What's on: MUSIC

Local music events, including singers, orchestras, music groups, opera, ballet plus touring performers.

Wokingham Music Club

3rd Friday each month

7.45pm

 

 

 

The Alter Eagles

The Alter Eagles

Emmbrook Sports & Social Club, The Club House, Lowther Road, Wokingham RG41 1JB

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The Whitty Theatre, Luckley House School, Luckley Road, Wokingham RG40 3EU

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Wokingham Music Club - a great place to go on a Friday night.

DATELOCATIONFEATURINGTICKETS
Friday, July 13th, 2018Whitty TheatreThe Alter Eagles£17.50 in advance
Friday, October 6th, 2018Whitty TheatreOye Santana£15 in advance
Friday, November 2nd, 2018Whitty TheatreFleetwood Bac£17.50 in advance

Tickets in advance from www.wegottickets.com/wokinghammusicclub (Booking fee applies) or on the door.

Food and drink available.

The Wokingham Music Club is open on the 3rd Friday of each month and some Mondays, too.

High Voltage Singers: 'Night Music'

Friday 15th June

7.30pm

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St Marks Methodist Church, Allenby Rd, Maidenhead SL6 5BQ

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Learn more about 2020 Vision

High Voltage Singers: 'Night Music'

Do come along for a lovely, lively summer evening of music and merriment with The HIGH VOLTAGE SINGERS and WORK in PROGRESS barbershop male quartet!

We will be supporting St Marks' 2020 Vision building fund.

It promises to be a fun night! Hope to see you there!

Tickets £10 on the door or call 01628 671186 or contact us by email
or in advance from Jacky Crossman on 07780 580598 or 0118 934 5998.

Wooburn Singers: 'Summer Concert 2018 - Gershwin & Tippett'

Saturday 16th June

7.30pm

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Church of St. Lawrence, Church Lane, West Wycombe HP14 3AP

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Wooburn Singers: 'Summer Concert 2018 - Gershwin & Tippett'

Wooburn Singers and our brilliant accompanist, Simon Howat under musical director Tom Hammond-Davies have a delightful programme of music for our summer concert.

We present the concert suite from Gershwin's iconic Porgy and Bess, combined with the five beautiful spirituals from Tippett's A Child of our Time.

We are delighted to be joined by baritone Rodney Earl Clarke singing the role of Porgy and Anna Sideris as Bess.

Full programme:

  • Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (concert suite)
  • Gershwin: I've Got Rhythm
  • Tippett: A Child of our Time (spirituals)

Check out the idyllic surroundings of St Lawrence Church, at the top of West Wycombe Hill, for a picnic beforehand and an interval glass of wine.

Conductor: Tom Hammond-Davies. Accompanist: Simon Howat.

Tickets: £15 (Under 18s £Free) available from the box office on 01628 482093 or on the door or online from thelittleboxoffice.com/wooburnsingers.

More information: www.wooburnsingers.org.uk.

West Forest Sinfonia: Orchestral Concert

Sunday 17th June

4.30pm

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Great Hall, University of Reading, London Road Campus, Reading RG1 5AQ

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West Forest Sinfonia: Orchestral Concert

WFS are joined for their summer concert by guest conductor Christopher Adey and pianist Andy Spiceley, featuring perennial favourites Sibelius 1st Symphony and Tchaikovsky's epic tone poem Romeo and Juliet alongside Dohnanyi's delightful Variations on a Nursery Theme.

The theme in question is Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman, otherwise known as "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star", and Dohnanyi subtitled the work "For the enjoyment of humorous people and for the annoyance of others"!

The programme in this concert by West Forest Sinfonia:

  • Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet
  • Dohnanyi: Variations on a Nursery Theme
  • Sibelius: Symphony No. 1

Conductor: Christopher Adey. Leader Giles Wade. With Andy Spiceley, piano.

Tickets: £15 (£14 concessions, £2.50 Students & under 18's), available by email or call Stephanie Cole on 0118 978 6189 or at the door.

More information: www.westforestsinfonia.org.

Crowthorne Choral Society Concert: Rutter 'Psalmfest'

Sunday 17th June

7.30pm

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Waterloo Hall, Wellington College, Crowthorne, Berkshire RG45 7PU

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Crowthorne Choral Society Concert: Rutter 'Psalmfest'

Crowthorne Choral Society welcomes you to its 2018 Summer Concert for an evening of English music @ Wellington College.

The concert features the wonderful Psalmfest by John Rutter, and Eclogue by Gerald Finzi (pianist Oliver Crosby). Other items will include the Bell Anthem by Henry Purcell and songs performed by Wellington College students.

The programme will include:

  • Rutter: Psalmfest
  • Finzi : God is gone up
  • Parry: Blest pair of Sirens
  • Finzi: Eclogue (Soloist: Oliver Crosby, piano)
  • Purcell: Bell Anthem
  • Plus ... songs performed by Wellington College students.

Conductor: Simon Williamson.

Tickets: £12 (students £2), including refreshments, from the box office on 01344 778185 or by email or on the door.

More information: www.crowthornechoral.org.uk.

Trinity Concert Band: 'Midsummer Music'

Saturday 23rd June

7.30pm

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Leighton Park School, Shinfield Road, Reading RG2 7ED

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Trinity Concert Band: 'Midsummer Music'

Join Trinity Concert Band in Reading for their "Midsummer Music" concert, celebrating the summer solstice! As well as containing major works by Nigel Hess (The Lochnagar Suite) and Frank Ticheli (An American Elegy), Trinity Concert Band's summer concert highlights its talented players.

The saxophone section captures the Big Band sound in Saxophoning; the famous duet from Bizet's The Pearl Fishers (arranged for two euphonium players) and a performance on cornet of the evocative Share My Yoke complete the solo offerings.

For classical music lovers we offer Offenbach's overture to Orpheus in the Underworld and Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals, while a selection from Michael Kamen's score to Band of Brothers will delight fans of film music.

A cornucopia of band music for a summer's evening!

The newly refurbished theatre at Leighton Park School is a perfect venue to see and hear the best of Trinity Concert Band.

Tickets at £12 up to 24hrs before the concert are available from the Box Office on 0845 226 3047 or online through our website at www.trinityband.co.uk. or on the door are £13. Children under 16 years are free when accompanied by a paying member of the audience.

For more information about Trinity Concert Band visit our website at: www.trinityband.co.uk.

Wokingham Choral Society: Summer 2018 Concert

Saturday 23rd June

7.30pm

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All Saints' Church, Wiltshire Road, Wokingham RG40 1TN

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Wokingham Choral Society: Summer 2018 Concert

Wokingham Choral Society welcomes you to their Summer 2018 Concert which features:

  • 'Feel the Spirit', spirituals arranged by John Rutter
  • Music Down in My Soul, arr. Moses Hogan
  • A selection of well-known choruses by Gilbert & Sullivan
  • and more.

Conductor: Patrick Allies, his farewell concert with WCS. With Benedict Lewis-Smith, piano.

Tickets: £12.50 (£5 under 18s & students) are available from Information Centre, Wokingham; Newbury Building Society, Wokingham; Jay Design & Print, Wokingham or by email or online from TicketSource (Booking fee applies) .

Find out more about us at: www.wokingham-choral-society.org.uk.

'a cappella Showtime' with Thames Valley Chorus & The Royal Harmonics

Saturday 23rd June

7.30pm

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The Desborough Suite, Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead SL6 1RF

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'a cappella Showtime' with Thames Valley Chorus & The Royal Harmonics

Thames Valley Chorus are teaming up with Windsor based The Royal Harmonics for an evening of close-harmony, a cappella singing.

With over 40 men in each chorus it's going to be a great evening.

Joining them as guests will be the amazing Reading Community Gospel Choir, the Twyford based ladies choir Cantata Conviva and Barbershop quartet Half & Half.

Doors open at 7pm.

Tickets: £12 from royal-harmonics.ticketlight.co.uk.

For more information about TVC take a look at their website www.tvchorus.co.uk.

Thames Voyces Concert: 'S Wonderful

Saturday 30th June

7.30pm

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St Mark's Church, Popeswood Road, Binfield RG42 4AH

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Thames Voyces Concert: 'S Wonderful

Thames Voyces welcomes you to hear a tapestry of choral pieces from early madrigals and part songs through to Britten, Whitacre and Gershwin.

This is our last concert in our 50th Anniversary year.

Music Director: Nick Austin. Accompanist: Ben Giddens.

Tickets: £14 (£12 concessions, FREE for accompanied under 16s) available by calling 0118 967 7319 or on the door or by email.

More information: www.thamesvoyces.org.uk.

Reading Symphony Orchestra Summer Concert

Saturday 7th July

7.30pm

Players from RSO

Players from RSO

Nick Shipman

Nicholas Shipman

Great Hall, University of Reading, London Road Campus, Reading RG1 5AQ

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Reading Symphony Orchestra Summer Concert

Join Reading Symphony Orchestra for the summer concert of our 2017-18 season!

We are delighted to be joined once again by clarinet virtuoso Nicholas Shipman for Magnus Lindberg's Clarinet Concerto. Written in 2002 and described by BBC Music Magazine as "indubitably contemporary...yet sensuously easy (tuneful even) on the ear", you will be dazzled by what a clarinet can do!

The second half of the concert will feature Rachmaninov's beautiful Symphony No. 2 – one of his most enduringly popular works, and rightly so. The slow third movement is utterly charming and a real tear-jerker.

The concert will begin with Copland's magnificent Fanfare for the Common Man.

Truly a concert not to be missed!

The full concert programme:

  • Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
  • Magnus Lindberg: Clarinet Concerto (Soloist: Nicholas Shipman)
  • Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2

Conductor: Stefan Hofkes. RSO Leader: Neil MacLean

Tickets: £16 and £15 adults, £14.00 and £12.50 concessions, £5 students and under 18s, available from the RSO box office: 0118 946 2667 or by email or from Reading Arts 0118 960 6060 or online at Reading Arts or on the door.

More information: www.rso.org.uk.

Yateley Choral Society Concert: Swingin' 50s & 60s

Saturday 7th July

7.45pm

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St Peter's Church, Reading Road, Yateley GU46 7LR

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Yateley Choral Society Concert: Swingin' 50s & 60s

Yateley Choral Society welcomes you to a light and relaxing concert programme this summer.

The programme includes a Beatles Medley, and such nostalgic favourites as The Way you Look Tonight, The Girl from Ipanema, and Satin Doll, to name but a few.

Conductor: Quintin Beer. With Stuart McSweeney, piano.

Tickets: £12 (including a complimentary glass of wine), Students £5, under 16s free can be purchased either on the door or from Discoveries at St Peter's Church or from Yateley Town Council Offices.

More information: visit our website www.yateley-choral.org.uk.

Bracknell Choral Society Concert: 'A Night at the Opera'

Friday 13th July

7.30pm

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Lambrook School, Winkfield Row RG42 6LU

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Bracknell Choral Society Concert: 'A Night at the Opera'

Join Bracknell Choral Society for a summer evening of well-known opera choruses and a light supper.

We round off our season with our popular summer concert which takes place in the delightful surroundings of Lambrook School.

'A Night at the Opera' features famous choruses and arias by Verdi, Puccini, Mozart and others with guest soprano Susanna Fairbairn, who has been described by The Times as "outstanding". Early Music Today said she "easily stole the show with her electric stage presence and brilliant delivery".

This is a cabaret-style event, with cheese and biscuits served at tables from 7pm with the concert beginning at 7.30pm. Strawberries and cream are served in the interval and audience members are invited to bring their own drinks and glasses.

Conductor: Greg Hallam, with Nick Austin, piano.

Tickets: £15, (accompanied Under-18s £5) available by email or from members of the choir.

More information about BCS: www.bracknellchoral.org.uk.

South Berkshire Singers Summer Concert: 'Carmina Burana'

Saturday 14th July

7.30pm

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St Paul's Church, Reading Road, Wokingham RG41 1EH

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South Berkshire Singers Summer Concert: 'Carmina Burana'

South Berkshire Singers will be hosting an evening of music to suit all tastes on Saturday, 14th July 2018. Under the direction of Musical Director Karen Phillips, the choir will commence the programme by singing Carmina Burana, Carl Orff's rousing piece accompanied by a variety of percussion instruments.

The second half of the programme includes music by Lennon and McCartney, Eric Whitacre, Bach as well as songs from the ever popular musical Les Miserables.

Music Director: Karen Phillips. Accompanist: Jean Blackwell.

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Tickets: £10 from the Wokingham Library or from Wokingham Town Hall Information Centre or call 0118 978 5635 and on the door.

Proceeds from the concert will go to Daisy's Dream and St Paul's Church.

More information about South Berkshire Singers: SouthBerkshireSingers.com.

Reading Festival Chorus: Handel - 'Dixit Dominus'

Saturday 14th July

7.30pm

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St Luke's Church, Erleigh Road, Reading RG1 5LH

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Reading Festival Chorus: Handel - 'Dixit Dominus'

Reading Festival Chorus presents Handel's Dixit Dominus. The full programme for the concert:

  • Handel: Dixit Dominus
  • Schubert: Mass in G
  • Telemann: Laudate Jehovam
The chorus will be accompanied by the professional ensemble Musica Poetica and soloists.

The chorus will be conducted for the first time by its new Music Director, Greg Hallam.

Concert tickets: £15 (Under 18s free) available by calling 0118 983 4523 or by email.

The venue is wheelchair accessible: please let us know if you need a disabled parking space.

More information: www.readingfestivalchorus.org.uk.

Opera at Bearwood: 'La Belle Hélène'

Thursday 19 July
7.30pm

Friday 20 July
7.30pm

Saturday 21 July
2.30pm

Opera at Bearwood. Click for larger poster

Opera at Bearwood: 'La Belle Hélène'. Click for larger poster

Reddam House Theatre, (formerly Bearwood College), Bearwood Road, Wokingham, RG41 5BG

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Opera at Bearwood: 'La Belle Hélène'

Opera@Bearwood's next production, in July, will be Offenbach's La Belle Hélène.

Like Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld this operetta is an irreverent and hilarious take on Greek mythology, and covers the scurrilous goings-on that led up to the Trojan War. It is the story of Paris & Helen and her abduction by the Trojan Prince disguised as a shepherd.

The music is a feast of melody, and the plot is zany, causing a bit of a scandal in Paris in the 1860s with its innuendo and suggestive lyrics.

It's an ideal show for a warm summer evening, providing fun and laughter, with none of the dead bodies that often litter the stage in more serious operas.

Music Director: Serena Kay. Director: Jim Petts.

Tickets:

  • Thursday - £22, concessions £20
  • Friday and Saturday - £24, concessions £23
  • Students, all performances - £10

are available online via Positickets from www.positickets.co.uk or by calling Alan Williams on 0118 966 5414 (up to 10pm).

More information: www.operaatbearwood.org.uk.

Wooburn Singers: 'Come and Sing' - Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man

Saturday 22nd September

10.30am-6.15pm

(Performance 5pm)

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Dr Challoner's High School for Girls, Cokes Lane, Little Chalfont, HP7 9QB

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Wooburn Singers: 'Come and Sing' - Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man

Wooburn Singers next Come & Sing day is a chance to sing:

  • Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man - A Mass For Peace

Conductor: Tom Hammond-Davies. Accompanist: Simon Howat.

Cost: £20 (£18 groups, students £6) including coffee / tea, and loan of score if required. Ploughman's Lunch option available for £6 (must be pre-booked and prepaid).

You can register for the day by downloading and returning to us the Booking Form or by email .

This event is part of the 2018 Wooburn Festival.

More information: www.wooburnsingers.org.uk.


Timeless announcements: MUSIC

These music items run permanently.

H-Bar-C: Live Country Music

Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month

8.15pm-11pm

Royal British Legion, Eversley Road, Reading, Berkshire RG2 9PR

How to get there.

 

Live Country Music

Enjoy "Live" Band Country Music to either dance to or to listen to by the UK's top professional bands every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at The Royal British Legion, Arborfield.

Dress smart casual or western.

Admission on the door: £7. No children under 14. No line dancing. No membership required.

Now in our 32nd year! For more details see www.h-bar-c-country.co.uk or call H-BAR-C Country on 0118 989 1354 or 07720 353879

Cantley House Hotel: Dinner & Entertainment

Throughout 2016

 

Cantley House Hotel

Cantley House Hotel

Cantley House Hotel, Milton Road, Wokingham, Berkshire RG40 5QG

How to get there.

Throughout the year Cantley House Hotel is offering a series of events featuring dinner and entertainment (mostly musical!)

For more information contact Emma on (0118) 978 9912 or contact us by email to book your place.

Beech Hill Concert Band

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Performing in the Berkshire
and Hampshire areas

Beech Hill Concert Band

The Beech Hill Concert Band was formed in the late 1990s by a group of professional, semi-professional and amateur musicians, mainly from the Reading area, to give them the opportunity to play music in rehearsal and at concerts they would not play in their every day music environment.

It was also decided to give concerts, free of charge, for the benefit of local charities. In this they have been very successful, giving many concerts and raising thousands of pounds.

We play a variety of music such as songs from the shows, film themes, marches, orchestral music, swing music and modern pop classics and our programmes try to cater for all audiences, ensuring that there's something for everyone.

The band comprises mainly amateur musicians who love to make music for the sake of it, so we don't charge for our services but we do have a professional MD and often need to hire professional musician to fill key parts when our members are unavailable. The costs for these people (£100-£150) have to be recovered from the concert revenue but otherwise the income from concerts goes to the organisers and their chosen charities.

More information: visit the band's website www.beechhillband.co.uk.

Sandham Singers Welcomes New Members

Wednesdays
(Term time)

8pm-10pm

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Music Room, St. Gabriel's, Sandleford Priory, Newbury RG20 9BD

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Sandham Singers Welcomes New Members

Sandham Singers are led by Janet Coxwell.

If you would like stimulating weekly rehearsals and the opportunity to perform a wide repertoire of music then please contact us by calling Jane Pike on 07780 767408 or contact her by email.

More information about Sandham Singers on Facebook: www.facebook.com/sandhamsingers.

Henley Choral Society Welcomes New Tenors And Basses

Rehearsals on Mondays

 

7.30pm

Benjamin Goodson, Music Director, Henley Choral Society

Benjamin Goodson, Music Director, Henley Choral Society

d:two, 55-57 Market Place, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2AA

How to get there.

 

Henley Choral Society is looking for more men to join its tenor and bass sections - and there are no auditions.

Dynamic new Musical Director Benjamin Goodson explains: 'The men in our tenor and bass sections do a magnificent job - but we need more. If you are a man who sang at school or college and want to get back into singing, or has always wanted to sing and never found the right opportunity - then here is your chance.'

Henley Choral Society consists of over 100 non-auditioned singers and, as well as bringing top high quality concerts to the local community, aims to encourage the next generation of singers.

Benjamin Goodson continues: 'there are no auditions to join HCS - all you need is a love of music. Our group is large enough to accommodate all abilities and we provide lots of support. Men of Henley and the surrounding area - come back to singing! We would love to hear from you.'

Call Membership Secretary Wendy Hawkins on 01491 576929 or contact Wendy by email or contact Benjamin Goodson direct by email.

More information about Henley Choral Society: www.henleychoralsociety.org.uk.

Would you like to sing with Thames Valley Chorus?

Tuesday evenings

7.30pm to 10.15pm

Thames Valley Chorus

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Bulmershe School, Woodlands Road, Woodley RG5 3EU (Note new venue)

How to get there.

Would you like to sing with Thames Valley Chorus?

Under the inspiring leadership of Musical Director, Liz Croft, Thames Valley Chorus (TVC) is going from strength to strength. The chorus now has over 40 singers with many having joined through one of our highly enjoyable and successful 'Learn to Sing' courses.

Singing in an engaging and entertaining four-part barbershop style, TVC performs with energy, commitment and enthusiasm appearing at a wide range of private and public events throughout the region. As well as performing locally TVC also enjoy their overseas trips most recently enjoying a highly successful trip to Düsseldorf in October 2015 performing alongside German choir Düssharmonie.

If our type of singing appeals to you then come along to one of our Tuesday evening rehearsals where you can be assured of a warm welcome. Also keep an eye out for our next 'Learn to Sing' course. If you are interested in joining TVC or finding our more about us call Phil on 0118 9774257 or contact us by email.

For more information about TVC: www.tvchorus.co.uk.

Female choir looking for new singers

Tuesday mornings
in term time

10.45am - 12.15pm

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Charvil Village Hall, 9 Park Lane, Charvil RG10 9TR

How to get there.

Tapestry Choir is an all-female choir based in Berkshire.

We are an intimate group of fifteen voices and are currently looking for new members in all voice parts.

As a group we focus mainly on classical repertoire written for female voices from the 19th and 20th centuries, including pieces by Holst, Britten, Poulenc and Debussy.

We currently put on three concerts a year, as well as a summer concert.

We rehearse on Tuesday mornings in Charvil between 10.45am and 12.15pm during term time. If you are a reasonably confident performer, can read music and are interested in joining us we would love to hear from you.

Please contact Sarah Latto by email for more information.

More information about us: www.tapestrychoir.org.uk

Calling Girl Singers Aged 10-18!

Sundays

6.15pm-7.45pm

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Charvil Village Hall, 9 Park Lane, Charvil RG10 9TR

How to get there.

Suzanne Newman leads a choir for girls between the ages of 10 and 18. The choir is called Jewel Tones.

We sing folk songs, popular songs and songs from music theatre. We have a few spaces in the choir.

For more information about Jewel Tones contact Suzanne Newman on 0118 934 0589 or see: www.jeweltones.co.uk.