Young Singers Star in Spring Showcase

The joy of singing was seen and heard on Thursday evening at the Henley Youth Choir’s Spring Showcase at the d:two.

The smiling faces of 35 young people aged from 7-18 performing in front of families and friends was a delight to see. The concert opened with the Youth Choir performing Green Songs by Bob Chilchott followed by individual solo performers from Betsy Burfitt, Tilly Friend, Alejandra Forcada-Dominguez and Lottie Guyan.  Scarlett Freeman then gave a confident rendition of One Call Away by Charlie Puth adding actions to her performance.

The Senior Choir then performed Stop this Flame with some brilliant harmonies.  Individual solos from the Senior Choir followed with Emmy Roff choosing a big Adele song, Set Fire to the Rain.  She did really well and became more confident as the song progressed.  Serena Chilvers performed some Coldplay magic of Somewhere Only We Know.  It was lovely to see Tabitha Bromley from the Youth Choir sing with Elly Kandiah from the Senior Choir who sang and played the piano to Million Dreams/Soul Sister medley together.

A brilliant medley of pop songs from a range of eras was then performed by The Senior Choir, switching from slow to up tempo songs with ease.  The medley included Don’t Stop Believin’, Can you Feel the Love Tonight?, Paparazzi, With or Without You, Poker Face, Take Me Home, Country Roads, Life Down Under and Auld Lang Syne!

The solo performances ended with star of the concert, Louise Jennings who sang Still Hurting from The Last Five Years Musical with an incredible performance of high notes which she sang with ease.  Afterwards she said, “I’ve been singing with the Youth Choir for the last 10 years. I think singing is so much fun and it’s a way of expressing yourself.  On day to day, I’m quite shy but when I’m singing I kind of express everything.  I chose the song because I love musical theatre and it’s an emotional song.  I’ve been practising it for the last 4 weeks.  Being part of the Youth Choir brings out so much confidence in you.  They are so inclusive and they provide opportunities. There’s no pressure but they are also really encouraging; perfect mixture between these and they are so enthusiastic and an amazing team.”

The concert ended with the Youth and Senior Choirs performing a funny and action packed Muppets Medley with the audience encouraged to join in with the “Mah Na Mah Na.”

Musical Director Richard Harker said, “It’s such a joy every Thursday night to come here and work with the junior and seniors who are an enormous array of talented individuals.  As you’ve heard tonight, there’s some incredible singers and wonderful individual performers and they’re all a credit to you and thank so much for sending them along.  The Seniors in particular I’ve really challenged this term.  The second song, Stop the Flame, I normally do with university students but it is too difficult for them so all credit to them for getting through this.  The other one is four parts plus solos which is a really difficult thing to achieve.  The Juniors as well are singing in lots of harmonies and they are doing absolutely tremendously.  Thanks for supporting us.”



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