THIS year marks the 19th annual orchestral workshop involving children from both Henley and Leichlingen —
THIS year marks the 19th annual orchestral workshop involving children from both Henley and Leichlingen — Henley’s twin town in Germany.
This is a music exchange that takes place alternately in Henley and Leichlingen every year, aimed at 11- to 18-year-olds. This year’s event will be held at the Christ Church Centre starting today (Friday) and running till Sunday.
The workshops are a unique opportunity to play music, make friends and exchange cultures over a weekend, while the visitors from Leichlingen will be hosted by the families of those taking part from Henley and Reading — a wonderful example of how twinning works, bringing together young people from two countries with music as their common language, and creating lasting friendships.
The exchange was initially masterminded by Mandy Beard of Henley and Andreas Genschel, director of the Leichlingen Musikschule, with Gillotts School orchestra forming the core of players and supported by the Henley-Leichlingen Twinning Association.
This year marks a departure from the original format. Paul Cox, music director of Reading Youth Orchestra, has agreed to run the weekend in association with the HLTA, drawing on participants from Reading as well as Henley.
He will rehearse the orchestra over the weekend with the help of local instrumental teachers and prepare them for a concert to be given at 7pm at the Christ Church Centre in Reading Road, Henley, followed by a reception for participants and audience.
The concert programme will be a selection of movements from Handel’s
Music for the Royal Fireworks; Bach’s
Double Concerto in D Minor first movement; Beethoven’s
Symphony No 8 first movement and
Skyfall from the Bond film of the same name.
Tickets will be available on the door, priced £7 for adults, £4 concessions and £15 for family tickets. For enquiries, please call 07827 289768.