20 June 2015: Reading Symphony Orchestra 70th Anniversary Gala Concert

Last concert for me this season, and it’s a biggie: the Reading Symphony Orchestra 70th Anniversary Gala Concert.

70th Anniversary Gala Concert

It’s a programme packed with everyone’s favourites (can’t beat a bit of Rachmaninov!) and the date for your diary is 20 June 2015, 7.30pm in the Great Hall at the University of Reading.

Find out how to buy tickets here.

10th May 2014 – Beech Hill Concert Band, Last Night of the Proms at Sherfield Park

10th May 2014 at 7.30pm

The Beech Hill Concert Band will give a Last Night of the Proms concert at Sherfield Park, near Basingstoke. I’ve pasted some details from their website below:

The 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 everyday 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.

The founding musical director was Mr Colin Ridgers.  In 2004, Mr Anthony Wythe ARCM took over the Musical Directorship and the band now has members from the Basingstoke and Maidenhead area as well as Reading.

The name of the band was taken from the fact that when the band needed a rehearsal room the village hall in Beech Hill ( a small village near Stratfield Saye) was suitable and not too expensive to hire.

The Beech Hill Concert Band is a totally independent organisation that does not receive grants or outside funding and is mainly dedicated to performing concerts for charitable purposes.

Provisional Programme:

  • Ravenswood
  • Zampa
  • American in Paris
  • 2 vocal numbers (tbc)
  • Broadway Showstoppers
  • Brass Fever
  • Orpheus in the Underworld


  • Jubilee Overture
  • Michelle March
  • 2 vocal numbers (tbc)
  • Cheek to Cheek
  • Leroy Anderson Portrait
  • Fantasia on British Sea Songs & Rule Britannia
  • Jerusalem
  • Pomp and Circumstance No. 2