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2013 Calendar of RASPO Performances

CALYPSO AND CAROLS Fundraising Concerts with RASPO
Sunday 22 December 2013 11am - 5pm and
Monday 23 December 2013 11am - 5pm

Broad Street East (outside M&S and The Oracle), Reading
RASPO will entertain festive shoppers in Reading at the annual fundraising Calypso and Carols concert to raise funds for summer activities. CD's 'RASPO Live' and 'RASPO Rhythms' will also be on sale - the perfect festive gift.
Buy RASPO CD's here.

STORY OF STEEL PAN
Thursday 31 October 2013

MacDevitts Studio, South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
RASPO Performance 8pm - 9.30pm
To celebrate Black History Month RASPO Steel Band presents The Story of Steel Pan. A celebratory concert paying homage to the fascinating journey of the steel pan instrument from it's Caribbean birthplace to becoming a global phenomenon. A family event with limited seats so book early for a fun, informative and entertaining half term event.
Click here for more information.
Book tickets here.
Press release.
Show review.

REWIND - THE 80s FESTIVAL
Friday 16 August 2013

Temple Island Meadows, Remenham Farm, Henley-on-Thames RG9 3DB
RASPO Performance 6pm - 8pm
The Rewind Festival features fantastic performances from a massive line-up of iconic artists like Billy Ocean, The Pointer Sisters, The Sugar Hill Gang and Aswad. RASPO will entertain 80's music lovers plus there is plenty of other festival fun including camping, funfairs, silent disco, street entertainers and fireworks.
More info: Rewind Festival web site

MADEJSKI STADIUM - ROYALS FUN ZONE
Saturday 17 August 2013

Madejski Stadium, Reading RG2 0Fl
RASPO Performance 1pm - 2.45pm
RASPO will entertain football fans in the Royals Fun Zone for the home game between Reading FC v Watford.
More info: Reading FC official web site

CBEEBIES BIG DAY OUT
Sunday 18 August 2013

Christchurch Meadows, George Street, Caversham, Reading, RG4 8BY
RASPO Performance 6pm - 8pm
CBeebies visit Reading for an exciting free event at Christchurch Meadows where the biggest little fans will get to meet some of their favourite stars including Mr Bloom and his Veggies, and Rastamouse and Da Easy Crew along with co-creator Michael De Souza and RASPO Steel Band.
More info: CBeebies Big Day Out web site

RASPO CARNIVAL PREVIEW PERFORMANCE
Friday 23 August 2013

Broad Street East (outside M&S), Reading, Berkshire
RASPO Performance 11am - 5pm
RASPO's design team join forces with Reading Museum to create new t-shirt designs for the orchestra's performance in the procession at London's Notting Hill Carnival. Inspired by Reading Museum collections the orchestra will launch the new designs and preview the repertoire for Europe's largest street event.
Reading Museum web site

LONDON NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL
Monday 26 August 2013 12noon - 7pm

Ladbroke Grove, Notting Hill, London W11
RASPO Performance 12noon - 7pm
RASPO will join the parade of floats at the famous London Notting Hill Carnival procession on August Bank Holiday Monday.

More info: Contact us hereWORLD PARTY IN THE PARK
Saturday 29 June 2013 11am - 5pm

Eastrop Park, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 4AS
RASPO Performance
A free one-day event attracting over 4000 people and featuring performances and workshops from South East based cultural groups. RASPO will perform on stage in the afternoon.
More info: World Party in the Park facebook page

CAVERSHAM FESTIVAL
Sunday 14 July 2013 12noon - 10pm

Christchurch Meadow, Caversham, Reading Berkshire RG4
RASPO Performance 6.30pm - 7.15pm
RASPO will entertain festival goers on the Riverside Stage at Christchurch Meadow in Caversham. Now in it's 15th year and it's 2nd year with music charity Readipop at the helm, the event attracts thousands to enjoy local bands on the three stages.
More info: Caversham Festival

RASPO PERFORMANCE
Reading v Aston Villa
Saturday 9 March 2013

Madejski Stadium, Reading
RASPO will provide welcome entertainment (1.30-2pm) and a pre-match pitch side performance (2.45-2.48pm) for football fans at Madejski Stadium for the Reading versus Aston Villa match.
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COMPETITION
Music for Youth Festival
Sunday 10 March 2013
11am - 1pm
Kendrick School, Reading
RASPO Junior Orchestra will take part in the prestigious Music for Youth Festival with a fifteen piece ensemble of under 21's. With the best improvers and younger senior orchestra members RASPO is confident of wowing the audience with a ten minute medley rendition that will showcase the versatility of the steel pan instrument to a wider audience of other young musicians.

CONFERENCE
The 2nd Carnival Archive Conference
Friday 15 and Saturday 16 March 2013

UK Centre for Carnival Arts (UKCCA) Luton
A free two day event covering women in carnival, parades, processions and carnival heritage with a Friday evening party and entertainment.
Contact conference@carnivalarts.org.uk to book a place

READING HALF MARATHON
Saturday 16 March 2013
9am - 1pm
From Green Park around Reading
The race starts at Green Park where RASPO will encourage runners to set off on the 13 mile race.
Reading Half Marathon web site

RASPO at Madejski Stadium - Reading FC v Aston Villa FC. Photo by Jason Dawson

RASPO at Madejski Stadium - Reading FC v Aston Villa FC. Photo by Jason Dawson