A PERFORMANCE by Skipton Camerata tomorrow will kick off a spring programme of events at Skipton Town Hall.

The Skipton Building Society Camerata will perform Bach’s St John Passion in a Good Friday concert starting at 7.30pm.

This oratorio was first performed in Leipzig, Germany, on Good Friday in 1724 and tells the story of the passion/crucifixion of Christ based on the gospel of St John.

The orchestra will be conducted by Ben Crick with soloists including tenor Richard Rowe as the Evangelist and baritone Mark Saberton as Christ.

They will be supported by Joanne Dexter (soprano), Melanie Lodge (alto) and Nicholas Sales (tenor) and the Clothworkers Consort choir from Leeds.

Tickets cost £20, £18 for over 60s, £9 for ages 18 to 25 and £4 for under 18s and are available at skiptoncamerata.com

Skipton Town Hall will then host a tea dance featuring a Blackpool Tower organist at 1.30pm on Tuesday, April 25.

John has been one of the team of resident organists at the famous Tower Ballroom since 1987.

His unique playing style means he is always in demand to both ballroom dancers and fans of organ music.

Anyone is welcome to dance or just to sit and enjoy the music.

Tickets cost £8, which includes sweet treats and tea and coffee.

Gloria Delaneuf, who is well-versed in mime, mask and the mysteries of stagecraft, and Josephine Cunningham will present a performance of Gloriator at 7.30pm on Saturday, May 6.

Gloriator is a riotously funny show that reveals just what happens when a glamorous French actress and her hapless assistant stage their version of Hollywood blockbuster Gladiator.

Russell Crowe may not be available, but the pair are determined to perform a show their audience will never forget.

Tickets cost £8 and £6 for under 18s.

The Northern Opera Group will perform a free mini concert, The Wandering Scholar, at noon on Sunday, May 14.

Lasting 30 minutes and inspired by a traditional mummers' play, the opera group will be hotfooting it between North and West Yorkshire venues, offering performances for free and only using set and props that can be carried on their journey.

A production of No Job For A Woman will be presented at 7.30pm on Thursday, May 18.

A partnership project between Skipton Town Hall and The Jay Walkers, the play is based on the memories and life of a woman who worked at Armley Mill in Leeds and is set in 1915 and the present time. Tickets cost £8.

Tickets for the above performances are available from the Tourist Information Centre in Skipton Town Hall from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday. To book by phone, ring 01756 792809.