At last! A live classical music concert for everyone who has missed live performances so much during lockdown. Henley Choral Society has organised a FREE orchestral concert to take place on Saturday 19th September 2.30pm at Mill Meadows, at the bandstand. The Orpheus Sinfonia under conductor Thomas Carroll will be playing a selection of classical music suitable for a late summer’s afternoon.
Henley Choral Society chair Susan Edwards explains: ‘We had booked the wonderful Orpheus Sinfonia to play at our Spring Concert in March. When the concert had to be cancelled due to the lockdown, we honoured our financial commitment to the orchestra, knowing that all professional musicians were going to be hard-hit by the lack of opportunity to travel and perform. We are delighted that Thomas Carroll and the Orpheus Sinfonia want to repay that commitment with a free orchestral concert for our whole community.’ The programme of music includes:
Don Giovanni Overture – Mozart
Summer from the Four Seasons – Vivaldi (soloist – Orpheus Principal Violinist – Anna Roder)
Ave Verum Corpus – Mozart
Hungarian Dance No. 5 – Brahms
Radetsky March – Strauss
Frulinghsstimmen Waltz – Strauss
Salut D’Amour – Elgar
A number or two from Midsummer Night’s Dream Incidental Music – Mendelssohn
Toreador March or similar from Carmen Suite by Bizet.
Summertime and I Got Rhythm – Gershwin
The concert will last about one hour 15 minutes without an interval. All are welcome and are asked to please bring chairs or rugs to sit on. Marshalls will be supporting strict social distancing. The event is weather dependent.
Susan Edwards explains: ‘It’s not yet possible under coronavirus guidelines for Henley Choral Society to put on a performance or to sing together to rehearse. We feel that bringing a live outdoor classical music concert to our community is the next best thing. We know that the work of professional musicians has been devastated by the international pandemic. This is a free concert but if anyone would like to support the music and talent we all love so much you can donate to Help Musicians, an independent UK charity for professional musicians who are providing additional support at this challenging time: https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/support-our-work
Founded in 2009, Orpheus Sinfonia is one of London’s most vibrant, dynamic and inspiring orchestras, attracting the best of music conservatoire graduates under the artistic direction of international cellist and conductor Thomas Carroll.