Today we were treated to a selection of classical music performed by a local pianist of Finnish background, Maija Tuomi-Nikula. The concert was performed in a small intimate location called The Rising Sun Arts Centre in Silver Street, Reading. From the outside of the building you would not believe that such wonderful entertainment was taking place in this old Victorian building.
The Rising Sun Temperance Tavern was built in 1879 amongst a host of pubs and houses of ill repute. It was designed by Alfred Waterhouse who also designed the spectacular Natural History museum in London. The Rising Sun is now listed as a Grade II building by English Heritage like many other old buildings. A lot of funding is required for the upkeep and staffing.It is a wonderful intimate venue and needs support to keep going. More concerts are planned for the future so check it out for yourself. Today’s concert contained pieces from Mozart, Melartin, Clementi, Grieg, and Sinding. All played on a well-worn piano that is crying out for refurbishment. The pianist performed miracles on this instrument and played to a very high standard. A very appreciative audience of about 50 people were packed into the ground floor room to listen.
At the front of the building there is a step up to the door. Level wheelchair access is available at the rear of the building.
A thoroughly enjoyable concert with the proceeds split between local charities and the Rising Sun venue.