It is the iconic gateway to the Dales, beat Portobello Road and Kensington High Street to the title of Great Street of the Year, and now, the historic market town of Skipton is striving to fill a twenty-year absence by establishing its own choral society.
The search for people to become part of the brand new Skipton Choral Society is the brainchild of Ben Crick, founder and artistic director of the Skipton Building Society Camerata. Ben’s creating the town’s first choral society in more than two decades; and he’s searching for fifty singers who’d like to be part of this exciting new singing venture.
But Ben’s not creating a choral society for the sake of it. Once he’s recruited his signers they’ll be given one hefty challenge. The newly formed Skipton choral society will join the full Skipton Building Society Camerata in a spectacular first performance of Haydn’s The Creation at Christ Church, Skipton, on Saturday 13 April.
The performance will be conducted by Ben, who explained that the project, “Is a chance to work with the many talented singers who live in the area who, while not wanting to commit to weekly rehearsals for ever, can commit to a limited and extremely focused rehearsal run leading up to a performance. In return for their time we offer the chance to perform a great work with our orchestra and soloists of national standing.”
Ben added, “Many people would be forgiven for assuming Skipton had a choral society. Plenty of surrounding towns have one. Ilkley even has three – such is the popularity there. But despite choral societies being a fierce tradition in Yorkshire, Skipton is in fact one of only a handful of towns in the county not to have a mixed voice choral society. And it’s time to change that. Please do get in touch if you’d like to be one of the first to bring back Skipton’s choral society!”
The choral society will rehearse on a Monday night sat Skipton Girls’ High School, from 7pm until 9pm, starting on Monday 11 February and continuing up until the April performance. It will then begin rehearsals again when the next performance opportunity arises. Anyone with any previous experience of choral singing is welcome, and everyone will need to pay just £20 to cover the full eight weeks of rehearsal costs.
If this first event proves popular, the Camerata have already received invites for the chorus to sing at other events including providing the chorus for the Northern Wagner Orchestra’s performance of Lohengrin in September. Ben said “On one level it’s strange receiving invites for our chorus to perform elsewhere before we have even created it, let alone done a gig, but at the same time it’s flattering that people in the wider music world are starting to have such confidence in our brand, the pressure’s on a bit and here at the orchestra we’re really keen to deliver beyond people’s expectations.”
If people wish to join the chorus they need to email their name, address, and voice type to firstname.lastname@example.org and the orchestra will get back to them.