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Celebrate with 'Father' Willis - Heritage Open Day

Heritage Open Days 2021

This September, Reading’s heritage will be on show for 10 days as part of England’s annual heritage festival, Heritage Open Days. Celebrating our buildings, natural and cultural heritage, this year there will be a fantastic range of free in-person and digital events to showcase the rich stories that make Reading such a unique place to live, work and visit.

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Organ music and chat from the 'Father' Willis organ at The Town Hall, Reading. Marking the centenary of the Berkshire Organist's Association with a brand new work inspired by music from Reading Abbey, which celebrates it's 900th Anniversary.

Organist, Ben Giddens presents a lunchtime organ recital on Reading Town Hall's 'Father' Willis Organ. The programme includes the premiere of a new work by Ghislaine Reece-Trapp based on 'Sumer is icumen in', originally written at Reading Abbey in 1240. 

Within the recital, Ghislaine will be in conversation with Organ Curator, William McVicker, and Ben Giddens, talking about how her new work came about and about the magnificent 'Father' Willis Organ.

Entry is FREE, advance booking essential.
General Admission.


The event is planned to go ahead without social distancing measures. Tickets are general admission, so you will chose your seat on arrival, but you may be seated next to other people. Certain precautions will remain in place for the safety of customers, staff and performers.

Please bring a face mask with you and follow the venue guidelines on the day of the event. For your information, the latest measures in place for The Town Hall are available HERE.

All precautions are subject to UK government and local government guidelines updated on 19 July '21. Please see Reading Arts' latest Covid-19 page and general SEE IT SAFELY information HERE

Download the Recital Programme