Inspired by the proximity to the Fourth of July, Reading Bach Choir presents Music of the Americas.

We trace a line from the Renaissance, when Spanish-born Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla travelled to modern-day Mexico and became the “master of music of New Spain” to dominant musical figures of the 20th century, such as the Brazilian, Heitor Villa-Lobos and the Argentinian, Alberto Ginastera. There is music from up-and-coming Canadian composers, the Haitian-American, Sydney Guillaume, and Pulitzer Prize-winning Caroline Shaw from the United States.

A multitude of languages are represented, from Latin to Portuguese and Spanish to the native Nheengatu, expressing sacred stories, folk tales, and brilliant poems by the likes of Emma Lazarus and Pablo Neruda.

The evening promises to be a colourful mosaic honouring the diversity of the Americas from top to bottom and East to West.

With 35 countries in both North and South America, our vibrant a cappella programme is filled with celebration and delight in the unique sounds and styles of choral music from Canada to Argentina.

Saturday 6th July, 7.30pm
St Andrew's Church, Caversham RG4 7PL
Tickets are £15 (£5 under 18s)  Available here or on the door


Find out more about our Friends scheme here

We are recruiting

This accomplished choir performs a wide range of choral music, ancient and 
modern, with a particular focus on challenging and rewarding new music. Recent concerts have included works by Caroline Shaw, Reena Esmail, Margaret Bonds and Saunder Choi as well as more familiar composers such as Byrd, Tomkins, Vaughan Williams and of course J.S. Bach. We recently performed an exhilerating UK premier of Kile Smith's The Arc in the Sky.

We are looking for new members with a high standard of singing and musicianship who are interested in challenging themselves musically in a friendly and aspirational environment, led by our Music Director Daniel Mahoney. If that sounds like you, please come and join us for a few rehearsals to try us out. If you enjoy the experience and want to stay with us, we will arrange a short audition.

We rehearse on Tuesdays at 7.30pm in St Andrews Church, Caversham RG4 7PL.
If you are interested, please contact: membership@readingbachchoir.org.uk or go to the 'Sing with Us' tab at the top of this page and select 'Join the Choir' and 'FAQs'.


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