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CLASSICAL MUSIC ALIVEIN READING

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THE HEXAGON CONCERT HALL

International Performance Season 2013/14

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CLASSICAL MUSIC ALIVEIN READING 2013 October 05 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Music by John Barry 24 Mitsuko Uchida, Piano November 17 Czech National Symphony Orchestra & Chloe Hanslip 22 The Elias String Quartet - The Beethoven Project: 4 December 08 The Sixteen 2014 January 24 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Vasily Petrenko February 06 The Elias String Quartet - The Beethoven Project: 5 19 Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment & Katia & Marielle Labèque March 08 Imogen Cooper, Piano 18 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & John Lill April 05 Mr Big Family Concert - The Britten Sinfonia 05 Britten Sinfonia 17 Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano & The Escher Quartet 30 English Chamber Orchestra & Charlotte Barbour-Condini May 21 Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra & Natasha Paremski 30 The Elias String Quartet - The Beethoven Project: 6 June 06 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & John Williams 14 The King’s Singers

International Performance Season 2013/14

ORGAN RECITALS AT THE CONCERT HALL CELEBRITY ORGAN RECITALS 2013 17 October Stephen Farr 2014 15 May Paul Hale LUNCHTIME RECITALS 2013 18 September Cameron Luke 20 November Michael Harris 2014 22 January Eleni Keventsidou 5 March Chris Bragg 30 April Richard Brasier 2 July A student from Eton College TICKET PRICES The Hexagon

£32.00, £28.50, £25.50, £20.50, £16.00

The Concert Hall £23.00, £20.50, £18.50, £14.50, £12.00 Organ Recitals

£12.50 (Celebrity), £4.50 (Lunchtime)

CONCESSIONS REDUCTION OF £2 PER TICKET AVAILABLE FOR SENIOR CITIZENS – FOR INDIVIDUAL TICKETS ONLY, NOT APPLICABLE TO SUBSCRIPTION TICKETS. Groups 10+: ALL tickets are £10 each, and are subject to a £1.15 per ticket booking fee. No additional subscription rates apply. (subject to availability) All children under 18: £5 for individual tickets Schools: £5 each, including free programmes (subject to availability) Classical Membership Scheme: £10 for individual tickets. (For patrons aged 18-25 – please contact the Box Office to register for the scheme) Family Tickets: £40 (Hex) or £30 (CH) - for 4 tickets, maximum of 2 adults. *Set price for subscribers, no additional concessions. Please note: Organ Recitals do not count towards a subscription package.

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The 2013-2014 season is really keeping Classical Music ‘Alive’ in Reading, with some fantastic new rates for families, young people and groups. Under 18s can now attend all concerts for only £5 per ticket, or book for a family of four, for only £40 at The Hexagon or £30 at The Concert Hall – that’s as little as £7.50 per ticket. We are keen to encourage a younger audience to attend these fantastic concerts. Our brand new Classical Membership Scheme allows 18-25s the chance to buy tickets for only £10. School groups can still attend for only £5 per ticket – a great opportunity to experience live classical music by some of the highest quality orchestras, conductors, ensembles and soloists from across the world. And last, but by no means least, our Groups rate has been cut dramatically to only £10 per ticket (for groups of 10+). With Subscription packages continuing as in previous years, saving you up to 40% on full price tickets, there are lots of fantastic savings to be made. BOOK NOW!

ALL PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO A PER TICKET BOOKING FEE

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ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA RESIDENCY

Classical Music Alive 2013/14 Saturday 5 October The Very Best of John Barry Tuesday 18 March John Lill’s 70th Birthday Celebration Friday 6 June John Williams performs Rodrigo


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THE HEXAGON

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Saturday 5 October 7.30pm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor Nic Raine Vocalists Alison Jiear Lance Ellington Presenter Tommy Pearson Pre-concert talk 6.15pm The Hexagon Auditorium (FREE)

In association with Music Connected

Programme to include: Goldfinger Dances with Wolves James Bond Theme The Black Hole Midnight Cowboy Diamonds Are Forever

Out of Africa Born Free Moonraker Zulu and many more!

Join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for an evening celebrating one of the best film music composers of the twentieth century, John Barry. Conductor Nic Raine will be showing us the best soundtracks from the silver screen, including the cool swing of the James Bond Theme and Goldfinger to the broad and expansive Dances with Wolves, with vocalists Alison Jiear and Lance Ellington. Presented by Tommy Pearson.

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CONCERT HALL

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Thursday 24 October 7.30pm Mitsuko Uchida, Piano Bach Prelude & Fugue No.1 in C Major from Book II Bach Prelude & Fugue No.14 in F# minor from Book II Mozart Sonata in F Major K.332

Mitsuko Uchida has become a firm favourite at The Concert Hall, and we are delighted to welcome her again this season. A performer who brings deep insight into the music she plays, Mitsuko is renowned for her interpretations of Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven, but has also illuminated the music of Berg, Schoenberg, Webern and Boulez for a new generation of listeners.

Schumann Sonata No.2 in G minor

This concert is certain to sell out, book early!

Schubert Sonata in G Major D894

Pre-concert talk 6.15pm The Town Hall (FREE)

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THE HEXAGON

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Sunday 17 November 7.30pm Czech National Symphony Orchestra Conductor Libor Pešek

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor Op.64

Celebrating its 20th birthday in 2013, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra has gained a position among both the Czech Republic and Europe’s top symphonic ensembles. Renowned for its versatility, the orchestra presents a broad programme every season, ranging from classical music to contemporary genre, film scores, jazz and musicals. For this concert we welcome violinist, Chloë Hanslip back to Reading, who, at the age of 22 is already an established international artist of distinction.

Piazzola Libertango, arranged for Trumpet & Orchestra

Pre-concert talk 6.15pm The Hexagon Auditorium (FREE)

Dvořák Symphony No.5 in F Major Op.76

In association with Loud N Clear

Soloist Chloë Hanslip, Violin Jan Hasenohrl, Trumpet Strauss Tales from the Vienna Woods

Benjamin Ealovega

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CONCERT HALL

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Friday 22 November 7.30pm The Elias String Quartet The Beethoven Project: 4 String Quartet in F Major Op.18 No.1 String Quintet in C Major Op.29 String Quartet in A minor Op.132

The Elias String Quartet need no introduction to Reading’s Classical Music Alive audience. They continue their six concert series, The Beethoven Project, with a further three concerts this season. Each programme comprises works from early right through to late periods in Beethoven’s life. For this concert, Op.18 was written between 1798 & 1800 and Op.132 some 25 years later. Concert Four includes the String Quintet in C Major, which sees viola player Malin Broman making four into five. Pre-concert talk 6.15pm The Town Hall (FREE)

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CONCERT HALL

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Sunday 8 December 7.30pm The Sixteen & Harry Christophers Poulenc Quatre petites prieres de Saint Francois d’Assise Mediaeval carols: Nowell, nowell: Out of your sleep Sweet was the song Sing we to this merry company Poulenc Salve Regina Mediaeval carols: Nowell, nowell: In Bethlem Angelus ad virginem Make we joy Poulenc Quatre motets pour le temps de Noel

Britten Hymn to the Virgin A Shepherd’s carol The Holly and the Ivy (arr.) Anon The Salutation carol Britten A Ceremony of Carols The Sixteen returns to Reading to perform its ever-popular annual Christmas concert. This festive programme, A Ceremony of Carols, features the music of two of the most significant composers of vocal music of the 20th century, Francis Poulenc and Benjamin Britten. It includes some of Britten’s finest choral music for Christmas including A Ceremony of Carols. Pre-concert talk 6.15pm. The Town Hall (FREE)

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CLASSICAL MUSIC ALIVEIN READING International Performance Season 2013/14

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THE HEXAGON

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Friday 24 January 7.30pm Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor Vasily Petrenko Mozart Overture: Don Giovanni Elgar Variations on an Original Theme: Enigma Op.36 Brahms Symphony No.3 in F Major Op.90

We are delighted to welcome the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra to Reading, for their debut concert at The Hexagon. This award-winning orchestra is the UK’s oldest continuing professional orchestra and has been at the heart of Liverpool’s cultural life since 1840. Russian-born Vasily Petrenko is the orchestra’s Chief Conductor, taking up the baton in Liverpool in 2006. Still only in his midthirties, Petrenko is recognized as one of the exceptional musicians of his generation.

Pre-concert talk 6.15pm The Hexagon Auditorium (FREE)

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CONCERT HALL

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Thursday 6 February 7.30pm The Elias String Quartet The Beethoven Project: 5 Beethoven String Quartet String Quartet String Quartet String Quartet

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C minor Op.18 No.4 E flat Major Op.74 ‘The Harp’ B flat Major Op.130 B flat Major Op.133 ‘Grosse Fuge’

Concert Five of The Beethoven Project includes Op.130 with it’s original ‘Grosse Fuge’ Finale, better known as String Quartet Op.133. Beethoven sketched at least a dozen possible finale themes for Op.130 before deciding on a gigantic fugue. It became much bigger than originally intended, for after reporting in late August that the quartet would be finished in ten to twelve days, he did not complete it until about December. He was justly proud of the fugue as a work of art, and had even produced a four-hand arrangement for piano. It was this that evidently induced him to turn the string version into a self-standing work too – a ‘Great Fugue’, Op. 133. Pre-concert talk 6.15pm The Town Hall (FREE)

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In association with Berkshire Record Office


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THE HEXAGON

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Wednesday 19 February 7.30pm Principals of The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Soloists Katia & Marielle Labèque, Pianos Debussy Prélude à l’après midi d’un faune (arr. Schoeberg) Ravel Ma Mère l’Oye (for piano duet) Ibert Divertissement Ravel Introduction and Allegro Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals

Katia and Marielle Labèque’s performance at The Concert Hall last season earned a standing ovation, so we are delighted to welcome them back to The Hexagon. They will be joined by principal players of The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, for a French programme finishing with the magnificent Carnival of the Animals. Since their creation just over two decades ago, when a group of London musicians decided to throw out the ‘rulebook’ and start again, the OAE has shocked, changed and mesmerised the music world. Pre-concert talk 6.15pm The Hexagon Auditorium (FREE)

Brigitte Lacombe

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CONCERT HALL

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Saturday 8 March 7.30pm Imogen Cooper, Piano Schumann Romanze in F# Major Op.28 No.2 Clara Wieck Romanze in B Major Le Ballet des Revenants, scene fantasique from Quatre Pieces Caracteristiques Op.5 Schumann Sonata in F# minor Op.11 Brahms Variations from String Sextet Op.18 (arr. For Clara) Schubert Sonata in B flat Major D960

“My selection of works in the first half of this programme stems from the closeness between Robert and Clara Schumann nee Wieck, and the loving influence that each had on the other. That each wrote a beautiful Romanze (no doubt with the other in mind) was irresistible. But so was finding the source of Robert’s material in the first movement of his great F# minor Sonata, and this was none other than Clara’s imaginative “Le Ballet des Revenants” (“The Ballet of the Ghosts”), a “scene fantastique” or fantastical scene from her early Quatre Pieces Caracteristiques. Note the element of the supernatural in the title – this, together with the idea of disguise, dreams, duality, madness, was Robert’s inner world, so richly portrayed in his greatest works.

Pre-concert talk 6.15pm The Town Hall (FREE)

Brahms’ own arrangement of his op 18 String Sextet variations, made especially for Clara who loved the piece, is but a further link tying these three great 19thC musicians together and the fact that Schumann admired the deceased Schubert so much, at a time when Schubert’s star was not high, is in itself another loving tie between one great musician and another.”

Sussie Ahlburg

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THE HEXAGON

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Tuesday 18 March 7.30pm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor Thomas Dausgaard Soloist John Lill, Piano Brahms Tragic Overture Op.81 Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor Op.30 Dvořàk Symphony No.8 in G Major Op.88

Internationally renowned Danish maestro Thomas Dausgaard takes the helm for this thought-provoking concert of music from the Romantic masters. Brahms’ Tragic Overture, with its passionate and turbulent themes introduces Rachmaninov’s majestic Third Piano Concerto, performed by acclaimed English virtuoso John Lill, who this year celebrates his seventieth birthday. Written at the pinnacle of the grand Russian tradition with its sumptuous melodies and fast-paced fingerwork, the Concerto is a brilliant introspection of this troubled composer’s mind. Completing the programme is Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony with its sultry and brooding first movement and its glittering, spirit-lifting finale.

Pre-concert talk 6.15pm The Hexagon Auditorium (FREE)

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THE HEXAGON

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Saturday 5 April 7.30pm Britten Sinfonia Violin/Director Thomas Gould Mozart Adagio and Fugue K.546 Martynov Come in! Bach Goldberg Variations (arr. Sitkovetsky)

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Britten Sinfonia is one of the world’s most celebrated and pioneering ensembles. The orchestra is acclaimed for its virtuoso musicianship, and inspired approach to concert programming which makes bold, intelligent connections across 400 years of repertoire, and a versatility that is second to none. Britten Sinfonia breaks the mould by not having a principal conductor or director, instead choosing to collaborate with a range of the finest international guest artists from across the musical spectrum, resulting in performances of rare insight and energy.


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CONCERT HALL

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Thursday 17 April 7.30pm Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano & The Escher Quartet Mendelssohn Quartet in E flat Major Op.12 Mendelssohn Andante and Rondo capriccioso Op.14 Schubert Impromptu in G flat Major D899 No.3 Gounod/Liszt Valse de Faust Dvořåk Piano Quintet No.2 in A Major Op.81

British pianist, Benjamin Grosvenor first came to prominence as the outstanding winner of the Keyboard Final of the 2004 BBC Young Musician Competition at the age of eleven. Since then, Benjamin has become an internationally regarded pianist performing with orchestras including the London Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Tokyo Symphony, and in venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican and Carnegie Hall. The Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its profound musicianship, perfectly blended sound, elegant refinement and penetrating intelligence. Championed by the Emerson String Quartet, the group were BBC New Generation Artists from 20102012, giving debuts at both the Wigmore Hall and the BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall. Pre-concert talk 6.15pm. The Town Hall (FREE)

Sussie Ahlburg

Laura Rose

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THE HEXAGON

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Wednesday 30 April 7.30pm English Chamber Orchestra Violin/Director

Stephanie Gonley

Soloist

Charlotte Barbour-Condini, Recorder

Bach Monteverdi Corelli Vivaldi Telemann Handel

Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G Major BWV 1048 Il ballo delle ingrate Concerto Grosso in F minor Op.6 No.2. Recorder Concerto in C minor RV.441 Recorder Concerto in A minor Water Music Suite No.1

Charlotte Barbour-Condini, from Stoke Newington in North London, made history by being the first recorder player to win the BBC Young Musician Woodwind Final, and reach the Final of BBC Young Musician 2012. Here, with the English Chamber Orchestra, Charlotte will perform Vivaldi’s Recorder Concerto – which she played in the Young Musician final under the baton of Kirill Karabits – and Telemann’s Concerto in A minor. Equally at home on piano and violin as well, Charlotte has a very bright musical future ahead of her. Pre-concert talk 6.15pm The Hexagon Auditorium (FREE)

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THE HEXAGON

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Wednesday 21 May 7.30pm Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor Yuri Botnari Soloist Natasha Paremski, Piano Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty Excerpts Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor Op.18

A large Russian orchestra performing large Russian works is always a thrilling concert, and Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra make a welcome return to The Hexagon with the perfect programme. Under the baton of their Guest Conductor, Yuri Botnari and joined by Russian-born pianist, Natasha Paremski, The Hexagon will be filled with brilliance.

Shostakovich Symphony No.10 in E minor Op.93

Pre-concert talk 6.15pm The Hexagon Auditorium (FREE)

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CONCERT HALL

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Friday 30 May 7.30pm The Elias String Quartet The Beethoven Project: 6 Beethoven String Quartet in B flat Major Op.18 No.6 String Quartet in E minor Op.59 No.2 ‘Rasumovsky’ String Quartet in F Major Op.135 And so, to the final concert in The Beethoven Project, a superb cycle of six concerts spread over two seasons. For those dedicated followers of the project, who have been to all the concerts, will have witnessed just why the quartet are firmly established as one of the most intense and vibrant ensembles of their generation. All accolades are well-deserved.

Pre-concert talk 6.15pm The Town Hall (FREE)

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Friday 6 June 7.30pm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor Alexander Shelley Soloist John Williams, Guitar Elgar In the South Op.50 Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez

From Elgar’s energetic and colourful depiction of Southern Italy, painting warm images of sun-soaked hills, Roman Legions and the azure Mediterranean, to Gershwin’s An American in Paris, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra samples summer on the Continent. Guitarist John Williams, recognised around the world as one of the foremost musicians of our time, will be joining British maestro Alexander Shelley to perform Rodrigo’s radiant Concierto de Aranjuez, and Goss’ exceptional Guitar Concerto.

Goss Guitar Concerto Gershwin An American in Paris

Pre-concert talk 6.15pm The Hexagon Auditorium (FREE)

Kathy Panama

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CONCERT HALL

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Saturday 14 June 7.30pm The King’s Singers All American Songbook Programe to include: Celebrating Harold Arlen and George Gershwin I’ve got the world on a string Traditional American Spirituals Down to the river to pray The magic of Cole Porter Begin the Beguine The Great American Songbook When I fall in love

Pre-concert talk 6.15pm The Town Hall (FREE)

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Known to be some of the best music ever written in the history of American popular music, and encompassing a period from the 1920s through to the 1960s, The Great American Songbook includes music by some of the most loved composers such as Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin and Jerome Kern. The King’s Singers have commissioned 17 brand new a cappella arrangements of some of the greatest music from this period, as well as 8 new orchestral arrangements. Instantly recognisable for their spot-on intonation, impeccable vocal blend, flawless articulation of the text and incisive timing, the group will bring to these performances their own world-renowned sound in a fresh look at these timeless classics.


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THE HEXAGON

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Saturday 5 April 2014 4pm Hannah Conway presenter Ed Vere author/illustrator Iain Farrington piano

Discover the story of Mr Big, the lonely gorilla whose scary appearance puts off potential friends, until he finds his musical talent. Join Britten Sinfonia for an interactive family concert with live illustrations on stage by Mr Big’s author, Ed Vere. The concert’s songs will be available to learn on the Britten Sinfonia website.

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Adults £8.50 Children £6.50 Family £23 (4 tickets, maximum 2 adults)

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Suitable for 3-7 year olds. Running time: approx 75 minutes including singing warm-up


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CONCERT HALL

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Celebrity Organ Recital Thursday 17 October 7.30pm Stephen Farr, Organ A Tale of Two Cities Celebrity organ recitalist Stephen Farr presents a programme entitles ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ in which the featured music is either from Paris or London – an echo of Dickens’s epic novel! Hear Handel swagger down the Strand in Percy Granger’s musical-biographical sketch, and compare with Parisian Louis Vierne’s impressions of the Westminster chimes – all in the incomparable acoustic of the Reading Concert Hall.

Handel (arr. Dupré/Duruflé) d’Indy Stanley (arr. H Coleman) Grainger Vierne Boely Coates Steel

Concerto in A Major Op.7 No.2 Prélude in Eb minor Suite for Organ Handel in the Strand Carillon de Westminster Fantaisie in Bb ‘Westminster’ (from ‘A London Suite’) Variations on a theme of Machaut

Pre-concert talk 6.15pm The Concert Hall (FREE) Organ Curator, William McVicker interviews Stephen Farr about his busy concert schedule.

Lunchtime Organ Recitals The Concert Hall presents a series of lunchtime organ recitals by locally and nationally renowned organists. All recitals begin at 1.00pm, and last approximately 45 minutes. Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday 24

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Cameron Luke Michael Harris Eleni Keventsidou Chris Bragg Richard Brasier A student from Eton College


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CONCERT HALL

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Celebrity Organ Recital Thursday 15 May 7.30pm Paul Hale, Organ A March in May A foot-tapping selection of boisterous spring marches performed by Paul Hale, who is the Rector Chori and Organist at Southwell’s delightful Cathedral. Paul has rapidly become a much-loved organ recitalist and presents a concert based around well-known marches. Mendelssohn’s rousing War March of the Priests and Handel’s march from the Occasional Oratorio form two of the cornerstones of the programme, performed on the ‘Father’ Willis organ in the Concert Hall. Mendelssohn Handel J.S.Bach Rathbone Smart Franck Hollins Walton

War March of the Priests Occasional Overture Prelude & Fugue in C BWV545 Southwell Suite Festive March in D Prelude, Fugue & Variation Maytime Gavotte March, Crown Imperial

Pre-concert talk 6.15pm The Concert Hall (FREE) Organ Curator, William McVicker interviews Paul Hale about his work at Southwell Cathedral.

Tickets CELEBRITY ORGAN RECITAL £12.50, Concessions £2.00 off, £9.50 for subscribers* * Set price for subscribers – no additional concessions. PLEASE NOTE: Organ recitals do not count towards a subscription package.

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO SUPPORT A CLASSICAL MUSIC ALIVE CONCERT? Supporting a Classical Music Alive is a simple way of showing your appreciation of the season, and sharing a special event with your clients or customers. Associate your business with classical music of the highest calibre by saying ‘we enjoy these concerts and we’d like to share our enjoyment with you’.

BENEFITS: • Logo & supporters paragraph on www.readingarts.com and on publicity material associated with your chosen concert. • Display space in The Concert Hall/The Hexagon foyer at your chosen concert. • Advert in printed programme for your chosen concert. • 6 FREE tickets for your chosen concert, plus the option to buy more at a discounted rate. • Opportunity for hospitality at your chosen rate, at a highly competitive rate. • Hold a collection in aid of your chosen charity. (You could use the display space above to advertise your charity as well as/instead of your company)* If you would like to support a concert in the 2013-2014 Classical Music Alive season, please contact Reading Arts on 0118 937 2011. *You must carry out charity collections yourself – Reading Arts staff will not be able to collect for you.


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A great place to meet at The Hexagon Theatre with free Wi-Fi and plenty of room to relax.

Freshly baked pastries, cookies and cakes with great coffee and a range of fruit and herbal teas. All food and drinks available to take away New season menu available – download now at readingarts.com Café open 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday with lunch available between 12pm and 2pm. Also open one hour before each performance.

Serving a range of hot and cold drinks, snacks and lunches. All our food is freshly prepared on site. Open Monday – Saturday, 10am – 3pm

The perfect place to unwind in the unique surroundings of Reading Museum

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Local Groups Event Listings. Sept 2013 - Feb 2014 SEPTEMBER 2013

DECEMBER 2013

Sat 7 Henley Symphony Orchestra Proms Concert St Mary the Virgin, Henley on Thames www.henleysymphonyorchestra.co.uk

Sat 7 Reading Festival Chorus Wesley Methodist Church, Reading www.readingfestivalchorus.org.uk

OCTOBER 2013

Sat 7 South Berks Concert Band Kennet Valley Free Church, Calcot www.southberksmusic.org.uk

Sat 19 South Berks Concert Band Children’s Concert Kennet Valley Free Church, Calcot www.southberksmusic.org.uk Sat 19 Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra St Paul’s Church, Wokingham www.aldworthphilharmonic.org.uk Wed 30 – Sat 2 Nov 2013 Sainsbury Singers Leighton Park School, Shinfield Road www.sainsburysingers.org.uk

NOVEMBER 2013 Sat 9 Reading Symphony Orchestra St Paul’s Church, Wokingham www.rso.org.uk Sat 10 Henley Symphony Orchestra The Concert Hall www.henleysymphonyorchestra.co.uk Sat 16 Wokingham Choral Society The Great Hall, Reading University www.wokingham-choral-society.org.uk Sat 16 Reading Bach Choir Reading Minster, St Marys Butts www.readingbachchoir.org.uk Fri 29 The Witt Studio Showcase Wesley Methodist Church, Reading www.thewittstudio.com 28

Tue 10 Henley Choral Society St Mary the Virgin, Henley on Thames www.henleychoralsociety.org.uk Sat 14 Thames Valley Chorus Leighton Park School, Shinfield Road www.tvchorus.co.uk Sat 14 Sainsbury Singers Christmas Concert St Peter’s Church, Caversham www.sainsburysingers.org.uk Sun 15 Henley Symphony Orchestra Christ Church Centre, Henley on Thames www.henleysymphonyorchestra.co.uk

JANUARY 2014 Sat 18 Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra The Concert Hall www.aldworthphilharmonic.org.uk

FEBRUARY 2014 Sat 8 Reading Bach Choir Douai Abbey, Woolhampton www.readingbachchoir.org.uk Sat 8 Reading Symphony Orchestra St Paul’s Church, Wokingham www.rso.org.uk


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Local Groups Event Listings. Mar 2013 - July 2014 MARCH 2014

JUNE 2014

Sun 9 Henley Symphony Orchestra The Hexagon www.henleysymphonyorchestra.co.uk

Sat 21 Reading Symphony Orchestra The Great Hall, Reading University www.rso.org.uk

Sat 22 Wokingham Choral Society Kennet Valley Free Church, Calcot www.wokingham-choral-society.org.uk

Sat 28 Wokingham Choral Society The Great Hall, Reading University www.wokingham-choral-society.org.uk

Fri 28 The Witt Studio Showcase Wesley Methodist Church, Reading www.thewittstudio.com

Sun 29 Reading Festival Chorus Venue tbc www.readingfestivalchorus.org.uk

Sat 29 Reading Festival Chorus Greyfriars Church, Reading www.readingfestivalchorus.org.uk

Sat 29 Reading Festival Chorus Greyfriars Church, Reading www.readingfestivalchorus.org.uk

Sat 29 South Berks Concert Band Kennet Valley Free Church, Calcot www.southberksmusic.org.uk

JULY 2014

Sun 30 Reading Symphony Orchestra Leighton Park School, Shinfield Road www.rso.org.uk

APRIL 2014 Sat 5 Reading Bach Choir Queen Anne’s School, Caversham www.readingbachchoir.org.uk

Sat 5 Reading Bach Choir St James’ Church, Reading www.readingbachchoir.org.uk Sat 12 South Berks Concert Band Kennet Valley Free Church, Calcot www.southberksmusic.org.uk Fri 18 The Witt Studio Showcase Wesley Methodist Church, Reading www.thewittstudio.com

MAY 2014 Sat 17 Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra Way Hall, Reading Blue Coat School, Sonning www.aldworthphilharmonic.org.uk Mid-May Sainsbury Singers The Hexagon www.sainsburysingers.org.uk 29 29


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TOWN HALL WEDDING AND CONFERENCING FACILITIES Reading Museum & Town Hall is a magnificent, versatile; Grade II listed building situated in the heart of Reading, offering a beautiful backdrop for all your Wedding, Conferencing or Meeting needs. We provide a professional, flexible service catering for functions large and small.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS PLEASE VISIT: WWW.READINGMUSEUM.ORG.UK/VENUE-HIRE/ OR TELEPHONE 0118 937 3400.

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A great day out for all the family, check www.readingarts.com for the latest information and upcoming dates.


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How To Find Us

Useful Information

Travelling by Car For directions, please visit the ‘How to Get There’ section on www.readingarts.com

Access

CAR PARKS

• Level access to wheelchair seating.

The Hexagon

• To enhance your safety and comfort we require patrons in wheelchairs to book a designated wheelchair space.

The Broad Street Mall and Chatham Place car parks are open all day. The Civic Centre Car Park B opens from 6pm – 11.30pm. The Concert Hall The nearest car parks are Reading Station and Garrard Street. Evening rate car parking is also available at the Queen’s Road car park after 6pm. Please Note: Car Parks are run independently to Reading Arts, and determine their own pricing structures and payment methods. We are unable to address car parking issues. Please contact the car park companies directly.

Travelling by Bus or Train For details of the Nighttrack, Daytrack and Fasttrack bus services, call Traveline, public transport info on 0118 959 4000 or visit www.reading-buses.co.uk For National Rail enquiries, call 0845 7484950 or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk

Both venues are completely smoke-free environments.

• Please inform the Box Office should you require level access or have limited mobility. • We welcome both seeing and hearing Guide Dogs, please advise at the time of booking. A bowl of water can be provided. • An infrared sound enhancement system for the hard-of-hearing is available for use with or without a hearing aid. Please reserve sets at the time of booking, to be collected from the Box Office prior to the event – a small deposit is required. • Disabled toilets available at both venues.

Bookings • All subscription bookings received will be treated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis with the best available seats being allocated – a second choice of seating area may be asked for in case of high demand. • All Direct Debit booking closes on Friday 2 August 2013 • Booking for individual concerts is open from Monday 17 June 2013 on 0118 960 6060 or online at www.readingarts.com. Standard booking fees may apply – contact box office or see website for details. • Tickets cannot be refunded, but subscription tickets may be exchanged for another performance. Individual tickets cannot be exchanged. Reading Arts and Venues reserve the right to refuse entry and to make any changes to the information contained in this brochure without prior notification in the event of illness or any other unavoidable cause. All information was correct at the time of printing.

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Concessions Eligibility Senior Citizens are entitled to a £2 concession reduction off all individual ticket prices. There is no concession price on subscription tickets. Disabled patrons are entitled to a 2 for 1 offer on individual tickets and subscriptions. For Groups of 10+, ALL tickets are £10 each, and are subject to a £1.15 per ticket booking fee. No additional subscription rates apply. (subject to availability) Classical Music Alive offer excellent rates for Families and young people at individual concerts: Groups 10+: ALL tickets are £10 each, and are subject to a £1.15 per ticket booking fee. No additional subscription rates apply. (subject to availability) All children under 18: £5 for individual tickets Schools: £5 each, including free programmes (subject to availability) Classical Membership Scheme: £10 for individual tickets. (For patrons aged 18-25 – please contact the Box Office to register for the scheme) Family Tickets: £40 (Hex) or £30 (CH) - for 4 tickets, maximum of 2 adults.* For groups, we can help arrange pre- or post-performance receptions and organise school bookings. Please call our Group Booker on 0118 937 2011 for more details. Full price individual tickets & concessionary tickets, (except Groups & Disabled 2for1) are available to book online at www.readingarts.com

Ticket Fees There is a reduced booking fee for subscribers, of £1.15 per ticket. This rate is capped at £10 per booking form (i.e. once you have booked enough tickets for the booking fee to be over £10, you will only £10 booking fee, regardless of how many more tickets you book on the form). For all other bookings there is a £1.15 per ticket fee for tickets up to and including £10 and £1.95 per ticket fee for tickets great than £10. Tickets with a face value of up to and including £5 are subject to a fee of 25p per ticket. This includes postage, packaging and administration costs. The booking fee applies to ticket purchases made with cheques, credit cards, debit cards and cash. Bookings made in person with a pre-paid debit card are not subject to a booking fee. For subscriptions paid with a pre-paid debit card, proof of card type will be required before tickets are processed. *Tickets for events at Reading Arts and Venues carry a per ticket booking fee in addition to the published prices. Because of initiatives like the Schools Membership Scheme and Pre-paid debit cards, which don’t incur a fee, we are unable to include the booking fee within the published ticket price. We chose not to hide the inclusion of the fee behind increased ticket prices.

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Why Subscribe? • • • • • • •

• •

Save up to 40% on standard prices – a possible reduction of nearly £200! Book a minimum of 3 concerts to start benefitting from reductions. Enjoy advance booking and request your preferred seats, before single concerts go on sale. Benefit from a reduced booking fee of £1.15 per ticket, capped at £10 per form, when booking enough eligible seats. Pick further concerts at any stage in the season and pay a reduced ticket price based on your original subscription. Exchange your tickets for another concert in the series, if you discover you are no longer able to attend. (subject to availability) Pre-pay for your printed concert programme at a reduced rate. (At least one programme must be ordered per subscribed concert. The cost per programme is £2 (usually £2.50 on the night). Acknowledgement of your pre-paid programme will be sent in due course. Subscribe to all 17 eligible concerts and receive a free Reading Arts produced programme at each performance PLUS save 40% on standard ticket prices. (Please note: occasionally an orchestra/ensemble will bring tour programmes. In this situation, it may not be possible to offer free programmes.) Benefit from reduced prices for Celebrity Organ Recitals.

Seating Plans 2B BALCONY

BALCONY

3B

3B

1B

1B

1

2B

2B 1A

5

1A

2A

2A

5

4

2C

3

2A

3

4

2C 3A 4A

4C

4A

4C

STAGE 4B

CHOIR

STAGE 4B

5

CONCERT HALL

THE HEXAGON

PRICE CODE 1

34

PRICE CODE 2

PRICE CODE 3

PRICE CODE 4 PRICE CODE 5


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Ticket prices The Hexagon The Concert Hall Organ Recitals

£32.00, £28.50, £25.50, £20.50, £16.00 £23.00, £20.50, £18.50, £14.50, £12.00 Celebrity £12.50, Subscribers £9.50* Lunchtime £4.50

CONCESSIONS REDUCTION OF £2 PER TICKET AVAILABLE FOR SENIOR CITIZENS – FOR INDIVIDUAL TICKETS ONLY, NOT APPLICABLE TO SUBSCRIPTION TICKETS. Groups 10+: ALL tickets are £10 each, and are subject to a £1.15 per ticket booking fee. No additional subscription rates apply. (subject to availability) All children under 18: £5 for individual tickets Schools: £5 each, including free programmes (subject to availability) Classical Membership Scheme: £10 for individual tickets. (For patrons aged 18-25 – please contact the Box Office to register for the scheme) Family Tickets: £40 (Hex) or £30 (CH) - for 4 tickets, maximum of 2 adults. *Set price for subscribers, no additional concessions. Please note: Organ Recitals do not count towards a subscription package.

Subscription Prices PRICE CODE 1

PRICE CODE 2

PRICE CODE 3

PRICE CODE 4

PRICE CODE 5

The Hexagon

£32.00

£28.50

£25.50

£20.50

£16.00

Concert Hall

£23.00

£20.50

£18.50

£14.50

£12.00

£9.60

Full Price

SUBSCRIPTION BANDS – PRICE PER TICKET SUPERSUBSCRIBER!

Book all 17 Concerts and Save 40%

The Hexagon

£19.20

£17.10

£15.30

£12.30

Concert Hall

£13.80

£12.30

£11.10

£8.70

DIAMOND Book for 14 16 Concerts and Save 30%

The Hexagon

£22.40

£19.95

£17.85

£14.35

Concert Hall

£16.10

£14.35

£12.95

£10.15

GOLD Book 9 - 13 Concerts and Save 20%

The Hexagon

£25.60

£22.80

£20.40

£16.40

Concert Hall

£18.40

£16.40

£14.80

£11.60

SILVER Book 5 - 8 Concerts and Save 15%

The Hexagon

£27.20

£24.20

£21.65

£17.40

Concert Hall

£19.55

£17.40

£15.70

£12.30

NOT AVAILABLE

£11.20 NOT AVAILABLE

£12.80 NOT AVAILABLE

£13.60 NOT AVAILABLE


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Subscription Booking Please complete the booking form clearly in ink and using BLOCK CAPITALS. Send it with your payment to the Reading Arts Box Office: The Hexagon, Queen’s Walk, Reading RG1 7UA. Best available seats will be allocated. WE ALWAYS DO OUR BEST TO MEET YOUR REQUESTS BUT PLEASE BE AWARE THAT DEMAND MAY BE HIGH.

Name Address

Telephone (Day) Telephone (Evening/Weekends) Date

Email

Data Protection Act 1998 Please indicate whether you would like to receive information regarding forthcoming events in Reading. Yes No By Email By Post

How to subscribe 1. Pick your concerts; choose which seating area you would like and decide how many tickets you require. (See below for seat requests) 2. Count how many concerts you will be attending (excluding Organ Recitals and Mr Big) then look at the Price Table to see which subscription band you fall into, and therefore how much tickets will be. 3. Check whether the performance will take place at The Hexagon or Concert Hall; insert the subscription band ticket price for the venue and the number of tickets in the appropriate sections on the booking form overleaf. Calculate the total per concert and insert in the end column. 4. Include requirements for Organ Recitals, Mr Big Family Concert and Pre-pay programmes in the appropriate sections. 5. Complete the booking fee total - £1.15 per ticket or capped at £10 per booking form if you have booked enough tickets. 6. Add together all entries in the final column and enter the amount in the Grand Total box. 7. Complete the address form above and payment form overleaf, tear off and hand to a member of Box Office staff or post to the address above.

Seat Request If you know which seat(s) you would like, please state here: The Hexagon

The Concert Hall

PLEASE NOTE: WE CANNOT GUARANTEE THAT YOU WILL BE GIVEN THE EXACT SEAT(s) REQUESTED – BEST AVAILABLE SEATS WILL BE ALLOCATED.


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Date

Concert

Venue

Example

Seating Area

1A

Ticket Price

No. of Tickets

£22.40

TOTAL

2

£44.80

No. Items

Total

2013 Sat 5 Oct

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

The Hexagon

Thu 24 Oct

Mitsuko Uchida, Piano

Concert Hall

Sun 17 Nov

Czech National Symphony Orchestra

The Hexagon

Fri 22 Nov

The Elias String Quartet

Concert Hall

Sun 8 Dec

The Sixteen

Concert Hall

2014 Fri 24 Jan

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

The Hexagon

Thu 6 Feb

The Elias String Quartet

Concert Hall

Wed 19 Feb

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

The Hexagon

Sat 8 Mar

Imogen Cooper, Piano

Concert Hall

Tue 18 Mar

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

The Hexagon

Sat 5 Apr

Britten Sinfonia

The Hexagon

Thu 17 Apr

Benjamin Grosvenor & The Escher Quartet

Concert Hall

Wed 30 Apr

English Chamber Orchestra

The Hexagon

Wed 21 May

Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra

The Hexagon

Fri 30 May

The Elias String Quartet

Concert Hall

Fri 6 June

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

The Hexagon

Sat 14 June

The King’s Singers

Concert Hall

ORGAN RECITALS AT THE CONCERT HALL Thu 17 Oct 2013

Stephen Farr

Concert Hall

£9.50

Thu 15 May 2014

Paul Hale

Concert Hall

£9.50

FAMILY CONCERT Sat 5 Apr 2014

Britten Sinfonia Mr Big

The Hexagon

ADULT £8.50 CHILD £6.50 FAMILY £23

PRE-PAY

Price Each

Programmes

£2.00 BOOKING FEE (£1.15 per ticket or £10 capped) GRAND TOTAL

Payment (please select one of the following) By Cheque Cheques should be made payable to Reading Borough Council. By Credit Card If you would like to pay by Credit or Debit Card, a box office representative will contact you for your card details when processing the booking. By Direct Debit Spread your payments over 6 months – INTEREST FREE. A Direct Debit mandate will be issued to you with a pre-paid envelope. We will calculate your monthly payments for you. If you have already set up a direct debit for Classical Music Alive, and wish to pay in the same way this season, please tick here (box). We will calculate payments for you and confirm in writing, after your tickets have been processed. (You will not need to sign a new mandate unless you have already cancelled your old one.) If you have any queries regarding payment by Direct Debit please call the Finance Team on 0118 937 2002. The deadline for Direct Debit requests to be received is Friday 2 August 2013. PLEASE SEE PAGE 31 FOR BOOKING FEE INFORMATION AND ALLOW 28 DAYS FOR YOUR SUBSCRIPTION TO BE PROCESSED.


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