Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Top brass join choral society for Christmas

TOP ensemble Chaconne Brass will be joining Henley Choral Society to deliver its Christmas concert this year at St Mary’s Church.

TOP ensemble Chaconne Brass will be joining Henley Choral Society to deliver its Christmas concert this year at St Mary’s Church.

Appropriately titled Christmas Fanfare! the concert is the brainchild of Benjamin Goodson, 22, the new musical director of the choral society.

He said: “A good Christmas concert has a very special atmosphere. I know how popular Henley Choral Society Christmas concerts always are. For my first Christmas concert in Henley I wanted to make sure we gave the audience something really special.”

Chaconne Brass has a reputation as one of Britain’s most versatile and creative ensembles and have performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, St John’s Smith Square, die Philharmonie Berlin and on BBC Radio 3, Radio 4, BBC1 and Classic FM.

Simon de Souza of Chaconne Brass said: “A typical performance will range from Renaissance to modern, classics to experimental and from the profound to the downright silly. It’s a unique style which appeals to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.”

The members also work as guest principals and soloists with top orchestras and ensembles in Britain.

The 100-strong chorus will perform choruses from Handel’s Messiah, accompanied by acclaimed young organist James McVinnie, until recently assistant organist of Westminster Abbey.

Children from St Mary’s School Choir will add their angelic voices and the audience will be able to join in with favourite carols.

Benjamin said: “Big chorus, great music, talented young musicians, the chance to sing favourite Christmas carols — all topped off with a glass of wine and a mince pie. That’s what I call the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit.”

The concert takes place at St Mary’s Church, Henley on Tuesday, December 10 at 7.30pm. To buy tickets (£15/ U18s £5) call (01491) 572795 or visit Gorvett & Stone in Duke Street.

Visit www.henleychoralsociety.org.uk

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