As a new decade dawns we here at Skipton Camerata have been looking back over the past year. So before we disclose what we have for you this year, here are few of last year's highlights.
Camerata turned 15 years old in 2019. For the last four years it has been Orchestra-in-Residence at the Town Hall. But with Skipton Town Hall closed for renovation, the orchestra was grateful for the excellent acoustics and hospitality of Christ Church where we staged three concerts in 2019, including the first performance (we believe) of Bach's St Matthew Passion.
Beyond Skipton, Camerata payed to audiences in Ilkley, Sheffield, Bradford and York. And opera was featured strongly before Christmas in the form of an Arts Council-funded R&D collaborative project with Bradford's Freedom Studios, and a Northern Opera Group production of The Christmas Elf in Leeds.
Sadly, there was no Café Culture this year due to the closure of Hettie's but the search for an alternative venue continues.
...and looking forwards
For 2020 we are starting the year with two more concerts in Christ Church. In March, Gluck's Dance of the Furies begins a celebration of some of the wildest Eighteenth Century orchestral music written, whilst Poulenc's dramatic Organ Concerto will be the centrepiece of our July concert.
Camerata's association continues with several of Yorkshire's finest choral societies, taking the orchestra to Bradford, Sheffield and Knaresborough.
A cave in the Yorkshire Dales is the more unusual venue hosting an event this summer delivered in partnership with Craven District Council. The project is part of Craven's touring 'rural culture' programme while the Town Hall remains closed.
And speaking of the Town Hall, we can't wait to get back in there and experience it in all its refurbished glory. 2020 is the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth and we think there's no better way of opening Skipton's wonderful new arts hub than with a festival of orchestral music featuring symphonies by the most celebrated symphonist of them all.
Of course, this is only possible with the support of our principal sponsor Skipton Building Society, the Garfield Weston Foundation who have awarded us a three-year grant, our loyal friends and supporters, and all our audiences without whom we would cease to continue. Our thanks go to you all.
Details of upcoming events are available on our What's On page.