Monday, 22 October 2018

Festival returns to Fauré's Requiem

Festival returns to Fauré's Requiem

FANS of choral music have a major treat in store tomorrow night (Saturday) when the eighth annual Henley Choir Festival takes place at St Mary’s Church in Hart Street.

Ten choirs are taking part in this year’s event — up from seven in 2016 — although two of the entrants are made up of two choirs apiece.

New to the festival this year are the combined choirs of St Thomas of Canterbury, Goring, and St Margaret’s, Streatley.

The others taking part are those of St Mary’s Henley; All Saints’, Peppard; St Nicholas, Rotherfield Greys; St Margaret’s, Harpsden; the Hambleden Valley Choir; the Aliquando Chamber Choir; and the combined choirs of St John the Baptist, Kidmore End, and Christ the King, Sonning Common.

The evening, which gets under way at 7pm, will also feature contributions from soloists Rebecca Bell and Jamie Poston, with the proceeds going to the Henley branch of Parkinson’s UK.

In an echo of the first Henley Choir Festival held in 2009, the highlight of the programme will be a performance of Fauré’s Requiem.

As in previous years, the event is being organised by former Henley mayor Elizabeth Hodgkin and All Saints’ Church organist David Butler.

They said: “We have 10 choirs taking part and they will be able to showcase themselves in the first half of the programme.

“The combined choirs together with other singers will then be performing Fauré’s Requiem. If you would like to join us for the rehearsal of the Requiem, it is at 4.45pm.

“Tickets for both performers and audience are £5 and can be obtained on the door from 2pm on the day or by contacting the organisers.”

For more information or to book tickets, call Elizabeth Hodgkin on (01491) 573192 or David Butler on 0118 972 4065.

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