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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

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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

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

Friday, September 6thThe Whitty TheatreThe Christians in Concert£25 in advance
Friday, September 20thEmmbrook Sports & Social ClubNever 42 in Concert£16 in advance
Friday, October 4thThe Whitty TheatreSimply Dan in Concert£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.

Rising Sun Arts Centre: 'Here Comes the Sun Festival'

Saturday 17th August

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Rising Sun Arts Centre, 30 Silver Street, Reading RG1 2ST

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Rising Sun Arts Centre: 'Here Comes the Sun Festival'

The Rising Sun Arts Centre is proud to announce that the Here Comes The Sun music and arts festival is back for a mammoth tenth year on Saturday 17th August.

Here Comes The Sun is an all-day festival of music, arts, dance, children's activities, food, drink and everything the centre holds dear.

From 11am to 11pm, the doors to the centre are flung open to give our community all-area access, with art and decorations cropping up in every conceivable corner and performances happening on three stages - including the back garden. We even roll out the (fake) grass to make our courtyard a wonderful play area for kids!

For more information about performers, download the press release.

It truly promises to be the hottest party of the summer!

Tickets: £8 in advance available online from WeGotTickets or £10 on the door. FREE entry for children 14 and younger.

More information: www.risingsun-artscentre.co.uk.

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

How to get there.

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.

Come and Sing: Rachmaninov's 'Vespers' with Reading Bach Choir

Saturday 21st September

(Perf. 4pm)

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Caversham Heights Methodist Church, 74 Highmoor Rd, Caversham, Reading, RG4 7BG

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Come and Sing: Rachmaninov's 'Vespers' with Reading Bach Choir

The Vespers is a haunting, reflective and deeply moving work expressing the composer's deep and very personal religious faith. A wonderful piece to sing, it is imaginatively scored for voices, has a wide dynamic range, and important melodic lines for all parts.

We will be singing a selection from the 15 movements. To help us better understand the Vespers and its place in the liturgy, expert Tatiana Soloviova will give brief explanations of aspects of the service.

Following the day's rehearsals there will be an informal performance at 4pm. Non-singing guests are welcome to attend.

The charge for the day will be £20 (£10 for under 25s) a head which includes tea and coffee throughout the day. Please make your own arrangements for lunch. You can pay by cheque or by bank transfer.

We will be using the Musica Russa edition of the Mass. If you need to hire the music that will be an additional ££2 (payable in advance), and if you would like it in advance, the postage will be £3 (payable in advance).

To reserve your place, please see www.readingbachchoir.org.uk/events/workshop2019 and complete the online booking form.

More information about Reading Bach Choir: www.readingbachchoir.org.uk.

West Forest Sinfonia: Orchestral Concert

Sunday 22nd September


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

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West Forest Sinfonia: Orchestral Concert

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

Described by The Strad as "playing with beguiling warmth and affection" and by American Record Guide as "simply spectacular", internationally acclaimed violinist Clare Howick is at the forefront of a generation of inspiring violinists. She joins West Forest Sinfonia for this concert of American classics.

A fabulous way to spend a summer afternoon!

The programme in this concert:

  • Bernstein: On The Waterfront
  • Robert Farnon: Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra (Soloist: Clare Howick, violin)
  • Lukas Foss: Three American Pieces for Violin and Orchestra (Soloist: Clare Howick, violin)
  • Gershwin: An American In Paris

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

Tickets: £15 (£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.

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.

Tamesis Chamber Choir & Trinity Concert Band: 'Classical Spectacular'

Sunday 29th September


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

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Tamesis Chamber Choir & Trinity Concert Band: 'Classical Spectacular'

Earley-based Trinity Concert Band and Reading-based Tamesis Chamber Choir will perform together for the first time in what promises to be a memorable evening brimming with some of the greatest, most well-known classical music of all time.

The audience can expect to hear numbers such as Bernstein's fabulous Overture to Candide, Jupiter from Holst's spectacular suite The Planets, the great British anthem Zadok the Priest, and Copland's rousing Fanfare for the Common Man.

No classical concert would be complete without a performance of Elgar's Nimrod, so we're delighted that Tamesis will be singing the choral version Lux Aeterna, in addition to Parry's I Was Glad, made famous at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

As the concert draws to a close the band and choir will come together once more for a stunning proms-style finale (yes, flags will be provided!), featuring the classics Jerusalem and Fantasia on British Sea Songs.

The concert will feature an interval where guests can enjoy a selection of refreshments from the bar in the foyer, plus a chance to win some excellent prizes in our raffle.

Introduced at their Summer Concert in June, Trinity Concert Band's 'Newcomers Scheme' offers those who have never been to one of their concerts before a FREE ticket to their first concert! Simply reserve a ticket in advance by calling their box office (t's & c's apply; find out more on their website: www.trinityband.co.uk/newcomers-scheme).

The concert starts at 6pm on Sunday 29th September. Tickets are on sale now:

  • - Advance: £12
  • - Full Price: £14
  • - Students: £7 (ID may be required)
  • - Under 16's: FREE

Tickets available online at thelittleboxoffice.com/trinityconcertband or from the box office on 0118 449 2099 or by email. No booking fee. N.B. Advance price applies up to one week before the concert, after which the full price applies.

Trinity Concert Band is a symphonic wind band based in Lower Earley, Reading made up of both talented amateurs and professional musicians. The group perform up to 5 formal concerts each year in the area and can be seen at bandstands across the region during the summer months. In 2018 they were one of only two bands in the UK to receive the top Platinum award at the National Concert Band Festival.

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

Tamesis is an exciting chamber choir based in Reading. Aimed mainly at the "young professional" category, it is for people who are looking for a choir with that special something else, something they might not find in conventional choirs. An auditioned choir of around 25 members, Tamesis is a high-standard choir, capable of singing 8-part repertoire on a few rehearsals and having fun while doing it!

For more information about Tamesis visit our website at: www.tamesischamberchoir.co.uk.

Wooburn Singers Concert: 'Sweet Thames Run Softly'

Saturday 12th October


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All Saints' Church, Marlow SL7 2AA

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Wooburn Singers Concert: 'Sweet Thames Run Softly'

The Wooburn Singers have an eclectic mix for their Wooburn Festival concert on 12th October. They are joining forces with players from The Chiltern Camerata and harpist Tamara Young.

The beautiful church beside the river, All Saints', Marlow, is the perfect setting for Sir George Dyson's cantata, Sweet Thames Run Softly with baritone soloist Ashley Riches.

We are delighted to give the first performance of a short piece by Neil Brand: Say not the Struggle nought Availeth. Neil is an acclaimed composer of film scores for silent movies.

The concert concludes with Maurice Duruflé's beautiful Requiem, in which the composer skilfully intertwines Gregorian chant melodies of the burial Mass with his own sensuous harmonies. Duruflé explains: "It reflects, in the unchanging form of Christian prayer, the anguish of man faced with the mystery of his final end."

Conductor: Tom Hammond-Davies.

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

More information: www.wooburnsingers.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!



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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.