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'Firmly established as one of Europe’s foremost early music courses ... The course offers inspiration and guidance to both singers and players of baroque music from an expert team of leading specialists in historical performance style.' Held Mid August.

* Baroque Week
VISITS (to the Website)154
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)257

‘We invite you to come and play ukulele with us at Reading Ukulele Group. We have a wide mix of playing abilities in the group from those just starting out to seasoned players. As well as running the classes we play regularly at festivals and events in Berkshire and ​the surrounding area.’

* Reading Ukulele Group
VISITS (to the Website)87
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)214

’Berkshire's friendly festival of music and arts. Open to all ages from 7 to 77+ in speech, drama, instrumental and vocal classes ... The Woodley Festival of Music & Arts provides a warm and friendly environment to perform before a professional adjudicator and a supportive audience. In addition to being an enjoyable artistic success, the 2017 Festival saw some 7,350 visitors including 2,400 performers and 1,064 performances.’ Held Mid March.

* Woodley Festival of Music & Arts
VISITS (to the Website)137
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)113

‘An amateur orchestra based in Reading, Berkshire. It’s named after the founder of Reading Blue Coat School, Richard Aldworth ... We present three concerts per year, plus occasional extra concerts, workshops and events. This isn’t unusual, but we do think that we are a little different from other orchestras. We try to be adventurous with our programming of a wide range of styles from a variety of periods and composers, trying less-known works alongside the popular classics. We especially love performing music by living composers, and have commissioned nearly 5 hours of new music from our young composers award winners over the last 15 years.’

+ Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)115
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)122
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'A lively and entertaining group of female a cappella singers, who were founded in 1976 ... We rehearse weekly in Woodley near Reading, and perform regularly around Berkshire and beyond. Our repertoire spans 100 years of popular music; we sing in the barbershop style - four part close harmony.'

+ Barberettes
VISITS (to the Website)126
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)307
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We are an established award-winning choir for female voices ... We attract singers and audiences from many miles around. Our repertoire is mainly classical with some folk, madrigals, spirituals and contemporary works and we aspire to reach the highest standards. Whether you are an experienced singer or have sung in the past and wish to take it up again, you will be very welcome. Singing in our choir is fun, stimulating, challenging and a great opportunty to make new friends.' ALERT At Review, the Choir’s Website was inaccessible; so Link replaced with their Facebook Page.

+ Bel Canto Chorus
VISITS (to the Website)129
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)320

‘We are a Reading-based mixed voice chamber choir, formed in 2009 by a group of experienced singers wanting to sing, have fun and raise funds for good causes, with over £11000 raised so far! The group gives concerts at churches across Reading, as well as carol singing for local charities, and regularly gives concerts at St Mary's in Slough as part of the Saturday Lunchtime Concert Series. We were delighted to be asked to take part in the 1500th concert ... Our repertoire comprises sacred and secular music from the 13th century to the present day, by composers from Palestrina to Rodgers and Hammerstein!

+ Chorate Chamber Choir
VISITS (to the Website)17
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)41
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A choir for girls aged between 10 and 18 years. We are based in the village of Charvil near Reading, Berkshire ...  We will be taking part in a number of concerts and events throughout the year.’

+ Jewel Tones
VISITS (to the Website)10
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)28
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Pangbourne Band plays at a number of events through the year including fetes, bandstand and evening concerts and the occasional contest. If you are looking for a traditional local brass band and enjoy making music with a friendly group of like-minded people please feel free to come along and see how you get on. We would really love to see you! ... The Pangbourne All Comers’ Band was established in September 2009 and is open to anyone wishing to play any musical instrument.’

+ Pangbourne Band
VISITS (to the Website)92
Also indexedPangbourne All Comers’ Band
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)190

‘A thriving, non-audition choral society based in Pangbourne, Berkshire, with over 100 active members ... Our repertoire is mainly focused on the larger choral works ... The summer concert normally consists of a lighter, more mixed programme ... We welcome keen singers of all ages and voice parts, but if you happen to be a soprano, or even better a tenor, we will reserve you our warmest welcoming hug!’

+ Pangbourne Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)22
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)49
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Formed in 2011, the A440 is one of the leading amateur choirs in the area. The choir has a passion for exploring new and innovative ways of presenting choral music as part of a larger narrative. This distinctive quality has been showcased through collaborations with a broad range of artists including actors, poets, painters and dancers. The choir’s wide repertoire which ranges from sacred to contemporary music engages all audiences and leaves them feeling uplifted. Members share a love of singing and an enthusiasm for striving for the highest possible standard of singing ... The choir has enjoyed success at a number of choral festivals and competitions.’

+ Reading A440 Choir
VISITS (to the Website)111
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)163
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A moderately sized, enthusiastic choir who enjoy presenting a wide diversity of choral music, from traditional church music to modern shows and film music, and also themed concerts, such as our ...  presentation celebrating our Planet Earth. The proceeds from most of our performances are donated to charity ... We are always looking for new members and would be interested in hearing from any singers in all vocal ranges.’

+ Reading Concert Singers
VISITS (to the Website)9
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)10
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals
+ Reading Festival Chorus
VISITS (to the Website)10
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)16

‘The choir was formed in 1970 to sing liturgical music in a church setting ... but now our range of music is broad, spanning the renaissance to the 21st century and encompassing both sacred and secular works, folksongs and choral jazz. And we like to set ourselves challenges, learning and performing works that are new to the choir, as well as performing more familiar “old favourites’” ... Our season runs from early September through to early July with holiday breaks at Christmas and Easter. During this period, we typically perform four concerts as well as singing to raise money for charities and to raise funds for the choir at events such as weddings.’

+ Reading Haydn Choir
VISITS (to the Website)40
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)82
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A 50 strong mixed voice choir. It is considered one of the finest amateur choirs in the UK ... One of the most remarkable qualities about the choir is that it performs concerts “off-copy” - every choir member sings their part entirely from memory. In addition, the choir does not sing in the traditional arrangement of bass, tenor, alto and soprano, but in mixed formation. This enables the singers to fully engage with the other voice parts, creating a great aural blend.’

+ Reading Phoenix Choir
VISITS (to the Website)48
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)115
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Band has been entertaining the community in and around Reading in the form of a brass band since 1904 ... The origin of the band dates back to the 19th century when a ladies’ sewing circle at the Spring Gardens Mission raised sufficient funds to purchase brass instruments for the Spring Gardens Wesleyan Mission Concertina Band. Records show that the band became a brass band in circa. 1904 and went from strength to strength winning many contests. However, in circa. 1933-34 it severed its connection with the chapel because of a dispute over the selling of scent cards and football tickets to raise money for the purchase of new uniforms and instruments which the leaders of the chapel objected to ... Membership of Watkins Brass provides a great opportunity for young people to learn how to play a brass instrument within the discipline of a group under the direction of an experienced brass tutor ... and welcomes young brass players under the age of 17 who have achieved or can perform to the equivalent of Grade 2 standard or higher.’

+ Reading Spring Gardens Brass Band
VISITS (to the Website)139
Also indexedWatkins Brass
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)217
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The premier amateur orchestra in Reading, Berkshire, led by a professional conductor. We present four main concerts a year, and are often engaged to work in collaboration with other musical organisations and for private functions ... The orchestra is keen to encourage young performers, and holds an annual Young Musicians’ Competition. This is open to instrumentalists and singers of school age who live or study within a 30-mile radius of Reading and who have reached a standard at least equivalent to Grade 7 of the Associated Board.’

+ Reading Symphony Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)49
Also indexedYoung Musicians’ Competition
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)108
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The Group, whose membership is evenly split between boys and girls, does one big concert a year but there are summer workshops and summer trips. They also play Christmas carols at Reading station to fundraise and offer A level showcases where school students can hear pieces on their syllabuses being performed. In choosing music for their own performances, the aim is to give the youngsters a really good range and repertoire so they get to know the classic pieces.'

+ Reading Youth Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)130
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)306

'We are a friendly, very informal amateur orchestra that meets on Saturday mornings from 10:00am - 12:15pm to enjoy playing classical music. All ages and abilities are welcome. Music is arranged to suit ability with help and encouragement given by the more experienced musicians. We hold three concerts a year for family and friends with the Easter concert in aid of an agreed charity.'

+ Saturday Morning Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)137
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)405

'Founded in 1976, with the aim of forming a true community band, allowing musicians of all abilities and ages to meet together to improve their playing, both individually and as a band. The band has evolved over the years, but still remains true to this ideal ... Three times a year we have an evening concert ... A popular attraction for all of our concerts are the cakes available in the interval!' Venues for outdoor events include bandstands, fetes & galas, outdoor proms.'

+ South Berks Concert Band
VISITS (to the Website)115
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)280
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are a long established choir based in Sonning Common performing three concerts a year in various locations within Berkshire and South Oxfordshire. Our repertoire is varied - classical, traditional, easy listening, jazz and contemporary - and gives both singers and audience a chance to experience the full range of music.’

+ South Chiltern Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)63
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)97

Founded 1958: ‘Based in Purley on Thames, near Reading, and are a friendly, fun-loving group which sings a wide range of music ... The Choir’s repertoire includes part songs, spirituals, madrigals, popular music and the sacred and classical - almost anything in fact! ... We believe that the social nature of the choir, the wide repertoire and the accent on enjoyment gives the Thames Valle Singers its unique character. We are very much a community choir and support local churches and other organisations’.

+ Thames Vale Singers
VISITS (to the Website)44
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)100

‘An exciting mix of stunning harmonies, energy and enthusiasm sets the 40+ male voice Thames Valley Chorus singers apart from conventional choral groups ... Our fabulous repertoire of ballads and up-tempo songs in the barbershop style ranging from old love songs to Broadway hits, guarantees high quality entertainment at events and functions both large and small.’

+ Thames Valley Chorus
VISITS (to the Website)63
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)161
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A symphonic wind band based in Lower Earley in Reading, Berkshire. We play music from a wide range of sources – classical transcriptions, original band compositions, music from stage and screen, pop and swing as well as the traditional marches!’

+ Trinity Concert Band
VISITS (to the Website)47
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)122
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A friendly village choir with ... around 45 members ... We perform a Christmas and summer concert each year and an Easter performance on Palm Sunday. We are invited to sing at other events and also visit local residential homes for a sing-along with the residents ... You do not need to be able to read music and we do not hold auditions, but you should be able to sing in tune. We welcome singers of any level of experience.’

+ Twyford Singers Berkshire
VISITS (to the Website)65
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)92
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A group of around 35 ladies who love to sing ... We meet for two hours in Tilehurst, Reading every Wednesday afternoon to practise a wide variety of songs which we then perform in informal afternoon concerts to raise money for various charities ... A small group of us form a chamber choir which performs slightly more demanding pieces at each concert. This usually involves quite a lot of individual work since rehearsal time is very limited.‘

+ Vivace Voices
VISITS (to the Website)93
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)214
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A friendly, active and dynamic wind band based near Reading in Berkshire. We might be an ensemble of amateurs, but we’re proud of the extremely high standard we achieve, the lively and exciting performances we present and our thriving social scene!’

+ Woodley Concert Band
VISITS (to the Website)59
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)134
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Perfect for larger events, our beautiful Victorian Concert Hall provides a grand and atmospheric backdrop to your wedding, banquet, conference, exhibition and more. The grand cantilevered balcony provides additional seating without the pillars to block the views of those seated beneath, all the while retaining an intimate feel. Pride of place is the magnificent Father Willis Organ, recently refurbished, it is one of the best examples of its kind in the country, and has delighted audiences for generations.’

@ Reading Town Hall
VISITS (to the Website)23
Also indexedReading Concert Hall
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)56
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Converted flour mill which opened as a Dinner Theatre in 1982: ‘The Mill continues to go from strength to strength thanks to its ever loyal staff and audience, having produced an abundance of plays and musicals. In 1984 The Mill at Sonning was given a conservation award by The Times newspaper and The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors for the design, restoration and conversion of the derelict mill into a dinner theatre, and recently was nominated Most Welcoming Theatre by the Theatre Managers Association’.

@ The Mill at Sonning
VISITS (to the Website)105
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)113
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@ University of Reading
VISITS (to the Website)120
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)241

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