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Established since 1958

Long time Musical Director and First President Passes


 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our President and former Musical Director, John Warburton at the age of 90.

John first appeared on stage at York’s Annual Community Carol Concert in 1962. He made a further 10 appearances up until 1990 when he became the resident conductor and then in 1992 becoming its musical director.

In total, John conducted the Christmas event on 39 occasions, and became synonymous with what became for many the start of their Christmas celebrations.

In 2013, John became aware that his duties were becoming a little more tiring and he appointed Mike Pratt as his own successor finally taking the baton from John in 2018.

It was a unanimous decision that as Mike took on the title of Musical Director, John Warburton was made the first ever President of the Organising Committee of York’s Annual Community Carol Concert.

The musical world has lost a great musical talent and will be sadly missed by many.

We send our condolences to his wife, Sue and all the Warburton family


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