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Reading Summer Proms

Tuesday 22 May – Tuesday 3 July 2012 30 appealing musical events - 9 venues 43 days - over 30 groups and performers www.readingarts.com follow us on Facebook & Twitter

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Diary Tuesday 22 – Saturday 26 May

• Sainsburys Singers present Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Hexagon • Witt Studio Opera, Wesley Methodist Church

Friday 1 June

• Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Diamond Celebration Gala with Nigel Kennedy, The Hexagon • Weather and Music Festival, Reading Town Hall

Saturday 2 June

Sunday 24 June

• Forbury Band Season, Forbury Gardens • Henley Symphony Orchestra, Shiplake College

Friday 29 June

• Reading Minster Festival

Saturday 30 June

• Reading Minster Festival • Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir, The Great Hall, Reading University

• Weather and Music Festival, Reading Town Hall

Sunday 3 June

• Weather and Music Festival, Reading Town Hall • Diamond Jubilee Celebration Band Concert, Forbury Gardens

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Town Hall Classics on The Victorian Pipe Organ, with William McVicker Reading Male Voice Choir & Woodley Concert Band Gala Charity Concert, The Great Hall, Reading University Grimethorpe Colliery Band, The Concert Hall

Sunday 10 June

• Forbury Band Season, Forbury Gardens • Reading Festival Chorus, The Great Hall, Reading University

Saturday 16 June

• The King’s Singers, The Concert Hall

Sunday 17 June

• Forbury Band Season, Forbury Gardens

Saturday 23 June

• Reading Symphony Orchestra, The Concert Hall • Tamesis Chamber Choir, St Laurence’s Church

Sunday 1 July

• Reading Minster Festival • Berkshire Maestros Extravaganza & Schools Prom, The Hexagon

Coming soon… Wednesday 4 July

• Lunchtime Organ Recital, The Concert Hall

Saturday 7 July

• Reading Bach Choir, All Saints, Downshire Square

Friday 20 July

• Witt Studio Summer Showcase, Wesley Methodist Church

Saturday 14 July • •

South Chiltern Choral Society, Musicians from Highdown School & Caversham Primary School Choir Highdown School Thames Valley Gay Chorus, South Hill Park, Bracknell


Welcome to the second Reading Summer Proms. After a fantastic and varied Summer Proms in 2011, which proved just how vibrant the music scene is in Reading, we are delighted to present another season. Hundreds of musicians and performers of all kinds will perform in venues across the town, providing fantastic entertainment for thousands more people watching. There is certainly something for everyone, and even the chance to try something new. Why not attend more than one of these exciting events and get your Jubilee summer off to a musical start? Book a season ticket, for qualifying events, and save up to £29 on full price tickets. PLUS when you book a season ticket, you can get money off other events in Reading.

Tickets Ticket prices and box office information are listed with each event. All tickets sold via the Reading Arts Box Office are subject to a per ticket booking fee of £1.15 for tickets up to and including £10 and £1.95 for tickets greater than £10. Tickets with a face value of up to and including £5 are subject to a fee of 25p per ticket.

Season Tickets A season ticket can only be booked via Reading Arts, and will be subject to a ‘per season ticket’ booking fee of £1.95. Season Ticket qualifying events are marked with a

Please use the booking form at the back of this brochure to book your season ticket. For individual events, please book according to the information listed.

7 events £58

6 events £51

5 events £43

4 events £35

3 events £27

2 events £19

Please note: There are 8 qualifying events, but 2 are on the same date, therefore a top season ticket of 7 events applies.

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The Sainsbury Singers present

Thoroughly Modern Millie Tuesday 22 – Saturday 26 May, 7.30pm The Hexagon

It’s 1922 and New York is full of intrigue and jazz. A time when women were entering the workforce and the rules of love and social behaviour were changing forever. Millie Dillmount arrives in search of a new life for herself, but Thoroughly Modern Millie soon finds herself embroiled in a more sinister side of the Big Apple… Cheerful upbeat tunes, lots of dancing, great costumes, a show for all the family.

Tickets: from £8 available direct from The Sainsbury Singers on 0118 988 2510 or at www.sainsburysingers.org.uk Or The Hexagon Box Office on 0118 960 6060 or www.readingarts.com

Witt Studio Opera Saturday 26 May, 7.30pm

Wesley Methodist Church, Reading You are invited to the historic debut performance of our light opera and operetta company. “Where experienced soloists from major British opera houses share the stage with fresh emerging talent from leading conservatoires…” With the Witt Studio Chorus and Anthony Witt (piano) Programme to include: Finale Act 2 of ‘The Mikado’ The Cancan from ‘Orpheus in the Underworld’ Music by Romberg, Novello and Johann Strauss II

Tickets: £16, £14 concessions Box Office: 07531 386616 or www.wittstudioopera.com 2

Season Ticket Holder Discount

£3 Off FULL PRICE CENTRE STALLS/FRONT BALCONY TICKETS

Tues 22 - Thurs 24 May (subject to availability)


Classical Music Alive

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Diamond Celebration Gala With Nigel Kennedy Friday 1 June, 7.30pm The Hexagon

Nigel Kennedy’s mass appeal and unique talent has brought a fresh perspective to the classical music world, and his extraordinary and varied career has given him a remarkable reputation as the all-time, best selling classical violinist. Winner of two BRIT Awards for Outstanding Contribution to British Music and Male Artist of the Year, Nigel Kennedy is a coveted performer in demand as one of the world’s leading virtuosos. Brahms’ Violin Concerto is an ideal showpiece for such a charismatic performer from its noble opening movement and gorgeous central Adagio, to an energetic finale. Season Ticket Holder Discount

£3(subject Off to availability)

Tickets: £45, £40 Box Office: 0118 960 6060 www.readingarts.com

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Weather & Music Festival Friday 1 – Sunday 3 June Reading Town Hall

Seascape Friday 1 June 2012, 7.30pm Victoria Hall

A recital with a scientific twist by mezzo and WAM Director Pierrette Thomet and pianist Steven Faber. Seascape is a celebration of the sea - a driving force for weather, and an inspiration for some of the most romantic and beautiful music in the classical repertoire. The programme includes Chausson’s rarely heard Poème de l’Amour et de la Mer, a selection of songs from Elgar’s Sea Pictures, Cole Porter’s Tale of the Oyster and Rossini’s songs of The Venetian Regata.

Tickets: £20, £17 Concessions Box Office: 0118 960 6060 www.readingarts.com or www.wamfest.co.uk

Cosmos Saturday 2 June 2012, 7pm The Concert Hall

A Gala Recital by renowned International Soprano Alison Pearce and invited guests. ‘Cosmos’ will feature newly-commissioned music by noted British composer Rhian Samuel inspired by the weather, and a mix of pieces from Berlioz to Cole Porter. Top price tickets to include an exclusive after-concert champagne reception, with a opportunity to meet the Artists and the Festival Committee and a chance to take home a piece of WAM by taking part in our charity auction of WAM Art.

Tickets: £50 (no conc) Other Tickets: £25, £15 (Concessions £3 off) Box Office: 0118 960 6060 www.readingarts.com or www.wamfest.co.uk

Mermaid Song Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 June 2012, 10am to 4pm The Town Hall

A cutting-edge sound installation developed by young Sonic Arts group Sonika - haunting and surprising! Includes Weather Sticks, where you can come and play your part in creating a piece that borrows from video art, music and science to make something totally new!

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Town Hall Classics

on The Victorian Pipe Organ With William McVicker Saturday 9 June, 11am – 12pm

The Concert Hall, Reading Town Hall An opportunity to hear and learn about Reading Town Hall’s worldfamous ‘Father’ Willis pipe organ. Its curator, William McVicker, will introduce the instrument, perform some Victorian favourites, and give an insight into the world of the nineteenth-century organist and organ-builder. There will also be an opportunity for members of the public to play the instrument.

This is a FREE event. No need to book, just turn up. Supported by the Berkshire Organists’ Association

Forbury Bandstand Concert Season 2012

Every Sunday throughout Reading Summer Proms 3pm – 4.30pm (unless stated otherwise) Forbury Gardens Bandstand

Make the most of a sunny summer’s afternoon and relax and enjoy some wonderful live music in the beautiful surroundings of the Forbury Gardens. Sunday 3 June

Diamond Jubilee Celebration Band Concert

Reading Scottish Pipe Band (1pm – 2pm)

South Berks Concert Band (3pm – 4pm)

Sunday 10 June

The Claire Phoenix Band

Sunday 17 June

Beenham Wind Band

Sunday 24 June

Reading Spring Gardens Band

Tickets: FREE For further information call 0118 937 2771 www.reading.gov.uk/whatson (season continues into July, August & September)

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Grimethorpe Colliery Band Saturday 9 June, 7.30pm The Concert Hall

The real stars of the hit movie “BRASSED OFF”, the Grimethorpe Colliery Band are celebrating the 15th anniversary of this classic film and the concerts will reflect this with popular tracks from the movie. Having won almost every brass band accolade, these musicians have a highly acclaimed international reputation with numerous recordings to their credit. Enjoy the fabulous sound of this world famous brass band, performing hits from Brassed Off plus favourite classics in spectacular style!

Tickets: £19.50 Box Office: 0118 960 6060 www.readingarts.com

Season Ticket Holder Discount

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Reading Male Voice Choir & Woodley Concert Band Gala Charity Concert Saturday 9 June, 7.30pm

The Great Hall, Reading University Reading Male Voice Choir and Woodley Concert Band will present a memorable collaboration of choral singing and inspiring, exciting and magnificent band music. As well as being a highly entertaining evening we also plan to raise much needed funds for five local and national charities chosen by the friends and families of the two performer groups. These charities have helped or been supported by members of the Choir and band in the past and include - Marie Curie Cancer Care, Macmillan Cancer Support, RNLI, Sue Ryder Nettlebed Hospice, and Thames Valley and Chilterns Air Ambulance. Come and be royally entertained.

Tickets: £10 including programme Box Office: 0118 326 4608 or 07730 137731 www.rmvc.net or www.woodleyconcertband.org.uk 6

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Reading Festival Chorus A Summer Feast Sunday 10 June, 4pm

The Great Hall, Reading University Come and join us for our summer concert of sacred and folk music. Programme includes a selection of European sacred music, songs by Kodaly and Lauridsen, together with sonnets by Shakespeare arranged by George Shearing and Celtic folk songs arranged by Edward-Rhys Harry. Don’t forget to bring your picnic!

Tickets: £12, £10 Concessions, Children £1 Box Office: 0118 983 4523 www.readingfestivalchorus.org.uk

Classical Music Alive

The King’s Singers – Royal Rhymes and Rounds

Season Ticket Holder Discount

£3 Off

Top 3 ticket prices

Saturday 16 June, 7.30pm

(subject to availability)

The Concert Hall

To mark the Diamond Jubilee of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II in 2012, The King’s Singers have created a lively programme of secular music from the reigns of some of the Queen’s more colourful forebears, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Victoria.

Pre-concert talk 6.15pm – 7pm – The Town Hall (FREE) Tickets: £23, £20.50, £18.50, £14.50, £12. Concessions, Groups and Student Standby available. Box Office: 0118 960 6060 www.readingarts.com

Reading Symphony Orchestra Saturday 23 June, 7.30pm The Concert Hall

Reading’s local orchestra return to the Concert Hall this June for a triumphant finish to their 2012 season. Soloist Eloisa-Fleur Thom rejoins the RSO to perform Bruch’s Violin Concerto. A favourite with the orchestra since winning the Berkshire Young Musician competition in 2004, Eloisa’s career is going from strength to strength since her last visit to the Concert Hall in 2010. Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances, the composer’s last work, and “Vltava” from Smetana’s Ma Vlast complete the programme.

Tickets: £15 & £13, Under 16s £5 Box Office: 0118 986 0707 or tickets@rso.org.uk

www.rso.org.uk

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Tamesis Chamber Choir Saturday 23 June, 7.30pm

St Laurence’s Church, Reading Conductor Louise Rapple “A time to perform” - the third concert in our Historic Times Season for 2011-12 A concert based around London and the Olympic Games, including medleys from ‘Oliver!’ and ‘Sweeney Todd’, Bob Chilcott’s cantata ‘Songs and Cries of London Town’, King’s Singers’ ‘Swimming over London’ and much more.

Tickets: £12, £8 Concessions Box Office: 0118 934 3200 www.tamesischamberchoir.co.uk

Henley Symphony Orchestra

Classical Music and Picnics for a Summer’s Evening Sunday 24 June, 7.30pm

Shiplake College, Nr Henley-on-Thames Grounds open for picnics at 6pm

Our popular summer concert, held in a large marquee in the grounds of Shiplake College, marks the start of the countdown to the Olympics. Bring a picnic to enjoy beforehand, and be treated to an evening of glorious music. The sparkling themed programme includes ‘Traditional Values’ by Orlando Gough, specially commissioned by Making Music to be performed in venues around the country as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. The evening’s entertainment also includes Shostakovich’s Festival Overture, Elgar’s Nimrod, Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Chariots of Fire by Vangelis, London Suite by Eric Coates and concludes with Tchaikovsky’s dramatic1812 Overture. Advance booking is recommended.

Tickets: Reserved £12 Adults, £6 U16 & Students Unreserved £10 Adults, £5 U16 & Students Box Office: 01628 526504 www.henleysymphonyorchestra.co.uk 8


Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir Saturday 30 June, 7.30pm

The Great Hall, Reading University Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir complete their Beethoven symphony cycle of the past ten seasons with Beethoven’s fantastic Ninth Symphony, the ‘Choral’.

Tickets: £12, £10 Concessions, £5 Under 16s Box Office: 07532 217325 or boxoffice@aldworthphilharmonic.org.uk www.wegottickets.com www.aldworthphilharmonic.org.uk

Berkshire Maestros Extravaganza & Schools Prom Sunday 1 July – Tuesday 3 July The Hexagon

A fantastic series of 4 concerts featuring young musicians aged 4 to 18 from Berkshire Maestros Reading Music Centre and many schools across the Reading area. The concerts also involve performances by massed young voices choirs, the Berkshire Youth Brass Band and the Berkshire Youth Percussion Ensemble.

Tickets: £8, £6 Concessions Box Office: 0118 960 6060 www.readingarts.com

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Reading Minster Festival Friday 29 June – Sunday 1 July Reading Minster, St Marys Butts

www.readingminsterfestival.org.uk

South Street presents...

James Yorkston performing Moving Up Country Friday 29 June, Doors 7.30pm Reading Minster

“Every so often a record comes out of nowhere and electrifies you with its excellence” NME James Yorkston was the first member of the Fence Collective to emerge from the East Neuk of Fife, when legendary label Domino released his debut record to huge critical acclaim. Ten years on, James will be performing ‘Moving Up Country’ in it’s entirety with a 5-piece band in the beautiful surroundings of Reading Minster of St Mary’s, to celebrate the re-release of the album.

Tickets: £12 advance/£15 on the door Box Office: 0118 960 6060 www.readingarts.com

Pipes Aloud 2 – Children’s Workshop Saturday 30 June, 10am – 12pm Reading Minster

This workshop offers a chance for your child to explore the historic pipe organ in Reading Minster and will include painting wooden organ pipes and hearing the organ. Suitable for children aged 5-11. The workshop will be led by Peter West, Director of Music at Reading Minster and is run in association with the Berkshire Organists’ Association.

Tickets: £3 per child Box Office: 0118 960 6060 www.readingarts.com

Hymns and Pimms Saturday 30 June, 4pm Reading Minster Come and sing Reading’s top-ten favourite hymns with the boy choristers of Reading Minster as chosen by local churches.

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Tickets: FREE (refreshments £3). To book email music@readingminster.org.uk or telephone 0118 957 1057.


A little light music – The Juliet Kelly Jazz Trio Saturday 30 June, 8pm Reading Minster

Juliet Kelly is a rising star on the jazz scene. She has worked with many wellknown musicians, including Courtney Pine, John Etheridge, Orphy Robinson and Julie Dexter and has performed to great acclaim across the UK, Europe and America. Juliet will be performing a range of jazz classics and original music, including Here comes the rain again, S’wonderful and I put a spell on you. Bar opens at 7pm.

Tickets: £9 Box Office: 0118 960 6060 www.readingarts.com

Jazz Mass at Reading Minster Sunday 1 July, 11.15am Reading Minster

Join the congregation and boy choristers of Reading Minster in a communion service with a swing! The service will include the premier of a new jazz mass and jazzed-up hymns!

Tickets: FREE, although there will be a collection for the organ restoration project. Email music@readingminster.org.uk for more information.

Choral Classics Sunday 1 July, 6pm Reading Minster

The boy choristers of Reading Minster present a feast of choral and organ music, including Jesu, joy of man’s desiring by J S Bach.

Tickets: £5 Box Office: 0118 960 6060 www.readingarts.com

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Coming Soon... Lunchtime Organ Recital

Reading Bach Choir

Wednesday 4 July, 1pm

Love and Loss

The Concert Hall

An established Reading Town Hall tradition, the latest star performer from Eton College’s organ course presents an end of term recital on the ‘Father’ Willis Organ. Previous students have gone on to successful careers on the international recital and cathedral circuit.

Tickets: £4.50 Box Office: 0118 960 6060 www.readingarts.com

Thames Valley Gay Chorus Saturday 14 July, 7.30pm South Hill Park, Bracknell Summer of Love Programme to include songs by Kander and Ebb, Kern and Hammerstein, Bee Gees, Bob Dylan and many more!

More details: www.thamesvalleygaychorus.org.uk

Saturday 7 July, 7.30pm

All Saints, Downshire Square Programme to include works by James Macmillan, Matthew Hamilton, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Parry.

Tickets: £12, concessions £10, NUS with card / 16-18 £8, under 16s £5 Box Office: 0118 947 8097 or tickets@readingbachchoir.org www.wegottickets.com www.readingbachchoir.org.uk

South Chiltern Choral Society Saturday 14 July, 5pm & 8pm Highdown School, Emmer Green Zimbe! South Chiltern Choral Society will be joined by chorus and musicians from Highdown School, Caversham Primary School Choir and an African style jazz band.

More details & tickets available from Mary Esslemont 0118 987 4346 www.southchilternchoralsociety.org.uk

Witt Studio Summer Showcase Friday 20 July, 7.30pm

Wesley Methodist Church Programme to include: Rolling in the Deep by Adele, Go West by The Pet Shop Boys and music by Beethoven and Verdi. Performed by the 100-strong Witt Studio, Star Singers from the Witt Studio Opera and the Witt Studio Singers.

Tickets: £10, £7 concessions Box Office: 07531 386616 or www.thewittstudio.com 12


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CLASSICAL MUSIC ALIVEIN READING

International Performance Season 2012/13 2012 October 14 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Leon McCawley November 04 Denis Kozhukhin, Piano 18 London Philharmonic Orchestra & Angela Hewitt 28 The Elias String Quartet – The Beethoven Project December 09 The Sixteen

International Performance Season 2012/13

2013 January 20 Tchaikovksy Competition Winners 29 European Union Chamber Orchestra & Julian Lloyd Webber February 16 Katia and Marielle Labèque, Piano 24 Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Steven Isserlis March 07 Academy of Ancient Music 16 The Elias String Quartet – The Beethoven Project 23 RPO Noisy Kids 23 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Alexei Volodin April 07 Fretwork 20 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra May 08 The English Concert & Fabio Bondi 22 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Pinchas Zukerman June 08 The Hallé 16 The Elias String Quartet – The Beethoven Project

CELEBRITY ORGAN RECITALS 2012 08 November Crispian Steele-Perkins, Trumpets & David Goode, Organ 2013 02 May Robert Quinney, Organ LUNCHTIME RECITALS 2012 19 September Jonathan Hope 21 November Graham Ireland 2013 23 January Peter Holder 13 March William McVicker 15 May Christopher Nickol 3 July A student from Eton College

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