Sunday, 18 March 2018

Festival’s £1,000 donation to choir

THE Henley Festival Trust has donated £1,000 to Henley Youth Choir.

THE Henley Festival Trust has donated £1,000 to Henley Youth Choir.

The choir, which was started by the Henley Choral Society in September, teaches children aged eight to 17 at the d:two centre in Market Place every Monday.

It plans to use the cash to organise music workshops in schools around the town and has already held the first one at Gillotts School.

Susan Edwards, who chairs the choir, said: “We are passionate about sharing the joy of group singing. Music provision is under pressure in schools so we wanted to set up a choir that any young people could join.

“We are especially keen to ensure that teenagers know about us because singing can be such a boost to confidence and wellbeing.”

Charlotte Geeves, chief executive of the festival, said: “We have always been intent on sharing our successes with the wider community and I’m proud to continue our programme of supporting local arts organisations and charities.”

This year the festival is also supporting Camp Mohawk, near Wargrave, Headway Thames Valley and free youth music festival Music on the Meadows as well as the Henley Festival Orchestra.

The youth choir does not require an audition and the first session is offered as a free trial. For more information, call Fiona Harding on 07947 658252 or email

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