Friday, 19 August 2022

Flash of musical genius in town

A MUSICAL flashmob performed in Henley town centre on Saturday

A MUSICAL flashmob performed in Henley town centre on Saturday.

More than 20 classical musicians began playing a rendition of Johann Pachelbel?s Canon to surprised passers-by on the stroke of 11am.

The performance began with two cellists seated on chairs in the middle of Market Place. They were soon joined by violinists and flautists as crowds flocked.

The musicians ranged from five-year-old violinist Katie Styles to teenagers and a few adults. Each one had a copy of the sheet music pegged to the back of the player behind them.

The flashmob was organised by Anna Del Nevo, who runs Henley Suzuki Violin Group, flute teacher Annie Parker and cellist Paul Cox.

Mrs Del Nevo said: ?We all run groups in Henley and thought a flashmob would be a good idea.

?It was a good event to motivate some of the teenagers because they will enjoy this more than a concert. It went quite well and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. We chose this piece of music because you can join in at any point and all the little bits fit together so well.?

Trevor Howell, vice-chairman of AFC Henley, was one of the musicians who took part.

Mr Howell, who played the violin, said: ?I loved it. If you are going to do something, do something special.

?The musicians here always rise to the occasion and you should never underestimate how good the kids are.?

Young musicians in Market Place, Henley

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