Saturday, 16 December 2017

Eliza shows we're always ready for a change

Artistic director of the 2014 Henley Festival STEWART COLLINS explains how the team are always up for a change...

I HAVE an exciting addition to this year’s line-up to announce — Eliza Doolittle is joining the legendary Burt Bacharch as a guest on stage on the Friday night.

Eliza is a fabulous example of young British songwriting talent and I can’t think of a better way of combining the old with the new.

Here at the festival office we are limbering up for our 32nd year at the stewards’ enclosure at the royal regatta site, a good time to remember something that’s sort-of been forgotten.

This time last year we revealed the possibility that the festival would be moving. It hasn’t moved, of course, but one year on it’s probably worth reflecting that we did indeed listen to the sentiments being expressed by our supporters in making that decision. The move was clearly something that a lot of people felt very strongly about, but we have used the energy of the whole debate to do some fresh thinking about the festival.

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