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Announcement on our 2020-2021 Concert Season (July 2020)

It is with great regret that we have taken the decision to cancel the whole of our forthcoming 2020-2021 season of concerts.

As you will be aware, the impact of Covid-19 has been unprecedented in many areas of life, not least in the effect on live performances of music and theatre. At the moment there does not appear to be a solution, within the foreseeable future, to enable large groups of people to meet together safely to enjoy watching and listening to artists perform in person. As a not-for-profit charity run entirely by volunteers, our priority has to be the safety and well-being of our artists, audiences and committee members as well as the many other volunteers who help out at our venues on concert nights.

The loss of income for most, if not all, freelance musicians since March 2020 has been devastating and here at Skipton Music we remain committed to promoting the performance of live music again as soon as we are able to do so. For this reason we are in the process of trying to re-schedule all concerts for those artists we had already booked for 2020-2021 so that they can hopefully perform for us one year later. These arrangements are ongoing and will be subject to the artists’ own availability as well as any local or government restrictions on the use of our venues, Christ Church and/or Skipton Town Hall.

We are also committed to re-scheduling the two concerts from our last season with the Brodsky Quartet & Martin Roscoe and pianist Lara Melda, neither of which could take place during the lockdown in spring 2020. Due to the ongoing uncertainties for all parties, we are still in discussion with these artists’ agents and are currently working towards finding two new Tuesday evenings between April and June 2021. If you have purchased tickets for either (or both) of these concerts, those tickets will be automatically valid for the new dates. We really hope that you will consider holding onto them and joining us next year, thereby continuing to support both the artists and Skipton Music. Please bear in mind also that your tickets are fully transferable so, if you’re unable to attend on the new dates, you are welcome to pass them on to friends or family.

If, however, you prefer to request a refund (minus any booking fee), you are welcome to do so by contacting us by email at skiptonmusic@gmail.com. Please include in your message your bank account details (account name and number, and sort code) as refunds will be made by bank transfer, and proof-of-purchase information (either the order number from your online confirmation-of-purchase email or the seat details on the ticket if you have it). If you could do this by the end of September 2020 that would help us enormously when planning our finances over the coming months but we understand that you may prefer to wait until the new dates for these concerts have been agreed.

We trust you will understand that these decisions have not been easy for us to make. This will be the first time since 1947 that our organisation has not run a season of concerts and we are especially disappointed not to be doing so this year as we were about to launch our brand new logo, brochure, website and booking system. We had even started to think about how to celebrate our 75th anniversary season the following year! Sadly all of those things will have to wait a little longer but we are still very much looking forward to seeing you all again as soon as we are able to start bringing live music back to Skipton.

Until then, we hope you are able to stay safe and well, and please keep an eye on our website, social media and the local press where we’ll keep you informed of any news and updates as soon as we can.

With kind regards

Frank Finlay
Chair, Skipton Music

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Honorary PresidentBrian Davies
ChairFrank Finlay
Concerts SecretarySally Johnson
TreasurerPeter Leach
General Secretary (acting)Sally Johnson/Keith Reeves
Box OfficeCaroline Minton-Taylor
ProgrammesChristine Wilson
Press & PublicityElaine Annable
Additional SupportKeith Reeves/Maurice White