SKIPTON Music says it has made the sad decision to cancel the two postponed concerts of its 2019/20 season.

The Brodsky Quartet with Martin Roscoe, and Lara Melda concerts had been put on hold to this month and in June, but will now not take place.

Frank Finlay, chairman of Skipton Music said: “Over the past year, we have all been waiting patiently for the public health situation to improve and for government restrictions on indoor events to be relaxed.

“But even as we are taking tentative steps to ease restrictions at a national level, our committee feels that we are still a long way from being able to hold indoor events in a Covid-safe manner given the large number of audience members envisaged for our two concerts. Sadly, therefore, we have now concluded that we have no other option but to cancel both events.”

Sally Johnson, concerts secretary, said anyone who has bought tickets should by now have been contacted with details of a refund. Anyone who has not been contacted, should email the society on .

The society hopes to return to a normal concert season in the Autumn and will continue to monitor the situation with managers of the newly refurbished, due to reopen, Skipton Town Hall.

Press and publicity officer Elaine Annable said: “There will be lots to look forward to when we return to the newly refurbished Skipton Town Hall. We are excited to launch a complete rebrand of our publicity materials along with a brand new website and booking system which will enable our audiences to buy tickets online from the Town Hall Box Office. "