Five Days that Changed the World, Reading Concert Hall

Every year the choir performs a concert in Reading’s grand Concert Hall. In 2020 this concert will be held on 7 March 2020 and features a performance of Bob Chilcott’s Five Days that Changed the World with our guests Berkshire Young Voices and Berkshire Children’s Choir, who will also perform some of their own pieces.

Five Days that Changed the World was written by Bob Chilcott for the Worcester International Festival for Young Singers in 2013, the UK’s first-ever non-competitive international youth singing festival, organised by Sing UK in association with the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat (ECA-EC).

The climax was the final night’s Gala Concert in Worcester cathedral, which included the world premiere of this work conducted by the composer and involved all 400 young singers!

You can watch a recording of this performance here.

Five Days that Changed the World is a journey through 5 global events:

  • Thursday 29 March 1455: The invention of printing
  • Friday 1 August 1834: The abolition of slavery
  • Monday 14 December 1903: The first powered flight
  • Friday 28 September 1928: The discovery of penicillin
  • Wednesday 12 April 1961: The first man in space

In each movement, music and words come together to create a strikingly vivid and personal account of each protagonist’s experience, from the printer seeing ‘each letter like a person’ to the astronaut commenting on the beauty of our planet from space.

The words for Five Days that Changed the World were written by Charles Bennett and you can read his brief insight into the piece here.

Other music to be performed at the concert will include pieces by John Sheppard, William Byrd, John Rutter, Charles Villiers Stanford, Gustav Holst, Ben Parry and Kim André Arnesen.

Where: The Concert Hall, Blagrave St, Reading RG1 1QH

When: Saturday 7 March 2020, 7:30pm


Tickets for the concert will be sold through the Reading Arts Box Office from the 10 February 2020, right up to the start of the concert.

However, tickets will also be available to buy from the choir, by post or via a member of the choir, from Monday 2 December 2019 until Mon 24 February 2020 at reduced prices. The following tickets will be available from the choir:

Area Box Office Choir Full (to 24 Feb) Friends only via Choir (to 24 Feb)
Arena Centre £20 £18 £16
Arena Centre Rows A to C £17 £15 £13
Arena Sides £17 £15 £13
Centre Balcony Rows AA to CCSOLD OUT! £23 £21 £19
Centre Balcony Row DD – LIMITED SEATS! £19 £17 n/a
Side Balcony – Row AA – LIMITED SEATS! £17 £15 £13
All Areas Under 16 £7.50 £6 n/a


Anyone buying tickets on behalf of Friends of the choir will be able to buy the ticket for the Friend at the further reduced price, shown in the table above. There will be no discount for Friends buying tickets via the Reading Arts Box Office.

A booking form can be downloaded here if you want to use this to place orders. The names of any Friend(s) will need to be provided at the time of order in order to obtain the discounted price for their ticket(s).

Your order and cheque may be sent to the choir by post to the address on the booking form (with a stamped addressed envelope), or submitted via a current choir member.

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