Henley Symphony Orchestra will once again be performing two Christmas concerts this year at the Christ Church Centre which will appeal to all ages on Saturday 9 December.
The afternoon concert lasting 40 mins is for young children and starts at 4.30pm with children encouraged to bring their own bells and shakers. It’s a great introduction for young children to see an orchestra for the first time. The programme will include Sleigh Ride and other popular Christmas Classics plus snippets from Rossini William Tell Overture and Handel Arrival of the Queen of Sheba. Tickets are £5 for adults and £3 for children, under 2s are free.
The orchestra are looking forward to welcoming back conductor Stephen Ellery for both concerts who conducted last year’s event and Orchestra leader, David Burton will be the soloist for Mozart’s Adagio in the evening concert.
The evening concert starting at 6.30pm will also include Christmas Overture by Coleridge-Taylor, Christmas Festival by Leroy Anderson and there will be a Mexican twist to the programme with Huapango by Moncayo named after lively dance music which is derived from the Nahuatl Mexican word cuauhpanco, which means ‘on top of the wood’, alluding to a wooden platform on which dancers perform dance steps. The concert will end with carols and will be followed by mulled wine, soft drinks and mince pies. Tickets are £15 for adults, £7 for children aged 11-18 and £3 for Under 10s.