Welcome to Music

Our core objectives are to promote musicianship, performance and community music making for everyone at the University of Reading. We welcome students, staff, alumni and community members to join us in performing in our ensembles and events. We present interesting, exciting musical events around the University campuses in a range of venues that include the Student Union bars, Halls of Residence, and the Iconic University Great Hall. In addition to our concerts and festivals, we also provide ensembles to perform at University events like Graduation, Remembrance and Christmas.

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Musicianship training is embedded in our ensemble rehearsals to support the learning of all our musicians. We want our membership to develop as musicians by participating in the ensembles and events, and to enjoy developing their skills. Each ensemble has foundation training in musicianship skills to help them develop their aural skills and music notation reading and specialist training to develop advanced skills. This includes vocal coaching for our choirs, jazz improvising for the Big Band, and instrumental technique and historical performance practice for the Festival Sinfonia.


In 2018-19, our theme is Inclusion. Our programming will represent 50:50 female and male composers and artists working in pop, jazz, folk, music theatre and classical music in all our events. Chamber Choir and Academic Voices will showcase choral music by female and LGBT composers throughout the year, including an alternative Christmas programme in the Music at Reading Advent concert, Wassail! We are presenting pop-up concerts throughout the year all around our campuses to reach new audiences. We are working in partnership with the Reading University Music Society to give student conductors opportunities to perform in our Together Festival in October where the Festival Sinfonia will perform in the newly furbished 3sixty venue in the heart of the Whiteknights campus. The University Big Band will showcase the pioneering work of women in jazz in their public performances around campus, which includes the Vintage Valentines night in February. We are recruiting first time singers to join Festival Voices and the Festival Sinfonia for a concert performance of Guys and Dolls in our Community Festival in March. We invite children of students and staff to join Universal Voices, our free community children's choir at the Institute of Education.

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Canpus Voices Outside Again

Thank you to you for an amazing and enjoyable term of music-making! I'm so pleased I joined, it's been great fun and you have been fabulous! Thanks to your teaching, I can finally sing harmonies…which is kind of great as I don't think I'm a soprano any more!

- Jenn Runde, Campus Voices

I'm not normally inclined to be effusive, but I must say I thoroughly enjoyed performing in the concert and listening to the other choirs. I found it particularly rewarding to join forces with the other choirs to make a more powerful sound.

- Nathan Helsby, Festival Voices and Campus Voices

It was a fabulous event and I was proud to be part of it. The performers were all amazing, held together superbly by Patrick and Ben G. Rebecca Berkley was a superb host, organiser, inspiration, mover of chairs (I saw that at one point!) and other things too! Katie you and your team did a great job and the result was it was so easy to come in and be part of it. I think there will be a buzz about this event for weeks to come

- Janet Shell, Mezzo-Soprano Soloist




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