On Sunday the Henley Symphony Orchestra played to a packed house at both family Christmas concerts at the Christ Church Centre.
The earlier, Children’s Concert for children aged 2-6 enjoyed a magical feast of music which kicked off with a fast and up tempo Sabre Dance by the Khachaturian. Right from the start the children joined in by shaking and banging their percussion instruments that had been handed out. The orchestra then played a beautiful piece from Sleeping Beauty and the concert continued with festive tunes including Jingle Bells, Away in a Manager and Sleigh Ride. Andy Baker, compere for the concert was really great and got all the children singing and playing their instruments as well as teaching them a new song ‘Honk Honk’ with actions.
In a rousing concert to celebrate Christmas for the whole family, the Henley Symphony Orchestra performed again on Sunday evening. Conductor Ian Brown guided the audience through the programme of ballet and theatre music including the sparkling Sleeping Beauty Suite, Tchaikovsky and the ever popular Peer Gynt Suite no 1, Grieg.
A raffle raised money for Henley YMCA and was drawn by Deputy Mayor, Councillor Julian Brookes.
Home made mulled wine and mince pies were served afterwards in the Pither Hall accompanied by carols played by members of the orchestra brass section.
The HSO’s next concert will be at the Reading Hexagon on Sunday 13 March with Martin Roscoe as soloist in Rachmaninov Piano Concerto no 2.