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CLASSICAL MUSIC ALIVE IN READING

2019 /20

www.readingarts.com Box Office: 0118 960 6060

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ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Season 2019-20

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THE CONCERT HALL

THE HEXAGON

THURSDAY 17 OCTOBER, 7.30PM

THURSDAY 31 OCTOBER, 7.30PM

IMOGEN COOPER, PIANO

ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

Schubert Schubert Schubert

Conductor Soloist

Piano Sonata in C minor D958 Piano Sonata in A Major D959 Piano Sonata in B flat Major No.21 D960

Regarded as one of the finest interpreters of Classical and Romantic repertoire, Imogen Cooper is internationally renowned for her virtuosity and lyicism. She has a widespread career and has appeared with orchestras and in recital venues all over the world. A familiar artist to Classical Music Alive audiences, we are delighted to welcome Imogen back to The Concert Hall for an evening of Schubert’s last piano works.  

Valentina Peleggi Jamal Aliyev, Cello

Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis Elgar Cello Concerto Rossini Overture: The Italian Girl in Algiers Mendelssohn Symphony No.4 ‘Italian’ This concert is a perfect marriage of English and Italian orchestral favourites. Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis has been a staple of Classic FM’s Hall of Fame top three for many years. The rich variety of layers and textures in the work makes it a powerful curtain-raiser for this evening’s concert. Continuing in the same theme of lush Romanticism, is Elgar’s sublime Cello Concerto, performed by internationally renowned cellist Jamal Aliyev, winner of the Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award 2017. Mendelssohn’s buoyant and cheerful Symphony No.4, ‘Italian’, closes this concert with panache and flair. The symphony incorporates native dance and folk rhythms and is a charming tribute to how Italy made him feel.

PRE-CONCERT TALK 6.30PM THE TOWN HALL (FREE)

PRE-CONCERT TALK 6.30PM THE HEXAGON AUDITORIUM (FREE)

TICKETS: £21.50, £18.50, £13.50

TICKETS: £28, £24, £17

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THE CONCERT HALL

THE CONCERT HALL

WEDNESDAY 20 NOVEMBER, 7.30PM

SUNDAY 22 DECEMBER, 7.30PM

TASMIN LITTLE, VIOLIN

THE SIXTEEN & HARRY CHRISTOPHERS

Mozart Sonata in C Major K.296 Clara Schumann Romance No.1 in D flat Major Brahms Sonata No.3 in D minor Strauss Sonata Lenehan / Little Tchaikovskiana “Concert Fantasy on Themes from Swan Lake”

Programme to include Walton Make we joy now in this fest Trad. The Saviour’s Work (The babe in Bethlem’s manger laid) Martin Adam lay y-bounden Poston Jesus Christ the apple tree Warlock Corpus Christi carol Holst This have I done for my true love Praetorius Lo, how a rose e’er blooming Burton Balulalow McDowall Of a Rose Anon. The Salutation Carol Britten A Ceremony of Carols

JOHN LENEHAN, PIANO

We are delighted to welcome Tasmin back to Reading in what will be her last season on the concert platform. Together with pianist, John Lenehan, Tasmin will perform works from recent CD releases – one of Clara Schumann’s three romances and Brahms’ Sonata No.3 – and the concert concludes with their own beautiful collaboration, “Tchaikovskiana”.

The Sixteen’s programme for Christmas 2019 features Britten’s hugely popular A Ceremony of Carols. This masterful and idiomatic work continues to be a staple of the choral canon and is an example of Britten’s genius. The rest of the programme combines the traditional medieval carol tunes upon which so much Christmas music has been based, contrasted with more modern delights including Warlock’s Corpus Christi and Walton’s festive Make we joy now in this fest.

PRE-CONCERT TALK 6.30PM THE TOWN HALL (FREE)

PRE-CONCERT TALK 6.30PM THE TOWN HALL (FREE)

TICKETS: £21.50, £18.50, £13.50

TICKETS: £23.50, £20.50, £15.50

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THE CONCERT HALL

THE HEXAGON

WEDNESDAY 29 JANUARY, 7.30PM

SUNDAY 23 FEBRUARY, 11.30AM

EUROPEAN UNION CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

RPO PRESENTS… NOISY KIDS CIRCUS CIRCUS

Eva Stegeman, Director Ben Goldscheider, Horn Holst Mozart Mozart Dani Howard Haydn

St Paul’s Suite Horn Concerto No.4 in E flat K.495 Rondo for Horn New work Symphony No.49 “La Passione”

Described as a musical Bear Grylls, Ben Goldscheider has quickly emerged as one of the most exciting horn players of his generation. He reached the final of the 2016 BBC Young Musician Competition, aged 18 and made his Proms debut at the Royal Albert Hall in 2018.

Roll up, roll up and see the amazing Royal Philharmonic Orchestra perform the greatest show in Reading. Experience all the magic of the circus in this fun-filled family concert. Bite-sized pieces of well-known music introduce you to the orchestra, mixed with fun and games from your ringside seat!

Following a fantastic debut at The Concert Hall in 2019, the European Union Chamber Orchestra are back to perform again. The concert also includes a new composition by young British composer, Dani Howard, featuring young brass players from our Emerging Artist Partnerships.

PRE-CONCERT TALK 6.30PM THE TOWN HALL (FREE) TICKETS: £23.50, £20.50, £15.50

TICKETS: £11 ADULT, £9 CHILD, £32 FAMILY OF 4, GROUPS 10+ £8

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THE HEXAGON

THE CONCERT HALL

SUNDAY 23 FEBRUARY, 7.30PM

TUESDAY 10 MARCH, 7.30PM

ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

JESS GILLAM, SAXOPHONE

Conductor Soloists

Programme to be announced. With Zeynep Özsuca, piano.

Domingo Hindoyan Duncan Riddell, Violin Richard Harwood, Cello

Glinka Brahms

Overture: A Life for the Tsar Double Concerto for Violin and Cello Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5 Rich in harmony and tenderness, Brahms’ Double Concerto is a highlight of the 20192020 classical season in Reading, not to be missed. Favoured for its heart-swelling, melodic balance between the cello and violin, against the abundance of the orchestra; the double concerto climaxes with joyful triumph and majesty. The second half of this concert is dedicated to Tchaikovsky’s monumental Symphony No.5. Tchaikovsky’s use of the recurring Fate theme as an emotional core paints new orchestral colours in each movement with intensity and purpose. It is rightfully remembered as one of the great Romantic symphonies.

In 2016, at the age of 17, Jess made history as the first saxophonist to win the Woodwind Final of BBC Young Musician of the Year. She then reached the Grand Final at London’s Barbican Hall captivating the public with her talent and charisma. Since then, Jess’s career has been nothing short of stellar: a recording contract with Decca Classics, appearances in both 29017 and 2019 BBC Proms at the Albert Hall, concerto and solo recital engagements in and London and around the UK and her international debut with the Gothenburg Symphony. At the Classical BRIT awards 2018, Jess was selected as winner of the inaugural Sound of Classical Poll – a category for the best emerging artists and ones-to-watch in classical music. We are very excited to be welcoming her to Reading.

PRE-CONCERT TALK 6.30PM THE HEXAGON AUDITORIUM (FREE)

PRE-CONCERT TALK 6.30PM THE TOWN HALL (FREE)

TICKETS: £28, £24, £17

TICKETS: £21.50, £18.50, £13.50

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THE CONCERT HALL

THE HEXAGON

THURSDAY 16 APRIL, 7.30PM

SUNDAY 10 MAY, 7.30PM

JONATHAN BISS, PIANO

ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

Beethoven Piano Sonatas

Conductor Soloist

No.25 in G Major Op.79 No.11 in B flat Major Op.22 No.14 in C# minor Op. 27 No. 2 “Moonlight” No.24 in F# Major Op.78 No.30 in E Major Op.109

Christoph Altsteadt Clare Hammond, Piano

Kodály Dances of Galanta Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Beethoven Symphony No.7

Jonathan Biss is a world-renowned pianist who shares his deep curiosity with music lovers in the concert hall and beyond. He continues to expand his reputation as a teacher, musical thinker, and one of the great Beethoven interpreters of our time. In 2011 Jonathan embarked on a nine-year disc recording cycle of Beethoven’s sonatas, aiming to complete all 32 by 2020. So it makes perfect sense for him to bring us a programme of some of them.

Join the nation’s favourite orchestra for an evening of orchestral gems, beginning with Kodaly’s enchanting Dances of Galanta, a musical tour of the composer’s native Hungary, featuring the folk melodies that helped form its musical identity.

PRE-CONCERT TALK 6.30PM THE TOWN HALL (FREE)

PRE-CONCERT TALK 6.30PM THE HEXAGON AUDITORIUM (FREE)

TICKETS: £21.50, £18.50, £13.50

TICKETS: £28, £24, £17

The centrepiece of this evening’s performance is Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, a devilishly technical and lavishly expressive work, performed by soloist Clare Hammond. Then follows Beethoven’s incredible Symphony No.7, noted for the simplicity and intensity of the second movement as the melody unfolds into a climax of awe-inspiring power. Throughout the symphony are dance-like rhythms, creating an uplifting and infectious sense of joy to end the 2019-2020 Hexagon season.  

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THE CONCERT HALL

THE CONCERT HALL

THURSDAY 21 MAY, 7.30PM

TUESDAY 2 JUNE, 7.30PM

RED PRIEST

GALLIARD ENSEMBLE

TRULY, MADLY, BAROQUE Piers Adams, Recorders Adam Summerhayes, Violin Angela East, Cello David Wright, Harpsichord Programme includes: Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.5 Vivaldi Concerto for Four Violins Albinoni Oboe Concerto Op.9 No.2 Tartini The Devil’s Trill Sonata After their phenomenal performance at The Concert Hall in 2016, Red Priest return to their origins with a stunning programme of truly baroque classics, arranged and performed with their trademark energy, virtuosity and (in the best baroque sense) madness!

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Kathryn Thomas, Flute Owen Dennis, Oboe Katherine Spencer, Clarinet Richard Bayliss, Horn Helen Storey, Bassoon Mozart Briccialdi McDowall Berio Ibert Grainger Grainger Ligeti Patterson

Adagio and Allegro in F minor, K. 594 Quintet for Winds in D Major, op. 124 Subject to the weather Opus Number Zoo Trois Pièces Brèves Walking Tune Lisbon Six Bagatelles Westerly Winds

Former BBC New Generation Artists, the Galliard Ensemble is established as one of Britain’s leading chamber groups, with repertoire ranging from Mozart and Beethoven to Berio and Birtwistle. Known for its virtuosic, entertaining and distinctive performance style, its recordings have been widely praised; the Sunday Times, BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone, and BBC Radio 3 have all selected a Galliard Ensemble CD as “outstanding” or as Critics’ Choice.

PRE-CONCERT TALK 6.30PM THE TOWN HALL (FREE)

PRE-CONCERT TALK 6.30PM THE TOWN HALL (FREE)

TICKETS: £21.50, £18.50, £13.50

TICKETS: £21.50, £18.50, £13.50

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Have you noticed how classical music is everywhere? It’s in the most dramatic scenes in your favourite films, TV, games and often sampled in your favourite rock and pop music. You’ve probably enjoyed more classical music than you think!

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Test Drive Classical is an exciting initiative making high quality classical music accessible to new audiences. To benefit from this offer, quote ‘Test Drive Classical’ when booking. Tickets can only be purchased by phone or at the Box Office, are subject to availabilty and inclusive of booking fee.

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Ticket Prices PRICE BAND A

PRICE BAND B

PRICE BAND C

£28

£24

£17

THE CONCERT HALL (LARGER ENSEMBLES

£23.50

£20.50

£15.50

THE CONCERT HALL

£21.50

£18.50

£13.50

THE HEXAGON

RECITALS

FULL TICKET PRICES ARE SHOWN ON EACH CONCERT ENTRY.

Seating Plans CONCERT HALL

THE HEXAGON

BALCONY

BALCONY

STAGE PRICE BAND A

STAGE PRICE BAND B

PRICE BAND C

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Concessions Eligibility Concessions are available on Price Band B & C seats only. Under 18s: £6 Students (18-25 year olds or NUS card holders of any age): £10 Schools: £6 plus 1 in 10 free* Groups of 10+: 15% off** Groups of 20+: 20% off**

*Not available online **Full price tickets only, not available online Disabled patrons are entitled to a 2 for 1 offer on individual tickets and subscriptions. For groups and schools bookings, we can help to arrange pre- or post-concert receptions, if required. Please call our Group Booker on 0118 937 2011 for more details.

Ticket Fees All ticket prices shown are inclusive of ticket fees. Postage will be charged.

Subscribe & Save Subscribe to 3 or more concerts and save £s on full price tickets: · Book 3 RPO concerts for 15% off · Book 3 or more Concert Hall Concerts for 15% off · Book all 11 Concerts in the season and receive 15% off** and a free programme. Super Subscribers also benefit from priority booking, invites to meet and greets and selected offers and discounts for other events at Reading Arts*** All bookers can also buy an advance concert programme for just £2 and save 50p. Simply add this merchandise item to your basket before checking out.

*** For Super Subscribers booking all 11 Concerts please do not add programmes to the order as these will automatically will be sent at a later date with their welcome letter.

Bookings • • •

Subscription bookings can be made online or in person. Some concessionary rates are not available online. Please contact the Box Office on 0118 960 6060 to book these. Tickets cannot be refunded or exchanged for another performance.

Reading Arts and Venues Membership If you love the arts in Reading then this is your opportunity to get closer to the programme and save money. Membership covers hundreds of events held at our 3 main venues; The Hexagon, South Street and The Concert Hall. Gold Membership Benefits: • Gold Membership Card • No ticket Fee • Priority Booking • e-Newsletter • 10% Bar & Café Discount* • Free Ticket Exchange (within the same event) • Invitation to South Street Season launches • Exclusive Discounts £45

Silver Membership Benefits: • Silver Membership Benefits • Priority Booking • e-Newsletter • 10% Bar & Café Discount* • Invitation to South Street Season Launches • Exclusive Discounts £35 *Discount applies at The Hexagon and South Street Bars and Cafes

For more information contact the Box Office on 0118 960 6060 or readingarts.com/ memberships

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Inclusive charity providing music educaon in all its forms to anyone regardless of age, ability, background or means. Bursaries available up to 100%.

www.henleymusicschool.co.uk Registered Charity No.1178102

HENLEY MUSIC CENTRE

Home to the Henley Youth Chamber Orchestra and hosts groups sessions of Henley Suzuki Violins.

Various lessons, theory and ensembles are provided.

Contact: Paul Cox 0118 961 7584 vcel@gmx.co.uk

Welcoming young musicians of Grade 5 and above. Weekly rehearsals in Reading.

www.readingyouthorchestra.co.uk

Helen Hines MA DipABRSM ATCL

The 'Violin with Helen' String Academy studio is based in North Reading, and provides adults and children age 4+ with a comprehensive music education. Teaching is based around the Suzuki philosophy, and students are encouraged to reach their potential in a warm and nurturing environment.

www.violinwithhelen.co.uk

EMERGING ARTISTS PLATFORM APO Young is Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra’s Fan Club for children aged 5-15. It’s free to join and members get a goody bag, regular newsleers and invitaons to special rehearsal events, as well as discounts on concert ckets and special seat reservaons. More details at:

www.aldworthphilharmonic.org.uk

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Classical Music Alive in Reading is delighted to be working in partnership with local organisations to support young people in their music making and enjoyment. This includes invitations to open rehearsals, Q&A sessions, opportunities to perform, participating in workshops and masterclasses and by offering easier access to all Classical Music Alive in Reading concerts.

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How To Find Us

Useful Information

TRAVELLING BY CAR

ACCESS

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

Both venues are completely smoke-free environments.

CAR PARKS 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 park is Reading Station. 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

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• 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.

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.

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

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hexagon

café

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 mezze platters for sharing, a selection of hot sandwiches and poke bowls, as well as a freshly prepared hot dish of the day and hand crafted cheesecake bowls. 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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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

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.

www.berkshireorganists.org.uk

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