THE fourth Henley Choir Festival was held at St Mary’s Church in Henley last Saturday, January 26, and was described
THE fourth Henley Choir Festival was held at St Mary’s Church in Henley last Saturday, January 26, and was described as a “great success”. The evening concert took its now well-established form in which individual choirs sing anthems of their own choice in the first half. After the interval, all the singers combine to perform a work together. This year they sang Hallelujah from Handel’s Messiah.
The joint chorus, of more than 100 singers, was conducted by Jonathan White, while David Old provided the organ accompaniment. The soloists were Rebecca Bell (soprano), Andrew Howles (alto), James Bell (tenor) and Jamie Poston (bass). The evening’s repertoire showcased work from a number of composers, including the 16th century Spaniard Tomas Luis de Victoria and living Canadian composer Srul Irving Glick.
The festival, organised by David Butler, raised £1,200 for the Camp Mohawk centre for children on the autistic spectrum in Wargrave.