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

 

 

 

 

Acoustic Strawbs

Acoustic Strawbs

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, January 10thWhitty TheatreThe Acoustic Strawbs£17.50 in advance
Friday, January 24thEmmbrook Sports & Social ClubWho's Who in concert£17 in advance
Friday, January 31stRoyal British Legion WinnershCity Funk Orchestra £16 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.

YouTooMusic: Re-discovering your musical talent

Saturday 25th January
Saturday 29th February
Saturday 4th April
Saturday 25th April
Saturday 30th May
Saturday 20th June

9.00am-12.00pm

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Wokingham Baptist Church, Milton Road,
Wokingham RG40 1DE

How to get there.

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.

West Forest Sinfonia: Orchestral Concert

Sunday 26th January, 2020

4.30pm

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 winter concert this year is not to be missed.

Join us this January for a programme that surely needs no introduction, featuring at its heart Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. Soprano Alexandra Stevenson is the soloist in Tchaikovsky's beautiful Letter Scene from Eugene Onegin. Alexandra recently performed at the Royal Opera House for Classic FM, and as an oratorio and operatic soloist she has sung at Fairfield Halls, Shipley Arts Festival with trumpeter Christian Steele-Perkins, Chelsea Schubert Festival and the Usher Hall, Edinburgh.

The programme in this concert:

  • Prokofiev: Cinderella Suite No.3
  • Tchaikovsky: 'Letter Scene' from Eugene Onegin (Soloist: Alexandra Stevenson, soprano)
  • Stravinsky: Rite of Spring

Conductor: Philip Ellis. Leader Giles Wade. With Alexandra Stevenson, soprano.

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.

Wokingham Choral Society: 'Choral Workshop' - Love Through the Ages

Saturday 29th February, 2020

10.30am-4.30pm
(Registration 10am)

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The Holt School, Holt Lane, Wokingham RG41 1EE

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Wokingham Choral Society: 'Choral Workshop' - Love Through the Ages

Wokingham Choral Society invites you to take part in a Choral Workshop, entitled "Love Through the Ages" and featuring

  • Ave Verum Corpus (Mozart)
  • If ye love me (Tallis)
  • Wedding March (Wagner)

The workshop will be led by tenor Anthony Harris.

Anthony trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is a tenor. He sings the classical repertoire, both Oratorio and Opera and has a lot of experience working with both youth and adult choirs.

He is involved in the training of singers as a choral and workshop leader and singing teacher, including The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain as well as other Choral Societies and Choirs.

Anthony led the WCS Choral Workshops in 2018 & 2019 and provides an unforgettable experience!

Doors open at 10am and the workshop begins at 10.30am. There will be a break at 12.45pm - bring your own packed lunch. Tea, coffee and cake will be provided in the afternoon break.

Cost: £20 including music to keep.

Book your place now by downloading and returning the booking form (PDF format) or booking form (Word format) before Friday 21st February, 2020.

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

Wooburn Singers: 'Come and Sing' Walton - Belshazzar's Feast

Saturday 29th February, 2020

10.30am-6.30pm

(Performance 5pm)

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The Beaconsfield School, Wattleton Road, Beaconsfield HP9 1SJ

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Wooburn Singers: 'Come and Sing' Walton - Belshazzar's Feast

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

  • William Walton: Belshazzar's Feast

Experience a day singing this great piece.

Enjoy a run-through performance at 5pm with players from Slough Philharmonic Orchestra (family & friends 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 24th February).

You can register for the day by returning the the booking form (Microsoft Word document) or the booking form (Adobe PDF format) and arrange online payment to Wooburn Singers, sort code 30-96-54, account no. 01029546. Please quote C&S as the reference, or contact us by email.

More information: www.wooburnsingers.org.uk.

Reading Phoenix Choir Annual Concert: 'Five Days that Changed the World'

Saturday 7th March
7.30pm

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Reading Concert Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1QH

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Reading Phoenix Choir Annual Concert: 'Five Days that Changed the World'

Every year the Reading Phoenix Choir performs a concert in Reading's grand Concert Hall. In 2020 this concert will be held on 7 March 2020 and features a performance of Bob Chilcott's Five Days that Changed the World with our guests Berkshire Young Voices and Berkshire Children's Choir, who will also perform some of their own pieces.

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Five Days that Changed the World was written by Bob Chilcott for the Worcester International Festival for Young Singers in 2013, the UK's first-ever non-competitive international youth singing festival, organised by Sing UK in association with the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat (ECA-EC).

Five Days that Changed the World is a journey through 5 global events:

  • Thursday 29 March 1455: The invention of printing
  • Friday 1 August 1834: The abolition of slavery
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  • Monday 14 December 1903: The first powered flight
  • Friday 28 September 1928: The discovery of penicillin
  • Wednesday 12 April 1961: The first man in space

In each movement, music and words come together to create a strikingly vivid and personal account of each protagonist's experience.

The words for Five Days that Changed the World were written by Charles Bennett.

Other music to be performed at the concert will include pieces by John Sheppard, William Byrd, John Rutter, Charles Villiers Stanford, Gustav Holst, Hubert Parry and Kim André Arnesen.

Tickets: £10 to £23 (under 16s £7.50) online from What's On Reading (from 10th Feb) or call 0118 960 6060 or buy direct from the Choir, by post or via a member of the choir until Monday 24 February 2020 at reduced prices. See here for details.

More information: www.readingphoenixchoir.org.uk.

Sing Healthy Choirs Concert: Fauré - 'Requiem'

Saturday 14th March

7.30pm

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Wokingham Baptist Church, Milton Road,
Wokingham RG40 1DE

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Sing Healthy Choirs Concert: Fauré - 'Requiem'

Join us in the tranquil setting of Wokingham's nineteenth-century Baptist Church for an evening of beautiful music from Sing Healthy Wokingham Choir and the Berkshire Maestros Camerata.

Pieces will include choral settings by Saint-Saëns and Gounod, and Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings.

Fauré's exquisite Requiem will be performed in the chamber version for choir, strings, organ, horns and harp.

Tickets: Main Hall: £14 (concessions £12) and Balcony [partial view, restricted access]: £11 (concessions £9) available by completing the order form at www.singhealthy.co.uk/tickets or on the door.

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The concert will raise money for Berkshire Maestros, and Wokingham-based charity The Link Visiting Scheme.

More information about Sing Healthy Wokingham: www.singhealthy.co.uk.

If you would like to come along to one of our rehearsals, we meet at 7.30pm Monday evenings, The Bradbury Centre, Rose St, Wokingham RG40 1XS.

Yateley Choral Society Concert: 'Mystery & Mourning'

Saturday 28th March

7.45pm

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St Swithun's Catholic Church, Firgrove Road, Yateley, Hampshire GU46 6NH

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Yateley Choral Society Concert: 'Mystery & Mourning'

For their Spring 2020 concert, Yateley Choral Society will perform a concert titled "Mystery & Mourning", featuring Duruflé's Requiem.

The full programme includes:

  • Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs
  • Saint-Saën: The Swan
  • Duruflé: Requiem

With soloists Bernadette Johns, mezzo-soprano; Alex Bower-Brown, bass.

And Akito Goto, 'cello and Nicholas Freestone, organ.

Conducted by Quintin Beer.

Tickets: £14, Students £5, under 16s free, can be purchased either on the door or by calling 01276 31850 or from Discoveries at St Swithun's Parish office or from Yateley Town Council Offices or from Discoveries.

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

Twyford High Voltage Singers: 'Anglo-French Twinning Concert'

Saturday 18th April

7.30pm

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Loddon Hall, Loddon Hall Road, Twyford, Reading, Berks RG10 9JA

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Twyford High Voltage Singers: 'Anglo-French Twinning Concert'

Twyford High Voltage Singers together with Cuincy Mélodie Choir invite you to a joint Anglo-French concert to celebrate the twinning of the two towns.

It's going to be an amazing evening and tickets are already on sale for this event! We've got a lot of great music packed into the concert and it will be a night to remember!

Twyford High Voltage Singers - conducted by Jacky Crossman
Cuincy Mélodie Choir - conducted by Stéphane Coquet.

Tickets £10 on the door or in advance from Jacky Crossman on 07780 580598 or by email or online from TicketSource (Booking fee applies).

There will be a bar available at the concert.


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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 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

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, 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!

Sundays

6.15pm-7.45pm

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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.