WHETHER they love taking centre stage, or need a bit of encouragement to come out of their shell, Craven youngsters can now take part in Little Voices performing arts lessons at Skipton Town Hall.

Weekly, after school classes are for children and young people aged 4-18 and are aimed at helping to nurture their communication, confidence, and social skills, as well as their performing abilities, through a programme of singing and drama lessons.

Principal, Becky Ewins, from Skipton, went to Skipton Girls High School, where she enjoyed music, drama and public speaking, before going on to study music and primary education at university.

She said: “I’ve always had a passion for music and the arts. In fact, I can't remember a time when singing, and playing as part of orchestras, choirs, and bands, wasn’t a part of my life.

“Pursuing a career as a teacher, with a specialism of music, was a natural choice for me: as well as sharing my passion for the arts, I consider nurturing others, and watching them grow and develop in confidence, to be a huge honour.”

Having already had great success with her lessons in Trawden, Becky is now excited to be bringing them to her home town.

“I’m thrilled to be going full circle by helping children and young people find their voices in the town that gave me mine,” she said.

Becky will be joined in teaching the weekly lessons by Amy, a performing arts tutor and professional actress with a range of stage and screen productions to her name, including Coronation Street, Hollyoaks, and the musical Sweet Charity.

Little Voices classes will run at Skipton Town Hall on Mondays after school. Numbers are limited, and places must be pre-booked, for more information, contact Becky on 07872 945299 or visit the website https://littlevoices.org.uk/skipton .