Wednesday, 28 July 2021

‘Rusty’ musicians are ready to play festival

A LITTLE over four months on from when the call went out for “rusty” musicians who thought they

A LITTLE over four months on from when the call went out for “rusty” musicians who thought they had left their sheet music days behind them, the ironically titled Henley Youthful Orchestra is preparing to make its debut.

Back in February, Laura Reineke of Henley Music School had appealed for lapsed players of all abilities to take part in a fun fund-raiser for the school.

Said Laura: “My plan was to have people sign up for £50, have three rehearsals, and then they get to perform at the Henley Festival.

“Mike Read is coming along to play, and announce us, and I have managed to get sponsorship from Gardiner’s Nursing and Homecare — which makes me chuckle every time.

“It’s all going brilliantly — we have had two rehearsals at Shiplake College, practising pieces specially arranged for the individual instruments.



“Everyone has thoroughly enjoyed themselves and all have agreed they feel like they are back at school and 16 years old again.

“At the last rehearsal I asked if any of them might be interested in making the Youthful Orchestra a permanent fixture — and all hands shot up.

“We currently have 44 members, of varying levels, all over 40. It would be lovely for more over-40s to have the opportunity to join in.”

The Henley Youthful Orchestra plays the Salon Marquee at the Henley Festival on Saturday, July 11, at 1pm. For more details, visit www.henleymusicschool.co.uk and www.henley-festival.co.uk



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