The Christmas season of sparkle, music and merriment kicks off with a rousing start with the Henley Symphony Orchestra on Sunday 13 December at Christ Church, Henley. With a programme of short works including the enchanting Sleeping Beauty Suite by Tchaikovsky and Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride, these two concerts will appeal to young and old alike.
At 4.30pm a short concert of carols and audience participation for young children (aged 0-6 years) is followed by a Family Christmas Concert at 6.30pm and then mulled wine and mince pies.
Aimed at two to six year olds, the afternoon concert is a fun, informal introduction to a live Symphony Orchestra with everyone joining in. Lasting around 45 minutes, the performance is compered by Andy Baker and his ‘lady’ double bass.
A lively programme for the evening concert will appeal to the whole family. The 70 strong Henley Symphony Orchestra under the direction of their conductor Ian Brown will delight with a programme including the fiery Sabre Dance, Khachaturian; beautiful Gabriel’s Oboe, Ennio Morricone; and Peer Gynt Suite no 1, Grieg.
Second to his piano concerto, this last is the composer’s most popular work comprising In the Hall of the Mountain King, one of the most loved of all short orchestral compositions. Written for the 1986 film ‘The Mission’, Gabriel’s Oboe is said to be a melody that is never forgotten, and has since been arranged for different instruments and vocalists. It however remains a celebrated oboe melody and is performed with HSO principal oboe Jasmine Huxtable Wright.
Tickets for both concerts priced from £2 to £12 are available from 01235 859210 or www.henleysymphonyorchestra.co.uk/contact. You can also buy tickets for the children’s concert at Bagatelle Toys, Bell Street, Henley.