A series of special events and exhibitions will be held in Henley to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War. These along with other annual Henley remembrance events are listed below.
Saturday 10 November
Military Vehicles on Display
The Berks and Oxon Area Military Vehicle Trust will have their vehicles on display and will be collecting for the Poppy Appeal. The MVT members look after and restore a whole range of ex military vehicles with both UK and overseas origins from WW2 to modern. Vehicles include the well known jeep through to tanks, transporters, lorries, landrovers, motor bikes, the humble folding bicycle and range from pre First World War to the present day.
Oh! What a Lovely War!
Marking 100 years since the end of World War One, Kenton Theatre, Royal British Legion, Henley Town Council, Gillotts School and the Come and Sing Company present an afternoon of poetry, music and theatre in honour of the fallen.
Students from Gillotts will perform excerpts from Joan Littlewood’s Oh! What a Lovely War! Hear George Butterworth’s classical interpretation of AE Houseman’s A Shropshire Lad. Butterworth himself was a composer and solider who died during The Somme. Local primary school children will read their own poetic responses to the horrors of a century ago.
In addition, the Come and Sing Company will lead an enlightening and light-hearted sing-a-long performance of some of the music that boosted troop morale, helped spread propaganda and even kept them marching in time!
Adults £8 Children £6
Book via https://kentontheatre.co.uk/event/first-world-war
Aliquando Poppy Appeal Concert
St Mary’s Church
Aliquando’s Concert for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal will feature a truly international soprano, Lisa Rijmer.
Lisa, was born in Nigeria to Japanese and Dutch parents, she was brought up in Indonesia and Kenya. Settling in the UK she, she obtained an Advanced Postgraduate in Voice, graduating with distinction from Trinity Leban. Amongst her many musical achievements, she was a semi-finalist in the 2009 Handel Singing Competition and formed a profound affinity with the music of Handel and his contemporaries. As a result, she has been involved in numerous concerts and Master-classes throughout Britain and Europe, and most recently performed the Italian Arias from Maurice Greene at the Valetta Baroque Festival with harpsichordist Luke Green.
On the opera stage, her invitations have included Glyndebourne Festival Opera in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, Mozart’s Nozze de Figaro; Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Jephte by Carissimi with English Touring Opera.
Tickets are available for www.aliquando.co.uk and 01491 578238
Sunday 11 November
Town Hall Steps
Led by Reverend Jeremy Tayler of St Mary’s Church
Special fly past of 3 aircraft – a Sopwith Triplane, SE5 and a German Fokker Triplane
Makins Recreation Ground
Part of the nationwide lighting of beacons Battles Over – A Nation’s Tribute & WW1 Beacons of Light
Friday 9-17 November
Lest We Forget Project Commemoration Exhibition
Old Fire Station Gallery
For the men of Henley and the surrounding villages who died during and as a direct result of WW1
Now Until 9 December
Lest We Forget: Rowers of Henley & the River Thames Exhibition
River & Rowing Museum
Every Rowing Club along the Thames lost men who fought and died during the First World War. Historian, Mike Willoughby set out to uncover all of the Thames area’s fallen soldiers back in 2006. This Lest We Forget project is the culmination of twelve years’ research detailing every fallen rower’s life which you can discover in the community gallery.