Thursday, 18 August 2022

I'll give em Ellie

Did you play a musical instrument as a child, stop as a teenager, and now wish you had kept it up?

Did you play a musical instrument as a child, stop as a teenager, and now wish you had kept it up? Do you have a saxophone somewhere in the attic or use a piano as a photograph stand?

Nodding your head? Then how about taking to the stage at Henley Festival and performing with Henley Youthful Orchestra for the over-40s?

Sounds terrifying? Don't worry, says Laura Reineke from Henley Music School.

There will be a chance to take the music home and practise beforehand and two orchestral rehearsals before the big day on July 11.

â??We have had lots of interest already,â?� said Laura. â??One lady went out to buy a new cello and so far we have signed up trumpets, a trombone, three saxophones, two ukeleles and a drummer.â?�

When the final numbers are in â?? the orchestra could swell up to 100 people â?? the music will be chosen and arranged to suit the abilities and instruments of the performers.

Donâ??t worry if you think youâ??re too rusty, or just rubbish, added Laura.

â??Itâ??s about having fun and remember, everyone will feel the same,â?� she said. â??Itâ??s about enjoying playing as part of an orchestra.â?�

The performance at Henley Festival in July will be conducted by Chris Walker, former director of music at The Henley College, who regularly works with youth orchestra workshops.

If you gave up/lost your instrument long ago, Henley Music School have a number of instruments available to loan.

Two-hour rehearsals will be held on June 7 and 21 at Shiplake College Arts Centre, with another two-hour rehearsal at Henley Festival site before the performance at 1pm.

Laura said that if the performance is a success, the music school may think about holding similar events in the future or even forming a permanent over-40s orchestra for rusty players.

So forget about running marathons or trekking to Machu Picchu â?? this challenge will be the most rewarding once-in-a-lifetime chance to turn â??one dayâ?? into

day â?? Saturday, July 11.

To take part, just complete a registration form and pay £50. For a form email Laura Reineke at henley or call 07989 396210.

Laura decided to set up Henley Youthful Orchestra to help Henley Music School, which she started so children of any age or ability would have the opportunity to play a musical instrument.

More than 100 children from the area are enrolled at the school and enjoy daily, weekly or monthly tuition from professionally trained tutors.

The Henley Music School now incorporates the Henley Festival Orchestra. For more information on the school visit

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