SKIPTON must be one of the luckiest towns in the country to have such fine music making coming to our doorstep.

The Brahms German Requiem performed on Saturday evening (November 18) at Christ Church was one of the most beautiful concerts heard in years.

The Settle Orchestra, from the opening bars, performed magnificently and were equally balanced in tone and professionalism by the Langcliffe Singers. Then to add to this, the two soloists brought unalloyed delight. The tone of the voice of soprano, Jessica Harper, was stunning perfection and she had a perfectly trained stage presence. A young singer with a huge future.

The attractive, dynamic conductor from Columbia, Maria Camila Barbosa Aristizabal, appeared to be enjoying the performance as much as the audience. The rapport with the orchestra was very obvious and always makes for a first class performance. A joy to watch.

There were a few empty seats in Christ Church. Where were the hundreds of supporters of Skipton Camerata, Skipton Choral, and Skipton Music. We must support our visitors as we support our own.

To hear the Brahms Requiem, it will be well worth a trip to Settle Parish Church next Saturday night the 25 November.

Thank you to all the performers who gave such great, great pleasure.

Rowena (Bunty) Leder MBE