Saturday, 19 June 2021

Henley Youth Choir

THE choir has recently set up a bursary scheme, funded by Invesco Perpetual as part of its

THE choir has recently set up a bursary scheme, funded by Invesco Perpetual as part of its community support programme, and is inviting new members to apply.

It will cover 90 per cent of the termly fees. Anyone interested in receiving a bursary can find a form at or email choir manager Fi Harding at

David Bower, head of marketing at Invesco Perpetual said: “Invesco is delighted to be supporting Henley Youth Choir this year, in particular its bursary scheme. Our support will enable as many children as possible to be able to join the youth choir and benefit from the joys of singing.”

Fi said: “We want all young people in and around Henley to experience the joys of singing in a choir and do not want finances to be a barrier to joining.

“Since we started the youth choir in 2014 it has gone from strength to strength and we now have 60 singers who come along each week.

“We have lots of fun with warm-up exercises, making up actions to songs, as well as learning how to improve the way we sing. We sing a range of music from Bruno Mars and

to Mozart.”

Following the choir’s sell- out performance at the Kenton Theatre as part of last month’s Henley Youth Festival, its next engagement is on Sunday, July 10 at Henley Festival Family Day in The Top at the Henley Festival site.

Fi said: “We will be singing

Henley Seasons
, which tells the story of a year in Henley and has something for everyone. It was written by Alfie Hay, a former head of Trinity Primary School who is also part of the choir’s team, and was first performed more than 20 years ago.”

Alfie said: “We are really looking forward to the performance in July — it will be a fantastic experience for our young singers to perform at the Henley Festival Family Day. It is the perfect venue for this piece and a great time to join the youth choir.”

Members of the choir certainly do seem to enjoy it.

Audrey Smith, eight, said: “I love being able to perform at amazing places like the Kenton Theatre and the Henley Festival.”

Jemima Jessel, nine, said: “We get to meet people and make new friends.”

Elsie Roff, 11, said: “It is a really fun way to do something I love around lots of friendly people.”

The choir meets on Mondays in term time at the d:two centre in Market Place, Henley, including next Monday (April 18).

There are two groups, the juniors (ages 7 to 11) who meet from 5.30 to 6.15pm and the seniors (11 to 18) who meet from 6.15pm to 7pm.

Fi said: “Do come along if you are interested in singing or if you want to come along for a trial session.”

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