Song Surgery

A unique experiment using song to inspire and uplift

Online booking OPEN NOW

Credit: Paul Mitchell

Exciting news! For the month of October we are in residence at the Craven Arts Hub in the former TSB bank at the bottom of Skipton High Street. Drop in and see us work! We’re open each Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat in October, 11.00-3.00. One-to-one appointments are available from 10th October.
Online booking OPEN NOW

“A wonderful tonic for mind, body and soul. Highly recommended!” Frank Finlay, Chair of Skipton Music

What is it?
We ‘prescribe’ and perform classical songs which have the ability to transform your mood, invigorate, advise, bring catharsis or calm, or simply lift your spirits for a while. Please select the area you may like to have addressed through music, when you make your booking (see below).

We introduce each specifically chosen song and allow you to find your own situation reflected there; poets and composers have for centuries sought solace or celebration in their outpourings, and their artistic ‘self-medications’ still resonate today.

Come for your 15 minutes of bespoke performance and see where your mind may take you.

Supported by:
Great Place Lakes and Dales

Help Musicians UK Fusion Fund
Residency at Sage Gateshead (now to be deferred to 2021)
Shortlisted for residency at Snape Maltings
Associate performers of Opera North;

Dementia Cafes, Community Engagement, Lifelong Learning and Education projects

The Guardian

Help Musicians UK Fusion Fund

The Yorkshire Post

Also featured guests on BBC World Service (Newsday), BBC Radio 4 (PM with Eddie Mair, on election day), BBC Radio Cumbria (The Arty Show), Heart Radio and Smooth Radio.

Bibi Heal (soprano) and Annette Saunders (currently working with bespoke recordings due to Covid-19 shielding). Song Surgery sessions have included music ranging from Purcell to Fauré, Mozart to Barber.

Please book at
or via the CONTACT page of this website.
Suggested donation £10 – or whatever you can.
(We understand these times are cripplingly insecure, but we don’t want that to keep you from a shot of culture!)

Please select an area you would like us to address through music:
joy at nature, gratitude, celebration, family, insomnia, impatience, children, loss, loneliness, remembrance, anger, solitude, frustration

Bibi Heal – soprano
(Opera North, Garsington Opera, Aldeburgh Festival, ROH2, Bregenz Festival, Gstaad Festival)
Annette Saunders – pianist
(Assistant Head of Music at Opera North, coach, accompanist Royal Opera House and internationally)
Stephen Barlow – pianist
(conductor Royal Opera House and internationally, director of Buxton Festival for 7 years)
Struan Leslie – director
(Head of Movement Royal Shakespeare Company 2009-2014, director for Katie Mitchell for 15 years)
Bridget Foreman – wordsmith
(published playwright, lecturer York University, frequent BBC Radio commentator)
Jane Rice-Bowen – creative producer
(arts management consultant, joint CEO of National Centre for Circus Arts for 10 years)