owned, this wonderful instrument is on loan to the Yorke Trust and, having been completely restored, resides in our Chapel ready for concerts.
The Sunday School Room has a new roof!
Many thanks to a generous private donation and grants from Geoffrey Watling Charity, Shelroy Trust and Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk (the latter two administered by Norfolk Community Fund), the leaky Sunday School Room roof, guttering and drainpipes have been completely replaced.
This room is vital to the work of the Yorke Trust as it provides storage for the props, costumes, lighting and staging used in the Yorke Trust productions. It sprung a leak during a storm a couple of years ago and was patched up as a temporary measure having not had any major repairs since it was built a hundred years ago. The builder recommended a full roof replacement and is now completely water tight, the timbers have been treated and hopefully the roof will not need any more repairs for another hundred years!
We are very grateful to the valiant volunteers from Wells-next-the-Sea Men’s Shed, Mark, Richard, Peter and Terry who helped to clear the Sunday School Room ready for the repairs and then returned three weeks later to put everything back and to Robert McNaughtan for providing cake to keep us all going.