History

History

It seems impossible that each concert exceeds expectations, but this continues every time! Audience member

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. Concerts with the choir in Leichlingen, Henley’s twin town in Rheinland, Germany, have been a consistent part of our musical life and many of our members have made strong friendships as a result. In 2013 we celebrated our 40th Anniversary with a performance of the Verdi Requiem at the Concert Hall, Reading. In 2014, our co-founder, Wendy Hawkins was presented with the Henley Town Medal for services to the community.

Former Conductors

  • Benjamin Goodson 2013 -2016
  • Will Dawes 2006 – 2013
  • Will Carslake 2004 – 2006
  • Robert Webb 2000 – 2003
  • Frances Brewitt-Taylor 1993 – 2000
  • Chris Walker 1987 – 1993
  • Brian Richardson 1977 – 1987
  • Graham Gooder 1973 – 1977

Watch Henley Standard’s interview with Will Dawes