Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Living Advent Day 16: Henley pipers piping

MORE than 100 people were entertained by the Henley Music School which showcased its talents on the 16th night of the Living Advent Calendar last night

MORE than 100 people were entertained by the Henley Music School which showcased its talents on the 16th night of the Living Advent Calendar last night (Wednesday).

The evening, held at the town?s River and Rowing Museum rowing gallery, featured wind, string and brass performances from the children.

The played Christmas classics like Jingle Bells and a choir sang Little Donkey. A senior strings group played We Wish You a Merry Christmas.

The school?s drumming club also performed their version of Jingle Bells before the guitar club played Silent Night.

The finale saw 15 youngsters, who are part of the junior wind and brass section, played Wham! hit Last Christmas I Gave You My Heart.

Before the performance children had the chance to meet Mr Toad before taking a tour through the museum?s permanent Wind in the Willows exhibition which recreates Kenneth Grahame?s much-loved story. Musicians played as they took the tour.


Laura Reineke, Henley Music School?s founder and tutor, told the crowd that music should be available to every child adding: ?Our ethos is if you can?t afford it, you don?t pay.

She told the Henley Standard afterwards: ?It?s such good fun, the kids love it and they get to show everything they have been working on.?

The group has a total of 190 children taking part and always welcomes new members.

Richard Rodway, chairman of the Living Advent Calendar, said: ?I have to say that Henley Music School now has the record for the biggest assemble Living Advent Calendar performance!

?I was particularly looking forward to this because I always knew this had the capacity to be a really special event in itself, let alone a piece of the living advent jigsaw.

?My favourite nights are the ones where it?s all about the kids who enjoy performing as well as the parents watching them. We have that in abundance tonight.?

The evening was partnered with the Quince Tree pub in Stonor, which provided mince pies and mulled wine, and interior designer Niki Schafer.

Donations on the evening went to the museum and Mrs Schafer told the crowd: ?Please do donate generously because 20,000 children come through here every year on educational days to learn about rivers and rowing.?


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