Friday, 23 July 2021

Living Advent Day 4: Bathroom Acoustics

A musical threesome entertained crowds at the fourth night of the Henley Living Advent Calendar.

A musical threesome entertained crowds at the fourth night of the Henley Living Advent Calendar.

Bathroom Acoustics performed to dozens of people outside Boatique in Friday Street. The band, comprising Lance Gerrard-Wright, Simon Milner and David McClements, have been playing together since 1987 and performed a range of hits including ?Stuck in the Middle With You? by Stealers Wheel and ?Faith? by George Michael.

Mr Gerrard-Wright moved to Albert Road in February and said performing made him feel like a true ?Henleyite?.

He said: ?We loved it. We weren?t sure what it would be like playing outside but we had a fun crowd behind us and it made me feel like a proper Henley resident.

?We were welcomed with open arms and really enjoyed it. We would absolutely love to do it again next year if we were asked.?

There was a raffle with prizes from Boatique including a bottle of champagne and scented candle. Hot Gossip, which is run by Mayor Lorraine Hillier, also provided snacks including mince pies.

The event was raising money for the Teenage Wilderness Trust.

Richard Rodway, who chairs the advent calendar, said: ?It was a good atmosphere, the choice of songs was great and everyone really enjoyed it.

?It?s about Henley coming together and having a good time and there was an atmosphere tonight I haven?t seen before.

?These guys sent me some clips on Youtube and I also saw a review of them. They definitely passed the control test!?

The living advent calendar involves 24 half-hour performances by dancers, theatre groups, singers and other acts each evening from December 1 up until Christmas Eve.

The identity of each act is a secret until their performance, just like opening a door on an advent calendar. Each night is dedicated to one charity, which will hold a bucket collection and publicise their work.

Tonight?s (Saturday) performance will be hosted at Leander Club.

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