Enjoy a Rousing Start to the Christmas Season with Symphony Orchestra

To get the Christmas season off to a rousing start the Henley Symphony Orchestra will be giving a popular concert of short works, appealing to young and old alike, at Christ Church, Reading Road on Saturday 17 December. There will also be a chance to sing the nation’s favourite carols accompanied by the whole orchestra. For children under 7, an earlier, shorter concert has been specially devised and will take place at 4.30pm.

Following the retirement of Ian Brown, our popular and highly respected music director for over 25 years, the HSO is delighted to welcome Stephen Ellery as guest conductor for these festive concerts.  Included in the programme will be his own arrangements of John Williams’ music for the Harry Potter films.

Stephen is a conductor, saxophonist, arranger and composer living in London and working all around the world with orchestras and opera companies. Since 2012 he has worked frequently with the London Gala Orchestra in concerts around the UK (New year Concerts, Summer proms, Baroque Concerts at St Martin in the Fields).


  • Lehár:  Merry Widow Overture
  • Strauss:  Blue Danube Waltz
  • Rimsky Korsakov:  Movements from Christmas Eve Suite
  • Williams (arr. Ellery):  Harry Potter Ballroom Waltz
  • Williams ( arr. Ellery):  Harry Potter Wand Dance
  • Leroy Anderson:  Sleigh Ride

Plus carols for all

Tickets for the children’s concert at 4.30pm are £5 adults, £3 children. U2s are free and are available from Bagatelle Toy Shop in Henley, members of the orchestra or from the HSO Box Office  hsoboxoffice@gmail.com

Tickets for the 6.30pm concert are £15 unreserved; U16s/students £7, U10s £3 and are available from the HSO Box Office hsoboxoffice@gmail.com, tel 07726 459261, or www.henleysymphonyorchestra.co.uk/contact.