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Music at Reading: Autumn Term

Word cloud of musical terms in shape of a paired quavers

Happy new term! The 2019-20 Music at Reading season promises to be a really exciting one. We have restructured the jazz ensembles: Signature Sounds is the new, auditioned group which replaces the Big Band, Jazz Sounds is a brand new intermediate, flexible jazz ensemble welcoming all instrumentalists to play jazz, swing and Latin styles and learn improvisation. We welcome two new directors to our team: Dae Lee will be leading Signature Sounds and Jamie Howell will be leading Jazz Sounds. You will be able to meet both of them at A Night of Music on 25th September.

Take a look at our new website, which has been redesigned to be much more user friendly for Music at Reading members. The new online store lets you book tickets for events, pay for membership and purchase practice room cards to access Building L29 at evenings and weekends. There is information about all the ensembles, including rehearsal schedules and repertoire lists. You can also purchase your Music at Reading T shirts, the must have fashion item of the new academic year!

A Night of Music

Wednesday 24 September, Great Hall, 19:00-20:30

Whether you are a new or returning student, member of staff, or local community member, all are welcome to discover what Music at Reading is about.

  • Meet our professional directors
  • Play and sing with current members
  • Discover fantastic musical opportunities

Make sure to bring your voices and instruments!

Register or find out more on our website:

Join an Ensemble

Music at Reading lead a multitude of ensembles, open to players and singers of all abilities, including open-access and auditioned jazz and choral ensembles. Come along to our open rehearsals to find out which ensemble is right for you:

Universal Voices: children’s choir open rehearsal – Thursday 19 September, 16:45-18:00, L29, London Road campus

Play at Reading: open jazz rehearsal – Monday 30 September, 18:30-20:30, L29, London Road campus

Sing at Reading: open choir rehearsal – Thursday 4 October, 18:30-20:30, L29, London Road campus

Register and find out more about our ensembles here.

Together Festival:

The world is in peril; join our league of musical super heroes to vanquish evil once and for all. Seize your instrument, band together with local musicians, and join Festival Sinfonia to create a performance celebrating heroes and villains from myths, legends, and blockbuster movies. The fate of the world rests on your shoulders, will you accept the mission?

Orchestral players are invited to join Festival Sinfonia for intensive rehearsals over two weekends, leading up to a performance featuring music from Batman Begins, Superman Returns, and The Avengers. Find out more information here or tickets are available here.

Ben Pedley Award

Nominations for this year’s Ben Pedley Award will open on Saturday 23 November.

This award is open to all students in their second year of undergraduate study at the University who regularly take part in musical activity. This could include membership of ensembles and music societies within the University or in the wider local community. We are seeking nominees who are a positive ambassador for music.

For more information visit our website.

Any Dream Will Do...

Seize your instruments and technicoloured dreamcoats and join Festival Sinfonia and Festival Voices to put on a concert production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

Auditions for soloists: 19 & 20 November 2019

Rehearsals take place throughout January and February, culminating in a performance on Saturday 14 March.

Find out more information here.

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