Photo gallery – Pictures at our Exhibition – 23rd January 2016 Click on each photo for a full size version… Our home for the day, Reading’s lovely Town Hall with its wonderful Victorian concert hall. Artist Mark Andrew Webber (right) in front of the work that inspired Thomas Carr (left) to write ‘Tracing the Contour’ Alice Knight, 12, composer of ‘On the Wing’, with BBC Radio Berkshire presenter Andrew Peach, after being interviewed on the morning of the concert. Music Director Andrew Taylor during the general rehearsal Julie Simmonds with her work ‘Across the Bay’, which inspired TIm Johnston’s composition. Thomas Carr, composer of ‘Tracing the Contour, right, with conductor Andrew Taylor. Jim Attewell in front of his ink drawing, ‘Partita’, which inspired Maeve McCarthy’s musical response. APO bassoonist Ruth Newton-Griffiths in a busy foyer, before the concert. We encourage our players to meet and greet the audience, with their instruments in tow, if necessary! The Concert Hall, filling up before the performance. A lovely atmosphere with the rumble of excited conversation! Our former leader, Neil MacLean, and Mel Le Breuilly, our leader for Mahler’s Third Symphony. Andrew Taylor and Maeve McCarthy Conductor Andrew Taylor (right) with Alice Knight, 12, in the foyer, which doubled as a gallery for the evening. Young composer mentor and Maeve McCarthy, in front of ‘Partita’ by jelly artist Jim Attewell. Young composer mentor Roger May with Robert Holmes, 19, composer of ‘Two Entangled’. Alice Knight, 12, with young composer mentor, Roger May, in front of ‘On the Wing’, which Alice composed her picture to represent. A blurry photograph of Mark O’Neill, photographer of the Holy Brook, with Roger May, whose linking passages for ‘Pictures at APO’s Exhibition’ were inspired by Mark’s photos. Roger May, right, with APO Music Director, Andrew Taylor. Roger’s amazing work mentoring the young composers, was absolutely critical to the project’s success. APO Chairman Andrew Le Breuilly looks delighted with the ‘Pictures at our Exhibition’ audio visual guide, which will be used to take the project into schools and community organisations, and was funded by a generous grant by the Reading Cultural Partnership, as part of the Reading 2016 Year of Culture. Robert Holmes, 19, and young composer mentor Roger May, in front of Mark Andrew Webber’s print of a lino cut, which inspired Robert to write ‘Two Entangled’. The foyer of The Concert Hall was converted into an art gallery. If you recognise the audience member perusing the audio visual guide, it’s probably because you’ve seen her on stage with APO. It’s Karen Speight, wonderful soprano soloist from our January and May 2015 concerts.