Henley Choral Society first met in the music room of Henley Grammar School in 1973 and gave its first concert in the Spring of 1974. Since then we have sung music from a wide range of styles and periods: from Monteverdi, taking in the old favourites, Bach, Mozart, Schubert and Brahms, right through to a new piece commissioned especially for us by Ian D. Crew. This last was only possible through the generosity of the Henley Festival Trust. We always employ professional soloists for our concerts and also a professional orchestra or organist, as appropriate.
There is no audition for membership as the size of the choir –over 100 – means that everyone who wants to join can find a niche to suit them. We welcome new members at any time. All you need is a love of singing: an ability to read music is useful. Rehearsals take place at 7.30 on Monday, currently at d:two near the centre of Henley - see map for location. For more information call Wendy Hawkins, Membership Secretary on 01491 576929
We usually sing three concerts a year, including one at Christmas featuring a local Primary school, and occasionally join with other organisations either for a big concert with another Choral Society or with our local Henley Symphony Orchestra. In 2013 we will celebrate our 40th Anniversary with a performance of the Verdi Requiem at the Concert Hall, Reading on Saturday 8th June.
Concerts with the choir in Leichlingen, our twin town in Rheinland, Germany, have always been a part of our musical life and many of our members have made strong friendships as a result.
We are a friendly, lively choir of all ages and the opportunity to sing together to the highest standard has forged a strong and enthusiastic community.