THERE will be a real extra treat for Henley Symphony Orchestra’s audience at the summer concert at Shiplake College later this month, writes Jill Atkins.
Two groups of young violinists will entertain the picnickers on the lawns before the main concert.
One group are students of Sophie Roseveare, based in central Reading, the other are Anna Del Nevo’s in Henley. Both teachers are members of the orchestra.
The young students, who range in age from five to 16, are taught by the Suzuki Method, as was the Henley Symphony Orchestra’s leader David Burton.
The special features of the Suzuki approach reflect the environment in which children learn to speak their native language — learning through listening, imitation, repetition and fun.
They will be playing a selection of music by Bach and Handel, including the Bach double violin concerto and an arrangement of Handel’s firework music.
The concert soloist — Henley-born and one of the most popular saxophonists of his generation — is Huw Wiggin, and the programme one of his favourite pieces for a summer evening.
The concert on Sunday, June 26, begins at 7.30pm, with the grounds and bar open from 5.30pm.