NOFA Winter Session York – 17 - 18 November 2018

We are really looking forward to seeing you all for the Winter sessions this year! We will distribute information about the London Winter Session soon, but for those of you coming along to York, here is some information!

When is it?

Saturday 17th November

12.30pm - Start

6.30pm - Finish rehearsals for the day

Sunday 18th November

9.30am - Start

4pm - Sharing Event

4.30pm - Time to go home

Where is it?

We’ll be rehearsing in the Music Department of the University of York on both days. Our Sharing Event will take place in the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall -

 For those travelling by train, you will be accompanied by NOFA staff from York train station to the university.

 For those being dropped off, you should come to the main entrance of the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall. Info on how to get there and parking can be found here -


Please bring a packed lunch to eat before we begin sessions on Saturday at 1pm – or eat lunch on your journey. If you need any help with this, please let us know.

We will provide refreshments and snacks during breaks at rehearsals.

 For those staying at the youth hostel, you will be provided with dinner and breakfast, and everyone will be provided with a packed lunch on the Sunday.

 If you are staying in the Youth Hostel, please get back in touch with Steven by email ( to let him know your preferred dinner choice:

Mains: Beef burger, Falafel burger or Jacket potato & filling

Desserts: Treacle tart, Choc ice or Fresh fruit salad

 We have a record of your allergies and food intolerances, but if anything has changed please let us know!

What to bring

·       Instruments* and spare reeds, strings, cello spike (as appropriate)

·       Comfortable and suitable clothes for weekend

·       Waterproof jacket in case of bad weather

·       Personal toiletries

·       Towel 

*If you need NOFA to provide your instrument, please let us know! We can also help with spare strings and reeds on the day if you aren’t able to bring any along.



We have sent you all a travel information sheet. Please read this through carefully and make sure you know your train times and who you are travelling with. If you making your own way there, please make sure you know where to go and what time to be there for.

 If you have any travel questions, please get in touch! You can contact us in the following ways:

By email                     

By phone                              0207 267 4141 or 07397 987456

Sharing event

Family and friends are all invited to attend the Sharing Event at the end of the weekend. This will take place on Sunday 18th November at 4pm in the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall. Information on how to get there and parking can be found here - 

You can reserve your free tickets here:

Any questions? 

We’re very excited to see you this year in York! If you have any queries about any of the information enclosed or the course more generally, please don’t hesitate to contact me on

0207 267 4141, or at

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