What's on: MUSIC

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

Wokingham Music Club

3rd Friday each month






Eric Bell

Eric Bell

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

How to get there.

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

How to get there.

The Royal British Legion Club, Woodward Cl, Winnersh, Wokingham RG41 5LP

How to get there.

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

Friday, June 21stRoyal British Legion ClubNever The Bride in Concert£22 in advance
Friday, July 12thThe Whitty TheatreJohn Coghlan's Quo£18 in advance

Tickets in advance from www.ticketsource.co.uk/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.

West Forest Sinfonia: Orchestral Concert

Sunday 23rd June


Note time

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

How to get there.

West Forest Sinfonia: Orchestral Concert

West Forest Sinfonia’s summer concert this year is not to be missed.

We are delighted to welcome back cellist Jessica Burroughs to perform Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations alongside two giants of Hungarian repertoire - Kodály's spectacular Dances of Galánta and Bartok's celebrated Concerto for Orchestra.

A fabulous way to spend a summer afternoon!

The programme in this concert by West Forest Sinfonia:

  • Kodály: Dances of Galánta
  • Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme (Soloist: Jessica Burroughs, 'cello)
  • Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra

Conductor: Philip Ellis. Leader Giles Wade. With Jessica Burroughs, 'cello.

Tickets: £15 (£14 concessions, £5 Students & under 18's), season tickets £40 available by email or call Stephanie Cole on 07977 050265 or online at WeGotTickets (Booking fee applies) or at the door.

More information: www.westforestsinfonia.org.

SingHealthy Choirs Concert: 'Summer Soirée'

Saturday 29th June


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

How to get there.

SingHealthy Choirs Concert: 'Summer Soirée'

Community choir SingHealthy Wokingham and award-winning harpist Melissa Adriana Parmar are teaming up to perform a variety of beautiful music by French composers, including works by Debussy, Fauré and Saint-Saëns.

Visit Thames Hospice website

The concert will take place at St Paul's Church, Wokingham, 7.30pm on 29th June, and will raise money for Thames Hospice.

Tickets: £10 (concessions £8) available from www.singhealthy.co.uk/tickets or on the door.

More information about SingHealthy Wokingham: www.singhealthy.co.uk/about/choirs/singwokingham-wokingham-community-choir. If you want to come along to one of our rehearsals, we meet at 7.45pm Monday evenings, The Bradbury Centre, Rose St, Wokingham RG40 1XS.

YouTooMusic: Re-discovering your musical talent

Saturday 29th June, 2019


And on the last Saturday most months

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Wokingham Baptist Church, Milton Road,
Wokingham RG40 1DE

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YouTooMusic: Re-discovering your musical talent

YouTooMusic workshops are held most months on the last Saturday. Keep up with the latest news on Facebook.

Are you a 'Used To' Musician?

  • Did you ever play an instrument at Grade 3/4 or above?
  • Would you like to play again?
  • Do you still own the instrument you ‘used to’ play?
  • Or do you still have access to one?

If the answer to these questions is 'Yes' and you are interested in rediscovering your musical talent as part of a 'Used To' music workshop then come along.

Cost: £15 per session.

For more information contact Robin Scurlock right now by email or call Robin on 07768 045284.

More information about YTM: www.facebook.com/pg/youtoomusic/events/?ref=page_internal.

Crowthorne Symphony Orchestra Summer 2019 Concert

Saturday 29th June


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The Old Gym, Wellington College, Crowthorne, Berkshire RG45 7PU

How to get there.

Crowthorne Symphony Orchestra Summer 2019 Concert

The programme for this concert by Crowthorne Symphony Orchestra includes:

  • Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2, Soloist Tom Hicks, piano
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

Conductor: Robert Roscoe. Leader: Mike Jessop.

Tickets (including interval drink): £13 in advance online from WeGotTickets (Booking fee applies)
or from The Information Centre, Wokingham Town Hall
or from Decor Interiors in Crowthorne High Street.
Tickets at the door are £15. Children 16 years or under are free.

More information about CSO: www.crowthorneorchestra.com.

Thames Voyces Concert: John Rutter 'Magnificat'

Saturday 6th July


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

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Thames Voyces Concert: John Rutter 'Magnificat'

Thames Voyces welcomes you to their Summer concert, featuring music by John Rutter.

The programme includes:

  • Rutter: Magnificat
  • Rutter: Birthday Madrigals
  • Rutter: Fancies

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.

Yateley Choral Society Concert: 'Madrigals & Folk'

Saturday 6th July


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

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Yateley Choral Society Concert: 'Madrigals & Folk'

Yateley Choral Society has a lively [and jazzy] programme this summer of madrigals and folksongs, many written by John Rutter for the 75th birthday of jazz pianist George Shearing in 1995.

The programme includes:

  • Rutter: Birthday Madrigals
  • McDowall: A Fancy of Folksongs
  • Plus traditional folk songs from around the British Isles

Conductor: Quintin Beer. With Stuart McSweeney, jazz piano, and David Barnes, double bass, Cecily Beer, harp.

Tickets: £12, Students £5, under 16s free can be purchased either on the door or from Discoveries at St Swithun's Parish office or from Yateley Town Council Offices.

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

Tamesis Chamber Choir Concert: 'A European Grand Tour'

Saturday 6th July


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St Mary-le-More, Market Place, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 0EG

How to get there.

Tamesis Chamber Choir Concert: 'A European Grand Tour'

Tamesis are delighted to be visting St Mary's Church in Wallingford for the first time!

We will be performing an inspiring programme of music from all over Europe - including Britain, of course, as we are a part of Europe.

The programme will include such all-time favourites as:

  • Mendelssohn: Hear my Prayer
  • Mozart: Ave Verum
  • Bach: Lobet den Herrn
  • Britten: Hymn to St Cecilia
  • Faure: Cantique de Jean Racine
  • plus works by Schubert, Gabrieli, Bruckner, Victoria, Gjeilo and more.

This is likely to be a very popular concert, so please get your tickets now!

Musical Director: Louise Rapple with George de Voil, organ.

Tickets: £12 by calling 0118 9344 3200 or online at www.tamesischamberchoir.co.uk or from Sarah Finch by email.

Proceeds will be shared between Tamesis Chamber Choir and St Mary's Church.

More information: www.tamesischamberchoir.co.uk.

Bracknell Choral Society Summer Concert: 'Songs from the Shows'

Friday 12th July


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Lambrook School, Winkfield Row, Nr Ascot, Berkshire RG42 6LU

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Bracknell Choral Society Summer Concert: 'Songs from the Shows'

Join Bracknell Choral Society for our popular summer concert of songs from Broadway shows and enjoy a light supper in the delightful surroundings of Lambrook School.

Songs from the Shows features items from some of the most well-loved Broadway blockbusters of the past eighty years, ranging from Carousel, Oklahoma and South Pacific to Les Misérables and Wicked.

Music by great composers, including Sondheim and Rogers and Hammerstein and many others will combine to make this a memorably tuneful evening:

  • A Chorus Line
  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • Miss Saigon
  • The Sound of Music
  • Wicked
  • Mary Poppins
  • Les Misérables
  • and other well known shows

Conductor: Greg Hallam, with Nick Austin, Piano and Guest Soprano Emily Burton.

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.

Tickets: £18, (accompanied Under-18s £5) available by email (after 4th July) or from members of the choir.

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

South Berkshire Singers Summer Concert: 'Stars of Stage and Screen'

Saturday 13th July

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Caudwell Hall Theatre, Holme Grange School, Heathlands Rd, Wokingham RG40 3AL

How to get there.

South Berkshire Singers Summer Concert

South Berkshire Singers will be hosting an evening of music that has entertained millions throughout the ages. They will be ably supported by special guests, the Reading Central Salvation Army Band.

Under the direction of Musical Director, Karen Phillips, the choir will commence the programme by singing well known pieces by Handel and Verdi including the Hallelujah Chorus and the Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves.

In contrast, the second half of the programme will include some more contemporary music including songs from The Greatest Showman and medleys of popular music by Simon & Garfunkel and Queen.

Visit the Ollie Young Foundation website

Tickets: £10 are available from Wokingham Information Centre (at the Town Hall), Wokingham Library, or by calling Chris Edney on 01344 779979. Tickets will also be available on the door.

All proceeds will be shared between the Ollie Young Foundation (a local charity funding paediatric brain tumour research) and Our Lady of Nazareth Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya.

More information about South Berkshire Singers: SouthBerkshireSingers.com.

Opera at Bearwood: 'The Huntsman's Bride' (Der Freischütz)

Thursday 18th July

Friday 19th July
(cover cast)

Saturday 20th July

Opera at Bearwood. Click for larger poster

Opera at Bearwood: 'The Huntsman's Bride' (Der Freischütz). Click for larger poster

Caudwell Hall Theatre, Holme Grange School, Heathlands Rd, Wokingham RG40 3AL

How to get there.

Opera at Bearwood: 'The Huntsman's Bride' (Der Freischütz)

Opera at Bearwood will not be at Bearwood this year! Instead we will be performing at the Caudwell Hall Theatre, Holme Grange School, Wokingham. It’s a lovely theatre which will suit our opera perfectly.

Our Summer production will be Carl Maria von Weber's The Huntsman's Bride (Der Freischütz). One of the most extraordinary operas in the entire operatic canon.

Replete with ravishing melodies, it's a crazy plot about a hunter who does a deal with the devil in order to get magic bullets so he can win a shooting match and win the girl. It comes over somewhat like a cross between The Bartered Bride, Faust and even Ruddigore (it even has a chorus of bridesmaids).

Music Director: Lindsay Bramley. Director: Jim Petts.

Tickets: £20 are available online via Positickets from www.positickets.co.uk or by calling 0118 977 6600 .

If your booking includes Under 18s or Students (at the £10 discount price) or you would like group discounts please phone the Box Office Manager Alan Williams on 0118 977 6600 (anytime up to 9pm).

More information: www.operaatbearwood.org.

Wooburn Singers: 'Come and Sing' Vaughan Williams - A Sea Symphony

Saturday 21st September, 2019


(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' Vaughan Williams - A Sea Symphony

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

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony

Experience a day singing this great piece.

Enjoy a run-through performance at the end of the day (friends and family welcome).

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

Cost: £20 (£15 group rate, students £5) including coffee / tea, and loan of score if required. Ploughman's Lunch option available for £6 (must be pre-booked and prepaid by 18th September).

You can register for the day by downloading and returning to us the booking form (Microsoft Word document) or contact us by email.

More information: www.wooburnsingers.org.uk.

Windsor & Eton Choral Society: Verdi - 'Requiem'

Saturday, 28th September


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Eton College School Hall, High Street, Eton, Berkshire SL4 6DW

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Windsor & Eton Choral Society: Verdi - 'Requiem'

Windsor & Eton Choral Society invites you to their next concert.

Verdi's Requiem is one of the most thrilling choral masterpieces ever composed.

This great work appeared towards the end of Verdi's life at a time when he had already created such famous operas as Aida, Il Trovatore and La Traviata. Verdi's unique musical creation of the Requiem provides strong dramatic music, which is brilliantly contrasted with magical sections of music with a quieter nature.

The Dies irae and Tuba mirum are two of the most exciting sections of choral music ever composed and there are many more different parts of the score featuring glorious choral music alongside wonderfully varied radiant and dramatic music for the four solo singers.

Verdi's outstanding setting of the Requiem Mass is a unique masterpiece.

With Orpheus Sinfonia. Conductor: Tim Johnson.

Tickets: £24 and £22, Under 16s half price, are available from the choir's website
at www.w-ecs.org.uk/home/concerts
or online from TicketSource.co.uk/windsorandetonchoralsociety (Booking fee applies)
or call 01628 528041
or download and return the booking form.

This concert is part of Windsor Festival 2019.

More information about Windsor & Eton Choral Society: www.w-ecs.org.uk.

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H-Bar-C: Live Country Music

Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month


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 the year


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

(Term time)


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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



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, Chequers Way, Woodley RG5 3EU

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 taking part in competitions in different parts of the UK as well as having trips abroad, most recently to Cork and Düsseldorf.

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!



Click to visit Jewel Tones website

Click to visit Jewel Tones website

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.