Welcome To Skipton Music
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 either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Contact Us form on our website, or by phone to Barbara Jones on 01756 799912 for help with postal requests. 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
Chair, Skipton Music
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Skipton Music is a voluntary music society, formed in 1947, and run by a dedicated team of volunteers. Recognised as one of the most successful organisations of its kind in the country, its main aim is to bring professional national and international musicians to perform six annual concerts in this historic market town at the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales.
Due to ongoing renovations in our usual venue of Skipton Town Hall, all concerts in our 2019/20 season will be held at Christ Church, Keighley Road, BD23 2AH. The Church has chairs, not pews, and there is an allocated seating plan. The building is wheelchair-accessible and there is a large public car park nearby.
There are many eating places in Skipton, hotel accommodation is plentiful and there is a late train to Leeds at 10.15pm. A good place to eat or drink before the concert is The Railway Skipton, which is next door to Christ Church. The Railway also has accommodation and we often go for a drink there after concerts – do feel free to join us!
For more information on our 2019/20 season (as well as previous seasons), please follow the links provided. In addition, you can find out lots more general and up-to-date news about our artists, concerts and activities by visiting the Skipton Music Facebook page.
All our concerts are open to the general public. However, most of our audience consists of season ticket holders. Season tickets are excellent value and guarantee the same seat for all six concerts. They are normally on sale between July and September.
Once all season tickets have been allocated, if there are still seats available, we also sell tickets for individual concerts from September onwards. Both types of ticket can be purchased here. Payments are processed through Paypal and can be made with a debit or credit card or through a Paypal account.
You can also buy tickets at the door. It is advisable to telephone to check for availability on 01756 799912.
We are always keen to welcome young people to our concerts, which is why tickets for accompanied school students cost only £1!