HANDEL played by a characterful and vivid ensemble from the Henley Suzuki Violin Group was just the beginning of a marvellous evening.
The Henley Youth Festival Proms was dedicated to the celebration of young talented musicianship and showcased a range of musical styles from Mozart to the 21st century pop of Charlie Puth’s
See You Again.
It was the first of four nights of Henley’s young people delivering their performing arts skills.
The evening was sponsored by the Henley Royal Regatta and each act was authoritatively introduced by Amy Thomson.
The first solo of the evening was performed by Natasha Clark Lam on the flute, playing Rag-Time Flute by Alan Bullard.
Solfeggietto by Bach played by Charlie Shaw was impressively accomplished as the first piano solo of the night.
This was followed by Rieding’s Concerto in B minor on the violin, which was wonderfully performed by Fraser McAdden, accompanied by Laura Reineke.
L’Orage, composed by Burgmuller, was beautifully played on the piano by Gillotts pupil Sophie Print, who captured the turbulence of the storm of the piece.
You might not necessarily hear the next performance on Classic FM, but it was equally as enjoyable.
See You Again, written by Charlie Puth, was gracefully executed by Ria Mooney Nyangiti.
The second half got off to a lively, upbeat start with the Henley Music School Flute Choir, who played the traditional
Mexican Hat Dance.
Polish Dance, arranged for the violin and piano was performed by Ava Reineke, whose skilful technique shone through her rendition, which was accompanied by Alison Wilkins.
Ciara Rosenmeier played a confident
Puck by Edvard Grieg. This was followed by Harry Freedman on the violin accompanied by Darius Halpern. Harry showed great promise of musicality.
Mae Reineke stood out - not only by virtue of being the only cellist of the evening but for giving a mature and moving performance of Vivaldi.
Last but by no means least, the evening rounded off with Emily Heath’s last ever festival performance before she goes to university (she started performing at the festival at the age of eight).
She gave an impeccable and precise performance of Mozart’s
Flute Concerto in D major, accompanied by Alison Wilkins.
Emily’s excellent performance encapsulated Mozart’s animated and cheerful music.
Emily and her family were presented with the Elizabeth Griffin Award in recognition of the whole family’s contribution to the Henley Youth Festival.
Henry, Pippi and Monty all appeared from behind the scenes to receive the award.