Summer Concert – Organs for the Organ

  • English Martyrs Church, Reading
  • June 29, 2024
  • Saturday, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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Summer Concert – Organs for the Organ

English Martyrs Church, 64 Liebenrood Road, Reading, RG30 2EB

Saturday, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
June 29, 2024


Our June 2024 concert is all about organs: both corporeal ones and musical ones! Our friends at English Martyrs church are fundraising to restore their lovely Holdich organ and they’ve invited us to come and perform a choral concert to support their campaign. So we thought we’d sing about hearts, eyes, heads, hands and other bodily organs. Although we tried to impose a more elevated concert name, Organs for the organ has stuck… and it seems to make people smile!

So, come and hear us perform a diverse concert of choral music from Monteverdi and Vaughan Williams to Rutter and Bernstein. There are choral classics (Beatus Vir, Let all mortal flesh) and popular arrangements (Smoke get in your eyes, Brown eyed girl and Heart and soul) so everyone will find something to enjoy! Louise Rapple Moore will direct us in her usual energetic style and the incomparable Simon Dinsdale will accompany us. 

The centrepiece of our concert is Britten’s Hymn to Saint Cecilia – a rich and exciting setting of WH Auden’s lyrical poem in homage to Cecilia as patron saint of music and musicians, who built “an organ to enlarge her prayer.” Following which, “notes tremendous from her great engine thundered out on the Roman air” – we hope we’ll make a spine-tingling sound that does justice to these excellent words!

There will be interval refreshments, there is plenty of on-site parking and it’s easy to reach English Martyrs church by road or by bus. The concert starts at 7:30pm and will be finished by 9:30pm. 

Tickets are priced at £12 (£5 for children/students in full time education), can be purchased online here and will be available on the door.

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