Monday, 23 September 2019

Last Night of the Proms event to be ‘even better than before’

THE organiser of a live screening of the Last Night of the Proms in aid of two Henley charities

THE organiser of a live screening of the Last Night of the Proms in aid of two Henley charities says the event will be bigger and better than ever this year.

Henley town and district councillor Stefan Gawrysiak first staged a similar event in 2013 when he was mayor, writes Matthew Wilson.

On that occasion the venue was St Mary’s Church and the live screening from the Royal Albert Hall was preceded by a performance by Henley Symphony Orchestra.

This year’s event takes place on Saturday, September 10 — with the venue having been moved to the Christ Church Centre in Reading Road, Henley.

Two students from Henley Music School will open the proceedings at 7.30pm.

Mae Reineke on cello will perform the first movement of Brahms’s sonata Scherzo, followed by trombonist Samuel Lloyd, who will play The Acrobat by Greenwood.

Henley-based classical concert pianist Anita D’Attellis will then give a recital featuring works by Chopin, Bach and Beethoven — including the latter’s Moonlight Sonata.

The second half of the Last Night of the Proms will then be screened live for the audience at the 330-capacity venue to enjoy.

Mr Gawrysiak said: “I think the Christ Church Centre’s going to be even better than St Mary’s because it hasn’t got any pillars and also it’s got a view from the balcony at the back — and actually you can have a slightly bigger audience in there as well.”

The fund-raising event is being supported by the Rotary Club of Henley Bridge, of which Mr Gawrysiak is a member.

Flags and bunting will be provided in keeping with Last Night of the Proms tradition.

Mr Gawrysiak added: “We’ve got Henley Theatre Services providing the screen, the projector, the sound system and the link, so it’s a proper professional job.”

Welcoming the involvement of Anita D’Attellis, he said: “She’s a brilliant pianist with flawless technique and great sensitivity.”

This year’s chosen charities — the Chiltern Centre for disabled children and youth and community project Nomad — are both Henley-based.

Tickets are £15 for adults with free entry for under-16s. To book, email Mr Gawrysiak at

n MICHAEL HOWELL, the director of music for St Thomas’s, Goring; St Mary’s, Streatley; and St Andrew’s, South Stoke, will be giving an organ recital by candlelight tomorrow night (Saturday).

The venue is St Mary’s Church, Streatley, and the programme includes works by Bach, Vivaldi, Couperin, Albinoni, Liszt, Brahms and Guilmant.

Tickets for the 7.30pm concert are £8 (concessions £7) from Inspiration in Goring or on the door.

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