Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Henley Festival announce world premiere

A WORLD premiere involving a British orchestra and an international rock act will be staged on the opening night of next year?s Henley Festival

A WORLD premiere involving a British orchestra and an international rock act will be staged on the opening night of next year?s Henley Festival.

The announcement was made last night (Wednesday) by the festival?s artistic director Stewart Collins at a reception to mark the festival?s offices moving from Friday Street to the River and Rowing Museum.

He said the new musical programme would run for at least three years but remained tight-lipped about the acts.

Mr Collins told the 100-plus invited guests: ?We?re going to be bringing together big international rock stars and creating programmes with orchestras.?

He said next year would feature an orchestra which had already ?excelled? at festival.

?It?s the idea that the festival is producing brand new work that can only be seen in Henley,? said Mr Collins.

?Next year we?re going big because we feel it?s time to do something as exciting as that.?

Festival chief executive Charlotte Geeves said: ?We?re creating a world premiere on our stage. It doesn?t move away from what we already do but adds to the mix.?

She said the festival would also be rolling out an educational programme throughout the year.

The festival moved to its new home on the museum?s ground floor last week.

Miss Geeves said: ?We feel very happy here already. It feels a lot bigger because it?s a light, airy space with beautiful views to the river.?

?The whole team worked from home over the summer, so for all of us to be together in a really lovely space is great.?

There will be a box office in the museum?s foyer.

Miss Geeves said: ?What we hope is that there will be a mix of our audience and the River and Rowing?s audience. We hope to enjoy those for our own events.

Ludo Keston, the museum?s chief executive, said: ?I?m absolutely thrilled. What we wanted to do was to create a real cultural hub here in Henley so our audiences know where to come.

?I?m hoping obviously that the festival will be here for a long time. It?s going to have it?s own box office in our foyer so people will get used to coming here.?

Henley Town Council, the museum?s landlord, gave permission for it to sub-let two ground-floor offices to the festival which has sold its former premises.

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