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Looking forward to our centenary

It has been a unique period in the history, not only of the Skipton Music Festival, but also of the Festivals Movement in general – and, indeed of music-making across the world.

Though Covid will be with us, probably, for many years to come, what better way to celebrate some sort of a return than with a celebration!  And what better event is there to celebrate than our 100th birthday!

We have new items in our syllabus for March 2022 – and a new accompanist too.  We are delighted to have the services of “our own” Nicole Johnson.  Nicole (or “Nikki” as we knew her then) first met the Skipton Music Festival as a nervous little girl, no different from many new musicians that we have seen in the past and will meet in the future.  She steadily rose through the Festival ranks until she left, a confident and accomplished performer, to carve out her career as a professional musician.  Our performers can be sure that their accompanist will be both skilled and sympathetic to their needs.

Our big Centenary Headline comes in the form of Jess Gillam.  Jess is an internationally renowned saxophonist, broadcaster, presenter and musical director.  Perhaps more important; she is a keen supporter of the Festival movement and all that it can bring to young musical lives.  Jess will be performing at our final concert, to be held this year in the Town Hall on Sunday 13th March.  She appears, thanks to generous support from the Arts Council, for which we are enormously grateful.