A review of our Annual Concert

In February we enjoyed taking part in our Annual Concert at the beautiful Victorian Concert Hall in Reading Town Hall.

Alto, Carla Battelli has very kindly shared with us her review of the concert!

“My sixth Annual Concert, in the usual stunning Concert Hall, so rich and welcoming, and in a totally new musical formula, as we performed a big piece, Brahms’ Requiem, in the first half, followed by a choice of usual repertoire. But the roof was lifted once again! Our new conductor Chris Hann was precise and professional, as well as relaxed at the same time (!).
We all enjoyed the evening a lot, having with us wonderful soloists and two piano players! With a great lovely and very warming audience, and three friends of mine from Rome among them (it was my last Annual Concert with Phoenix, sob). Betta said “It has been so impressive, so professional, I cannot add a word, I just loved every bit of it! It reminded of my days singing with the Filarmonica Romana. Such nostalgia!”
I can only add that this concert will be in my memories for a long time!”

Concert venue sneak peek! Saint Bartholomew’s Church, Lower Basildon

This Saturday 25th March the choir is looking forward to performing a lovely rural church, tucked away in the heart of West Berkshire.

Saint Bartholomew’s Church dates to the 1280s’& is in the English style of flint & stone, local materials, a country church built by its people for its people. A fine brick tower was added in the 1730s’ & during the Victorian period the interior was re-furbished & the north aisle & porch added. It is listed Grade 1 by Historic England.

St. Bartholomew’s served its community for over 700 years but as the population moved up the hill to Upper Basildon where a new church was built, the old country church closed for regular worship in 1976; six services a year are now held here.

In the 1990s’ the church came into the care of The Churches Conservation Trust. The Trust have repaired & maintained the fabric & graveyard ensuring that St Bartholomew’s continues as a place of worship, an attractive historic church for its many visitors from home & overseas & a place where people can enjoy new experiences.

Jethro Tull, agricultural pioneer was baptised & finally buried here in 1741; as are the ‘great & the good’ from nearby Basildon House, the Sykes, Morrison’s & Ferdinando’s.

St Bartholomew’s is supported by a small & proactive group of ‘Friends’. Their aim is to organise an active calendar of activities to generate funds that ensure that St. Bartholomew’s is always a welcoming & attractive environment for worship, visitors & events & that it will be here to play a role within its community in future years.

The proceeds from this concert will contribute toward enabling the church to have a ‘voice’ again through the refurbishment of our striking clock & for repair to the ancient chancel door.

We would be delighted if you can join us for what is set to be a fabulous concert with a varied programme from Rachmaninov to Bob Chilcott! The concert starts at 7.30pm and full details, including ticket information can be found HERE