4 December – Oarsome Henley Music School Performance at River & Rowing Museum
Henley Music School’s oarsome young talented singers and musicians filled the River & Rowing Museum with festive music on the fourth day of the Living Advent Calendar.
The show opened with the Youth Choir singing Twelve Days of Christmas with actions and then saw performances from the ‘Windies’ Group (sax, clarinets, flutes and trupets), Cello, Flutes and Samba Drumming groups playing a mixture of festive tunes and classical music. “Some of the children playing the flute had only had just two lessons,” said Laura Reineke the Head of the Music School.
All the performers, aged from 4 to 18 attend the monthly Sunday Music School at Shiplake College. Henley Music School also provides lessons in schools and loans instruments.
The evening was sponsored by Blandy & Blandy Solicitors and the raffle was raising money for the River & Rowing Museum. Reama Shearman, Head of Development at the River & Rowing Museum said, “Thank you for supporting us by buying raffle tickets today. The money will go directly towards our 35 curriculum enhancing education programmes and the work we do with young people as well us to help to maintain this museum.”
5 December – Starring Shiplake College Singers for the First Time at The Angel
Night 5 saw the debut appearance for the Shiplake College Singers at the Living Advent Calendar on the terrace at the Angel on the Bridge, where the generous hosts providing warm winter Pimms and turkey baps courtesy of the combined efforts and generosity of Copas Turkeys and Lawlors Bakery.
The singers delighted the packed audience on the terrace with festive tunes including Christmas Time is Here, Lonely This Christmas and Come All Ye Faithful before they got the audience joining in with a rousing rendition of the 12 Days of Christmas.
Chair of the LAC, Richard Rodway said, “We are delighted to be able to involve another local institution in the event for the first time, who have brought a wonderful performance to the event showcasing again the talent on our doorstep and I am delighted that we have raised a record amount for an Angel on the Bridge night for Valley Road School one of the Mayor’s charities. I think everyone was thoroughly spoilt with the experience tonight!”
6 December – Return to the Kenton with Gillotts Voices
After a break of two years, the Living Advent Calendar returned to the Kenton Theatre for Day 6 of the Living Advent Calendar.
The surprise act was Gillotts Voices, the school choir from Gillotts School who performed a mixture of Christmas and popular songs starting with Carol of the Bells before solos from Martha Golledge who performed Riptide by Vance Joy, Isobel Young singing Count On Me by Bruno Mars and Hannah Leach-Scrivens who played the piano and sang her own song, Eternal Love.
They too also sang 12 Days of Christmas with cards being held aloft with the gifts on and finished their set with Little Drummer Boy.
The evening was sponsored by Knox & Eames accountants who provided the “quite strong mulled wine” (according to Henley Mayor, Kellie Hinton who opened the evening) and a bottle of Tattinger champagne for the raffle which was raising money for the Chiltern Centre for Disabled Children. Paul Barrett from the Chiltern Centre said, “The money raised will go towards helping the centre provide much need respite for over 100 families in the area. We’re very grateful to the Living Advent Calendar.
Richard Rodway said, “Christmas just isn’t Christmas without coming to this wonderful venue. It’s lovely to be back.”