Get involved in arts, culture and heritage in Reading

There are lots of ways to get involved with arts, culture and heritage here in Reading. And we'll do our best to gether all the opportunities for that in one place!

Whether you want to join a choir, audition for a play, volunteer at an event or venue or find some other way to be part of Reading's arts and cultural scene, you'll find it here on this page.

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Auditions

Ever wanted to take to the stage here in Reading? We'll gather up all the open audition info we can from local theatres and performing troupes in Reading and share them on this page. And maybe you'll get your shot in the spotlight!

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Join a choir

Reading is home to a multitude of choirs, all filling their own unique niche in the choral community - and they're always on the lookout for new voices to join them. 

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Volunteering

Current volunteering opportunities, from one-off projects to those organisations that are always happy to sign-up new volunteers. Supported by our friends at Reading Voluntary Action.

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Paid roles

Our list of current paid vacancies in the arts, culture and heritage sector in and around the Reading area. 

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Open Mic nights

Looking for a chance to get up on stage? There are plenty of open mic nights in Reading where performers of all kinds - and abilities - can get to sing a song, read a poem, tell a joke... Or two! 

Perform at Reading Pride 2024!

Perform at Reading Pride 2024!

Applications to perform at this year's Love Unites Festival have been extended! 

You can apply for any of our three performance stages:

Main Stage

  • The main event, hosted by Reading’s very own Drag Queens, featuring a varied lineup of performances with something for everyone.

Pride aLive

  • Our incredible stage featuring fantastic local artists and bands who are friends and allies, or identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community.

Pride Wilde

  • Our friends at Iota Events take to the stage to shine a spotlight on the queer scene of Reading and beyond.

The deadline for applications is 31st May 2024.

Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra

Opportunities with Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra

APO Young Composer Award 2024

Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra is delighted to announce that the latest APO Young Composer Award will result in a commission for a work to be performed at our concert on Saturday February 15th, 2025, with rehearsals beginning in January 2025. The commission fee, including production (but not printing) of parts, will be £1,200.

APO seeks principal bassoon and principal horn

APO is inviting applications for the positions of principal bassoon and principal horn. Applicants need to be an experienced orchestral player with an advanced level (post grade 8/diploma) of instrumental technique. This includes being able to play with confident sound and tuning across your instrument’s range, but particularly in the higher parts. You’ll also have a rhythmic discipline, a strong inner pulse and musical awareness that supports connection with the wider ensemble. You’ll display an appropriate level of assurance and poise, helping your section to play securely, using breathing and gesture to lead, when appropriate.

east Reading Festival

Be part of East Reading Festival

East Reading Festival will return on 23 June 2024 and the team are looking for new committee members, stall holders, performers, community groups, volunteers, sponsors and anyone else who would like to get involved to help make it as successful as it possibly can be.  

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