Wokingham gets ready for five days of fantastic music with the new Pentecost Festival

To mark the festival of Pentecost, a church will be alive with the sound of music.

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All Saints Parish Church in Wiltshire Road, Wokingham is organising a packed schedule of concerts over five days and there is something for all ages.

It opens on Wednesday, June 4 with a performance of the Four Seasons by baroque violinist Eleanor Harrison, the Gandolpho Players and fellow Royal Academy prizewinner Beatrice Scaldini. It starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £12.50 or £5 for under 18s.

The following day sees a lunchtime organ recital, with free admission but donations welcomed.

In the evening, there will be a performance of Indian classical music from vocalist Prabhat Rao. He specialises in the North Indian “Khyal” style and will be performing Hindustani Classical music at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £8, while under 18s can get in for free.

On Friday, June 6, Louise Turner, a soprano, will give a lunchtime recital starting at 1.10pm. Tickets cost £6. In the evening, there will be a performance by Martin Simpson on the acoustic and slide guitar, supported by the Ace of Saints. It starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £12 or £6 for under 18s.

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On Saturday, June 7, there will be three events: a children’s concert from 12.30pm, a choral evensong at 4pm and a Gala Festival Concert in the evening. All Saints’ director of music Richard Smith will conduct John Rutter’s Requiem from 7.30pm. Tickets cost £15, under 18s £7.

On Sunday, June 8, the Festival comes to an end with a parish communion led by the Ace of Saints from 9.30am, a performance by the Rotherhurst String Quartet from 2.30pm and a choral eucharist featuring Schubert’s Mass in G from 6.30pm.

A season pass is available for £45. For full details, log on to www.allsaintschoirwokingham.org.uk.

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