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Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra ~ Relaxed Concert 1st February 2020

Please note:

That if people have never been to a classical music concert before they can book as "concert virgins" and get a free ticket - this information is towards the bottom of the main booking page for each concert

Relaxed Performances: there are still tickets available for both 2pm and 4.30pm concerts.

 Holst’s iconic music, which includes the well-known Mars - the Bringer of War, and Jupiter - the Bringer of Jollity, will be preceded by the equally-famous depiction of sunrise from Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra.

We are delighted to inform you that we are now in a position to invite people to apply for tickets for two special relaxed performances of Holst’s suite The Planets on Saturday 1st February 2020 in the Great Hall of the University of Reading. These performances will be at 2pm and 4.30pm. Each concert will each last one hour, without an interval.

The relaxed performances will maintain the authenticity of a full concert-going experience whilst being more informal. There will be a particularly relaxed attitude towards noise and movement during the music, with the aim to make the concert format more accessible to children and young people with autism, sensory and communication impairments, learning and physical disabilities, who are deaf or hard of hearing, blind or partially sighted. 

A heated and furnished ‘chill out’ tent, outside the hall but with a live link to the concert, will provide a haven for anyone feeling overwhelmed. British Sign Language interpreters, a deaf poet, large print programmes and the installation of raked seating are among the other features that have been made possible by the extra funding.

Additionally, the concerts will feature original performance poetry between each movement, courtesy of the winners of a competition that APO has launched.

Who to contact


Where to go

Great Hall
University Of Reading
London Road

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Saturday 1st February 2020
Time of day
Session Information
Relaxed performance 2pm & 4.30pm
Evening performance 8pm

Other Details


Is there a charge for
using this service?
Tickets are £12 for 18+, £8 for under 18s, with a £2 discount on these prices for ‘early bird’ tickets, purchased before 20th January.


Referral Details


2pm performance:

4.30pm performance:

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