Classical family concerts in Reading | Bach to Baby

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Surrey & Thames Valley - Reading

Reading Minster, Chain Street
Reading
RG1 2HX


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Friday 9 March 10.30am

Sound the Horn!

Featuring Martin Lawrence, horn & Grace Mo, piano

Make way for the regal resonance of the French horn! From the soothing tones of Schubert’s Ave Maria to Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, we’ll have as many twists and turns in store as the horn itself. And of course, the conch and the hosepipe as you’ve never heard it before!

Doors open at 10.00am. Concert lasts for about an hour.

Surrey & Thames Valley flexi-tickets and gift cards are valid for this concert

Friday 6 April 10.30am

The Bass in the Ballroom

Featuring Andrew Kershaw, tuba & Alan Gout, piano

We’re picking up good vibrations - there’s a bass in this ballroom! From triumphant tunes to toe-tapping dances, prepare for a sumptuous celebration of the versatility of the brass family’s biggest brother. Not an oom pah in sight!

Doors open at 10.00am. Concert lasts for about an hour.

Surrey & Thames Valley flexi-tickets and gift cards are valid for this concert

Friday 11 May 10.30am

Carnival of the Animals

Featuring Charis Hanning, piano & Matthew McCombie, piano

Come one, come all to see the animals big and small. Join the regal lion, the dancing elephant, the cuckoo in the wood, the tortoise who knows how to beat the hare, the fossils (no, Mummy's not that old), the bouncy kangaroo and the long-eared donkey, as our pianists bring you the glorious music of Saint-Saëns. All that, plus your favourite nursery rhymes to finish, of course!

Doors open at 10.00am. Concert lasts for about an hour.

Surrey & Thames Valley flexi-tickets and gift cards are valid for this concert

Friday 8 June 10.30am

Gypsy Tango

Featuring Iosif Purits, accordion

Are you mesmerised by the rhapsodic abandon of the gypsy melody or the passionate pulse of the Argentine Tango? Experience the fervour and excitement as we twirl across the continents with the Hungarian Czardas, the Libertango and much more.

Doors open at 10.00am. Concert lasts for about an hour.

Surrey & Thames Valley flexi-tickets and gift cards are valid for this concert

Friday 6 July 10.30am

Horn of plenty

Featuring Richard Lewis, horn & Stuart Davies, piano

There’s plenty to share at our feast for the classical horn! For starters a light Mozartian concerto, next a delicacy from the Hall of the Mountain King, and for dessert a sumptuous largo from the New World. You’ll be first in line for seconds!

Doors open at 10.00am. Concert lasts for about an hour.

Surrey & Thames Valley flexi-tickets and gift cards are valid for this concert

Friday 3 August 10.30am

Tutti flutti

Featuring Mary Thorneloe, flute & Dan Watts, flute and piano

Double the trouble, double the fun! 2 flutes, 2 piccolos, a piano and just 2 musicians. An hour of musical fun and games with 'tutti flutti!'

Doors open at 10.00am. Concert lasts for about an hour.

Surrey & Thames Valley flexi-tickets and gift cards are valid for this concert

About the concerts

Bach to Baby is the critically acclaimed classical concert series for babies, toddlers and their carers. Tots dance, roam about and revel in the wonder of live music, while you take a moment out of your busy day to hear top notch performances by outstanding musicians, with your young babes in tow.

Doors open 30 mins prior to the concert, giving you time to ditch the buggy, grab a Monmouth coffee, and catch up with friends before the performance.

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How to get there

Reading Minster, Chain Street, Reading , RG1 2HX

Public transport: Closest station is Reading Parking: Parking is available at the nearby Broad Street Mall NCP car park.

Accessibility: Step-free access

About the venue

The Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin stands in St Mary's Butts in the heart of Reading Town Centre - the road is so named because this is where archery was practised in the Middle Ages. The original church was overshadowed by the mighty Reading Abbey, which was founded King Henry I in 1121 and which led to Reading becoming one of the foremost religious and political centres in England. The Abbey was dissolved by King Henry VIII in 1539, during the Reformation; this led to St Mary's regaining its importance, this time as an Anglican Minster church. It was rebuilt between 1550-1555 using materials from the Abbey, and looks pretty much the same today as it did then. Today the church hosts regular services, and has a busy programme of concerts and recitals. Bach to Baby is delighted to bring our Family concert series to this wonderfully historic and beautiful church.