Posts By: angela

Youth choir entertain crowds at Harpsden Hoo Ha on June 15th

On a summer day (!) our Youth choirs entertained the crowds at the lovely Harpsden Hoo Ha event, singing some of the pieces from the Summer Sounds concert on June 22nd. The Hoo–Ha aims to bring the community together by combining live music with the best bits of the traditional English summer fete. Review of the… Read more »

Songs of Peace concert in commemoration of 80th anniversary of D-Day a great success

SONGS OF PEACE 7.30pm Saturday, 6th April 2024, The Great Hall, University of Reading   Our concert to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day, featuring Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem (‘Grant us peace’), Elgar The Spirit of England and Finzi  Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice in a packed Great Hall, University of Reading and with… Read more »

Youth choir in action Thurs 21st March 7.15pm – come and check them out!

If you know a 7-11 year old who loves to sing and might enjoy singing with this lovely bunch on Thursdays in Henley, then bring them along to the brilliant HYC Spring Showcase, 7.15pm Thursday 21st March at d:two, Marketplace, Henley. You’ll see both the fab HYC juniors (pictured below) and their slightly more sophisticated… Read more »

What a wonderful first Henley Big Sing!

What an absolutely incredible event!  230 adults and 74 children age 7-11 joined us to sing at the two events that made up The Henley Big Sing. Everyone had a wonderful time singing under the inspiring direction of Richard Harker, with superb support from Anita D’Attellis, keyboard, Sam Wilkinson drums,  Andy Crowdy, bass and Raquel… Read more »

Choral society co-founder reflects on 50 years and encourages new singers

We are delighted to re-print a letter to the Henley Standard of our co-founder Wendy Hawkins reflecting on the past 50 years and our Chair, Tim, encouraging new singers to come and help shape the future. Dear Editor, At Henley Choral Society’s special 50th anniversary Summer Party on Monday 26th June, co-founder Wendy Hawkins was presented with… Read more »

Somethings coming, something BIG -The Henley BIG Sing on Sat 14th Oct!

Somethings coming…Something BIG! Do you love to sing in the shower or with the radio? Would you like the opportunity to  experience singing some of your favourite tunes as part of a large, supportive group?  Or do you have a child or grandchild who loves to sing? Here’s your chance!  To help celebrate our 50th… Read more »

Bob Chilcott Workshop a resounding success

Over 140 singers gathered on Saturday 20th May for a workshop by legendary British composer Bob Chilcott - and they were not disappointed! Much singing, learning and cake-eating ensued. You can read all about it here and here and now, most important, get your tickets for the forthcoming Sounds of Summer concert, 7.00pm Sat 24th June,... Read more »

Reviews, thanks and congratulations after a fabulous world premiere and 50th anniversary Gala Concert

What a wonderful world premiere of The Ice is Listening and 50th anniversary Gala Concert took place on April 1st. In this special post, we’re providing links to the excellent reviews in the Henley Standard and Henley Herald as well as the feedback, thanks and thoughts from Richard Harker, Musical Director, Cecilia McDowall, composer, Kate Wakeling, librettist… Read more »

Bob Chilcott Workshop Sat 20th May, Henley – all singers welcome!

The next event in Henley Choral Society’s bumper 50th anniversary year is a workshop open to all singers by much-loved composer and conductor Bob Chilcott. Starting at 10.30am on Saturday 20th May at St Mary’s Church, Henley, you’ll be singing three of Bob’s own compositions: Songs and Cries of London, Like a Singing Bird, and… Read more »

See video of Cecilia McDowall and Kate Wakeling explaining the creation of The Ice is Listening

It was a great pleasure for HCS Members and Gold Friends to see composer Cecilia McDowall and poet Kate Wakeling in Henley recently to give us a fascinating insight into the composition process for The Ice is Listening, commissioned by HCS to celebrate our 50th anniversary. Check out the video of the evening here: https://youtu.be/RAoPpuG60cU  … Read more »