Living Advent Calendar 17-19 Dec – Henley In Harmony, Trio of Surprises & Show Stopping

17 December – Henley in Harmony

Henley Cricket Club hosted Saturday night’s Living Advent Calendar and opened its doors to Tonyx, a female barbershop quartet.

The group, Louise, Holly, Helen and Ali, sing four-part close harmony a cappella and performed a wide range of songs from Christmas tunes, Christmas Carols, and some barbershop classics, including Hello My Baby,  Cole Porter’s Cheek to Cheek, and a seasonal variation on Mr Sandman called Mr Santa.  The audience was also encouraged to participate in a number of songs.

The charity benefiting from tonight’s event was the Wyfold Riding for the Disabled.  Liz, a representative from the centre said “The centre provides riding and driving lessons to disabled people and said that they rely heavily on fundraising to enable this to happen.”

Richard Rodway LAC organiser, said, “We are on course for raising more for good causes than ever before.”

18 December – Trio of Surprises

The audience were treated to a trio of surprises on night 18 of the LAC in the warm and dry of the Town Hall.  The show was originally planned for being outside in Market Place.

Opening the three parter was seasoned LAC performer George Campbell who performed in the stairway of the Town Hall opening with Something on my Mind, followed by Any Dream Will Do which he encouraged the audience to join in. Don’t Go Out Tonight and I’m a Believer followed and a the classic Christmas song Jingle Bells completed George’s set.

Rupert House School’s Chamber and Junior Choir then performed on the stage in the Town Hall and sang Once in Royal David City, Rudolph the Reindeer and finished with the funny Mince Pie Song.

Steph’s Diva’s and Dudes then came on the stage to dance with Isabella being the youngest ever at 2.5 years to perform in the Living Advent Calendar’s history.

Richard Rodway thanked Henley Masonic Centre for jumping in to help with a keyboard at the last minute to accompany Rupert House School.

The evening was raising money for Ronald McDonald house next to the JR hospital in Oxford which allows families to stay whilst their children are in hospital.   The prize of a Little Tikes car was doing to be donated by the winner to Camp Mohawk in Wargrave.

19 December – Show Stopping Performance

Youngsters from the Stagecoach Performing Arts Company from Henley, High Wycombe and Marlow, performed at the Christ Church Centre on Monday night for the 19th day of the Living Advent Calendar.

17 youngsters sang and danced to a variety of Christmas songs including I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas, a mix from All that Jazz and Cell Block Tango from the musical Chicago and My Shot from Hamilton. Silent Night and Santa Tell Me further demonstrated the diversity in the performers’ talents.

The Chocolate Cafe provided mince pies to the audience prior to the start of the concert and gave them the opportunity to buy raffle tickets that would raise funds for one of the Mayor of Henley’s charities, Badgemore Primary School.

Richard Rodway organiser for the LAC, encouraged everyone to come along and enjoy the last few days of the LAC.

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