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onstage Jazz up January with a night with the Phoenix Choir

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Reading Phoenix Choir Saturday, January 28 The Concert Hall 07783 222993 www.readingphoenixchoir. org.uk

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alented singers from the Reading Phoenix Choir will be raising the roof for their 43rd annual gala performance later this month. The 50-strong choir, comprising singers from across Berkshire, is said to be one of the finest amateur choirs in the UK. The group recently toured in Germany and Austria and have returned to Reading for one night only to perform their annual concert. This year, the choir are promising a programme that’s better than ever, with everything from Debussy to ABBA on the schedule. The choir will also sing Handel’s glorious Coronation anthem Zadok the Priest. Changing from its usual venue at The Hexagon, the gala is set to take place at The Concert Hall for the first time, where it will take advantage of the chamber’s acoustics, which are perfect for the choir’s unique vocals. Phoenix Choir will be showcasing tracks from their forthcoming CD that includes works by young composers Ben Oliver and Toby Young. To add to the evening’s pleasure, The Paul Jordanous Jazz Quintet will

Reading Phoenix Choir will perform at Reading’s Concert Hall for the first time on Saturday join the choir. South London-based trumpeter Paul Jordanous has been performing since 2005 and has toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and US soul star Sir Joe Quarterman. The Quintet features some of the finest musicians to come out of the UK, comprising Will Gibson on tenor saxophone, Bill Mudge on piano, Max Luthert on double bass and Ted Carrasco on drums. They will be performing original

compositions created by bandleader Paul and the show will also involve a much anticipated joint number between the choir and quintet. With a group that performs 15 concerts a year, the experienced singers will definitely be jazzing up your January. n The show will be performed on Saturday, January 25, at 7.30pm. Tickets cost between £10-£18 with discounts available for under 16s and are available from Reading Phoenix Choir on 07783 222993 or from the website readingphoenixchoir@gmail.com. JENNY WELLER

The Paul Jordanous Jazz Quintet will be the special guests at the Reading Phoenix Choir concert on Saturday

hottickets n One of Russia’s most popular ballet companies is coming to the UK later this month as Moscow City Ballet presents Giselle and Romeo and Juliet. Founded by Victor SmirnovGolovanov in 1988 and admired for its talented dancers, the ballet classics will see performances from Alevtina Lapshina and Liliya Oryekhova. The performance takes place at The Hexagon from Sunday to Tuesday. Tickets cost £32, £27 or £29.50, discounts for groups and concessions are available. For more details, call the box office on (0118) 960 6060 or log on to www.readingarts.com. n Music lovers will be thrilled as award-winning band the Kaiser Chiefs come to Reading as part of their first UK tour in two years. The popular indie rock band will be

touring early this year with their new album The Future Is Medieval. The concert will be performed at The Hexagon on Saturday and doors open from 7pm. Tickets cost £25. For more details, call the box office on (0118) 960 6060 or log on to www.readingarts.com. n READING’S Rep Theatre is back in action this weekend, with an adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s famous novel Tess Of The D’Urbervilles. The show will be performed by the trainee actors at The Pinewood Theatre from tomorrow until Saturday. Seats will be laid out cabaret style, and you are invited to bring a bottle to enjoy while watching the play unfold. The theatre can be found in the Pinewood Leisure Complex, off Old Wokingham Road, Wokingham. Tickets cost £9.50 or £8 for

concessions. For details, call the box office on (0118) 942 1144. n THIS week, the Shinfield Players are holding open auditions for their summer show, the musical Far From the Madding Crowd. Based on the novel by Thomas Hardy, the show will be performed over the last two weekends in April. The show’s director, Carol Vockins, is looking for singers of both sexes to join in the performance. No previous experience is necessary and everyone is welcome to audition for a role. The first session takes place at the Whitley Wood Lane theatre tonight from 8pm. And there will be a second session will be held on Sunday from 2.30pm. For more details, call the box office on (0118) 975 8880. Jenny Weller


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