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Skipton Town Hall and Craven Museum & Gallery reopen with a flourish

Skipton Town Hall reopened with a stunning concert from Skipton Camerata heralding the start of a new era for the building.

Camerata Fri pic

The Town Hall is still undergoing renovations with work due to be finished completely by the end of May, but the Museum is now open and events can take place in the main hall.

The Camerata, the building's new Orchestra-in-Residence, performed Handel's popular Water Music along with the Oboe Concerto by Richard Strauss with Nicholas Daniel, the country's leading oboist.

Ben Crick, artistic director of the Camerata, said: "It was a really great night. It's brilliant that we can keep bringing international musicians to Skipton. The Town Hall is now well on its way to being the finished article."

Meanwhile hundreds of people poured into the Museum over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Around 300 people came through the doors to examine the Magna Carta display and the main museum gallery which explores the history of Craven.

Workmen are still on site around the building and temporary toilets are in place while the rest of the work to the Town Hall is completed.

All work is due to be finished by the end of May, and a grand opening event is planned for July 7.

Skipton Camerata will be back at the Town Hall on Friday July 3 when they will perform Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Mozart's Symphony No 40 in G minor, kicking off a weekend of celebration to mark Sheep Day in Skipton.

For Camerata tickets, go to http://skiptoncamerata.com. For full details of the wide range of events, markets and fairs coming up over the next few months please visit the Council's website: www.cravendc.gov.uk. For events, talks and workshops in the Museum visit www.cravenmuseum.org