Concerts & Events

Reading play to the tune of £4,000

Reading Band

Christmas sounded in London’s West End on the evening of Wednesday 7th December with a small ensemble of brass players from the band welcoming guests to Sarcoma UK’s Christmas carol concert held in St Giles in the Fields Church.

Reading Band

Sarcoma UK is a charity that funds vital research, offers support for anyone affected by sarcoma cancer and campaigns for better treatments. It is also the charity that the band together with the Watkins family supports in memory of Derek Watkins.

We are very proud to have played our small part in helping to raise a staggering £4,000 for Sarcoma UK from the evenings festivities – thank you to everyone who continue to be so generous in their support of this much needed charity.

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The band travelled together from Reading down the M4 motorway with a bit of ‘Christmas Joy’ with thanks to composer Erik Leidzén, followed by a performance of Andrew Blythe’s arrangement of ‘Troika’.

Reading Band

Personally, I have never heard such beautiful music… you were amazing! I cannot thank you all enough… [you were] incredible and everyone said ‘wow the brass band melted our hearts’. You certainly made the evening extra special.

KERRY REEVES-KNEIP, SARCOMA UK
Reading Band

The evening was filled with more fabulous Christmas music from Enchorus, Victoria Joyce, Mark Llewelyn Evans and Bambang Atmaja ‘the singing Doctor’. Their performances were interspersed with familiar Christmas readings from Robert Powell, Louisa Lytton and Barbara Smith.

Reading Band

Of course, you cannot have a carol concert without any carols and as such, the band triumphantly led the congregation in singing ‘Once in Royal David’s City’, ‘Ding Dong! Merrily on High’ and ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’.

Reading Band

It is always a great privilege for the band to be invited to perform at this festive event, to help raise much needed money and awareness of sarcoma cancer.

For more information about the fantastic work of Sarcoma UK please visit their website at www.sarcoma.org.uk