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More than 45 pupils from years 7, 8 and 9 at Gillotts School in Henley took part in a singing workshop provided by Henley Youth Choir on January 30.

The workshop was led by Peter Asprey, musical director of Henley Youth Choir and Henley Choral Society. There was a relaxed atmosphere as the pupils learnt three songs, Love Lifted Me, Thomas Tallis’ Canon and Banuwa, a Liberian folk song, as well as doing some fun warms-up exercises.

Martha Golledge, who is in year 7, said: “I had a great time. I really enjoyed learning how to perform in canon, which is where one group starts and then another group joins in with the same tune several bars later.” Frances David, head of music at Gillotts, said: “The students and staff had a really enjoyable time. It was great to see Peter engaging the groups of students with an unfamiliar but successful musical repertoire and to have all the students together at the end for an informal performance was lovely.

We are really looking forward to having more workshops of this nature in the future.” The Henley Youth Choir is planning more workshops at Gillotts and other local schools. Its next performance will be at the Henley Youth Festival’s Sing event on Friday, March 17.

Tickets are available from the Kenton Theatre box office and website. New members are always welcome. Rehearsals take place on Mondays durig term time at the d:two centre in Market Place.

For more information, call Fi Harding on 07947 658252 or email fi.harding@sky.com or visit www.henleychoralsociety.org.uk/youth-choirs

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