Friday, 21 September 2018

Your choral society needs you right now

HENLEY Choral Society is looking for new members to join their ranks — and you don’t even have to audition.

HENLEY Choral Society is looking for new members to join their ranks — and you don’t even have to audition.

Chairwoman Melissa Maple said: “Many of our members sang in a choir or choral society when they were youngsters and love coming back to singing. With over 100 members there is room for everyone.”

Henley Choral Society is made up of amateur singers working under a professional director and with professional soloists to create high-quality concerts. Under the baton of musical director Will Dawes, Henley’s very own choral society has gone from strength to strength. This year it celebrates its 40th anniversary withe a performance of one of the blockbusters of the classical repertoire, Verdi’s Requiem.

Musical director Will Dawes said: “The Verdi Requiem is a thrilling and awe-inspiring epic which contrasts episodes of high drama with moments of great tenderness.

“We will be working with four superb soloists, double choir and the Southern Sinfonia don’t miss this chance to come and prepare to sing it with us in June.”

Meanwhile the next concert at St Mary’s, Henley is on Saturday, February 23. Jewels Of The 18th Century includes works by Mozart, Vivaldi, Haydn and Zelenka and the Chameleon Arts Orchestra.

All new members are welcome but the society would particularly welcome new male singers to ensure a good sound balance.Potential new members should contact membership secretary Wendy Hawkins on (01491) 576929 to find out more. Rehearsals are held at 7.30pm at d:two, Market Place every Monday and start again on Monday January 7. Visit www.henleychoralsociety.org.uk

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