Symphony Orchestra Present Sparkling Summer Concert

Henley Symphony Orchestra is delighted to present this year’s summer concert at Henley’s Christ Church Centre on Saturday 18 June   ̶   a sparkling programme of smaller-scale orchestral works, opening with Mendelssohn’s much-loved, atmospheric Hebrides Overture, inspired by his trip to the Scottish isles in 1828.

This is followed by Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 (BWV 1048), the third of a group of six concertos that represent the pinnacle of chamber music in the high baroque period. It is noted for its rich texture, with the strings divided into three sections, underpinned by a keyboard continuo.

The concert ends with Mozart’s last and longest symphony, Symphony No. 41, which is nicknamed ‘Jupiter’ after the Roman King of the Gods and God of sky and thunder.

From its first concert in a borrowed marquee in Shiplake, and now in its 52nd season, HSO has gone from strength to strength, attracting some 50 players from across the Thames Valley. Under the guidance of 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 an opportunity to perform the great classical orchestral repertoire to a high standard.

Christ Church is situated in central Henley on Reading Road (A4155), close to the junction with Station Road. Parking is available in the Station or Grey’s Road car parks and there is disabled parking to the rear of the Church.

Tickets: email  or call 07726 459261. Prices £15 unreserved or £8 for U16s or students.