Conversations with Trees: Friday night at the Fringe

From L to R: Fiona Talkington, Thomas Strønen, Jackie Oates, Zsuzsi Lindsay, Hannah James, Helen Jukes

Friday night was a BIG NIGHT for the Reading Fringe. Conversations with Trees was a unique musical collaboration specially curated by Fiona Talkington with Thomas Strønen, Hannah James and Jackie Oates. The group had only been brought together a few days before and delivered a thoughtful, tense and emotional piece which was rapturously received by the audience in St Mary’s Minster.

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Transhuman Art Critics at the Reading Fringe

Transhuman Art Critics, a collaboration between Emil Schult and Emma Nilsson, presented a cosmic multi-media extravaganza last night at St Mary’s Minster. The artists performed behind a screen onto which their silhouettes and graphics were projected.

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A lifetime of music in Reading, with Fiona Talkington

Fiona Talkington on New Road, Redlands, in January 2019

The BBC Radio 3 broadcaster, writer, Norwegian arts enthusiast and Reading Fringe Festival curator Fiona Talkington still lives near Christchurch Green, Reading, in the home in which she grew up. Her house was, as it should be for a music presenter, almost knee-deep in CDs, although Fiona did confide that the CDs also met an insulating role where they lined inside external walls.

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Trinity Concert Band sizzling summer concert at Leighton Park

Trinity Concert Band. Image (c) TCB

Last Saturday, on a glorious summer’s evening, the fabulous Trinity Concert Band raised the roof of the Michael Malnick Centre at Leighton Park with an evening of dazzling musical entertainment. The concert, under the supremely skilled baton of Paul Speed, celebrated the best of British, honouring the Queen’s birthday, with memorable musical highlights from every decade of her reign.

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Council reviews After Dark Night Club licence after noise complaints and police concerns

Reading Borough Council (RBC) will review the premises licence of the After Dark Night Club on London Street, Reading this week, after complaints by local residents of loud music beyond licenced hours, alleged breaches of noise abatement notices, and concern from Thames Valley Police about drug use and violence on the premises.

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Children helping children at the Hexagon

By Cathy Doberska, head teacher at English Martyrs’ Catholic Primary School.

Children helping children concert 2019. Photo: James Denny

On Tuesday 19 March, pupils from 11 Reading schools took part in the annual Children Helping Children concert at the Hexagon theatre. This included students from south Reading schools including John Madejski Academy, Whitley Park Primary, Christ the King Catholic Primary, Ridgeway Primary and Geoffrey Field Junior.

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JMA performing arts youth choir competes at Let’s Sing 2019 on 6 March

The John Madejski Academy (JMA) performing arts youth choir will be one of fourteen local choirs competing for the Let’s Sing 2019 trophy at the Hexagon Theatre on Wednesday 6 March.

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Matthew Farrall charity gig at Readipop on 22 September

Club Velocity will present a charity gig in memory of Matthew Farrall on 22 September. Matthew, who died in April 2018, was an enthusiastic Whitley resident, Whitley Community Development Association (WCDA) trustee, Explore Reading and Whitley Pump contributor.

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How Whitley Pump featured finalists did on the night at Reading Cultural Awards 2018

The big surprise on the night of 27 June was the special award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Arts’ which was won by the Rising Sun Arts Centre on Silver Street (pictured above). For the expected awards, the Whitley Pump had featured at least one of the finalists in each of the twelve categories of this year’s Reading Cultural Awards.

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John Madejski Academy concert on 19 June

Students from the John Madejski Academy on Hartland Road, Whitley will be performing in a public concert at the school on Tuesday 19 June at 6.30pm.

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Reading Cultural Awards 2018 finalists featured in the Whitley Pump

The Whitley Pump has featured at least one of the finalists in each of the twelve categories of this year’s Reading Cultural Awards, some on more than one occasion. This shows how much is going on in, or linked with, our little patch of Reading!

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