THE first concert of Skipton Music’s new season kicks off on September 26 with an evening of music featuring British soprano Bibi Heal and acclaimed guitarist Amanda Cook.

Bibi Heal, based in Skipton, is known for her expressive style and ability to connect with audiences through opera, oratorio, and recital.

With an impressive resume that includes performances for renowned institutions like the Royal Opera and Opera North, her storytelling through singing has captivated listeners of all ages and abilities.

Amanda Cook, recognised as one of the leading guitarists of her generation, has delighted audiences across the USA, South America, and Europe. Her performances are praised for their musicality, fluid technique, and ability to engage listeners. Her talents have been showcased on television and radio broadcasts both domestically and internationally.

A spokesperson for Skipton Music said the concert promised to be a wonderful experience for music lovers of all backgrounds.

They said: "Together, Bibi and Amanda have earned acclaim for their expressive and captivating performances. Their diverse programme explores the universal influences of human and mother nature, offering a resonant, humorous, and nourishing experience for all."

The 'not-to- missed' concert at Skipton Town Hall will take place 'in the round' with the artists performing at ground-floor level, creating an intimate atmosphere for audience members.

Frank Finlay, chair of Skipton Music, said: "For the 2023/2024 season, we’re delighted once again to be welcoming internationally renowned artists alongside 'rising star’ performers.

" As we’re always keen to include the greatest possible range of instruments, this season also features a particularly impressive array of strings, brass and woodwind as well as voice, piano and more than 30 different types of recorder. The repertoire is equally varied with music from Bach to Britten, Dowland to Debussy, Clara Schumann to Kurt Weill, together with living composers such as Clarice Assad, Mogens Andresen and Valerie Coleman."

Tickets for the concert on September 26 are available online from; in person or by phone from Skipton Town Hall Box Office: Skipton information and Visitor Centre, Skipton Town Hall, telephone 01756 792809 Subject to availability tickets can also be bought on the door by cash, cheque or card.

For a full list of the music to be performed and more information about the artists, see The next concert in the season is on October 24 with pianist, Ethan Loch, the winner of the 2022 BBC Young Musician keyboard final.