17 December – Bryn Brings Christmas Tunes to d:two
Guitarist and singer Bryn Haworth was the surprise performance on night 17 at the d:two when he performed a number of festive classics.
The evening was raising money for Nomad Youth Project who are based at the church and Sue Prior from Nomad talked about the work the charity do which helps vulnerable young people in the area through mentoring, courses and programmes, after school clubs, outings and events.
Richard Rodway, Chair of the Living Advent Calendar said, “d:two on the Sunday before Christmas has become something of a Living Advent tradition. It really feels like the start of Christmas week.”
18 December – Trinity School Choir Light Up Church
Night 18 of the Living Advent Calendar saw Trinity School choir perform at Holy Trinity Church in Greys Hill.
The pupils filled the church with their angelic voices and sang a number of Christmas carols including O Come All Ye Faithful, Hark the Herald Angels Sing and Once in Royal David’s City with the audience joining in.
The evening was raising money for Trinity School one of the Henley Mayor’s charities for this year.
19 December – Henley Youth Festival Showcase Local Talent
Henley Youth Festival took over night 19 of the Living Advent Calendar at the Christ Church Centre. Compered by Seamus Bringmun, the evening showcased local talent and opened with James Laing on the drums with his own composition. Sisters, Caira and Aoife Rosenmeier then performed a dance to Santa Claus is Coming to Town followed by the Henley Suzuki Violin Group who played a few pieces including Carol Bells before Evie finished their set with a beautiful solo of The Snowman. The evening finished with Badgemore School choir singing carols, Hallelujah and We Wish You a Merry Christmas.
The evening’s raffle was also raising money for the Henley Youth Festival which will be celebating it’s 25th anniversary next March. The first prize was William the Elf, brother of Harry the Henley Elf who has been on a mischievous adventure around Henley this December. You can follow him on Twitter @harryhenleyelf
The evening was sponsored by Manning UK who provided mulled wine and festive nibbles afterwards.