Rehearsal and concert locations

John Madejski Academy

Most of our rehearsals are held at the John Madejski Academy, in Reading. The address is 125 Hartland Rd, Reading RG2 8AF. There is parking for around 50 cars (or ample street parking in the vicinity). Reading Buses run regular services from the town centre to JMA (lowest frequency is every 20 minutes on a Sunday), with a journey time of 20 minutes – but bear in mind the bus stop drops you by another entrance and you’ll need to walk round the edge of the school to the Hartland Road entrance. We also encourage members to share lifts and let the section coordinators know if they need a lift, as we can put them in touch with lift givers!

Reading Blue Coat School

Some rehearsals are held at Reading Blue Coat School in Sonning, Holme Park, Sonning Lane, Sonning on Thames, RG4 6SU (

The rehearsal venue is Way Hall which is signposted once you arrive at the school and go past the reception area. It is next to the Richard Aldworth building and opposite the Music Centre. We will notify you by email, facebook and on the website if the rehearsal venue is anywhere different.

The school is equidistant between Reading and Twyford stations (3 miles from each) and there are buses from both stations (with more options and frequency from Reading) to Sonning Lane or the A4 / Shepherds Hill roundabout which is a 10 minute walk to the school. There is parking available at the school for anyone driving; we would encourage lift sharing where possible and will help facilitate that through the Facebook group.

APO concert venues are:

  • The Concert Hall, Reading Town Hall, Blagrave St, Reading, RG1 1QH. Parking: Queens Road or the Oracle. We usually hold our January / February concert in this venue.
  • The Great Hall, University of Reading, Crown Place, off London Road, Reading. Parking: available on site in front of Hall, or overflow parking. Street parking free on concert evenings on Sidmouth St, Kendrick Road. We usually hold our October concert in this venue
  • St Joseph’s College, Upper Redlands Road, Reading, RG1 5JT. Parking: car park at the school, or surrounding roads. We’re going to hold our May concert at this venue.

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