Henley Symphony Orchestra is delighted to be back on stage, able at last to play to a live audience on Sunday 14 November. The orchestra’s 52nd season opens with a flourish in Reading Concert Hall to the strains of charismatic trumpet player, Matilda Lloyd, playing two staples of the trumpet repertoire: Haydn’s ground-breaking Trumpet Concerto in E flat, written in 1796 for a good friend who had invented a new type of trumpet with five keys; and Copland’s Quiet City, which originated as incidental music for Irwin Shaw’s 1939 play and became famous for the trumpet’s primal mystical opening, evoking the mystery of a city at night.
Brahms’s beautiful Third Symphony was inspired by a visit to the River Rhine in 1883 and written when the composer was at the height of his powers. Much acclaimed on its first performance in Vienna, it has remained a cornerstone of the Romantic classical repertoire.
British trumpeter Matilda Lloyd, 25, is a fast-rising young artist with exceptional poise and musicality. Hailed as “remarkable” by the Daily Telegraph, she is captivating audiences with her artistry and communication, flawless technique and the unique character she brings to each and every work. She was recently featured as one of BBC Radio 3’s 31 Under 31: Young Stars and has performed many times on Radio 3’s In Tune.
From the first concert held in a borrowed marquee in Shiplake over 50 years ago HSO has gone from strength to strength, attracting players from across the Thames Valley. Under the guidance of Music Director Ian Brown, the orchestra promotes an annual season of four concerts featuring internationally acclaimed artists. The aim is to provide high-quality music-making at affordable prices and to give local musicians a chance to perform the classical orchestral repertoire to a high standard. Performances have been given in Henley’s twin towns of Falaise in France and Leichlingen in Germany, and at the Bled International Music Festival in Slovenia. Closer to home, HSO has played on the floating stage at the Henley Festival.
Ticket prices are: £20, £17, and £12, or half price for U16s and students. Discounts are available for Friends and HSO members, and one child goes free with a paying adult with £17 and £12 tickets. To book, call the Box Office 0118 960 6060 (12-3pm Mon-Fri) or go to https://www.whatsonreading.com/venues/concert-hall/whats-on/henley-symphony-orchestra
The Concert Hall is centrally located with the Reading Town Hall complex in Blagrave Street, two minutes’ walk from the railway station. It is one of the finest of its type in Britain and has superb acoustics. Originally built in 1882, it was restored in 2000 and features traditional horseshoe seating with a surround balcony and thrust stage. It also houses the restored Father Willis Organ.
Car parking is available at Reading Station, the Oracle, Garrard Street and Queen’s Road car parks. Alternative cheaper parking can be found in Hill Meadows, across George Bridge. There are also numerous bus routes on Friar Street and from the station.
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