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The Skipton Choir is back together again.

The 50-strong choir –originally established more than a decade ago –has started meeting for ‘live’ rehearsals after a break of 17 months. Members met for the first time at Skipton Girl’s High School at the beginning of the month (August).

Said the choir’s musical director David Weale: “We’ve managed to stay together during the various lockdowns and COVID restrictions by meeting each week on Zoom. It isn’t the same, but it kept everyone in touch and last year we managed to do two virtual performances in aid of charity which gave everyone a real focus and reason to practice. However, nothing beats being able to get together and sing together and it was fantastic to see so many familiar faces on our first night back.

“Initially the choir will brush up on songs from its extensive repertoire but hopes to be back on the performance circuit by the end of the year”. Said choir chairman Carol Squire: “Our first night back was incredibly special –there was a real sense of friends being reunited. David has been simply amazing during the pandemic and worked hard to keep everyone motivated by providing virtual workshops and practice sessions that members could access online.

“Music and singing are a real lifeline for many people, so getting back together has been important for all our members –though we’re acutely aware that the pandemic is far from over and rehearsals are being run with safeguards and social distancing in mind.

The Skipton Choir meets every Monday at Skipton Girl’s High School at 7.30pm.For more information visit www.theskiptonchoir.co.ukor call 07501 252040.

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