About Us

SKIPTON MUSIC promotes a varied programme of concerts from October to March and also a concert for 350 primary school children. The concerts are always well-attended and the standard is consistently high.

SKIPTON MUSIC plays a large part in the cultural life of Skipton and the Craven area. Since 1947 Skipton has been privileged to have heard classical Chamber Music presented by musicians such as Kathleen Ferrier, Jacqueline du Pré, Nigel Kennedy, Tasmin Little, Steven Isserlis, Kathryn Stott, Manchester Camerata. We also give a platform to up-and-coming performers: recent memorable evenings have been recitals by trumpeter Alison Balsom, Heath String Quartet, Leeds Piano competition prizewinner Alessandro Taverna, mezzo soprano Jennifer Johnston. Last Season included an exciting journey into new territory with Eclipse, a group presenting baroque music 'with a modern twist', in a programme based on Spanish Gypsy music, complete with Flamenco dancer.

Concerts are normally held at the Town Hall, situated at the top of the High Street, with seating for 290 people in 19 rows. There is a large car park at the rear and the building is wheelchair accessible. There are many eating places nearby, hotel accommodation is plentiful and there is a late train to Leeds at 10.15pm.

Our continued success is due in large part to our 'members' who buy a Season Ticket in advance. The concerts are, however, also available to non-members who are always welcome. Tickets can be reserved beforehand or bought at the door. For more information please use our contact form or telephone the Box Office on 01756 799912.

The society is run by a voluntary committee and is grateful to the many corporate and individual patrons whose sponsorship and support enable us to continue and flourish.

For more information please use our contact form or telephone the Box Office on 01756 799912.


Honorary President Arthur Butterworth MBE
Chairman Brian Davies
Concerts Secretary Rowena (Bunty) Leder MBE
Box Office Barbara Jones
Treasurer Lucy Bagnall
General Secretary Anne Wood
Schools Liaison Christine Wilson
David Miles
Val Leary


The success of Skipton Music depends greatly on the efforts of volunteers who carry out a range of important tasks in preparing for the concert season and in running the services required during each concert.

The continuation of the society depends upon volunteers coming forward and offering a little time; the concerts do not arrange themselves!

We would welcome the next generation of people with a love and knowledge of music who can grow into the role of programme planning.

Your help would also be appreciated:

If you'd like to get involved we would love to hear from you. Please contact us via the form on this website.