Founded in 2004 by its artistic director, Ben Crick, Skipton Camerata is North Yorkshire’s only professional orchestra. In 2005, the orchestra took on the name Skipton Building Society Camerata in recognition of the generous support it continues to receive from its major sponsor, Skipton Building Society.
The orchestra’s core purpose is the delivery of live classical music to a national standard in areas of limited provision across Yorkshire. By removing barriers that prevent people from engaging with classical music, Skipton Camerata makes it possible for regional audiences to experience great artists and enjoy a rich musical repertoire. Internationally acclaimed soloists who have appeared with the orchestra include Tasmin Little, Jennifer Pike, Raphael Wallfisch, Peter Donohoe, Nicholas Daniel and Dame Emma Kirkby. Skipton Camerata now has a growing reputation across the North of England for delivering innovative and engaging performances.
In addition to bringing the great masterpieces of the orchestral repertoire to the more remote areas of Yorkshire, Camerata is passionate about introducing audiences to works and composers they may not otherwise discover. The orchestra regularly commissions and premieres new works.
Skipton Camerata’s outreach programme, particularly that with young people, lies at the heart of its work. Camerata regularly teams up with schools and charities to offer workshops and concerts for children and students.
Skipton Camerata is the orchestra-in-residence at the now newly-refurbished Skipton Town Hall.