St Mary’s Church was filled with wonderful feast of festive music by over 100 members of the Henley Choral Society and Henley Youth Choirs on Saturday afternoon at their Family Carol Concert.
For the second year, Onyx Brass (a quintet made up of Niall Keatley, Alan Thomas, Andrew Sutton, Amos Miller and David Gordon Shute) returned to add a brilliant musical accompaniment plus they had their own moment to shine with March from the Nutcracker and A Carol Fantasy.
Peter Asprey was the conductor for the concert and said, “I’m delighted that we are joined by our two Henley Youth Choirs who are playing a larger role than ever before in our Christmas concerts. This is a testimony to their development over the last twelve months.”
The juniors performed an excellent rendition of the Shoshone Love Song followed by Lean on Me. The seniors later performed a wonderful arrangement of Santa Claus is Coming to Town and the Irish Wren Song by Herbet Howells.
From the first carol to the final song, I was Glad, the choirs put on an impressive show of high notes and fantastic harmonies.
The audience also had turns to join in with the carols, O Come All Ye Faithful, Once in Royal David’s City and Hark the Herald Angels Sing.
After the concert, a collection was made for the Chiltern Centre fore Disabled Children in Greys Road, Henley.
If you are interested in joining one of the choirs, they rehearse on Monday evenings during term time at d:two, Market Place, Henley-on-Thames. A non-auditioned choir, they perform at a variety of events throughout the year. For more information, please visit their website: www.henleychoralsociety.org.uk