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Local music events, including singers, orchestras, music groups, opera, ballet plus touring performers.

Wokingham Music Club

3rd Friday each month





Goat Roper Rodeo Band

Goat Roper Rodeo Band

Emmbrook Sports & Social Club, The Club House, Lowther Road, Wokingham RG41 1JB

How to get there.

The Whitty Theatre, Luckley House School, Luckley Road, Wokingham RG40 3EU

How to get there.

Wokingham Music Club - a great place to go on a Friday night.

Friday, July 7thMick Wilson the voice of 10cc
[at The Whitty Theatre]
£15 in advance
Friday, September 8thThe Goat Roper Rodeo Band
[at Emmbrook S & S Club]
£10 in advance

Tickets in advance from www.wegottickets.com/wokinghammusicclub (Booking fee applies) or on the door.

Food and drink available.

The Wokingham Music Club is open on the 3rd Friday of each month and some Mondays, too.

Wokingham Summer Music Festival

Saturday 17th June
to Saturday 1st July


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All Saints' Choir

All Saints' Choir

What the Floyd?

What the Floyd?

All Saints' Church, Wiltshire Road, Wokingham RG40 1TN

How to get there.

Wokingham Summer Music Festival

Specialising in choral, chamber and folk music, we attract both artists of international standing and the best of local talent. Performers have included Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg, Peter Knight's Gigspanner, current BBC Young Folk Award winners Talisk and Wokingham Choral Society.

The historic town-centre church of All Saints, Wokingham, is an exceptional venue for live music.

Festival Programme:

  • Saturday 17th June at 7.30pm
    • Wokingham Choral Society: A selection of short works by well-known composers including Holst, Elgar, Rachmaninov & Lauridsen
  • Wednesday 21st June at 7.30pm
    • The Gandolpho players and local schools: a summer medley
  • Saturday 24th June 2017 at 7.30pm
    • Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man, performed by All Saints Choir (Director: Richard Smith)
  • Wednesday 28th June at 7.30pm
    • Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin
  • Saturday 1st July at 8pm
    • What the Floyd? Cruel but Fair

Tickets: from £12.50, with substantial reductions for young people, available from the Wokingham Concerts Box Office.

For more information see WoknghamConcerts.co.uk.

Yateley Choral Society Summer Concert 2017: 'Saturday Night at the Movies'

Saturday 1st July


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St Peter's Church, Reading Rd, Yateley GU46 7LR

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Yateley Choral Society Summer Concert 2017: 'Saturday Night at the Movies'

Yateley Choral Society welcomes you to a summer concert of music from the movies, including West Side Story, Grease, Wizard of Oz, Sound of Music, The Graduate and many more.

With Stuart McSweeney, piano; Conductor: Quintin Beer.

Tickets: £12, Students £5, under 16s free, either on the door or by calling 01276 682749 or from Yateley Town Council Offices.

More information: www.yateley-choral.org.uk.

Thames Voyces Concert: 'Musical Voyces'

Saturday 1st July


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St Mark's Church, Popeswood Road, Binfield RG42 4AH

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Thames Voyces Concert: 'Musical Voyces'

Thames Voyces chamber choir welcomes you to their Summer 2017 concert featuring Broadway sensations from Mary Poppins to Les Misérables.

Music Director: Nick Austin. Accompanist: Hua-Lin Cheng.

Tickets: £14 (£12 concessions, FREE for accompanied under 16s) available by calling 0118 967 7319 or on the door or by email.

More information: www.thamesvoyces.org.uk.

Reading Symphony Orchestra Anniversary Concert

Saturday 1st July


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Reading Concert Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1QH

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Reading Symphony Orchestra Anniversary Concert

To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Reading Düsseldorf Association, the Reading Symphony Orchestra is delighted to welcome you to a joint concert with:

The programme:

  • Wagner: Prelude and Liebestod: 'Tristan & Isolde'
  • Three Songs from 'The Choir'
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 'Choral'

Soloists: Kathryn Jenkin, soprano; Ella Bodeker, mezzo; Andrew Friedhoff, tenor; James Martin, baritone.

Conductor: Stefan Hofkes. RSO Leader: Kitty Beales

Tickets: £15 adults, £12.50 concessions, £5 students and under 16s, available from the RSO box office: 0118 986 0707 or 0118 973 5517 or by email or from WeGotTickets (Booking fee applies) or on the door.

More information: www.rso.org.uk.

Reading Festival Chorus: Rutter 'Requiem' and Edward-Rhys Harry 'Mass of the Martyrs'

Saturday 1st July


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Wesley Methodist Church, Queens Road, Reading RG1 4BW

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Reading Festival Chorus: Rutter 'Requiem' and Edward-Rhys Harry 'Mass of the Martyrs'

Reading Festival Chorus presents Rutter's well-known Requiem and a totally new work, Mass of the Martyrs composed and conducted by their Musical Director, Edward-Rhys Harry. It is a fusion of two musical forms, the framework based on the Latin Mass with a dramatic overlay from the soloists of a modern parable involving victims of terrorism and refugees.

There will be a retiring collection in aid of Reading Refugee Support Group.

With The British Sinfonietta; Organist, Simon Dinsdale; and four professional young soloists.

Conductor: Edward-Rhys Harry.

Concert tickets: £15 (Under 17s free) available by calling 0118 983 4523 or by email.

Please let us know if you need a disabled parking space.

More information: www.readingfestivalchorus.org.uk.

Crowthorne Symphony Orchestra Summer 2017 Concert

Saturday 1st July


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The Old Gym, Wellington College, Crowthorne, Berkshire RG45 7PU

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Crowthorne Symphony Orchestra Summer 2017 Concert

The programme for this concert by Crowthorne Symphony Orchestra includes:

  • Mozart: Concerto for Flute and Harp (Soloists: Sally Ewins, flute; Jenny Hill, harp)
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 1

Mahler's Symphony No. 1 was premiered in Budapest in 1889 when the composer was not yet 30, and presented a totally different sound world to the audience.

Mozart's Concerto for Flute & Harp was written as a commission from the Comte de Guines in Paris in 1778, and has been extremely popular ever since. It's joyous music, with an exquisite slow movement.

Conductor: Robert Roscoe. Leader: Roxy Short.

Tickets, which include an interval drink, are available in advance (£13) from WeGotTickets (Booking fee applies) or from The Information Centre, Wokingham Town Hall or from Decor Interiors in Crowthorne High Street (who have kindly taken over ticket sales after the closure of Traveltime). Tickets at the door are £15. Children 16 years or under are free.

More information about CSO: www.crowthorneorchestra.com.

Reading Bach Choir Concert: 'Highlights from 50 Years'

Saturday 8th July, 2017


Reading Bach Choir (click to download full leaflet)

Reading Bach Choir (click image to download full leaflet)

Reading Minster of St Mary the Virgin, St Mary's Butts, Reading, Berkshire RG1 2HX

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Reading Bach Choir Concert: 'Highlights from 50 Years'

For the final concert in their 50th anniversary celebrations the The Reading Bach Choir are performing some of the favourites and some of the greatest from their history. The programme celebrates the range and variety of their performance over 50 years of music making since the first concert on the 25th January 1967.

Britten's Hymn to St Cecilia, the patron saint of music, has been a favourite work, and is a fitting tribute to our love of music making. Schoenberg's Friede auf Erden, is another of our much performed favourites: a rich and intriguing piece with its hopeful appeal for peace.

We performed Tallis's great Spem in Alium a few years ago to a rapturous reception, and are looking forward to a repeat performance. And we move from the late 16th century to 2005 for the compelling sound world of Nico Muhly's intense and atmospheric I cannot attain unto it.

The whole programme is a fitting way to celebrate 50 glorious years of music making. We hope to show the choir's extraordinary ambition and their dedication to singing a wide and varied repertoire. Come and join the celebrations.

The full programme:

  • Britten - Hymn to St Cecilia
  • Schoenberg - Friede auf erden
  • Muhly - I cannot attain unto it
  • Tallis - Spem in alium
  • Brahms - Fest und Gedenksprüche

Conductor: Matthew Hamilton.

Tickets: Full £15, Concessions £13, Students & 16-18s £8, under 16s £5 available by email or call 0118 947 8097
or from WeGotTickets (Booking fee applies)

More information about Reading Bach Choir: www.readingbachchoir.org.uk.

South Chiltern Choral Society: Rutter - 'The Sprig of Thyme'

Sunday 8th July

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Queen Anne's School, Henley Road, Caversham, Berkshire RG4 6DX

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South Chiltern Choral Society: Rutter - 'The Sprig of Thyme'

In this summer concert South Chiltern Choral Society is performing John Rutter's A Sprig of Thyme, together with sacred music by Haydn, Fauré, Franck and others.

Conductor: Paul Burke.

Tickets: Adults £12, under 21s £6 can be obtained from www.southchilternchoralsociety.org.uk, or by calling Caroline Jones on 07500 032840.

More information: www.southchilternchoralsociety.org.uk.

Opera at Bearwood: 'The Magic Flute'

Wednesday 12th July
to Friday 14th July

Saturday 15th July

Opera at Bearwood: Magic Flute

Opera at Bearwood: 'The Magic Flute'

Reddam House Theatre, (formerly Bearwood College), Bearwood Road, Wokingham, RG41 5BG

How to get there.

Opera at Bearwood New Year Concert: 'The Magic Flute'

Opera at Bearwood is pleased to present Mozart's The Magic Flute. One of the most popular operas in the world, it is a profound comedy that celebrates the powers of music, faith and love. It's a universal tale of good triumphing over evil with plenty of absurdities and questions, such as the character Papageno being half bird, half man, and the wise and goodly high priest Sarastro employing an obviously wicked Monastatos.

Is the object of his employment to correct his wicked ways and enlighten him? The evil Queen of the Night gives the three pure and wise young spirits to Tamino and Papageno to guide them on their journey to rescue her daughter Pamina from Sarastro. Armed with a magic flute and bells, Tamino and Papageno find Pamina, but are soon confronted with conflicts and confusion. Who should they trust? The Queen of the Night, or Sarastro, the seemingly enlightened leader?

It was premiered two months before Mozart died, and is a work unlike any other, combining fantasy and fairy tale, absurdity and comedy with glorious music.

Music Director: Francis Griffin, artistic direction by Kevin John. The production is sung in English.

Tickets are available

  • online via Positickets from www.positickets.co.uk
    • Wednesday, Thursday: £20 (concessions £17)
    • Friday, Saturday: £22
    • Students all nights: £10
  • or by calling Alan Williams on 0118 966 5414 (up to 10pm)
  • or contact us by email
  • or buy tickets at the door on the day of the performance

More information: www.operaatbearwood.org.uk.

Marvellous 2017 Music Festival

Saturday 29th July
Sunday 30th July

From 12 noon

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Marvellous 2017

Marvellous 2017 lineup

Dinton Pastures Country Park, Wokingham, Berkshire

How to get there.

Marvellous 2017 Music Festival

Marvellous 2017 features a fantastic lineup of performers for a great weekend of unbeatable entertainment.

Tickets: see website at marvellousfestivals.com/tickets (Booking fee applies) for entry tickets, camping places and more, or call 0118 977 4350 9am-3pm (for Wed/Thu/Fri tickets only).

More information: marvellousfestivals.com.

Windsor & Eton Choral Society: Haydn - 'Creation'

Saturday, 30th September


Windsor and Eton Choral Society at Eton College School Hall

Windsor and Eton Choral Society at Eton College School Hall

Eton College School Hall, High Street, Eton, Berkshire SL4 6DW

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Windsor & Eton Choral Society: Haydn - 'Creation'

Windsor & Eton Choral Society invites you to their next concert of Haydn's brilliant choral event.

Haydn's supreme setting of the story of the Creation was completed when the composer was 65 years old and at a time when he produced most of his finest music. So much of this enchanting work is both cheerful and exhilarating - there are immediately appealing choruses, elaborate solo arias describing such subjects as colourful flowers, boisterous seas, doves cooing and sheep bleating, radiant duet music for Adam and Eve and richly varied orchestral accompaniment.

There is no other major composition which challenges Haydn's wonderful and continuously entertaining musical masterpiece.

Soloists: Gemma Summerfield (soprano), Ben Thapa (tenor), Andrew Greenan (bass baritone). With Brandenburg Sinfonia. Conductor: Tim Johnson.

Tickets: £22.50 and £20.50, Under 16s half price are available from the choir's website at www.w-ecs.org.uk/home/concerts or call 01628 528041.

This concert is part of Windsor Festival 2017.

More information about Windsor & Eton Choral Society: www.w-ecs.org.uk.

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H-Bar-C: Live Country Music

Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month


Royal British Legion, Eversley Road, Reading, Berkshire RG2 9PR

How to get there.


Live Country Music

Enjoy "Live" Band Country Music to either dance to or to listen to by the UK's top professional bands every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at The Royal British Legion, Arborfield.

Dress smart casual or western.

Admission on the door: £7. No children under 14. No line dancing. No membership required.

Now in our 32nd year! For more details see www.h-bar-c-country.co.uk or call H-BAR-C Country on 0118 989 1354 or 07720 353879

Cantley House Hotel: Dinner & Entertainment

Throughout 2016


Cantley House Hotel

Cantley House Hotel

Cantley House Hotel, Milton Road, Wokingham, Berkshire RG40 5QG

How to get there.

Throughout the year Cantley House Hotel is offering a series of events featuring dinner and entertainment (mostly musical!)

For more information contact Emma on (0118) 978 9912 or contact us by email to book your place.

Beech Hill Concert Band

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Performing in the Berkshire
and Hampshire areas

Beech Hill Concert Band

The Beech Hill Concert Band was formed in the late 1990s by a group of professional, semi-professional and amateur musicians, mainly from the Reading area, to give them the opportunity to play music in rehearsal and at concerts they would not play in their every day music environment.

It was also decided to give concerts, free of charge, for the benefit of local charities. In this they have been very successful, giving many concerts and raising thousands of pounds.

We play a variety of music such as songs from the shows, film themes, marches, orchestral music, swing music and modern pop classics and our programmes try to cater for all audiences, ensuring that there's something for everyone.

The band comprises mainly amateur musicians who love to make music for the sake of it, so we don't charge for our services but we do have a professional MD and often need to hire professional musician to fill key parts when our members are unavailable. The costs for these people (£100-£150) have to be recovered from the concert revenue but otherwise the income from concerts goes to the organisers and their chosen charities.

If you would like to know more about the band or to see if we are available to help you, please contact Dave Robson on 07932 703540 or by email.

More information: visit the band's website www.beechhillband.co.uk.

Sandham Singers Welcomes New Members

(Term time)


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Music Room, St. Gabriel's, Sandleford Priory, Newbury RG20 9BD

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Sandham Singers Welcomes New Members

Sandham Singers are led by Janet Coxwell.

If you would like stimulating weekly rehearsals and the opportunity to perform a wide repertoire of music then please contact us by calling Jane Pike on 07780 767408 or contact her by email.

More information about Sandham Singers on Facebook: www.facebook.com/sandhamsingers.

Henley Choral Society Welcomes New Tenors And Basses

Rehearsals on Mondays



Benjamin Goodson, Music Director, Henley Choral Society

Benjamin Goodson, Music Director, Henley Choral Society

d:two, 55-57 Market Place, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2AA

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Henley Choral Society is looking for more men to join its tenor and bass sections - and there are no auditions.

Dynamic new Musical Director Benjamin Goodson explains: 'The men in our tenor and bass sections do a magnificent job - but we need more. If you are a man who sang at school or college and want to get back into singing, or has always wanted to sing and never found the right opportunity - then here is your chance.'

Henley Choral Society consists of over 100 non-auditioned singers and, as well as bringing top high quality concerts to the local community, aims to encourage the next generation of singers.

Benjamin Goodson continues: 'there are no auditions to join HCS - all you need is a love of music. Our group is large enough to accommodate all abilities and we provide lots of support. Men of Henley and the surrounding area - come back to singing! We would love to hear from you.'

Call Membership Secretary Wendy Hawkins on 01491 576929 or contact Wendy by email or contact Benjamin Goodson direct by email.

More information about Henley Choral Society: www.henleychoralsociety.org.uk.

Would you like to sing with Thames Valley Chorus?

Tuesday evenings

7.30pm to 10.15pm

Thames Valley Chorus

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Bulmershe School, Woodlands Road, Woodley RG5 3EU (Note new venue)

How to get there.

Would you like to sing with Thames Valley Chorus?

Under the inspiring leadership of Musical Director, Liz Croft, Thames Valley Chorus (TVC) is going from strength to strength. The chorus now has over 40 singers with many having joined through one of our highly enjoyable and successful 'Learn to Sing' courses.

Singing in an engaging and entertaining four-part barbershop style, TVC performs with energy, commitment and enthusiasm appearing at a wide range of private and public events throughout the region. As well as performing locally TVC also enjoy their overseas trips most recently enjoying a highly successful trip to Düsseldorf in October 2015 performing alongside German choir Düssharmonie.

If our type of singing appeals to you then come along to one of our Tuesday evening rehearsals where you can be assured of a warm welcome. Also keep an eye out for our next 'Learn to Sing' course. If you are interested in joining TVC or finding our more about us call Phil on 0118 9774257 or contact us by email.

For more information about TVC: www.tvchorus.co.uk.

Female choir looking for new singers

Tuesday mornings
in term time

10.45am - 12.15pm

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Charvil Village Hall, 9 Park Lane, Charvil RG10 9TR

How to get there.

Tapestry Choir is an all-female choir based in Berkshire.

We are an intimate group of fifteen voices and are currently looking for new members in all voice parts.

As a group we focus mainly on classical repertoire written for female voices from the 19th and 20th centuries, including pieces by Holst, Britten, Poulenc and Debussy.

We currently put on three concerts a year, as well as a summer concert.

We rehearse on Tuesday mornings in Charvil between 10.45am and 12.15pm during term time. If you are a reasonably confident performer, can read music and are interested in joining us we would love to hear from you.

Please contact Sarah Latto by email for more information.

More information about us: www.tapestrychoir.org.uk

Calling Girl Singers Aged 10-18!



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Charvil Village Hall, 9 Park Lane, Charvil RG10 9TR

How to get there.

Suzanne Newman leads a choir for girls between the ages of 10 and 18. The choir is called Jewel Tones.

We sing folk songs, popular songs and songs from music theatre. We have a few spaces in the choir.

For more information about Jewel Tones contact Suzanne Newman on 0118 934 0589 or see: www.jeweltones.co.uk.