Welcome To Skipton Music
Here at Skipton Music, we’re delighted to be making a return to live chamber music in 2021/22.
We’re also thrilled to be back at our much-loved venue, Skipton Town Hall, for the first time since 2018, following its extensive refurbishment, and we’re really looking forward to working with the new team there when organising our concerts.
That said, we won’t be going back to normal just yet. Given the continued uncertainty around the pandemic, we’ve found it tricky committing to our usual format where we announce all six concerts and sell season tickets in advance. Instead, what we’re aiming to do this year is to put on a series of individual concerts between autumn 2021 and early summer 2022.
So here’s how things will work in the coming months:
We will announce our featured artists/ensembles one concert at a time. We will then open ticket sales approximately one month ahead of each performance. The practicalities of planning on a one-by-one concert basis mean that we won’t be offering our usual free programmes - instead we’ll be adding a full repertoire list for each event on our Concerts page.
In a further development, we’ve now moved our Box Office over to Skipton Town Hall so that all tickets can be bought online here. This arrangement will not only make it easier for our customers to purchase their tickets but also to receive refunds if we need to cancel or postpone a concert at short notice.
To keep everyone as safe as possible, we will be following all guidance provided by our venue with regard to Covid-19 - for latest details, see here. We will also be asking everyone to take a lateral flow test at home shortly before coming to one of our performances, to stay at home if experiencing even basic cold-like symptoms, to wear a face covering at all times (unless medically exempt) and to maintain social distancing when moving around the Concert Hall and adjacent areas.
The Town Hall Box Office will be operating a system of numbered and distanced seating. This means that, once you have selected your seat(s), the surrounding seats will be automatically blocked off to create a ‘bubble’ for your party. The one downside to this is that availability will be extremely limited, so we strongly recommend early booking to avoid disappointment…
Please do come along to our concerts if you can. After more than a year of cancellations and postponements, musicians need you - and voluntary music societies like ours - more than ever before. Everyone is welcome (you don’t need to be a ‘member’). We’d also love to see more younger people in our audience. This is why, in addition to our standard £1 tickets for under-19s, we’re piloting a new scheme this year for under-30s with a limited number of tickets available for each concert for only £5 (snap them up - when they’re gone, they’re gone!)
One last thing: we really hope to be operating under more normal circumstances in 2022/23, not least as this will be our 75th anniversary season. Plans are already afoot for a very special series of concerts, so watch this space or follow us on social media for more details throughout the year.