Sunday, 26 September 2021

Concerts are a classic(al) case of fixture congestion

CLASSICAL music fans will be spoiled for choice next weekend — with four top class concerts

CLASSICAL music fans will be spoiled for choice next weekend — with four top class concerts to choose from, writes Matthew Wilson.

The “fixture congestion” is particularly acute at 7.30pm on Saturday, October 15 — when three of the concerts will get under way simultaneously.

Having highlighted the wonders of the cello with their last outing in March, the organisers of Concerts in Caversham are looking to showcase another member of the string family.

“The Voluptuous Viola” is being staged at St Andrew’s Church in Albert Road, Caversham.

A spokesman for the organisers said: “The Caversham Ensemble’s favourite and brilliant Morgan Goff returns to play some of the best music written for this often neglected instrument.” Goff will be performing alongside Adrienne Black on piano and the programme will include works by, Bach, Brahms, Chopin, Schumann, Bloch and Frank Bridge.

Refreshments will be served in the hall after the concert. These are included in the ticket price, which is £14/£16 in advance or £16/£18 on the door, with under-16s admitted free.

Tickets can be purchased from Walton’s the Jewellers in Caversham (closed Mondays, cash only). For more information, call 0118 948 4112 or 0118 9463202 or visit www.

Meanwhile, across town at the University of Reading’s Great Hall in London Road, the Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra are teaming up with the Tamesis Chamber Choir, the APO Singers and soprano Fiona Harrison to perform Mahler’s Symphony No2 (Resurrection), also from 7.30pm. For ticketing details and to book, email boxoffice@

Over at St Thomas’s Church in Goring, Mozart and Haydn are the stars of “Classically Autumn”, a seasonally themed concert by the Goring Chamber Choir.

Starting at 7.30pm, the programme will open with Mozart’s Dixit Dominus and Magnificat K193 with string trio, followed by Haydn’s Insanae et vanae curae. Next up are some operatic arias, before the evening closes with Mozart’s Fantasy in D minor K397, for which Olivia Canolle is the piano soloist.

Tickets are £12 and £10, available from Inspiration in Goring, choir members or on the door. Visit for further details. The following day, the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel at Pangbourne College is the venue for a “Celebrity Duo Recital” to help mark the school’s centenary celebrations.

One of the finest international cellists of the present era, Raphael Wallfisch will be partnered by the internationally acclaimed pianist Victor Sangiorgio for a recital starting at 3.30pm.

Together they will perform Debussy’s Sonata, Miaskovsky’s Sonata No2, Schumann’s Fantasy Pieces and Mendelssohn’s Sonata No2. The concert starts at 3.30pm.

Advance tickets are available from, priced £13 (£7 for students).

Tickets on the door will be £15 (£9 for students). There will be an interval. Parking is free.

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