Reading’s Aldworth Philharmonic is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a series of events on Saturday 29th October. The full orchestra will perform as part of this year’s Fringe, in the fine acoustic of The Concert Hall, in Reading Town Hall, thanks in part to a grant to the Festival from the Cultural Recovery Fund.

Aldworth Philharmonic and Reading Youth Orchestras family concert – 29th October at 4PM

Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra and Reading Youth Orchestra extend a warm welcome to join their friendly players for an hour of short extracts from works in the evening concert, as well as special pieces written to be accessible to younger listeners. There’ll even be a special guest appearance by Frederike Möller, a pianist from our twin town of Düsseldorf who specialises in the wonderful sound of toy pianos! Presented by members of APO’s free fan club for 5-15 year olds, APO Young, the concert will take place in a relaxed atmosphere suitable for all the family.

20 Years of APO – celebration concert – 29th October at 7.30PM

Celebrate twenty years of wonderful music-making with Reading’s Aldworth Philharmonic, who perform with the full orchestra having made several previous appearances at the Fringe with chamber ensembles. Reading’s heritage is celebrated with Michael Betteridge’s ‘Biscuits, Beer & Bulbs’, before Reading Youth Orchestra join APO on stage for the world premiere of Caitlin Harrison’s ‘From Dusk to Dreams’, commissioned as part of the ‘Adopt a Music Creator’ project run by Making Music, in partnership with Sound and Music. The concert ends with Rachmaninoff’s symphonic tour de force, with dark storm clouds, wild dancing, passionate longing and finally, a spectacular musical equivalent of a celebratory firework display!


Betteridge – Biscuits, Beer & Bulbs

Harrrison – From Dusk to Dreams (with Reading Youth Orchestra – world premiere)

Rachmaninoff – Symphony No. 2


Frederike Möller – Toy Piano Recital featuring APO players – 29th October at 6.30PM – Free to attend for all evening ticket holders

From our twin town of Düsseldorf we welcome pianist Frederike Möller, who specialises in exploring the fascinating sound world of toy pianos. She’ll perform works by composers associated with Reading and Düsseldorf, supported by players from APO.