Church Choirs Join Together for Festival to Sing Haydn’s Creation Part 1

Eight church choirs will be singing at the 11th Henley Choir Festival at St Mary’s Church on Saturday 25 January.  The programme will include Haydn’s Creation Part I and will feature contributions from soloists Rebecca Bell, Tom Emlyn Williams and James Stickings.

The choirs are St Mary the Virgin (Henley), All Saints (Rotherfield Peppard), St Nicholas Church (Rotherfield Greys) St Margaret’s (Harpsden), Hambleden Valley Choir  (combining members of the choirs of St. Mary the Virgin, Hambleden and St. John the Evangelist, Frieth plus a few from the other parishes in the Hambleden Valley Group), St John the Baptist (Kidmore End) and Christ The King (Sonning Common) and St Thomas’ (Goring) and St Mary’s (Streatley). In the first half of the programme, each of the choirs taking part will perform a piece that they have chosen.

Rebecca is a regular favourite soprano soloist at the Choir Festival, James (bass) is the Rector of Rotherfield Peppard and Kidmore End and Sonning Common will be returning for the second year along with Tom Emlyn Williams (tenor).  Tom has sung with a number of opera companies and been involved with church music since he was a choirboy in New York.

Entry is £5 and the event is once again being held for charity. This year’s choice being Autism Berkshire. For more information and to book tickets, call  organisers  David Butler on 0118 972 4065 or Elizabeth Hodgkin on (01491) 573192


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