Wednesday, 04 August 2021

Living Advent Day 1: The spirit of Christmas

MUSICIAN Sam Brown led a group of about 30 ukulele players on the opening night of the fifth Henley Living Advent Calendar

MUSICIAN Sam Brown led a group of about 30 ukulele players on the opening night of the fifth Henley Living Advent Calendar.

More than 100 people gathered in front of the town?s Christmas tree in Market Place last night (Tuesday) to watch the People?s Ukulele Brigade perform.

The troupe performed an eclectic set which included a version of The Lumineers' hit Ho Hey, Creedence Clearwater Revival?s Bad Moon Rising and Elvis Presley?s Wooden Heart.

Ms Brown, from Sonning Common, also led the crowd in singing happy birthday to one of her players, who was celebrating her 50th, and encouraged the crowd to dance before they played a version of the Morcambe and Wise classic Bring Me Sunshine.

The audience got into the Christmas spirit when the band played Walking in a Winter Wonderland.

Ms Brown thanked Richard Rodway, the chairman of the advent calendar, and the Henley Standard, whose publisher the Higgs Group is the main sponsor, for inviting them.

The annual charity fund-raiser involves 24 half-hour performances by singers, dancers and other acts each evening from December 1 to Christmas Eve. The identity of each performer is kept a secret until they actually appear, just like opening a door on an advent calendar. Each night will be dedicated to one charity, which will be able to publicise its work and hold a bucket collection. The first night saw Millie?s Dream, a charity dedicated to providing defibrillators in schools and communities, collecting.

Mr Rodway told the Henley Standard that after all the hard work preparing for this year?s event seeing the performances was the ?fun part?.

Tonight?s performance will be held at the Regal Picturehouse.


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