Sunday, 17 December 2017

Church choirs gather for fifth annual choral music festival

THE fifth annual choir festival takes place in two weeks’ time and participating choirs have been busy rehearsing the “big” number for this year — Vivaldi’s Gloria, writes Lesley Potter.

So far, 10 church choirs have signed up to take part, and the festival organisers are encouraging singers who know the piece to join in, and are also hoping that even more people will come along to St Mary the Virgin Church to listen to the music.

The festival was revived in 2009 by former Henley mayor, Elizabeth Hodgkin, who has been singing soprano since the age of 12.

She said: “Last year we had about 100 in the audience, but this year we would love more to come along. It’s a great experience.”

Participants and audience members pay £5. Last year the event raised £1,800 for Camp Mohawk, and this year the designated charity is Macmillan Nurses.

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