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 an original work 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. More recently we have made exchange visits with the choir in Falaise, Normandy.

We celebrated our 40th Anniversary in 2013 with a sold-out performance of the Verdi Requiem at the Concert Hall, Reading, under Will Dawes. You can read the review, and watch a video of  the rehearsal for our final concert with Will.

Our co-founder, Wendy Hawkins, is a recipient of the Henley Town Medal for services to the community.



  • Richard Harker 2022 –
  • Peter Asprey 2016 – 2022
  • 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