ABOUT 300 people attended a charity concert by the Aliquando chamber choir at St Mary’s Church in Henley.
The 30 singers were accompanied by the West Forest Sinfonia, concert pianist Anita D’Attellis and soloists Lucy Cox and Daniel Rudge.
The evening was called Of Land, Sea and Sky and was in aid of the Chiltern Centre for disabled children. The singers performed a choral arrangement of Sir Edward Elgar’s Sea Pictures, Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna and Jiri Pavlica’s Pastoral Mass. They were conducted by Aliquando’s musical director Anne Evans.
Ms D’Attellis gave solo renditions of Liszt and Schumann’s Widmung and Chopin’s Fantaisie-Impromptu in C sharp minor and Polonaise in A flat.
The musician, who moved to Henley last year, trained at the Royal Academy of Music and teaches piano at Eton College.
Volunteers from the Chiltern Centre served wine, hot drinks and cakes during the interval. Henley businesses Hot Gossip and Chocolate Strawberry donated canapés, as did Luscombes at the Golden Ball in Lower Assendon.
There was a raffle with prizes including brunch for two at Hotel du Vin in New Street, two hours’ free boat hire for eight people from Hobbs of Henley and a Christmas turkey from Copas.
Mrs Evans said: “We were so privileged to have Anita taking part. She was doing it for the centre rather than for us but we are eternally grateful for her support. I thought the night was a spectacular success. I’ve had so many emails that I haven’t yet had time to read them all. People are saying it was just glorious, that there was something for everybody and that we sounded like a choir of 120, never mind 30.
“There are so many people we would like to thank. Without the numerous acts of kindness from companies, businesses and anonymous donors, the concert could not have happened.”
The concert was sponsored by Higgs Group, publisher of the Henley Standard.