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.