Friday, 17 September 2021

Singers raise hundreds with choir festival

THE seventh annual Henley Choir Festival raised £1,350 for charity.

THE seventh annual Henley Choir Festival raised £1,350 for charity.

About 120 singers from seven choirs came together to perform at St Mary’s Church in Hart Street, Henley, on Saturday in aid of youth and community project Nomad.

The choirs were from St Mary’s, All Saints’, Peppard, St Nicholas’s, Rotherfield Greys, St Margaret’s, Harpsden, the Hambleden Valley Choir, St John the Baptist, Kidmore End with Christ the King, Sonning Common, and Aliquando.

About 175 people attended the event and were welcomed by Rev Canon Martyn Griffiths, rector of St Mary’s.

Each choir performed individually and then came together to sing Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, Mozart’s Ave Verum and a setting of The Magnificat by Vivaldi. The soloists were Rebecca Bell, who trains the junior choir at All Saints’, and Marion Olsen and Ian Westley, organist and choirmaster at St Peter’s Church in Caversham.

Former Henley mayor Elizabeth Hodgkin organised the event with David Butler, director of music at All Saints’. The conductor was Frances Brewitt-Taylor, director of music at St John the Baptist, Kidmore End, and the accompanist was David Old, director of music at St Nicholas’s.

Mr Butler said: “It’s a very joyous occasion. People enjoy singing and there was an extremely good atmosphere.

“I’m exceedingly pleased with the amount raised. We were marginally up on last year plus there may be some bits still to come in.”

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