Saturday, 19 August 2017

Where to see talented youngsters under the spotlight

THE 24th annual Henley Youth Festival returns next month and there will be the usual series of performing arts events.

They are designed to showcase the talents of thousands of local children aged from four to 18, performing at the Kenton Theatre in New Street, Henley, and at Shiplake College.

For the first time this year, those from school years one and two will be able to take part in addition to those in years three, four, five and six.

This year’s festival runs from March 11 to 19. Details of the performing arts events are as follows:

l Saturday, March 11

Gig Night (for children of school years nine to 13).

An evening of live music from bands, DJs and soloists, supported by a professional sound engineer. It will be held at Lovibonds brewery, in Greys Road car park, from 6pm to 10.30pm.

l Sunday, March 12

Junior Proms (school years one to six)

Young musicians perform or sing their favourite pieces in front of a friendly audience. The event, held at Shiplake College from 11am to 4pm, comprises a series of mini-concerts, involving solos, duets and groups.

l Wednesday, March 15

Proms (school years seven to 13)

Secondary-school children perform classical, folk and jazz music on their own instruments at the Kenton theatre from 7pm to 9.30pm.

l Thursday, March 16 (7pm to 9.30pm)

Entertain (school years one to 13)

The festival’s variety show staged at the Kenton theatre from 7pm to 9.30pm. Acts range from poetry recitals, stand-up comedy and drama to gym routines and magic shows.

l Friday, March 17

Sing (school years three to 13)

Solo and group performances from young singers, including the renowned Henley Youth Choir led by its new conductor Peter Asprey, at the Kenton theatre from 7pm to 9.30pm.

l Saturday, March 18

Young Dancer (school years one to four)

A series of short dance routines at the Kenton Theatre, performed and choreographed by the festival’s younger performers, at the Kenton theatre from 1pm to 3pm.

Dance (school years five -13)

A dance concert showcasing the talent of older school children. The routines are choreographed by the performers themselves and inspired by the festival’s “journeys” theme. From 7pm to 9.30pm.

For more information on any of these events, including tickets, visit www.hyf.org.uk

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