Henley Symphony Orchestra has two very exciting concerts coming up.
Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the BBC Young Musician of the year, now only 18, is soloist with them in Elgar’s passionate cello concerto will be featuring at the HSO Spring Concert at The Hexagon on Sunday 18 March at 7.30pm. Sheko gave a stunning performance at the proms in 2017 and now has just released his first recording with Decca which has gone straight into the top 20 of the pop charts. He says “I can’t believe it. I hope the pieces on it inspire others the way they have inspired me. ” The programme begins with Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro overture and completes with Mahler’s deeply moving 1st Symphony.
In July HSO will be for the first time performing at the Henley Festival on Saturday 14 July at 11.30am. For this the soloist will be Min Kym. Min at 16 was the youngest ever at the Royal College of Music. Many will remember her as the girl whose priceless Stradivarius was stolen at Euston Station. This took a major toll on her and set back her professional career. However, now playing again she will perform two pieces with the orchestra one of which will be Massenet’s sensuous Meditation from the opera Thais. The concert will feature pieces that include Gershwin’s An American in Paris and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.