Nearby: Reading

'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.


‘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.’


Category Ukulele Clubs

’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.


‘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.’



'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.'


'We are a friendly amateur orchestra who meet once a week during school term times from September until the end of May ... Anyone who feels they can make a contribution is welcome - we have no auditions.'


‘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!


Category Chamber Choirs

'An amateur, all-female chamber choir based in Berkshire. We are made up of around 20 singers and focus on exploring a varied and innovative repertoire for higher voices ... We always aim for varied programmes to broaden our repertoire and to provide our regular audience members with new, interesting and thought-provoking music to enjoy. We enjoy singing music from the 16th century right up to the present day, including pieces by new composers ... As well as singing a cappella and working both with and without a conductor, we also enjoy performing alongside a wide range of other musicians.'


Category Reading

‘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.’


Also indexedPangbourne All Comers’ Band

‘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!’


Category Choral Societies

‘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.’


Category Reading

Founded 1966: ‘The Choir gives four concerts a year, in and around Reading in Berkshire. Some are a cappella and others are with professional soloists & instrumentalists. The repertoire is very varied – from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Programmes are stimulating, sometimes challenging, and often include unusual or lesser known works. There is a particular love for and loyalty to the works of JS Bach but at the same time this is THE amateur choir presenting contemporary, different and yet beautifully accessible choral music’.


Category Choral Societies

‘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.’


Category Reading

‘We welcome all singers who have had some experience of singing. We suggest you come along to any rehearsal ... and sing with us for a few evenings. If you decide you would like to become a member you will be asked to do a short voice test with our conductor ...This is to ensure that your voice blends well within the choir and that you have the level of competency required. Regular attendance at rehearsals and concerts is expected, and members should be prepared to put in extra work between rehearsals to ensure a good standard of performance.’


Category Choral Societies

‘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.’


Category Choral Societies

'We are a well-respected choir who take our music seriously but have a lot of fun doing it. We rehearse weekly, and sing in concerts once a month to raise money for local charities ... We don’t just sing together, we socialise together, and form good friendships. Our partners also meet monthly on a local basis with guest speakers. We have a supporting social programme, with trips out and other activities.'


‘Has been entertaining Berkshire and Oxfordshire audiences with opera, operettas and musical comedies for many years and, in more recent times, mainstream musical theatre shows ... We perform one show each year at The Hexagon Theatre in Reading with a second show in another venue, most recently the historic Kenton Theatre in Henley-on-Thames. We are a lively and friendly group that is committed to bringing high quality performances and wish to encourage new members of all ages and levels of experience and ability to join. ... Anyone over the age of 16, who has completed their compulsory education, may apply to become a member of the society. Membership is subject to an audition.’


‘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.’


Category Reading

‘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.’


Also indexedWatkins Brass

‘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.’


Also indexedYoung Musicians’ Competition

'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.'


'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.'


'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.'


‘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.’


Category Choral Societies

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’.


Category Community Choirs

‘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.’


'TVGC welcomes singers of all levels: there is no audition requirement to join us, and you do not need to be able to read music. We simply ask that you enjoy singing. Throughout the year, the choir performs at a number of different functions, including self-organised concerts (usually July and December) as well as performing at local, community-based events.'

Category LGBT+ Choirs

‘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!’


‘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.’


Category Community Choirs

‘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.‘


Category Ladies Choirs

‘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!’


‘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.’


Also indexedReading Concert Hall

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’.


‘Our core objectives are to promote musicianship, performance and community music making for everyone at the University of Reading. We welcome students, staff, alumni and community members to join us in performing in our ensembles and events. We present interesting, exciting musical events around the University campuses in a range of venues that include the Student Union bars, Halls of Residence, and the Iconic University Great Hall. In addition to our concerts and festivals, we also provide ensembles to perform at University events like Graduation, Remembrance and Christmas.‘



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