Tuesday, 16 August 2022

Local music talent plays in town centre

YOUNG musicians performed in Henley town centre on Saturday

YOUNG musicians performed in Henley town centre on Saturday.

A stage was set up in Market Place where a number of bands played, watched by friends and family and interested shoppers.

The showcase event was organised by Maggie Atkinson, who helped set up Acoustic@Magoos, a weekly mentoring session held at the Hart Street bar to help young musicians hone their skills by performing live.

Saturday?s event was compered by Henley-born singer Mollie Marriott, daughter of Small Faces frontman Steve Marriott.

She said: ?Henley is a music hot spot so it?s wonderful to be doing this.

?It?s also a great idea that Maggie had. We have very good people coming and giving masterclasses. We did not have that chance when I was younger.?

The performers included punk band The Majority Thieves, who comprise Ollie Hatch, 16, of Fair Mile, Henley, and Sahil Pau, Aaron Foster and Alex Gray, fellow pupils at Reading Blue Coat School in Sonning.

Ollie said: ?We?ve been playing together for two years now and we have been to the Henley Youth Festival.

?We?ve been to Acoustic@Magoos three times and were asked to come along here.?

Another band involved were Merge, made up of 14-year-olds Matthew Strong, Matthew Bodmer, Max Wermann, Jake Collins and Max White, who are pupils at Gillotts School in Henley.

They were supported by their parents.

Max?s father Chris, of Deanfield Road, Henley, said: ?I think my biggest concern for young people was the youth centre closing.

?They need somewhere to play and have fun and Acoustic@Magoos lets that happen.?

Matthew?s father Conrad, of Vicarage Road, Henley, said: ?I think Maggie Atkinson is doing a fantastic job with this music-based youth club which is open to all teenagers in Henley.

?It helps give them confidence at an early stage when it comes to performing live.?

Other performers included Joe Lunnon, Molly Liddell and Maya Rees.

The stage was given to Acoustic@Magoos when the Henley Youth Centre closed.

Mrs Atkinson?s husband Ed said: ?We want to loan it out to any community or charity groups to do things around the town for a small donation to Acoustic@Magoos.?

Mrs Atkinson thanked Henley singer Jayson Jaurigue and his talent agency Eight Ray Music for their continued support and sponsorship of the events.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/acousticmagoos

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