Walter Hussey Choral Competition – Meet the Finalists

The Walter Hussey Composition Competition attracted 193 entries from 28 countries, from which our judges selected the top five. It was a long but rewarding process. One Sunday in October, our judges discussed and debated through the day to choose a winning piece, with assistance from an octet of singers from Reading Phoenix Choir.

Now we’d like to introduce you to the five finalists and their piece one by one, (no clues to who won from their order of introduction!). The winner will be announced – and their piece given its world premiere – on Saturday 9 March 2019 at Reading Phoenix Choir’s concert, Golden Phoenix, at Reading Concert Hall. Tickets to this concert will be available nearer the time from Reading Arts.

 

This month we start with Alison Willis (b.1971).
Entry name: Gold and Spices
Text from All Saints by Christina Rossetti

Find out more about Alison here.

Walter Hussey Choral Competition – Winner Decided

Thank you to our fantastic judges headed by Kerry Andrew, and the octet of singers from Reading Phoenix Choir who sang the pieces through. Thank you too to all the composers who entered pieces.

The winner will be announced, and the piece premiered, at the Reading Phoenix Choir’s annual concert on 9 March 2019 and we hope performed well into the future!

Celebrating 50 Golden Years

On 17th September 2018 Reading Phoenix Choir launch their 50th season and embark on a year full of musical events and activities.

To kick start celebrations for their 50th year and release the first track of the new CD Golden Phoenix, the choir invites past members to join them at this rehearsal on 17th September. This rehearsal will be a preview of the 50th season finale, the Gala concert in July 2019, when members and ex-members from the choir’s 50 year history will join together again. This Gala concert at the Great Hall, University of Reading, will include performances by present Phoenicians, former members and guest conductors to perform the top rated songs from the repertoire of the last 50 years.

Chris Hann, Musical Director says:

‘I am hugely excited about our 50th season. Not only does it give us the opportunity to reflect upon the many wonderful achievements of the choir over the past 50 years and re-connect with ex members, but also to look forward to what promises to be a very bright and exciting future.’

Over the course of the year the choir will also be celebrating its history of charitable giving, community involvement and first class music making by partnering with a number of different charities, creating a collaborative artwork with audience members, hosting a Come and Sing of Handel’s Messiah, and performing the winning piece from the inaugural Walter Hussey Composition Competition. This will take place at the Annual Concert in March 2019, at which Head Judge Kerry Andrew and her alt-folk group You Are Wolf will perform. Additionally further CD tracks will be released throughout the year.

The choir invites the people of Reading to join in our celebrations and help us gather as much Reading Phoenix Choir memorabilia, photographs, news stories and personal memories as possible to celebrate this milestone. This will be collated on our 50th anniversary website www.rpc50.com, live from 17th September.

For more information on the programme of events and activities for the 50th season join our mailing list at www.rpc50.com/email or for concert details visit www.readingphoenixchoir.com/concerts.

For interviews and more information contact Alice Watson on publicity@readingphoenixchoir.com.

Annual Concert leads the way to a Golden year

On Saturday 3rd March 2018, Reading Phoenix Choir will host their 49th Annual Concert, the highlight of their concert season and a precursor to celebrations for their 50th year.

This year’s Annual Concert ‘Gloria!’ will take place in the heart of Reading at the Concert Hall and will contain a varied choral programme representative of the choir’s recognisable style. The choir will perform Rutter’s Gloria with the Phoenix Brass Ensemble as well as highlights from Rachmaninov’s Vespers and Howells’ Requiem. This will be followed by a selection of lighter pieces from their repertoire including Whitacre’s Lux Arumque, and arrangements of Freddie Mercury’s Crazy Little Thing Called Love, and David Bowie’s Life on Mars.

Chris Hann, Musical Director of Reading Phoenix Choir, says:

‘The Annual Concert is a fantastic opportunity for supporters of the choir, both old and new, to experience the very best of Reading Phoenix Choir. It is the highlight of the season and offers a show reel of what we do best. If you go to any concert in Reading this year, this has to be it!’

Not only will this concert be a jam packed evening of fantastic music making but it will also provide the perfect opportunity for any budding choral composers, interested in entering our recently launched choral composition competition, to experience the choir in its full glory. The concert will enable potential competition entrants to realise what the choir, recognised as one of the best amateur choirs in the country, is truly capable of.

The Walter Hussey Composition Competition, launched in January 2018 and boasting a £750 prize and a line-up of top judges, is proving to be an exciting subject of discussion among the composing world. The momentum is building for the new competition with over 100 up and coming composers having registered interest in submitting an entry.

The theme of the inaugural competition is ‘Gold’ to coincide with the choir’s upcoming 50th season. Reading Phoenix Choir will perform the world premiere of the winning entry at their 50th year Annual Concert on 9th March 2019 at Reading Concert Hall.

‘Gloria’ is at 7.30pm on Saturday 3rd March at the Concert Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1QH. Tickets (full price: £20, £17, under 16s: £7.50) are available from the Reading Arts Box Office website or on 0118 960 6060.

Reading Phoenix Choir Launches Choral Composition Competition

On Tuesday 9th January 2018, Reading Phoenix Choir launches an exciting new international choral composition competition.

The Walter Hussey Composition Competition, with a £750 prize and a line-up of top judges, promises to become one of the leading choral composition competitions of our time.

The adjudication panel for the inaugural year will comprise of four time winner of the British Composer Awards Kerry Andrew, internationally acclaimed film composer Andrew McKenna, and award winning conductor and vocal coach Anthony Jenner, alongside representatives from Reading Phoenix Choir.

Kerry Andrew says

I am really excited to be judging Reading Phoenix Choir’s first composition competition! I’m looking forward to seeing some new choral music that both works for voices and feels exciting and new.’ 

The competition is named in honour of Walter Hussey, Dean of Chichester Cathedral from 1955 to 1977, who commissioned many choral works throughout his lifetime. It was at Chichester that choir member Howard Jenner, and his brother and competition judge Anthony Jenner, were choristers under the guidance of Hussey. Inspired by the commitment of Walter Hussey to support the work of composers, musicians and artists, financially as well as intellectually, the idea for a composition competition evolved.

Howard Jenner says

‘Since the initial discussions about where the choir could get their next piece of new music, the team have put together and executed a launch plan about which I am very proud and excited. A potential commission turned into an idea for a competition and I cannot wait to hear the completely new sounds that the composers will be creating.’

The theme of the inaugural competition is ‘Gold’ to coincide with the choir’s upcoming 50th season. Reading Phoenix Choir will perform the world premiere of the winning entry at their 50th year Annual Concert on 9th March 2019 at Reading Concert Hall.

During its history Reading Phoenix Choir have given first performances of more than 25 pieces written and arranged by composers from all over the world, including well-known names such as Bob Chilcott, Andrew Carter and Donald Swann. Most recently, in 2016, the choir were involved in the premiere of ‘The Voyage’, a joint project between Bob Chilcott and Age UK Oxfordshire.

Chris Hann, Musical Director of Reading Phoenix Choir, says

Reading Phoenix Choir has a long standing tradition of commissioning new music. What better way to build on this and discover new music than by holding our own composition competition. New music is the life blood of the music business so I am hugely excited about this competition and the new works we will discover.

The closing date for competition entries is 1st July 2018. Entrants must be aged 16 or over. The winner of the competition will be announced in March 2019.

For more information about the competition visit www.walterhussey.com.

Reading Phoenix Choir offers sanctuary at Reading Minster this Christmas time

Come in out of the cold to experience and enjoy the sanctuary of Reading Minster at Reading Phoenix Choir’s annual Carol Concert this Saturday!

On 16th December 2017, Reading Phoenix Choir will host a magical evening filled with Christmas music in aid of local cause Reading Minster Sanctuary. Every Saturday night the Sanctuary provides a place of refuge, recovery and refreshment for those in need – which everyone hopes to have at this time of year. Money raised from ticket sales will help to keep this service running.

The concert programme will be full of Christmas favourites – some sung by the choir, others for the audience to join in with – as well as a selection of readings. There will certainly be something for everyone, including some seasonal foody treats.

Over its 49-year history, Reading Phoenix Choir, which is one of the UK’s finest amateur choirs, has raised over £300,000 for a range of local and national charities. This charitable activity is close to the hearts of its members and is a core function of the organisation.

Reading Phoenix Choir Chair, Chris Riley, says:

‘We are delighted to return to Reading Minster for our annual Carol Concert. This concert is one of the highlights of our singing season and we are proud that every year we are able to use the proceeds to help fund services for the local community. This year we look forward to partnering with Reading Minster Sanctuary and to support their provision for vulnerable people in Reading.’

Reading Phoenix Choir’s Carol Concert is at Reading Minster, St Mary Butts, Reading RG1 2XH and starts at 5pm.

Tickets are available via www.readingphoenixchoir.org.uk/tickets, the Cards for Good Causes stand in Reading Minster, or on the door.

Armistice Day concert to raise money for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity

On Saturday 11th November, Reading Phoenix Choir will join together with ABF The Soldiers’ Charity to raise money for The National Charity of the British Army, who provide lifelong support to soldiers and veterans, as well as their immediate families, when they are in need.

Musical Director Christopher Hann says,

‘I am delighted that Reading Phoenix Choir is returning to Douai Abbey and we look forward to putting on a concert to commemorate Armistice Day. We are also immensely proud to be raising money for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity to support the vital work that they undertake to provide assistance to soldiers and veterans.’

Chairman of Berkshire ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, Brigadier (Retired) Peter Walker says,

‘We are delighted that the Phoenix Choir is going to perform at the Abbey to support the Charity for what will be a superb evening of music. We also wish to thank the Abbey for allowing this concert to take place in such a wonderful setting.’

The concert will take place at 7.30pm at the beautiful Douai Abbey in Upper Woolhampton. Performing the best examples of the choir’s extensive repertoire, the varied programme will include the hauntingly beautiful Howells’ Requiem, alongside Lotti’s Crucifixus and works by Tallis, Victoria, Brahms and Rachmaninov.

If you’ve never heard the choir before, then be prepared to be blown away by their quality and love of music-making. The choir demonstrates its excellence by singing predominantly unaccompanied and performs everything entirely from memory, allowing a real connection with the audience.

Tickets are £12 (£10 for concessions, £5 for under 16s) and are available to purchase from Newbury Corn Exchange (https://cornexchangenew.com/event/an-armistice-day-concert-in-support-of-abf-the-soldiers-charity)

Reading Phoenix Choir sings for a ‘Brighter Berkshire’!

On Saturday 21st October, Reading Phoenix Choir will join together with local community initiative Brighter Berkshire to raise money to support mental health services in Reading and throughout the country.

Following on from World Mental Health Awareness Day on 10th October, this concert supports Brighter Berkshire’s aim to reduce stigma around mental health and is one of Brighter Berkshire’s ‘2017 year of mental health’ events.

Reading Phoenix Choir Secretary and concert organiser, Rebecca Ranson said:

‘We are proud to be hosting this concert in aid of Brighter Berkshire as we believe it is such a fantastic way to support local mental health services. Choral singing is a proven way to improve wellbeing so we feel there is a natural link between the charity and us. The benefits of this concert are two-fold – we will not only be raising funds but also actively improving people’s mental health!’

Alison Foster from Brighter Berkshire said:

‘It doesn’t matter where we are when we speak about mental health, we always get someone so relieved we have opened the conversation and helped normalise talking about mental health. This is what this year is all about, hopefully the start of developing a more open and compassionate community in Berkshire when it comes to mental health. There are so many things we can all use around us to help mental health such as friends, music, sport, art and more, and this event is a great example of how powerful coming together for music can be.’

Reading Phoenix Choir will be hosting this concert in the heart of Reading at St Laurence Church, a beautiful 12th-dentury church on Friar Street. The choir will perform a varied selection of pieces from its extensive repertoire, introducing audience members to its unique choral style. The choir demonstrates its excellence through the performance of songs from ‘madrigals to pop’ from memory and mostly a cappella. From Brahms to Bowie, there really will be something for everyone.

Full details can be found here.

Preparations get underway for Spain tour

In April 2018, Reading Phoenix Choir will travel to northern Spain for the first time in its 49-year history for a spectacular week of music making.

Flying into Madrid, and working our way north then west, we currently have plans to sing at the Iglesia de la Asunción de Nuestra Señora in Melgar de Fernamental, Santuario de la Peregrina in Sahagún and Catedral Vieja in Salamanca.

This week saw our first meeting with the tour company and we can’t wait to share choir’s extensive repertoire across this region.

Our Musical Director Chris Hann says,

‘I am excited to bring Reading Phoenix Choir to mainland Spain for the very first time and perform in some of the most spectacular churches in Europe. We look forward to meeting our Spanish audiences and wowing them with our unique sound, varied repertoire and interminable professionalism.’

A warm welcome to our new Musical Director

We are delighted to announce the appointment of their new musical director for the start of 2017, Christopher Hann.

A highly accomplished choral conductor, Christopher currently works with a variety of Berkshire-based choirs, including Berkshire Youth Choirs. In addition to his conducting, Christopher is in great demand as a professional consort singer.

Commenting on his new role, Chris said:

“Reading Phoenix is a choir that I have admired and am delighted to be beginning my role as Musical Director at the beginning of the New Year. I look forward to working with the choir and joining them on a new chapter of their musical journey.”

The choir is looking forward to our first concert with Christopher on Saturday 28th January at St Michael at the North Gate, Oxford where they will celebrating 350 years since the birth of Antonio Lotti. The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets (£10 per person) can be purchased at the door. Please CLICK HERE for further details 

This February, the choir will be performing Brahms Requiem and a selection of exciting, new repertoire at our Annual Concert on Saturday 25th February, 7.30pm at Reading Concert Hall. Tickets at from £6.00 and can be purchased HERE.

We look forward to welcoming you to our first concerts of the year and sharing with you, our repertoire we have been working on with Christopher.

A visit from Voronezh Male Voice Choir

Back in 1990, Reading Phoenix Choir flew to Helsinki and then travelled by train to Russia. We gave concerts in Leningrad, Moscow and most memorably in Voronezh, when the Opera House was packed to more-than-capacity. We have never had louder or longer applause, and quickly established a strong link with the wonderful people of Voronezh.

We are therefore very excited to welcome Voronezh Male Voice Choir to the UK this October.

Under their chief conductor Tatyana Izhogina the choir will be visiting the South of England to celebrate the life of Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh (1914-2003). This well-known spiritual leader came from the family of the Russian composer Alexander Scriabin. In the 1920s his family emigrated to France where he later worked with the French Resistance.

After the Second World War he took a monastic vow and in 1947 was sent to Britain to serve the church in London. During fifty years of dedicated service to the Russian Orthodox Church he left a significant memory in the hearts of many nations as a priest who spoke five languages and as a theologian, philosopher and spiritual leader.

As part of this tour, the choir will give concerts in Gosport, Winchester and London. On Saturday 15th October, they come together with Reading Phoenix Choir for a joint concert in Chadlington, Oxfordshire.

Their programme with range from inspirational sacred music by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky and other Russian and Ukrainian composers, to vibrant folklore pieces.

 

 

Reading Phoenix Choir to tour Kent

This June, Reading Phoenix Choir will travel to Kent for a weekend festival of music making. Performing at various locations across the county, the choir’s family friendly programme will introduce audience members to our unique choral style singing a selection of songs from ‘madrigals to jazz’ from memory and mostly a capella.

This weekend celebrates the end of the choir’s singing season and will include the final performances with Musical Director, David Crown who leaves the choir in July after six successful years.

David Crown, says:

“We are excited to be performing in a number of venues across Kent. The variety of locations and audiences for whom we will perform demonstrates the choir’s adaptability and compliments the diversity of our repertoire – highlighting why we are one of the top amateur choir’s in the country.’

The choir will be visiting Kent from 10-12 June 2016 and will be performing at the following locations:

  • 10 June, 7.30pm – St George’s Church, Church Street, Gravesend DA11 0DJ
  • 11 June, 12pm – Wealden Times Midsummer Fair, Hole Park, Rolvenden TN17 4JB
  • 11 June, 7.30pm – All Saints Church, Mill Street, Maidstone ME15 6YE
  • 12 June, 2pm – Whitstable Funday Sunday, Marine Parade, Whitstable CT5 2BE

Tickets are available via the choir’s website at www.readingphoenixchoir.com/kent.

Star soloists join Reading Phoenix Choir for Annual Concert

Choir breaks from tradition to perform Faure’s Requiem

After 48 singing seasons, Reading Phoenix Choir makes a break from the tradition of singing a selection of songs from ‘ madrigals to jazz’ to perform Faure’s Requiem as part of their Annual Concert. This concert is the celebratory event of the choir’s singing season. This year the choir will be joined by up and coming star soloists Morgan Pearse (Baritone) and Anna Sideris (Soprano), and accompanied by Organist Christopher Cromar.

The choir’s musical director, David Crown, says: “Following the success of singing ‘works’ at the choir’s annual Come and Sing events we have been encouraged to learn and perform Faure’s Requiem. We are always looking to try new things and to challenge ourselves, and have enjoyed this opportunity to explore a different area of musical history. It has been an exciting journey. We are now really looking forward to sharing our musical adventures with our Annual Concert audience.

Reading Phoenix Choir, one of the UK’s finest amateur choirs, was established in 1969. Its first performance was at the Morris Motors Music Festival in Oxford and it has since performed at venues worldwide, including the Royal Albert Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and Reading’s Madejski Stadium as part of the London Olympic 2012 festivities. The choir competed at the prestigious Cork International Choral Festival 2015 in Ireland in May 2015 and at Christmas won a national competition to be featured on Classic FM’s Drive.

The choir’s Annual Concert takes place on Saturday 6 February at 7.30pm, at the Concert Hall, The Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH. Tickets are available herehere and range from £9.50 to £19.50 (£6 for under 16s).

Anna Sideris – Soprano
Anna is studying on the Advanced Opera Programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she works with Janice Chapman. While studying for her undergraduate degree at Oxford University Anna sang in masterclasses with eminent singers, such as Renee Fleming, Toby Spence and Ann Murray. She obtained her Masters from the Royal Academy of Music, where she was generously supported by the Kohn Foundation, the Josephine Baker Trust and Help Musicians UK; and performed the following roles in scenes performances: Fiordiligi Cosi Fan Tutte (Mozart), Ellen Peter Grimes (Britten) and Ariane Ariane et Barbe-Bleue (Dukas)

Anna has recorded two Fauré songs for BBC Radio 3 Music Matters, and performed Cinq Melodies de Venise (Fauré) at Kings Place, London. Recent concerts include Boulez Improvisations sur Mallarmé with the Manon Ensemble for Aldeburgh festival, Strauss Vier letzte lieder with the Oxford Millennium Orchestra, Handel Messiah and Mozart Mass in C performed at St John’s Smith Square. Anna has been working for the charity Live Music Now! since November 2014.

Anna was an Alvarez Young Artist for Garsington Opera in the 2015 season, playing Resi Intermezzo (Strauss) and 1st Fairy A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mendelssohn). Other operatic experience includes Lucy The Telephone (Menotti) for Salon Opera, Tamiri (cover) in Il Re Pastore (Mozart) for New Chamber Opera, Monica in The Medium (Menotti) & Eurydice in Orfeus and Eurydice (Gluck) for New Chamber Opera Studio. Anna has been involved in education projects for Glyndebounre Opera and Garsington Opera.

Morgan Pearse – Baritone

During the 2014/15 season Morgan joined Houston Grand Opera Studio where his roles included Papageno (The Magic Flute), Yamadori (Madame Butterfly), Anthony (Sweeney Todd) and the cover of Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte). He went on to perform Figaro in Corigliano’s Ghosts of Versailles for Wolftrap Opera in Virginia.

This season Morgan returns to the UK and to English National Opera taking the role of Figaro (Barber of Seville) and appears at Wigmore Hall.

In 2013 Morgan was selected by YCAT and won the Gold Medal at the Royal Over-Seas League Competition. He subsequently took the title role in Owen Wingrave with Sydney Chamber Opera and made his debut with English National Opera as Pompeo (Benvenuto Cellini).

Born in 1988, Morgan Pearse studied at the Sydney Conservatorium & University and the Royal College of Music International Opera School, where he won the prestigious Lies Askonas Prize. He was selected by YCAT in 2013.

Christopher Cromar – Organist
Christopher Cromar was born in Scotland and was educated at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Chetham’s School of Music, the Conservatoire Superieur de Paris. He now works extensively as a conductor, pianist and organist on the concert platform and as a repetiteur and vocal coach for leading opera companies, choirs (including the BBC Singers and Halle Choir) and distinguished soloists. He regularly serves the vocal and opera faculties of several UK conservatoires.

Christopher has also pursued a career as a concert organist giving many recitals in Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Cathedral, King’s College, Cambridge, Notre Dame and in Germany, Holland, Greece and the USA.

As a pianist he has performed extensively throughout Europe and made his debut at London’s Barbican Centre in 2006.

Christopher has broadcast on BBC TV and radio, Channel 4 TV and Radio France and he features on several CD recordings. A disc of music by Jonathan Dove on the Naxos label was released in June 2011.

Reading Phoenix Choir wins national competition

Reading Phoenix Choir’s festive recording to feature on Classic FM this Christmas

Reading based music group Reading Phoenix Choir is delighted to announce that it will feature on Classic FM’s Drive this Christmas, with a special recording of Coventry Carol.

The group’s recording is one of five winning entries selected for Classic FM’s popular prime-time Drive slot by Classic FM and Making Music, the UK’s membership organisation for amateur music groups.

The five winning entries will be played in the week commencing 7 December, one entry per day. Reading Phoenix Choir’s carol will be played on Wednesday 9th December.

Following the success of the choir’s annual charity Christmas Concert at Reading Minster this recording was made as part of the choir’s Christmas CD ‘The Midnight Clear’. It was chosen as the entry for Classic FM because it highlights the choir’s warm and joyful sound – a perfect choice for spreading good feeling this Christmas. It was conducted by Musical Director David Crown and recorded in 2013.

This year the choir’s Christmas Concert ‘Carols at Christmas’ will be at 5pm on Saturday 19th December, Reading Minster.

Making Music’s Executive Director Barbara Eifler says: “We were delighted to receive 59 entries from across the UK, showing the breadth and variety of our member groups. All the entries were strong but these five represent the very best and show the UK amateur music scene to be in very good health – we are thrilled that Classic FM is recognising the wealth of talent that is out there this Christmas.”

With almost 5.5million listeners tuning in each week, Classic FM is one of the top three commercial radio stations in the UK. This is an exciting opportunity for Reading Phoenix Choir to reach an even wider audience across the UK, and spread some musical joy this festive season!

UK chart-topping pianist Ji Liu guests at Reading Phoenix Choir’s Annual Concert

Concert marks the choir’s 800th performance

 

Reading Phoenix Choir will be joined by UK chart-topping classical pianist Ji Liu at its Annual Concert on Saturday 16 May 2015, at Reading’s impressive Concert Hall.  The concert marks the choir’s 800th performance since its creation in 1969.

 

The choir’s musical director, David Crown, says:  “To celebrate our 800th performance, we wanted to invite a guest artist of international standing to this year’s Annual Concert.  I’m delighted that Ji Liu, who has played on some of the world’s most famous stages, has agreed to join us.  I think this will be a very special evening for Reading’s music lovers.”

 

Described by Classic FM as ‘…one of the most promising pianists of his generation’, Shanghai-born Ji Liu, 25, was the UK’s biggest-selling classical breakthrough artist of 2014.  His debut solo album Piano Reflections shot straight to Number One in the classical charts in February 2014, and his second album Piano Encores entered the charts at Number 2 in February 2015.

 

Reading Phoenix Choir, one of the UK’s finest amateur choirs, was established in 1969.  Its very first performance was at the Morris Motors Music Festival in Oxford and it has since performed at venues worldwide, including the Royal Albert Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and Reading’s Madejski Stadium as part of the London Olympic 2012 festivities.  The choir was recently selected to compete at the prestigious Cork International Choral Festival 2015 in Ireland in May 2015.

 

The choir’s Annual Concert takes place on Saturday 16 May at 7.30pm, at the Concert Hall, The Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH.  Tickets are available via the choir’s ticket page and range from £10 to £20 (concessions for under 16s).  The choir is offering a £5 discount on Annual Concert tickets if bought together with tickets for its Come & Sing event on Saturday 11 July 2015.