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!
Ten 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.

Rehearsal dates for 2022:

Jan 11th

Jan 25th

Feb 8th

1st March (note date change due to half term hols)

15th March

29th March

12th April

26th April

10th May

24th May (note date change due to half term hols)

14th June

28th June

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.


10th Anniversary Celebration Concert

Saturday 2nd July 2022

Christ Church, Skipton

Skipton Community Orchestra was set up in 2012 and so this year marks its 10th anniversary.

To celebrate the occasion, we are planning  a “Sounds of the Movies” celebration concert, featuring many of the orchestra’s favourite pieces from over the years.

An ensemble from Skipton Music Centre and The Skipton Choir will also be making an appearance and there will be a bar, popcorn and cake!

The concert will be free entry although there will be a collection in aid of Dementia Forward, a local charity supporting people living with dementia and their families.




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!



Like all music ensembles up and down the country, Skipton Community Orchestra was put on hold for a while during 2020 and 2021. Thankfully, as restrictions eased, rehearsals resumed in September 2021 and we are so pleased to see so many faces, old and new, turning up on a Tuesday evening at Holy Trinity Church. …