A personal account of one of this year's Reading-on-Thames Festival events by Megan Siarey, festival marketing intern.
Reading's Concert Hall was once again taken over by the soaring melodies of music, this time from the London Mozart Players. This event was kindly sponsored by the High Sheriff of Berkshire, Graham Barker. As Graham said in his introductory speech for the event, he hopes the London Mozart Players return to Reading frequently and after witnessing for myself the talent one of the UK's leading chamber orchestra has to offer, I wholeheartedly agree.
The selection of pieces was thoughtful, Ruth Rogers, the director, commented on how the pieces move in a cyclical structure. Beginning with Mozart's Divertimento in D K.136 and ending in Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings, a piece inspired by Mozart's work. Even within Tchaviosky's closing piece, the beginning and end mirrored one another.
The event was sold out and it was easy to see why, the talent displayed in the musician's playing was phenomenal. In the interval before the conclusion from Tchaikovsky, the musicians took the time to talk with the audience.
The festival programme has such a diverse range of events, it is lovely to move between them all. Only 4 days before, GRRRL had taken over the same space with an electronic music collaboration where the audience was on their feet dancing along.
Whilst classical music provides a different experience, the audience were still very much involved and enjoying themselves. The applause at the end for the London Mozart Players didn't seem to want to stop.
The great quality about the festival the exposure to so many different elements of art and culture, whilst appealing to all groups of people. With Reading-on-Thames Festival having funding for the next three years, it will be so exciting to see how the festival develops over the years.