About

Welcome to Skipton Community Orchestra.

The orchestra was set up in January 2012 to provide an opportunity for people to come along and play music together and hopefully make a reasonable sound!
Seven years on, we are going from strength to strength…regularly welcoming over 30 musicians to each rehearsal.

We are open to all abilities and all instruments; some people are just learning a musical instrument while others are experienced players who may have not picked up their instruments for a long while…
The emphasis, however, is on having fun – we just want everyone to enjoy the sessions and maybe learn something new along the way.

Our conductor, Jess Mahler, is hugely inspiring, making rehearsals fun and entertaining, while managing to bring out the best in everyone.

Don’t worry if you’re a bit rusty – blow off the dust and cobwebs and come and have a go!

The orchestra meets twice a month in the evening. There is no need to commit to coming to every rehearsal – it is “pay as you play”.

We play a variety of well-known classical pieces as well as music from musicals, TV and films, etc.

 

Rehearsals

Rehearsals are on the second and last Tuesday of every month (apart from during the summer) at Skipton Holy Trinity Church Vestry Rooms from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

It costs just 3.50 per rehearsal and includes a cuppa and biscuits!

Rehearsal dates for 2019:

  • 8th January
  • 29th January
  • 12th February
  • 19th February (note change of date)
  • 12th March
  • 26th March
  • 9th April
  • 30th April
  • 14th May
  • 4th June (note change of date)
  • 11th June
  • 25th June
  • SUMMER BREAK
  • 10th September
  • 24th September
  • October-December dates tbc

Please note, it is sometimes necessary to change rehearsal dates due to school holidays as our conductor is a teacher!

Events

Upcoming events for 2019:

Learn to Play Day: Sunday 24th March,  2-4pm   

Christ Church, Keighley Road,  Skipton (inside the church)

(see www.learntoplayday.com)

Following the success of last year’s event, Skipton Community Orchestra will be hosting a Learn to Play Day event for people of all ages to come along and try out a musical instrument.

Wide range of musical instruments to try.

With local music teachers – guitar, flute, clarinet, piano, violin.

And an open orchestra rehearsal – anyone can come along and have a go at playing in a group.  We will tackle one of the BBC Ten Pieces arrangements (tbc).

Activities for young children

And all completely free of charge!

 

Saturday 15th June: Buckden Gala

Sunday 23rd June: The Great Get Together Picnic Aireville Park (time tbc)

Sunday 7th July: Summer Concert Holy Trinity Church,  2pm

We have performed at a range of local venues and events over the years, including Grassington Festival in the Square, Buckden Gala, Celebrate Craven, Skipton Library, Christ Church School, Holy Trinity Church, Cliffe Castle, Keighley, Aireville Park Community Picnic.

We never charge for our performances as we strongly believe that everyone should have the opportunity to listen to live, orchestral music. Our performances are very informal and are particularly suitable for young children, often with percussion instruments to join in with and an opportunity to try out instruments afterwards.

If you would like us to play at a community event, please do get in touch. We usually need a few months’ notice to make sure that sufficient players are available and to give us some time to practise!

Check back to find details of our next performance.

News

Christmas Concert 2018

We had a wonderful Christmas Concert on Sunday 9th December at Holy Trinity Church, Skipton. The orchestra was joined by members of SELFA, Skipton’s children’s charity, and raised over £400 to go towards their important work, supporting children and young people in the local area.