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#APOplanets – Saturday 1st February 2020

The Great Hall, University of Reading (London Road Campus)

  • Strauss – Sunrise from Also Sprach Zarathustra
  • Holst – The Planets

2pm and 4.30pm – relaxed performances

More details about the relaxed performances can be found towards the bottom of this page.

8pm – evening concert

About the relaxed performances

All performances will last one hour, without an interval. The 2pm and 4.30pm performances will be a relaxed concerts. These will be more informal and there will be a particularly relaxed attitude towards noise and movement during the music. The aim will be to welcome everyone for a shared cultural experience, with the particular aim of making the concerts more accessible to children and young people:

  • with autism
  • with sensory and communication impairments
  • with learning or physical disabilities
  • who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • who are blind or partially sighted

The relaxed performances will have an open door policy, which means the audience can enter and leave the concert hall when they wish. There will be no strobe or bright flashing lights. The capacity of the venue will be reduced to allow more spacing between seating, with raked seating installed for the last few rows to allow families a good view from the back of the hall.

As the orchestra sound can range from very quiet to very loud, and as audience members may also make noise in response to the music, a furnished and heated chill out tent with a live audio and visual link to the concerts will be positioned outside the venue, for anyone who is feeling overwhelmed. Audience members may bring ear defenders, if they wish, as well as a toy or device (we ask that sounds for the device be turned off for the performance).