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Let's Sing 2023-2

Let’s Sing 2024 grand final vocalists announced

  • Mayor's Let’s Sing competition 2024 grand final features 17 competitors from Reading
  • Expanded to include soloists, duets, and groups, with two categories: junior and senior
  • Finalists will compete on March 26 at the Hexagon, judged by a panel including the Mayor, with proceeds supporting Reading Refugee Support Group and Reading Stroke Support Group
Raise your voice for Let’s Sing 2024!

Let’s Sing Reading open to all vocalists as it returns for 2024

  • Mayor of Reading's annual choir competition will now also feature soloists, duets, and groups
  • Live final at the Hexagon will raise money for the Mayoral charities 
Holocaust Memorial Day 2024

Reading’s evening of reflection marking Holocaust Memorial Day 2024

  • Annual Civic event to commemorate victims of the Holocaust will be held on 24 January 2024
  • The free event will feature speakers, choral performances, and a candle lighting ceremony
Reading Minster

Invitation to the Civic Carol Service 2023

  • Annual Civic Carol Concert being held at Reading Minster of St Mary the Virgin, 14 December from 6:30pm
  • Service includes carols, readings, and a performance from Ukrainian choir Kryla
Reading Remembers 2023-2

Reading Remembers 2023

  • Reading will host two remembrance ceremonies this year
  • Members of the public invited to pay their respects to those who defend our country
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Reading pays tribute to its Veterans on Armed Forces Day 2023

  • Armed Forces Day celebrations in Reading will take place in Forbury Gardens on 24 June from 11am
  • Musical performances, children's entertainment, refreshments, and more will be on offer

Water Fest 2023 makes a splash with bumper programme of events and activities

  • Water Fest returns for its 34th year on 10 June 2023, in partnership with the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust
  • Enhanced programme of events made possible thanks to funding boost from Arts Council England and National Lottery Players
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Countdown to a fun-filled King’s Coronation weekend

  • Free and low-cost events and activities happening across the borough to celebrate the Coronation
  • 39 street parties organised by residents and local communities 
Let's Sing choir

Choirs announced for Let’s Sing 2023 live final

  • Let's Sing final returns to the Hexagon for the first time since 2020
  • Fifteen local choirs will compete for the trophy, and tickets sold will raise money for Mayoral charities
Reading Half Marathon-2

Take your marks for the Unleashed Performance Reading Half Marathon 2023

  • Unleashed Performance Reading Half Marathon returns on Sunday 2 April
  • Residents and visitors are advised to plan ahead and allow extra time for any journeys
Street party bunting

Reading communities invited to host Coronation street parties with no road closure fees

  • Invitation to local communities in Reading for applications to host their own street parties in May
  • The Council is again waiving the usual street closure fee to encourage communities to apply
The People's Pantry, Friar Street, Reading, 1943, showing the bomb damage from 10 February. A number of men sift through the rubble.

Reading remembers the People’s Pantry bombing 80 years on

  • Mayor of Reading, Cllr Rachel Eden, will lead a short service and lay a wreath to pay tribute the people who lost their lives, on Friday 10 February
  • Berkshire Record Office has digitised original records from the day, Reading Libraries are hosting an exhibition of documents and photographs on the aftermath of the bombing raid