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

Good news!  Rehearsals are going to start again.

Here are the rehearsal dates up until Christmas 2021 (assuming that no further Covid restrictions are re-introduced):

Tuesday 14th September

Tuesday 28th September

Tuesday 12th October

Tuesday 2nd November (note date change – no rehearsal on 26th Oct due to half term)

Tuesday 9th November

Tuesday 30th November

Tuesday 14th December (possible social evening – watch this space)

It costs just 3.50 per rehearsal. Please bring your own refreshments for break time as we will not have use of the kitchen for the time being.


Christmas Concert – Sunday 5th December, 2pm, Holy Trinity Church, Skipton



We have performed at a range of local venues and events over the years, including Grassington Dickensian Festival, 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!


Christmas 2019

We had a busy weekend of music-making on 7th and 8th December – firstly at the fabulous Grassington Dickensian Festival and then at Holy Trinity Church, Skipton, where we were playing to a packed church. Have a listen on the Gallery page… The orchestra was joined by members of SELFA, Skipton’s children’s charity, and raised …