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Wokingham Music Club

3rd Friday each month





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The Alter Eagles

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

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

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

Friday, October 19thEmmbrook S & S ClubGeno Washington and the Yo Yo's in Concert£19 in advance
Friday, November 2ndWhitty TheatreFleetwood Bac£17.50 in advance
Friday, November 23rdEmmbrook S & S ClubDave Kelly Band in Concert£16 in advance
Friday, November 30thEmmbrook S & S ClubUNCHAINED The Best of Joe Cocker£16 in advance
Friday, December 14thEmmbrook S & S ClubUltimate Elton and The Rocket Band£16 in advance

Tickets in advance from www.ticketsource.co.uk/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.

Wooburn Singers: 'Music for Piece'

Saturday 20th October


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All Saints' Church, Marlow SL7 2AA

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Wooburn Singers: 'Music for Piece'

The Wooburn Singers next concert promises to be an unusual and moving programme of music and poetry to mark 100 years since the end of the first world war.

We are combining Walford Davies: Short Requiem, first published in 1915, composed 'In Sacred Memory of all those who have fallen in the war' with the concert suite from Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man - a Mass for Peace, first performed in 2000 and dedicated to the victims of the Kosovo crisis. The concert suite comprises the stirring Hymn before Action and the 4 movements from the Latin mass, including the Benedictus with its haunting cello solo.

All the music will be interwoven with WWI poetry by Wilfred Owen, Thomas Hardy & many others.

This is the final concert of this year's Wooburn Festival.

Conductor: Tom Hammond-Davies.

Tickets: £15 (Under 18s £Free) available from the box office on 01628 482093 or on the door or online from thelittleboxoffice.com/wooburnsingers.

More information: www.wooburnsingers.org.uk.

Wokingham in Need: 'An Evening of Jazz'

Saturday October 27th


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

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Wokingham in Need: 'An Evening of Jazz'

Wokingham in Need presents an evening of jazz with Art Themen & Friends.

Art Themen was involved in the TRADITIONAL JAZZ SCENE in Manchester in the late 1950's. A member of the award winning Cambridge University Jazz Band from 1958—1961 he became involved in the early London blues scene.

A previous winner in the tenor sax category of the British jazz awards, Arts has toured the world fronting Stan Tracey's quartet for 20 years and has been featured with virtually everyone on the UK jazz scene.

"One of a tiny handful of undeniably perfect jazz musicians." Dave Gelly, The Observer.
"His ideas are eclectic in an unpredictable style that has outlasted the Coltrane clones of his generation." Jack Massarick, The London Evening Standard.

Art Themen is a player who has an original and individual style which appears to all genres of jazz fans.

Tickets: £15 available online from TicketSource.co.uk/WokinghamInNeed (Booking fee applies) or call 07867 530727.

Bar open prior to, during Interval and after event.

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All proceeds raised from this event will go to Wokingham In Need for distribution to worthy causes, including Invictus.

SUPPORTERS: Rotary Club of Wokingham, Wokingham Lions and Prospect Estate Agency.

For more information about Wokingham In Need see WokinghamInNeed.com.

Trinity Concert Band Concert: 'Lest We Forget'

Saturday 10th November

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All Saints' Church, Wiltshire Road, Wokingham, Berkshire RG40 1UE

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Trinity Concert Band Concert: 'Lest We Forget'

Providing Wokingham with a fitting finale to 3 weeks of events reflecting on the end of the First World War 100 years ago, Trinity Concert Band will be joined by the Arborfield Military Wives Choir in a concert at All Saints Church in Wokingham.

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The programme will contain music, readings, poems and songs related to the period. As well as giving an opportunity to reflect, the music will offer hope and a positive vision of the future for us all.

The concert starts on 10th November at 3pm. This is a free concert with a retiring collection for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

For more information about Trinity Concert Band visit our website at: www.trinityband.co.uk.

Wokingham Choral Society: Mozart - 'Requiem'

Saturday 10th November


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Great Hall, University of Reading, London Road Campus, Reading RG1 5AQ

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Wokingham Choral Society: Mozart - 'Requiem'

Wokingham Choral Society welcomes you to their Autumn 2018 Concert which features Mozart's Requiem.

The full programme for the concert:

  • Ola Gjeilo: Serenity
  • W A Mozart: Divertimento in D major K136
  • W A Mozart: Laudate Dominum from Vespera solenelle de confessore K339
  • W A Mozart: Ave verum corpus K618
  • W A Mozart: Requiem

With the Hampstead Chamber Orchestra, and Benedict Lewis-Smith, continuo.

Conductor: James Morley Potter.

Tickets: £15 (£5 under 18s & students) are available from Information Centre, Wokingham; Newbury Building Society, Wokingham; Jay Design & Print, Wokingham or by email or online from TicketSource (Booking fee applies) .

Find out more about us at: www.wokingham-choral-society.org.uk.

Yateley Choral Society Concert: 'Armistice'

Saturday 10th November


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St Swithun's Catholic Church, Firgrove Road, Yateley, Hampshire GU46 6NH

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Yateley Choral Society Concert: 'Armistice'

This autumn Yateley Choral Society are commemorating the end of World War One, and as such the programme is reflective, but will tie in well with other events taking place over that weekend 100 years later.

Take a look at the special leaflet which gives more information about this special 'Armistice' performance.

The concert programme includes:

  • Ireland: Greater love hath no man
  • Jenkins: The Armed Man (selected movements)
  • Duruflé: In Paradisum (from Requiem)
  • Finzi: Lo, the full, final sacrifice
  • Ross: An imperial elegy
  • Stanford: Songs of the sea

Conductor: Quintin Beer. With Seb Gillott, organ/piano and Harry Ross, tenor, Charles Cunliffe, baritone.

Tickets: £12, Students £5, under 16s free can be purchased either on the door or from Discoveries at St Swithun's Parish office or from Yateley Town Council Offices.

More information: visit our website www.yateley-choral.org.uk.

Tamesis Chamber Choir Concert: 'Lest We Forget'

Sunday 11th November


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Queen Annes School, Henley Rd, Reading RG4 6DX

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Tamesis Chamber Choir Concert: 'Lest We Forget'

11th November 2018 marks 100 years since the Armistice of the First World War. Join the millions of people around the world reflecting on this historic anniversary by coming to the Tamesis commemorative concert, Lest We Forget.

We will be singing a profound and meditative selection of music for remembrance and to honour the fallen, interspersed with readings.

The programme:

  • Eleanor Daley: Requiem
  • Howells: Take him earth for cherishing
  • Lang: The Kontakion
  • Guest: For the fallen
  • Vaughan Williams: Valiant for Truth
  • Todd: For Peace
  • Parry: Crossing the bar
  • Whitacre: Nox aurumque
  • Tavener: Exhortation and Kohima
  • Mealor: Peace

Musical Director: Louise Rapple with Judith Creighton, piano.

Tickets: £12, concessions (OAPS and students) £10 available at www.tames.is to buy online or from Sarah Finch by email.

More information: www.tames.is.

Crowthorne Choral Society Concert: Verdi 'Requiem'

Friday 16th November


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G W Annenberg Performing Arts Centre, Wellington College, Crowthorne, Berkshire RG45 7PU

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Crowthorne Choral Society Concert: Verdi 'Requiem'

Crowthorne Choral Society rounds off its 50th Anniversary year with a Gala Concert performance of the hugely popular Verdi Requiem, in the brand new G W Annenberg Performing Arts Centre at Wellington College.

The work will be conducted by Director of Arts, Simon Williamson, with soloists Kristy Swift (soprano), Katie Slater Mezzo-soprano), Oliver Johnston (Tenor) and Thomas Humphreys (Bass), with an augmented choir of CCS members and invited singers, combined the Wellington College Chorus and Orchestra.

Conductor: Simon Williamson.

Tickets: £12 (students £2), from the box office on 01344 778185 or by email or online at www.wellingtoncollege.org.uk or on the door.

More information: www.crowthornechoral.org.uk.

Reading Festival Chorus: 'In Flanders Fields'

Saturday 17th November


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Greyfriars Church, Friar Street, Reading RG1 1EH

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Reading Festival Chorus: Handel - 'In Flanders Fields'

To mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, Reading Festival Chorus will perform Duruflé's Requiem and his Four Motets, plus a new work by Welsh composer Gareth Treseder, premiered only last year: In Flanders Fields – A War Cantata, a moving setting to music of a number of poems relating to the war.

Conducted by Music Director Greg Hallam, the chorus will be accompanied by well-known local organist Simon Dinsdale, alongside professional young soloists Anna Prowse (Mezzo-Soprano) and David Le Prevost (Bass).

Concert tickets: £15 (Under 18s free) available by calling 0118 947 8081 or by email.

The venue is wheelchair accessible: please let us know if you need a disabled parking space.

More information: www.readingfestivalchorus.org.uk.

Gratis Choir FREE Concerts

Saturday 24th November

Saturday 1st December


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24th November: St Catherine of Siena,
Wittenham Avenue, Tilehurst RG31 5LN

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1st December: St Mary the Virgin,
Church Close, Winnersh RG41 5NA

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Gratis Choir FREE Concerts

Our next concert will be Poppies and Holly Berries in which we will commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War and then celebrate the joy of Advent.

  • Saturday 24th November 2018 at St Catherine of Siena, Tilehurst RG31 5LN
  • Saturday 1st December 2018 at St Mary the Virgin, Winnersh RG41 5NA

We will commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War with contrasting poetry written at the time of the war. Firstly, we will perform a new setting, by Jeremy Rawson, of two Wilfred Owen poems which tell us the reality of the war from the front line. Then, in Elgar's "The Spirit of England", the poems by Laurence Binyon give the view from home. These include the famous lines: "They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old".

After the interval we will celebrate the beginning of Advent, with well-known and joyful carols looking forward to the birth of Christ.

As always, the concerts are FREE and you do not need a ticket. Just turn up and enjoy the music!!

Music director: Jeremy Rawson.

More information: www.gratischoir.org.uk.

Reading Symphony Orchestra Autumn Concert

Sunday 25th November


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Great Hall, University of Reading, London Road Campus, Reading RG1 5AQ

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Reading Symphony Orchestra Autumn Concert

Join Reading Symphony Orchestra for the Autumn concert of our 2018-19 season!

We are delighted to welcome back Harvey Lin, former winner of the RSO / Hickies Young Musicians' Competition 2015 and keyboard category finalist of the BBC Young Musicians' Competition 2016, for Mendelssohn's sparkling Piano Concerto No.1. Harvey wowed us in our spring concert two years ago and he is sure to impress again with the stunning virtuosity and musicality of his playing.

The second half of the concert will feature excerpts from Prokofiev's ballet music for Romeo and Juliet. Written in 1935, hear both the joy and tragedy of this timeless tale. Fans of the BBC's Apprentice will instantly recognise the Montagues and Capulets theme.

The concert will begin with Dvorak's Carnival Overture - a joyous celebration of life!

Join us in the beautiful surroundings of the University Great Hall for this special autumn concert.

The full concert programme:

  • Dvorak: Carnival Overture
  • Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No.1 (Soloist: Harvey Lin)
  • Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (Excerpts)

Conductor: Stefan Hofkes. RSO Leader: Kitty Beales

Tickets: £15, £12.50 concessions, £5 students and under 18s, available from the RSO box office: 0118 946 2667 or by email or on the door (subject to availability).

More information: www.rso.org.uk.

South Berkshire Singers Christmas Concert

Sunday 9th December

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Corpus Christi Church, 60 Sturges Road, Wokingham RG40 2HE

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South Berkshire Singers Christmas Concert

South Berkshire Singers will be hosting a Christmas Celebration of seasonal music and readings on Sunday, 9th December 2018 from 4.00pm at Corpus Christi Church in Sturges Road, Wokingham.

Music Director: Karen Phillips. Accompanist: Jean Blackwell.

Tickets: £5 and children enter free, from the Wokingham Library or from Wokingham Town Hall Information Centre Visit The Africa Fund website or by calling May Withers on 0118 978 5635. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Proceeds from the concert will go to The Africa Fund supporting a primary school in Nairobi, Kenya and an orphanage near Entebbe in Uganda. For more information about the Corpus Christi Africa Fund (CCAF) download the CCAF Newsletter.

More information about South Berkshire Singers: SouthBerkshireSingers.com.

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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

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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

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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.

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, Chequers Way, Woodley RG5 3EU

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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 taking part in competitions in different parts of the UK as well as having trips abroad, most recently to Cork and Düsseldorf.

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

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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

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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.