The Skipton Building Society Camerata was formed in 2004 with the aim of bringing high-quality, accessible, classical music to new audiences in North Yorkshire and beyond. Since their first concert, they have built a reputation for being consistently innovative in their approach to performance and have given concerts in pubs, cattle markets and shopping centres, as well as more conventional venues.
This combination of traditional and inventive performances has seen the orchestra perform at venues including The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, and Harewood House and Leeds train station in Yorkshire. The orchestra's cutting edge approach has been recognised with several awards for excellence in performance and audience development.
This diversity is made possible due to Skipton Building Society's generous financial and in-kind support which, along with a close relationship to Skipton's church and civic authorities, cements the Camerata's valued position within the local community.
The Camerata was established by, and is led by, Ben Crick. Born in Huddersfield, Ben studied cello, singing, percussion and music theory from an early age and completed his studies at the University of Leeds. He studied conducting with Fraser Goulding and has worked with such figures as Martyn Brabbins and Jane Glover. He has conducted works as diverse as Bach's Wachet Auf! and Stravinsky's Dumbarton Oaks, and is equally at home in the opera house as on the concert platform. Ben is the principal guest conductor of the English National Philharmonic Orchestra.