Henley Life February 2019 - page 6

Saturday 9th to Saturday 16th February
Chiltern Arts Festival 2019
Now in its second year, the Chiltern Arts Festival offers
a feast of music spread over eight days, with
something for every music lover in the area. Naomi
Taylor, the festival’s founder and creative director, said:
“We’re returning in our second year to some of our
favourite venues from our first year of events. There
are eight events in this year’s festival and we’re so
excited to be able to tell you about the fantastic
musicians we’re bringing to the beautiful Chilterns.”
While the festival ranges over a wide area
geographically speaking, three of the eight events take
place close to home. Renowned baritone Roderick
Williams stars in a world premiere performance of
Hugo Wolf’s “An Italian Songbook” at All Saints’
Church in Marlow on Tuesday 12th February at
7.30pm. Then on Friday 15th February, St Mary’s
Church in Hart Street, Henley, is the venue for a choral
concert by Renaissance choir Stile Antico (pictured
above), who are regarded as one of the world’s finest
vocal ensembles. Titled “Queen of Muses”, the 7.30pm
concert features a programme inspired by the musical
gems of Elizabeth I’s time. The festival returns to St
Mary’s the following day, Saturday 16th February, for a
“Come and Sing” event with the acclaimed composer
and conductor Bob Chilcott (below left) from 10am to
4pm. Tickets for Stile Antico
are £25 and Bob Chilcott £20,
but the festival is offering a
£40 “Choral Lover’s
Combined Ticket” for both
events. Details of all festival
events are available online at
For more information, call the
box office on 01442 920303.
Sunday 10th February
Henley and District
Theatre Organ Trust
concert, town hall
A lively mix of jazz, ragtime,
bebop and more is in store at
this month’s concert by Camberley-based organist
Andy Quin, who began playing the piano aged four
followed by the organ aged eight. Having played many
cinema organs and given numerous concerts in
London and the South East as a child, Andy’s focus
shifted more towards composing than performing. His
interest in electronics and recording saw him read
music and electronics at Keele University. But Andy
continued his studies in classical organ, as well as
performing summer seasons in various clubs, pubs
and holiday parks. He later began composing music for
TV and film and his internationally successful career as
a composer really took off in 1984, since which time he
has recorded more than 80 albums for his publisher
De Wolfe Music. The demands of his busy recording
schedule mean Andy has had little time to pursue his
first love of performing, but he did guest-star on the
now-discontinued The Organist Entertains on BBC
Radio 2 from time to time. Andy is much in demand
around the world for his compositional work,
particularly in the US. Major productions his music has
featured on include the HBO series Boardwalk Empire,
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie and Terrence Malick’s
To The Wonder. Doors open at 2.30pm for a 3pm start.
Refreshments will be available and a raffle held. Entry
is £8 with concessions £7. For more information, visit
Wednesday 20th
to Saturday 23rd
HAODS Studio,
New Street
The Henley Amateur
Operatic and Dramatic
Society have put
together a cunning plan
by capturing many of their dung-faced, cloth-eared
morons and thrusting them onto the scaffolding stage
of destiny by bringing this well-loved TV series gasping
in to life. The audience will enjoy a delicious
Elizabethan banquet concocted from the finest turnips,
dog and cat meat, accompanied by some very tasty rat
droppings from the most trusted purveyors. The finest
local ales and communion wines — stolen to special
order by some of our most cunning serfs — will also
be on sale. Located next door to the Kenton Theatre in
New Street, the HAODS Studio will offer cabaret dining
with six to a table. Dinner theatre tickets are £25 for
adults and £20 for under-16s and include a three-
course meal. For more information and to book, visit
Wednesday 20th
Strictly Ann — An
Evening with Ann
Kenton Theatre
Sailing dangerously
close to national
treasure status, one of
the most outspoken
politicians of our time
embarks on her first
ever national tour. With
a talk as entertaining,
enlightening and as controversial as you would expect,
Margaret Thatcher and Craig Revel Horwood collide as
Ann (pictured) lifts the lid on life in Westminster and
shares behind the scenes gossip from some of the
nation’s best-loved programmes including Strictly
Come Dancing, Have I Got News For You and
Celebrity Big Brother. Tickets are £23. To book, call
(01491) 575698 or visit
Thursday 28th
February to
Saturday 13th April
Gaslight, The Mill
at Sonning
Bella Manningham is
convinced she’s losing her
mind — just as her mother
did before her. And, like her mother, she is terrified she
will end up in an asylum. She is haunted by the
memory of an aunt violently murdered and sees
ghostly apparitions — she hears floorboards creaking
overhead, familiar objects disappear and then
inexplicably reappear. While her handsome,
domineering husband Jack is out in the evening, the
gaslight eerily dims and flickers... Does the terror exist
in Bella’s imagination or are dark secrets living in her
home? Directed by Robin Herford with set design by
Michael Holt, evening performances of Gaslight run
from Tuesday to Saturday, with Saturday matinées
every week and Sunday matinées being staged from
the 10th of March onwards. For tickets and times, call
0118 969 8000 or visit
Monday 4th to Sunday 17th March
Henley Youth
Festival, various
Now in its 26th year,
having first been
staged in 1994, the
organisers of the
Henley Youth Festival
have described it as
“a totally individual event”, adding, “as far as we know
there is nothing quite like it anywhere else in the
country! It is a means of celebrating the talents and
achievements of young people in our area and giving
them experiences across a wide range of activities that
they may not otherwise encounter. We support and
promote the performing and visual arts, have some
great team and individual sports events and also
nurture other skills through workshops and
competitions.” From Wednesday 13th to Saturday 16th
March, the Kenton Theatre in New Street is the venue
for events including HYF Entertain, HYF Proms, HYF
Dance, HYF Young Dancer and HYF Sing — all of
which start at 7pm except for HYF Young Dancer at
1pm on Saturday 16th March. A spokesman for the
New Street venue said: “A constant success and a
permanent fixture in our calendar, the Henley Youth
Festival will once again host shows for dancers,
singers, classical musicians and entertainers, including
both solo and group acts.” To book tickets, call (01491)
575698 or visit
For more
information on this year’s festival, visit
Until Sunday 14th July
An Earthly Paradise: William
Morris and the Thames,
River & Rowing Museum
This new exhibition, which opened
on 1st February, illustrates the rich
and little-known story of William
Morris’s deep connections to the
River Thames, bringing together a
unique selection of works, with loans from the Victoria
and Albert Museum, the William Morris Gallery, the
British Library, and many more. For more information,
including opening times, visit
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