Sunday, 07 August 2022

Opening notes sound in Reading Summer Proms

THE fifth Reading Summer Proms will be in full swing by tomorrow (Saturday).

THE fifth Reading Summer Proms will be in full swing by tomorrow (Saturday).

The Sainsbury Singers present Sweet Charity at the Hexagon, Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra deliver works by Copland, Gershwin and Barber at Reading Blue Coat School and Reading Phoenix Choir celebrate their 800th concert at the Concert Hall with special guest, pianist Ji Liu.

Reading Symphony Orchestra holds its Children Concert on Sunday.

The Sainsbury Singers have been performing show-stopping songs including Rhythm of Life, Big Spender and If My Friends Could See Me Now since Wednesday, and you can spend a little time with gullible yet optimistic Sweet Charity tonight and tomorrow at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £17 or £20 from 0118 960 6060 or

There is a distinct American flavour to the Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra concert, which opens with Fanfare for the Common Man, followed by dancing folk tunes in El Salon Mexico, and closes with his enduringly popular Appalachian Spring.

There is also Gershwin’s Cuban Overture and Barber’s Knoxville Summer of 1915 for soprano and orchestra.

Tickets cost £12 (concessions £10, under-16s £5) from 07532 217325 or online at www.apotickets.

Reading Phoenix Choir will sing choral music from Tallis to Whitacre, performing all pieces from memory.

Tickets cost £10 to £20 (concessions available) from 0118 960 6060 or

On Sunday, Reading Symphony Orchestra will perform Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, especially for children, at 3.30pm at Reading Minster Church of St Mary.

Narrated by David Barrell, tickets are £5 or £3 for under-18s, from 0118 986 0707, 0118 973 5517 or

Reading Summer Proms continues until Saturday, July 4 and involves a wide variety of events from groups across Reading and surrounding areas.

See for full details or call the box office on 0118 960 6060 for a free brochure.

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