XY Strings
XY Strings

XY Strings


XY Strings, so-called because it used to be run by Guildford YMCA, is now supported by Guildford United Reformed Church, and particularly by the church’s Music Society, which has a special interest in promoting music-making by young people. We are very grateful to the church for the use of its premises, in which we meet on Tuesday evenings in term-time from 6.00 – 7.15.


XY is essentially a teaching group for junior string players (of all ages!) of approximate standard Grades 2 – 5, with some very welcome help from a number of more experienced players.

We present a Carol Evening at Christmas, play in local music festivals, and give Summer Concerts. 

New members are always welcome - just contact Gillian on gillian.lloyd@hotmail.com.


Latest News: XY goes virtual 


We are currently holding ‘virtual rehearsals’ every week for XY Strings and the XY ‘Cellos.  Howard Thompson has been hard at work arranging lots of exciting new pieces for us to try.   These have included pieces by Bartok, Grovlez and Franck, as well as ‘Sing a Rainbow’ by Arthur Hamilton and ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head’ by Burt Bacharach.   We have also recently played ‘Air’ from Grieg’s ‘Holberg Suite’ and ‘Groovy Strings’ by Tony Osborne. 


A particular highlight was holding a virtual ‘Teddy Bears’ Picnic’ at one of our rehearsals.  We brought along some of our cuddly toys so that they could meet some new friends during lockdown and feel a bit less isolated.  We played Howard Thompson’s arrangement of ‘Paddington Bear’ by Herbert Chappell, and were delighted that some Paddingtons were able to join us at our virtual picnic.  Thank you to Fiona Yeomans for taking this lovely photo of the bears joining in with the meeting:




A typical rehearsal session...

...includes time for chat and refreshments...

We are located at:

United Reformed Church

83 Portsmouth Road




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