Fifty Golden Years

Follow the Timeline back from 2018 to 1969

The objective is to complete a page of Phoenix people, music, stories and objects for every year – but we need your input!

2018/19 – 50th Season

2018/19 – 50th Season

Chris Hann, our Musical Director says: ‘I am hugely excited about our 50th season. Not only does it give us the opportunity to reflect upon…

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2017/18 – 49th Season

2017/18  – 49th Season

HIGHLIGHTS OF SEASON 49 On the Spain tour, The choir performed the final concert to a packed-out and hugely appreciative audience in Salamanca Cathedral On…

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2016/17 – 48th Season

2016/17 – 48th Season

HIGHLIGHTS OF SEASON 48 The Voronezh Male Voice Choir from Russia joined the choir for the Chadlington concert.“As the familiar refrain of Bogoroditse Devo reached…

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2015/16 – 47th Season

2015/16 – 47th Season

CHAIRMAN   Robert Jackson HIGHLIGHTS OF SEASON 47 Reading Phoenix was selected as one of five winning entries selected for Classic FM’s popular prime-time Drive slot…

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2014 /15- 46th Season

2014 /15- 46th Season

HIGHLIGHTS OF SEASON 46 Singing the Lobet Den Herrn at the St Sepulchre without Newgate Church for the Brandenburg Festival.  Learning this fantastic ( and long!)…

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2013/14 – 45th Season

2013/14 – 45th Season

2012/13 – 44th Season

2012/13 – 44th Season

2011/12 – 43rd Season

2011/12 – 43rd Season

HIGHLIGHTS OF SEASON 43 For the first time, the choir switched to performing the Annual Concert at the Reading Town Hall instead of the Reading…

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2010/11 – 42nd Season

2010/11 – 42nd Season

2009/10 – 41st Season

2009/10 – 41st Season

2008 – Season 40

2008 – Season 40

2007 – Season 39

Tours Germany and Austria. Wins Royal Albert Hall BHF Choral Challenge. Wins first prize at Peterborough Choral Festival.

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2006 – Season 38

Spends a weekend in West Yorkshire hosted by Keighley Vocal Union. Competes in Choir of the Year finals at Cardiff Millenium Centre.

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2005 – Season 37

Tours Italy, the 14th country visited outside the UK. Sings at Bob Chilcotts 50th Birthday party. Performs at ABCD Convention at Guildford Cathedral.

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2004 -Season 36

Performs at Henley Festival with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Celebrates 35th season with social weekend on the Isle of Wight.

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2003 – Season 35

Travels to Finland and Estonia. Wins first prize at Peterborough Choral Festival. Welcomes Aled Jones as the Annual guest concert artist.

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2002 – Season 34

Performs at TOGS convention. Completes in Choir of the Year finals at Salford Lowry Centre. Bids farewell to third accompanist Joanna Miller-Shepherd

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2001 – Season 33

Tours Germany and France, singing Mass in Notre Dame Cathedral. Films Songs of Praise at Douai Abbey. Releases My Spirit Sang.

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2000 – Season 32

Returns to Cork International Choral Festival. Appears live on BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship

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1999 – Season 31

Celebrates 30th anniversary by giving a joint concert with Keighley Vocal Union. Enters music festivals in Cardigan and Jersey.

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1998 – Season 30

Sings at Reading Minster for 50th anniversary of the NHS. Welcomes Bob Chilcott as Annual concert guest artist. Releases Child in a Manger

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1997 – Season 29

Embarks on longest and furthest tour to date, to California, USA.

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1996 – Season 28

Tours Ireland. Organises the first and onlt Bring and Sing.: Medelssohn’s Elijah. Releases A Feast of Phoenix

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1995 – Season 27

Wins the Cork International Choral Festival.

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1994 – Season 26

Travels to Bristol for our first ever Choir of the Year competition. Celebrates Silver Anniversary. Releases Silver Phoenix.

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1993 – 25th Season

Enjoys a return visit from Roy Castle as the Annual concert guest artist, less than a year before his death.

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1992 – 24th Season

Tours Czechoslovakia and Germany. Performs at ABCD Convetion in London.

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1991 – 23rd Season

Ventures north for first joint concert with Nelson Arion Male Voice Choir. Travels to the Netherlands for concert tour.

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1990 – 22nd Season

Tours Finland and Russia and receives standing ovation at Voronezh Opera House. Bids farewell to second accompanist Clive Waterman.

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1989 – 21st Season

Performs at the Hexagon with visitors from Voronezh Institute. Gives Annual concert with guest Brian Kay.

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1988 – 20th Season

Tours Wst Germany. Enters Elgar Choral Fetival. Presents Peter Skellern as the Annual concert guest artist

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1987 – 19th Season

Takes first flight to embark on tour of Majorca including singing at Palma Cathedral

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1986 – 18th Season

Heads to St Hilda’s Church, South Shields for our most northerly concert

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1985 – 17th Season

Tours West Germany and Holland. Welcomes Roy Castle as the Annual concert guest

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1984 – 16th Season

Features Richard Stilgoe as the guest artist in the Annual concert

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1983 – 15th Season

Joins Cantorion Sirenian Singers for a concert in Wexham. Performs at Broadmoor Hospital.

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1982 – 14th Season

Visits the Netherlands, West Germany and Switzerland. Competes in Sainsburys Festival of Choirs at the Royal Albert Hall

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1981 – 13th Season

Takes London by storm, with concerts at both the Purcell Room and the Queen Elizabeth Hall

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1980 – 12th Season

Competes for the second time in the European Cup in Belgium. Bids farewell to accompanist Ian Gorman.

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1979 – 11th Season

Tour West Germany and Austria. Wins the BBC ‘Let the People Sing’ Competition

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1978 – 10th Season

Undertakes first of nine visits to St Peter’s Church, Tiverton. Sings first carol service at Reading Minster.

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1977 – 9th Season

As the reputation of the choir was spreading and engagements were tending to be further afield, the need was recognised for a regular major concert…

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1976 – 8th Season

Organises joint concert with Male Voice Choir from Zwolle, Netherlands

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1975 – 7th Season

Hosts joint concertwith Drakensburg Boys’ Choir from South Africa. Travels to the Netherlands for first overseas concert tour

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1974 – 6th Season

Travels to Middlesborough for first of five visits to Cleveland Inter-Tie. Records first ‘Songs of Praise’ for BBC broadcast

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1973 – 5th Season

Stages first Annual Concert at Reading Concert Hall – the location of the first four and most recent eight annuals

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1972 – 4th Season

Reading Phoenix Choir win the mixed voice class in Llangollen It was on a rainy July day at Llangollen in 1972 that the Choir really…

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1971 – 3rd Season

Visit Derby and Blackpool to take part in music festivals

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1970 – 2nd Season

Performs first of 22 concerts at Park Church. Gives first Christmas concert at Reading Concert Hall

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1969 – First Season

In July 1968, a choir of student teachers calling itself the Bulmershe Folk Choir and numbering 25 singers – went to the Llangollen International Eisteddfod…

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