Sounds of Summer Concert this Saturday For the Whole Family

Henley Choral Society’s Summer Sounds concert, with Henley Choral Society, Henley Youth Choir and a professional jazz ensemble is on Saturday 22 June 22 at St Mary’s Church and is described as “a concert for the whole family.”

Musical Director, Richard Harker explains: “The two works by British composer Alexander L’Estrange combine adult and children’s voices with jazz rhythms. ‘Zimbe!’ (meaning ‘Sing them’) brings together arrangements of traditional songs from all over Africa to evoke a day in the life of a village, while ‘Ahoy: Sing for the Mary Rose’ draws on British musical traditions and sea shanties to paint a picture of Henry VIII’s famous warship, its people and adventures.

Henley Choral Society Chair Dr Tim Wilson explains: “With 100 adult and youth singers, a wonderful jazz ensemble, and a programme of African songs & sea shanties this is a concert for the whole family. We are aiming to take the audience on a joyful journey across the world and through time!”

Helping to evoke these musical journeys through time and across continents is an ensemble of professional musicians united in their love of jazz. Soprano saxophonist Naomi Sullivan is Head of Saxophone at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. She has played with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, among many others and her concerts and recordings can be heard on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.

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.

Richard Harker concludes: Wwe will also be joined by Will Rawstron, percussion, Will Street, violin and Jill Day on piano accordion to help give that authentic sea shanty sound. We also have the absolute pleasure of being joined by our regular accompanist, David Smith at the concert. We hear his superb musicianship every Monday at rehearsals, and we are delighted he is joining us to perform a repertoire which showcases his love of jazz.”

The concert starts at 6.30pm and concludes at approximately 8.45. Doors open at 6.00pm.

Tickets: £19, concessions £5 (under 25s, those in receipt of income or disability benefit)

Family ticket: £36 (2 adults and 2 under 18s)


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