Choral Society Promises Contemporary Sounds in Summer Concert

Richard Harker, Musical Director of Henley Choral Society has chosen a repertoire with a distinct jazz feel for the Sounds of Summer Concert on Saturday 24 June starting at 7pm at the Christ Church Centre.

Richard Harker explains: “Much as we love the standard choral repertoire, it doesn’t feel right for what we hope will be a lovely, balmy Summer evening. Instead we have chosen to sing music which is much more in tune with hot steamy nights. Bob Chilcott’s A Little Jazz Mass, was inspired by his love of New Orleans, the home of jazz, while every note of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, evokes a swinging sense of summer in the city.”  The combined choral society and youth choir will also sing Chilcott’s Songs and Cries of London Town a marvellous homage to London’s sights, sounds, and moods in times gone-by.

Meanwhile Henley Youth Choirs’ repertoire also includes pieces by Bob Chilcott, with the charming Times and Seasons; Can You Hear Me, describing the wonder of a world seen through the eyes of a deaf child; and Green Songs – fun, funky, with jazzy rhythms and rap-style verses.

Helping to evoke the sense of summer in the city will be a number of professional musicians united in their love of jazz. Andrea Di Biase on double bass studied Classical Double Bass at the Conservatory of Milan, then graduated with distinction in the Jazz Postgraduate course of the Guildhall School of Music in London. He has collaborated with jazz giants such as Kenny Wheeler and Julian Arguelles and recorded many albums.

Percussionist Ben Hartley graduated with honours from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and now works as a freelance drummer and percussionist in bands, musicals, operas and orchestras throughout the UK and Europe, with notable gigs including playing at the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics and touring with Sir Colin Davis.

Pianist Ian Tindale grew up in Watlington and is a graduate of Selwyn College, Cambridge, and the Royal College of Music. Described by The Telegraph as: “a wonderfully responsive and assured pianist” , Ian’s performances have taken him to Europe, North America as well as across the UK. Finally Richard Harker explains: “we will have the absolute pleasure of being joined by our regular accompanist, David Smith at the concert. We have the benefit of hearing his superb musicianship every Monday at rehearsals, and we are delighted he is joining us to perform a contemporary repertoire which showcases his skills.”

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