HENLEY Symphony Orchestra’s summer picnic concert on the lawns of Shiplake College is almost upon
HENLEY Symphony Orchestra’s summer picnic concert on the lawns of Shiplake College is almost upon us once again, and this time with a distinctly British flavour.
Often described as Henley’s own version of Glyndebourne, the gates open at 5.30pm on Sunday, June 28, for picnics — and the music begins in the concert marquee at 7pm.
“This Sceptred Isle” is the theme and promises to take us on a nostalgic musical journey across our beautiful islands — from the light and melodious tunes of Eric Coates’
By the Sleepy Lagoon to
Brigg Fair, Fredrick Delius’s orchestral setting of the folk song by Percy Grainger.
The programme culminates in the stirring ceremonial marches of Walton’s
Orb and Sceptre and two of Elgar’s
Pomp and Circumstance marches.
Perhaps the most atmospheric will be
Tintagel — Arnold Bax’s portrayal of Tintagel Castle perched high on the rocks and battered on a sunny summer’s day by the Atlantic ocean. Written in 1919, the music displays a Celtic flavour recalling King Arthur’s connection to the castle and depicts the movement of the sea.
Under the baton of music director Ian Brown, the 70-strong Henley Symphony Orchestra continues to go from strength to strength, taking its place as one of the country’s finest amateur orchestras. This year’s summer concert will mark 45 years since the orchestra’s inaugural concert at Shiplake College.
Tickets are priced £15 reserved and £10 unreserved — half price for under-16s and students — are available from Henley Symphony Orchestra on 01235 859210 or www.henleysymphonyÂ orchestra.co.uk/contact