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Classical

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Royal

PHILHARMONIC

ORCHESTRA RESIDENCY 2017|18

FRIDAY 3 NOVEMBER

The Hexagon’s 40th Birthday Concert

SATURDAY 10 MARCH

Dmitry Masleev plays Shostakovich

THURSDAY 31 MAY

Michael Petrov plays Tchaikovsky

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Classical 2017 OCTOBER

18 John Lill, Piano NOVEMBER

MUSIC ALIVE

LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITALS AT THE CONCERT HALL SEPTEMBER 2017

11 David Thomas

3 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – NOVEMBER 2017 The Hexagon’s 40th Anniversary Concert 20 William McVicker 15 Chloe Hanslip, Violin & Danny Driver, Piano DECEMBER

21 The Sixteen & Harry Christophers

FEBRUARY 2018 19 David Pether

2018 FEBRUARY

22 Steven Osborne, Piano 26 Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra with Hyejin Kim, Piano MARCH

10 10 21

RPO Sound Around Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Dmitry Masleev, Piano Katona Twins, Guitars

APRIL

10 Catrin Finch, Harp 18 European Union Chamber Orchestra with Raphael Wallfisch, Cello MAY

4 15 31 31

Bruckner Linz Orchestra with Bournemouth Symphony Chorus Brodsky Quartet RPO Noisy Kids Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Michael Petrov, Cello

JUNE

14 The Kings Singers

NEW TO CLASSICAL CONCERTS? DOWNLOAD YOUR GUIDE TO CLASSICAL CONCERTS NOW AT WWW.READINGARTS.COM Ticket Prices

The Hexagon £25.50, £22.50 The Concert Hall £20.50, £17.50, £15.50 Organ Recitals £5.00 Group of 10+: All tickets £12 each. No additional subscription rates apply. (subject to availability) All children under 18: £6 for individual tickets. Schools: £6 each, including free programmes. (subject to availability) Classical Membership Scheme: £12 for individual tickets. (For patrons aged 18-25 or students of any age – please contact the Box Office to register for the scheme. NUS card/proof of status/age is required). Please note: Organ Recitals, Sound Around and Noisy Kids do not count towards a subscription package. www.readingarts.com Box Office 0118 960 6060

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CONCERT HALL

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Wednesday 18 October, 7.30pm John Lill, Piano BEETHOVEN Sonata in C minor Op.13 Sonata in C Op.53 ‘Waldstein’ ‘ Sonata in C# minor Op.27 ‘No.2 ‘Moonlight’ Sonata in F minor Op.57 ‘Appassionata’

John Lill is a familiar face to Classical Music Alive audiences, most recently as soloist with various orchestras, but it is some time since we welcomed him to The Concert Hall as a solo recitalist. Unanimously described as one of the leading pianists of his generation, John Lill’s career spans over 55 years, during which time he has given over 4000 concerts. In Britain John has given over 25 London Promenade concerts and regularly appears with all the major symphony orchestras. He has toured overseas with the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, City of Birmingham, Hallé, Royal Scottish National and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras. John’s extensive repertoire includes more than eighty concertos, and he is acclaimed in particular as a leading interpreter of Beethoven, whose complete sonata cycle he has performed on several occasions in the UK, USA and Japan. We are delighted that he is bringing a selection of those to us for this concert.

Pre-concert talk 6.30pm The Town Hall FREE

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Friday 3 November, 7.30pm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra CONDUCTOR Barry Wordsworth SOLOIST Duncan Riddell, Violin With young musicians from Berkshire Maestros, Reading Youth Orchestra and Henley Music School New 40th Anniversary work ELGAR Overture: Cockaigne VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending HOLST The Planets

The 2017-2018 season marks the 40th Anniversary of The Hexagon. To begin the festivities, our Resident Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, bring a Gala Concert of British favourites. Beginning with the frivolous melodic lines of Elgar’s playful Cockaigne Overture, followed by Vaughan Williams’ incredibly popular The Lark Ascending, with the lyrical violin line soaring above shimmering strings. After the interval, we are excited to bring Holst’s majestic work, The Planets. A phenomenal work, each movement has a distinct character, taking you on a rollercoaster ride through the solar system. What better way to celebrate? In addition, the concert opens with young musicians from our Emerging Artist Partner organisations playing a new work, created by them in workshops with the RPO and performed by them with the orchestra. A celebration of just some of the members of the community which contributes to The Hexagon’s varied programme of events. Pre-concert talk 6.30pm The Hexagon Auditorium FREE

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CONCERT HALL

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Wednesday 15 November, 7.30pm Chloe Hanslip, Violin & Danny Driver, Piano SCHUBERT Sonatina No.1 in D Major D384 BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No.10 in G Major Op.96 BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata in A Major Op.47 ‘Kreutzer’

Chloe Hanslip and Danny Driver are two of this country’s most versatile performers, described as “An outstanding compelling partnership” by Gramophone Magazine the duo have been performing together regularly for the last 6 years. Their combined ability to perform lesser known and new works whilst performing the great masterpieces with consummate ease never ceases to amaze. This concert focussing on two of Beethoven’s Great Sonatas is part of Chloe and Danny’s 2017 exploration of the complete Sonatas For Violin And Piano, they have recorded all these works for release on Rubicon Classics the first of which was released in October 2017.

Pre-concert talk 6.30pm The Town Hall FREE

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Thursday 21 December, 7.30pm The Sixteen & Harry Christophers GLORY TO THE CHRIST CHILD BULLARD Glory to the Christ Child JOUBERT There is no Rose TRAD. OLD BASQUE I saw a Maiden RUTTER There is a Flower TRAD. Christmas Eve (The Lord at first did Adam make) COSTELEY Allons, gay bergeres LASSUS La nuit froide et sombre

TRAD. FRENCH (ARR. KITSON) Quelle est cette odeur POULENC Quatre motets pour le temps de Noel MACONCHY There is no Rose TRAD. OLD BASQUE The Infant King HOWELLS A spotless rose TRAD. Somerset Carol (Come all you worthy gentlemen)

POULENC Un soir de neige TRAD. Past three O Clock PALESTRINA O magnum mysterium / Quem vidistis pastores? Videntes stellam Hodie Christus natus est CHILCOTT Pilgrim Jesus

Pre-concert talk 6.30pm The Town Hall FREE

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CONCERT HALL

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Thursday 22 February, 7.30pm Steven Osborne, Piano PROKOFIEV Sarcasms Op.17 RAVEL Miroirs BERG Piano Sonata Op.1 PROKOFIEV Piano Sonata No.8 in B flat Major Op.84

Steven Osborne is one of Britain’s most notable musicians whose insightful and idiomatic interpretations of diverse repertoire show an immense musical depth. His numerous awards include The Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year (2013) and two Gramophone Awards. Osborne’s recitals of carefully crafted programmes are publicly and critically acclaimed without exception. He has performed in many of the world’s prestigious venues including the Konzerthaus Vienna, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Philharmonie Berlin, Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Carnegie Hall and the Wigmore Hall. He is a favourite soloist of British orchestras and has been the 2016/17 Artist in Residence with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Osborne’s 2011 complete Ravel recording was described as capturing ‘inspired performances…the best complete Ravel cycle on disc.’ (The Sunday Times)

Pre-concert talk 6.30pm The Town Hall FREE

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Monday 26 February, 7.30pm Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra CONDUCTOR Valery Polyansky SOLOIST Hyejin Kim, Piano KHACHATURIAN Masquerade Suite RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No.1 in F# minor Op.1 PROKOFIEV Romeo & Juliet

The ever popular Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra return to The Hexagon, under their Music Director Valery Polyansky, with a rich Russian programme. Ranking among the finest symphonic ensembles in Russia, they receive frequent invitations to perform in countries around the world. They are joined for this concert by pianist, Hyejin Kim. Praised by critics for her, “passionate…polished and expressive,” performances, Hyejin Kim is one of South Korea’s most thrilling young classical stars. Ms Kim first attracted international attention at age 17 when, as its youngest participant, she won third prize in the prestigious Busoni Competition in Italy. Andrea Bonatta, the Head of the Jury, said, “I am thrilled about her flawless musicality and technique, which promises success as an internationally recognised pianist.”

Pre-concert talk 6.30pm The Hexagon Auditorium FREE

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THE HEXAGON

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Saturday 10 March, 11am Orchestras Live Sound Around

RELAXED CONCERT WITH THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Join the world renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a fun-filled, relaxed concert for everyone, especially children and adults with autism, sensory and communication impairments or learning disabilities, as well as individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind or partially sighted. A 25-piece orchestra will introduce the world of orchestral music through classical masterpieces, well-known TV and film themes, sing-alongs, interactive games and more. This concert is relaxed, so it’s perfect for anyone who may need to move around, vocalise or take a few minutes’ break in a quiet space outside the auditorium. At the end of the main concert you’ll be invited to take part in optional activities, moving around the venue to try out instruments, meet musicians and even learn how to conduct! This concert features BSL interpretation, audio description and a supporting social story. There will be increased wheelchair accessibility in the venue.  Produced by Orchestras Live and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in partnership with The Hexagon and Berkshire Maestros and supported by Strategic Touring Funds from Arts Council England.  Tickets: £11 adult, £9 child, £32 family of 4, Groups 10+ £8 (Carers Free) NOT PART OF THE SUBSCRIPTION SERIES

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Saturday 10 March, 7.30pm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra CONDUCTOR Christoph König SOLOIST Dmitry Masleev, Piano WEBER Overture: Euryanthe MARTUCCI Notturno SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Concerto No.2 in F Major Op.102 V

DVORÁK Symphony No.7 in D minor Op.70

This concert opens with the charming Overture to Weber’s opera Euryanthe followed by Martucci’s lush and pensive Notturno. Guaranteed to tug at the heart-strings, Martucci’s stand-alone piece is the epitome of Romanticism, with its yearning melodic lines and luxurious orchestration. Although the name Shostakovich prompts memories of angst-ridden, defiant works, his Piano Concerto No.2 is a gloriously free, wistful creation. Its famous second movement is especially sublime, setting the scene for the cheeky and energetic movement that follows. Dvorák’s Symphony No.7 perfectly balances dramatic power and irresistible lyricism. With its arresting opening, gorgeous slow movement, dancing Scherzo and thrilling Finale, this is one of the greatest pieces Dvorák ever wrote. V

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Pre-concert talk 6.30pm The Hexagon Auditorium FREE

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CONCERT HALL

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Wednesday 21 March, 7.30pm Katona Twins, Guitars PIAZZOLLA Introduccion & Otono Porteno HANDEL (arr. Katona) Chaconne in G Major HWV 435 P KATONA Smerdyakov ALBENIZ Asturias SCARLATTI (arr. Katona) Sonate in C minor K.481

The classical world’s ‘best known guitar duo’, Peter and Zoltán Katona make their Concert Hall KODÁLY (arr. Katona) debut with an exciting Dances of Galánta programme of works from across the guitar repertoire. GRANADOS (arr. Katona) The twins have won numerous Oriental major competitions in New York, (Spanish Dance No.2) London, Germany, France and Hungary. Having studied both DE FALLA (arr. Katona) individually and as a guitar duo, El amor brujo (excerpts) their teachers have included Julian Bream and John Williams. KATONA TWINS Scarlatti’s Metamorphosis

Known for their virtuosic flair, charm and wit, this will be no ordinary guitar concert.

Pre-concert talk 6.30pm The Town Hall FREE

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Tuesday 10 April, 7.30pm Catrin Finch, Harp Programme includes: JOHN PARRY Sonata No.1 MATHIAS Santa Fe Suite TRAD. Welsh Folk Music BRITTEN Suite for Harp ALBÉNIZ Recuerdos de Viaje (Malagueña) Torre Bermeja BRITTEN Suite for Harp

International welsh harpist, Catrin Finch, is one of the most accomplished harpists of her generation. Since her inspiration to learn the harp at the age of five, she has been delighting audiences with her performances in the UK and worldwide. Her rise to prominence started almost immediately. From achieving the highest mark in the UK for her Grade 8 exam at the tender age of nine, under the guidance of Elinor Bennett, she went on to study at The Purcell School and the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Skaila Kanga and received the Queen’s Award for the most outstanding student of her year. In 2000 – 2004, she had the honour of reviving the ancient tradition of Royal Harpist to H.R.H, the Prince of Wales, last held in 1873. We are delighted to welcome her to The Concert Hall for a solo recital. Pre-concert talk 6.30pm The Town Hall FREE

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Wednesday 18 April, 7.30pm European Union Chamber Orchestra DIRECTOR Eva Stegeman SOLOIST Raphael Wallfisch, Cello RESPIGHI Ancient Airs and Dances HAYDN Cello Concerto No.1 in C Major ELGAR Elegy for Strings

This season, the European Union Chamber Orchestra bring British cellist, Raphael Wallfisch to The Hexagon stage to play Haydn’s masterpiece, the Concerto in C. Born in London into a family of distinguished musicians, Raphael is one of the most celebrated cellists performing internationally. At the age of twenty-four he won the Gaspar Cassadó International Cello Competition in Florence. Since then he has enjoyed a world-wide career playing with such orchestras as the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Hallé, City of Birmingham Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Berlin Symphony, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic and many others.

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DVORÁK Symphony No.5 in B flat Major D485

Pre-concert talk 6.30pm The Hexagon Auditorium FREE

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Friday 4 May, 7.30pm Bruckner Linz Orchestra CONDUCTOR Mark Poschner With the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus MAHLER Symphony No.2 in C minor ‘Resurrection’

Pre-concert talk 6.30pm The Hexagon Auditorium FREE

We are excited to welcome the Bruckner Linz Orchestra to The Hexagon to perform Mahler’s emotionally charged Symphony No.2, the ‘Resurrection’. A vast piece, even by Mahler’s standards, exploring the meaning of life, long-forgotten pleasure, the grotesque and wicked, naïve songs of a child and concluding after a dramatic climax with a hymn of Resurrection. A work of genius, musically heart-wrenching throughout. If you’ve not experienced a live performance of this tremendous work, you simply must. If you have, you’ll know why you need to see and hear it all again. We look forward to welcoming you. The history of the Bruckner Linz Orchestra spans 200 years of tradition and excellence. In the last three decades, it has won an international reputation as one of the leading orchestras of Central Europe.

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CONCERT HALL

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Tuesday 15 May, 7.30pm Brodsky Quartet BACH Art of Fugue BWV 1080 MOZART Adagio and Fugue in C minor K.546 SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No.8 in C minor Op.110 MENDELSSOHN Fugue in E flat Major Op.81 No.4

Since forming in 1972, the Brodsky Quartet have performed over 3,000 concerts on the major stages of the world and have released more than 60 recordings. A natural curiosity and an insatiable desire to explore has propelled the group in a number of artistic directions and continues to ensure them not only a prominent presence on the international chamber music scene, but also a rich and varied musical existence. This carefully constructed ‘fugal’ programme demonstrates the craftsmanship with has attracted numerous awards and accolades worldwide. Creating such balanced programmes forms a basis of their ongoing educational work which provides a vehicle to pass on experience and stay in touch with the next generation.

BEETHOVEN Groß Fuge Op.133 Pre-concert talk 6.30pm The Town Hall FREE

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Thursday 31 May, 7.30pm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra CONDUCTOR Rory Macdonald SOLOIST Michael Petrov, Cello TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme Op.33 SIBELIUS Symphony No.2 in D Major Op.43

Sombre strings descend into crashing percussion before giving way to the Romantic, lilting theme of Shakespeare’s play in Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture. Joining the Orchestra for another of Tchaikovsky’s great masterpieces is cellist Michael Petrov, who performs the elegant and charming Variations on a Rococo Theme. Technically demanding but light-hearted, the cello solos resonate throughout the piece and are considered to be Tchaikovsky’s homage to Mozart. Sibelius’ Symphony No.2 evokes the expansive, glacial landscape of his native Finland. From an anguished slow movement to a finale of furious passion, this piece climaxes in a flourish of exhilarating heroism.

Pre-concert talk 6.30pm The Hexagon Auditorium FREE

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CONCERT HALL

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Thursday 14 June, 7.30pm The King’s Singers GOLD

Including works by CHILCOTT VÁSQUEZ SAINT-SAËNS LENNON & McCARTNEY and more..

GREAT MUSIC MUST SHINE The King’s Singers want to take you on a new musical adventure to celebrate their 50th birthday. It’s an adventure that gives thanks for all the music that’s defined their first fifty years, inspired by the unique maverick spirit that guided the original six King’s Singers to keep every performance as fresh and varied as possible. The current singers still share the original six’s mission today: the future of music deserves to shine as brightly as it can. This is about savouring the amazing diversity of music and musicians in our world today, holding up composers, songwriters and singers of all kinds side by side to create something truly special. Come and join us for the ride.

Pre-concert talk 6.30pm The Town Hall FREE

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TEST DRIVE CLASSICAL

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Sound Around comes to Reading in 2018, giving thousands of young people the opportunity to discover and enjoy live orchestral music with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. A team of local ‘Young Producers’ selected from mainstream and special educational needs backgrounds will work with the professionals to put on two exciting schools concerts for their peers. RPO musicians will also deliver specially Sound Around comes to Reading in 2018, giving thousands of young tailored performances in special schools, as well as a family-friendly ‘Relaxed’ people the opportunity to discover and enjoy live orchestral music with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. public concert suitable for everyone, especially for those with additional needs A team of local ‘Young Producers’ (see page 10 for details). selected from mainstream and special

educational needs backgrounds will work with the professionals to put on two exciting schools concerts for their peers. RPO musicians will also deliver specially “I liked seeing all the different instruments for real that I had heard about in school.” tailored performances in special schools, as well as a family-friendly ‘Relaxed’ public concert suitable for everyone, especially for those with additional needs Student feedback, Sound Around Schools Show 2017 (see page 10 for details).

“My children tothat conduct an orchestra. They loved it.” “I likedtwo seeingautistic all the different instrumentsgot for real I had heard about in school.” Student feedback, Sound Around Schools Show 2017 Audience feedback, Sound Around Relaxed Concert 2017 “My two autistic children got to conduct an orchestra. They loved it.” Audience Sound Around Relaxed Concert 2017 “It was incredible to seefeedback, so many of our pupils normally shy and quiet, so confident and engaged when in front of the musicians” “It was incredible to see so many of our pupils normally shy and quiet, so confident Teacher Sound Around Special Schools Concert 2017 andfeedback, engaged when in front of the musicians” Teacher feedback, Sound Around Special Schools Concert 2017

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Supporting the next generation...

EMERGING

ARTISTS PLATFORM

Classical Music Alive in Reading is delighted to be working in partnership with Berkshire Maestros, Henley Music School Henley Music Centre and Reading Youth Orchestra to support young people in their music making and enjoyment. This includes invitations to open rehearsals, Q&A sessions with soloists and conductors, opportunities to perform during concert intervals, participating in masterclasses and workshops and by offering easier access to all Classical Music Alive in Reading concerts. These young people will become the soloists, orchestral players, conductors and audience members of the future. An exciting initiative that provides a concert platform for artists just embarking on an international performing career. The Concert Hall welcomes numerous emerging artists, and in partnership with Get Reading, artists will receive wide-spread coverage of their forthcoming concert and post-concert reviews.

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The

café

HEXAGON

Serving evening meals from 5.30pm for all Classical Music Alive concerts – giving you plenty of time to eat and still be on time for the pre-concert talk. If you haven’t joined us before or you are one of our regular diners, arrive early and you can expect to see: Made to order stir-fry dishes, mezze platters to share and carvery baguettes. During the winter months we also serve homemade hearty vegetable soups with freshly baked bread. Our wine collection is available from the Café as well as bottled beers and a new range of soft drinks.You can also place interval orders at all tills and we are happy to keep your unfinished wine fresh for you to enjoy at the interval.

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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 Both venues are completely smoke-free environments.

CAR PARKS

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

The Hexagon The Broad Street Mall and Chatham Place car parks are open all day. The Civic Centre Car Park B opens from 6pm – 12am Mon-Thurs and 24hrs Fri-Sun. 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 READIBUS If you would like to come to our Classical Music Alive concerts, but have limited mobility and are therefore unable to get to us using ordinary public transport, you may be able to use the Readibus service. To find out if Readibus can help you continue to enjoy our concerts, contact them on 0118 931 0000. www.readibus.co.uk

Bookings • All 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 4 August 2017. • Booking for individual concerts is open from Monday 10 July 2017 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 or exchanged for another performance.

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 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 £12 each. No additional subscription rate applies. (subject to availability) Classical Music Alive offer excellent rates for young people: All children under 18: £6 for individual tickets. Schools: £6 each, including free programmes (subject to availability). Classical Membership Scheme: £12 for individual tickets. (For patrons aged 18-25 or students of any age – please contact the Box Office to register for the scheme. NUS card/proof of status/ age is required). For groups and school bookings, we can help arrange pre- or post-performance receptions, if required. 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

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Ticket Prices www.readingarts.com Box Office: 0118 960 6060

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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. All tickets: £5 (Not available to book via subscription form)

Monday 11 September DAVID THOMAS Monday 20 November WILLIAM MCVICKER Monday 19 February DAVID PETHER THE FATHER WILLIS ORGAN Built originally by ‘Father’ Henry Willis in 1864 for the refurbishment of the Town Hall, the organ was completed with funds from the Reading Philharmonic Society and mover to the new Concert Hall in 1882. The organ has international significance as one of the finest examplessurviving from the Victorian era. Harrison & Harrison Ltd of Durham restored this remarkable instrument, which forms part of the Reading Museum collection, in 1999 through the generosity of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It has a rich palette of colours, from the variety of flutes and reeds through to the authoritative Solo Tuba stop. Supported by Berkshire Organists’ Association.

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Classical Music Alive in Reading 2017/18  
Classical Music Alive in Reading 2017/18  

Enjoy the finest Classical Concerts in Reading, including The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Russian State Philharmonic, The Europen Unio...

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