Past Performances


Brindley Sherratt in Concert

Sat, 10 Sep 2022


A joint concert at the Town Hall in Reading with the Berkshire Youth Choir and star artist, Brindley Sherratt, the reknowned bass singer. The two choirs accompanied Brindley Sherratt on three pieces in the Gospel style - "It is well", "He hideth my soul" and "Total Praise"

The new Brindley Sherratt recording of 'Refuge' was also released on sale on the 11th Sept 

The choir sang the following  pieces 
 

1st Half

2nd Half

O Frondens Virga
O Magnum Mysterium 
Hymn to the Creator of Light

Wide Open Spaces 
The Music of Stillness
Where Sky Meets Sea   
The Battle of Jericho



Christ Church, Swindon with Aldbourne Band

Sat, 9 Jul 2022
The choir joined forces with the Aldbourne Band for a joint concert at Christ Church, Swindon on Saturday 9th July.
We have sung as guests with the Aldbourne Band in previous years, so it was great to have the opportunity to meld our musical genres once again. 

The programme comprised a mixture of Band and Choir only performances, plus several combined pieces- including Parry's Jerusalem, Lauriden's O Magnum Mysterium and Handel's Zadok the Priest. It was a great pleasure to sit back and enjoy the wonderful sound of Brass on that warm summer's evening.

 


Come and Sing Workshop Event

Sat, 18 Jun 2022
 

Concert in St Paul's Wokingham

Sat, 14 May 2022
 

Family Concert in aid of The Brain Tumour Charity

Sun, 10 Apr 2022
 

Concert in aid of the Children's Hospice South West

Sat, 9 Apr 2022
 

Informal Lunchtime Concert

Sat, 9 Apr 2022
 

New Horizons Concert

Sat, 5 Mar 2022
Following the disruption of the Covid 19 Pandemic, Reading Phoenix Choir marked their return to full concerts in 2022 with 'New Horizons' - an evening concert that showcased our varied repertoire of choral singing in the Great Hall of Reading University.  The Great Hall was chosen as a venue rather than Reading Town Hall, as there were concerns of public reticence attending public events. 

In addition,  the winner of the 2021 Walter Hussey Composition Competition for young composers was announced - Blake Mitchell  -followed by the world premiere performance of the winning piece by the choir  'When Sky Meets Sea'
 
1st Half
 
Walk on - Libera Nos
 
O Magnum Mysterium (Victoria)
Justorum Animae (C3)
O Sacrum Convivium (C2)
Weep, weep mine eyes (C1)
Alleluia Ascendit Deus
Gold and Spices
O Oriens
Nunc Dimittis
Hymn to the Creator of Light
 
 
2nd Half
 
Coelos Ascendit Hodie
Even When he is Silent
Where Sky Meets Sea
Wide Open Spaces
The Music of Stillness
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Danny Boy
The Bare Necessities
Joshua fit the battle of Jericho
 
Walk off - God be in my Head
 


Concert - Even When He is Silent

Sat, 13 Nov 2021
Our third concert of the 53rd Season at St Mary’s Church, Old Basing on Saturday 13th November 2021. We were invited to perform this concert by Robert Jackson, a long-serving member of Reading Phoenix Choir who was Chair of the choir about six years ago.

The choir also made a recording during the afternoon rehearsal


 
Our programme is:
 
1st Half
 
Walk on - Libera Nos
 
Alleluia Ascendit Deus
O Sacrum Convivium (C2)
Weep, weep mine eyes (C1)
Justorum Animae (C3)
Nunc Dimittis
O Oriens
Os Justi
Bogoroditse Djevo
Tebye Poyem
Coelos Ascendit Hodie
               
2nd Half
 
Gold Leaves
Gold and Spices
Even When he is Silent
Wide Open Spaces
The Music of Stillness
 
Let it shine
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Danny Boy
The Bare Necessities
 
Walk off - God be in my Head
 

Concert at St John's Church, Old Coulsdon

Sat, 23 Oct 2021
The first full concert of our 53rd Season at St John’s Church was on Saturday 23rd October 2021.
We were delighted that ex-Phoenicians Paul and Nicy Roberts invited us to perform in their church once again and shared the concert with us by performing a few songs.

Concert Programme

 
1st Half
 
Walk on - Libera Nos
 
Alleluia – Ascendit Deus
Nunc Dimittis
 
                Paul & Nicy        
 
Even When he is Silent  
Coelos Ascendid Hodie  
 
 
2nd Half
 
Wide Open Spaces
The Music of Stillness
Gold and Spices
O Oriens
 
                Paul & Nicy
 
Bridge Over Troubled Water       
The Bare Necessities
Walk off - God be in my Head

 
 



Morning Concert in Central Reading

Sat, 25 Sep 2021
It was a special day for the choir when for the first time since March 2019, we were able to perform a concert in public!

The format of the concert was a bit different from normal in that it was held in the morning and we sang in our red choir polo shirts rather than formal dress.. It was a deliberately informal concert to get us back in to the swing of performing to an audience.

It was also the first time we sang together 'in close formation' instead of socially distanced and it was a fantastic feeling. As our audience comprised quite a few families and children, Chris told lively stories about the pieces to make them more engaging for young ears.

The powers that be at the Abbey Baptist Church in Reading provided us this message about the concert
"It was an enjoyable event and the conductor was so good with engaging with the children"

50th Anniversary Season 2018-19

Mon, 3 Sep 2018
 

49th Season 2017-18

Mon, 4 Sep 2017
 

48th Season 2016-17

Mon, 5 Dec 2016
 

47th Season 2015-2016

Mon, 7 Sep 2015
 

46th Season 2014-15

Mon, 8 Sep 2014
 

45th Season 2013-14

Mon, 9 Sep 2013
 

44th Season 2012-13

Mon, 10 Sep 2012
 

43rd Season 2011-12

Mon, 3 Sep 2012 to Mon, 9 Sep 2013
 

42nd Season 2010-11

Mon, 5 Sep 2011
We have a busy programme this year from Berkshire to Norfolk to Devon and back, not forgetting Birmingham for the Category Finals of BBC Choir of the Year and I am extremely excited at the prospect of visiting so many new places. One of the great joys of making music is the chance to sing pieces many times and see how they develop.

This year is a huge creative challenge for us all as we begin to explore a relationship that can bring so many riches. Thank you for joining us on this journey, I do hope you enjoy sharing some of this wonderful music with us.
David Crown

41st Season 2009-10

Mon, 7 Sep 2009
Last season was filled with excitement and pride in celebrating our forty years - but tempered with a tremendous sense of loss following the death of our founder, Norman Morris. Looking forward, we have a busy and exciting season ahead of us. Our concert schedule includes a mix of local engagements and venues further afield such as Coulsdon and Axminster.
Later in the season we will compete at the BBC Radio 3 'Choir of the Year' and will also participate at the Cheltenham Festival. Our guest artist at the Reading Hexagon, on 30th January, is Megan Henwood who is BBC Radio Two's 'Young Folk Musician of the Year'. We are delighted to be able to include her as a key part of our programme.


RPC 40th Anniversary 2008-09

Mon, 8 Sep 2008
The choir celebrated its 40th Anniversay in 2009
The photos and documents here are are all the assets used in various brochures, flyers and promotions 


Early Days of Choir

Tue, 1 Dec 1981
Llangollen Festival of Choirs