April 2018 – Fiery image signals the way Back to Beethoven

Ahead of our ‘Back to Beethoven’ concert on Saturday May 19th, we held an internal competition to come up with an image for our publicity material that reflects the fiery intensity of Beethoven’s music. Violinist Cassia Leigh submitted this original painting that does the job perfectly, we’re sure you’ll agree!

Tickets for the concert, which takes place at St. Joseph’s College and features much-loved piano soloist Edward Reeve in the Fourth Piano Concerto, as well as performances of the Eighth Symphony and Coriolan Overture are now on sale.

There will be a special addition to the programme on the night, to mark the last concert of APO’s leader for the last 15 years, Neil MacLean.

 March 2018 – APO receives nominations for Reading Cultural Awards

We’re delighted to already have been nominated in the ‘Made in Reading’ and ‘Performance of the Year’ categories of the Reading Cultural Awards 2018. We had a great time at last year’s inaugural awards, where APO Young Composer Award winner Alice Knight won the ‘Young Talent’ category. This year’s awards are held in June, nominations can be made until 20th April and this year’s awards are for activities and events between 1st April 2017 and 31st March 2018. APO activities within this period include:

  • Route to the River; Schumann at the Station in July 2017 – view the video from the event here
  • An octet of wind soloists performing at the official Reaffirmation of Friendship ceremony between Reading and Düsseldorf, also in July 2017 (see right)
  • Our very well-received concert with Tamesis Chamber Choir in October 2017 – view a clip from that concert here
  • The world-premiere of #APOdances in January 2018, which you can hear here!

Over the period for nomination, well over 100 people have come to our concerts for free thanks to our Concert Virgin scheme, which offers free tickets to anyone who’s never heard a live classical concert.

Although we’ve been nominated already, it would obviously be lovely to receive further nominations in these and other categories, so head for the awards website if you feel inspired to speak up for us!

February 2018 – #APOdances gets rousing world premiere

Our latest concert saw the world premiere of Roger May’s ‘Dancing in the Elements’ – the start of what we hope will be a major collaboration with dancers in Reading.

We recorded the performance of the new work and will soon be making it available to local dance schools, with a view to staging a choreographed performance within the next two years, as part of another programme of orchestral music for dancing.

Roger’s new work and performances of Marquez and Rachmaninov were much appreciated by the audience of over 300, including the reviewer from The Henley Standard.

We also exhibited works from local artists at the concert venue.

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