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!
Eight 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 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

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

Rehearsal dates for 2020:

  • Tues 14th January
  • Tues 28th January
  • Tues 11th February
  • Tues 25th February
  • Tues 10th March
  • Tues 31st March
  • Tues 14th April (tbc)
  • Tues 28th April
  • Tues 12th May
  • Tues 26th May (tbc)
  • Tues 16th June
  • Tues 30th June

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

Events

Provisional events for 2020 are:

VE Day 75th anniversary celebration event at Tarn Moor Holiday Park  (8th May).

Aireville Picnic in the Park (7th June)

Grassington Festival in the Square (20th June)

A Picnic and Proms event at Embsay (5th July)

Come along and support us!

 

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!

News

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 …