Scandinavia at the Station


On Saturday 20th July, from 1400-1630, APO will be back on the transfer deck at Reading station, following our award-winning appearance there in 2017. Like last time, the event will be part of the Reading Fringe Festival and can take place thanks to the support of Network Rail and Great Western Railway, as well as our generous Crowdfunders, who are listed at the foot of this page.

This time round we’ll be presenting a programme of Scandinavian music (well, Sibelius isn’t technically Scandinavian, but he was Nordic, at least!). The event is completely informal – you can come and go as you like. In case you want to hear your favourite piece, and to know when our grand conducting relays are going to happen, the approximate timings for the event are:

  • 1400 – APO performs Grieg – Peer Gynt Suite No.1, with movement 4 (the famous ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’), conducted by Crowdfunder supporter, Andy Button.
  • 1420 grand conducting relay on movements from Peer Gynt
  • 1445 Lumbye’s Copenhagen Steam Railway Galop, complete with audience participation!
  • 1500 – a well-deserved break for the band
  • 1530 – Dalberg – ‘Capriccio’
  • 1540 – Sibelius – Finlandia
  • 1550 – grand conducting relay part 2!
  • Depending on when the relay finishes – another performance of movements from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1

Like last time, this event will be FREE (ask the gateline staff to be let through the barriers to hear the orchestra – just don’t get on a train without a ticket). The noises and activity of the train station are all part of the atmosphere. Station operations, which always put safety first, have priority over our performance. Partly because of this (we must not block thoroughfares for the travelling public) and partly due to cost (we have to hire in the orchestra’s seating and it’s not cheap!), there won’t be any audience seating. The station is completely accessible to wheelchair users, via the lifts, including toilet facilities.

To guarantee your spot in one of our grand conducting relay sessions, or even to secure a 15-minute masterclass with our conductor, Andrew (as well as other fabulous rewards!), you can contribute to the event by supporting our Crowdfunder.

Check back to this page nearer to the event for notes about the pieces!

We’re so grateful to our wonderful #ScandiAtTheStation supporters:

  • Andy Button
  • Charles Bockett-Pugh
  • David Sadler
  • David Slater
  • Emily Bushby
  • Heidi Bignell
  • Hilary Knight
  • Iona Gilbert
  • James Molyneux
  • Jeff Green
  • Joanne Bayley
  • John Garson
  • Katie Hepworth
  • Kinga Nadratwoska
  • Leonora Lang
  • Monika Bulmer
  • Phil Gerachty
  • Rebecca Stewardson
  • Robert Freeman
  • Sally Coulbourne
  • Simone
  • Stephen Kerry
  • Sue Taylor
  • Tom Ryan
  • Trevor Le Breuilly
  • Yateley Hypnotherapy