Tuesday, 09 August 2022

Rond-up of choral & classical concerts

A CANDLE-LIT concert will be held at St Andrew’s Church, Caversham, tomorrow (Saturday) from 7.30pm.

A CANDLE-LIT concert will be held at St Andrew’s Church, Caversham, tomorrow (Saturday) from 7.30pm.

The Caversham Ensemble Chamber Orchestra will play a variety of festive songs, including


The Four Seasons
, two arias from Bach’s

Christmas Oratorio
, Howard Blake’s

Walking in the Air

The Snowman
and Pachelbel’s
It will be directed from the violin by Peter Fisher while other soloists will be Jiafeng Chen (violin), Angus MacPhee (bass baritone), Timothy Watts on (oboe and oboe d’amore), Gabriel Dias (trumpet) and Naomi Watts (cello).

Tickets £16/£18 in advance £18/£20 on the door. They can be bought from Waltons the Jewellers, Caversham. Seasonal interval refreshments included. For more information, visit www.concertsincaversham.co.uk

Two festive concerts will be staged by the Henley Choral Society. Both will be staged at St Mary’s Church in Henley on December 12. The first, a new family concert is at 2.30pm and the second at 7.30pm.

The Henley Youth Choir will perform

Christmas in Falaise Square
at the family concert, a song composed by choral society member Alfie Hay. The choir will be accompanied in both the afternoon and evening concerts by the international award-winning organist Richard Pinel. He plays the organ for the St George’s Chapel choir at Windsor Castle at their eight weekly services.

The evening concert will hear from award-winning baritone, Henry Neill, who accompanies the choir for Vaughan Williams’

Fantasia on Christmas Carols

The choir will be led by musical director, Benjamin Goodson. The concerts will support Action for Children and the Stroke Association. Tickets are £12 to £15 (under-18s £5) from Jan French (01491) 572795, Gorvett & Stone, 21 Duke Street, Henley, or www.henleychoralsociety .org.uk

The Henley Symphony Orchestra will be performing two concerts on December 13 at the Christ Church Centre in Reading Road, Henley.

A short 4.30pm concert of carols and audience participation for children aged nought to six years is followed by a family Christmas concert at 6.30pm.

The afternoon concert is a fun, informal introduction to a live symphony orchestra. Lasting around 45 minutes, the performance is compered by Andy Baker and his double bass. The evening event will see the 70-strong orchestra, under the direction of conductor Ian Brown.

Tickets for both concerts are priced from £2 to £12 and are available from 01235 859210, www.henleysymphony orchestra.co.uk and children’s concert tickets are available at Bagatelle Toys, Bell Street, Henley.

The South Chiltern Choral Society will be performing at two concerts at Chiltern Edge School in Sonning Common.

The first, on December 12 is at 7.30pm and the second is the following day at 2pm. The programme will include

Fantasia on Christmas Carols
. Mince pies and wine will be served at the interval. Tickets are £12 for adults and £6 for under-21s from 07500 032840 or www.southchiltern choralsociety.org.uk

The Goring Chamber Choir Christmas concert will take place on December 13 at 3pm at St Thomas’s Church, Goring. The programme will include well-loved carols and will be conducted by Frances Brewitt-Taylor, the musical director, with Michael Howell as accompanist.

Tickets are £12, £10 (concessions) and £5 (students) and are on sale at Inspirations in Goring, from choir members and on the door.

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