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De Mowbray Music is based in the beautiful market town of Thirsk, nestled between the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales, in the Vale of Mowbray. It was founded in 2020 by Benjamin Ellin and Emily Taylor as a way to build on the already vast array of arts in this thriving area, and ensure music is at the forefront of the local conscience. The community is at the heart of everything we do, and through our work we bring together and connect individuals from all walks of life to produce high-quality and inspiring performances across an abundance of genres.

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Benjamin Ellin. Conductor, composer, musician

Benjamin Ellin

Photo Courtesy of Simon Ballard

Director of Music


Benjamin is an award-winning and critically acclaimed composer and conductor. He is currently Music Director of Thursford Christmas Spectacular, co-founder, conductor and composer of contemporary-fusion ensemble Tafahum, Principal Conductor of the Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra, Music Director of Focus Opera and President of Pembroke Academy of Music, London.


Find out more about Benjamin's work on his website:

Emily Taylor

Emily Taylor

Project Manager


Emily has taught Music in several secondary schools in Lancashire and North Yorkshire. She plays oboe and cor anglais with the Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom she was principal oboe for the 2019/20 New Year Tour in China, and also teaches flute in the local area. Charity and community projects are her passion, and she is striving to bring community music events to Thirsk and the surrounding area.

Find out more about Emily's work on her website:


Our Vision: For live music to be celebrated across the region. For music to be without boundaries, limits or exceptions; regardless of social or economic standing, race, religion, creed or age. For music to be accessible and educational; a situation where interaction and constant questioning form the backbone of the creation of something full of beauty, magic and awe. 

Our Mission: To provide opportunities to all; bringing together seemingly disparate members of the community and uniting all in live music events and performances open to the widest possible audiences.

Our Aim: To reach all areas of the community and put on high quality performances in North Yorkshire. To curate the De Mowbray Music Festival and related events encompassing all aspects of the arts. 

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