Henley Pages 2018 - page 9

ENTERTAINMENT
The festival director is Anne Dayton, whose
parents were founder members.
The festival takes place in May.
The
Henley Choir Festival
has become part of
the fixture for singers across the area.
Local church choirs take part, performing
individual pieces before they all come together
to sing a chosen piece of choral music.
St Mary’s Church is filled with the sound of more
than 100 singers rehearsing in the afternoon and
then performing in the evening.
Money raised at the festival is donated to a
different charity each year.
The 10th festival will take place on January 26,
2019. For more information, email David Butler
at
or Elizabeth Hodgkin at
The
Brakspear Jazz and Blues Week
takes
place in November and features a large number
of performances at the pub company’s venues.
For more information, visit
Garsington Opera
stages rarely-performed
musical works as well as operas from the core
repertory during June and July at Wormsley in
the Chiltern Hills.
This year’s festival season included four
productions by some of the most enduring
composers of all time.
These were
Semele
by Handel,
Le Nozze di Figaro
by Mozart,
Pelléas et Mélisande
by Debussy
featuring the Philharmonia Orchestra and
Il
Turco in Italia
by Rossini.
There was also the newly commissioned
Silver
Birch
by Roxanna Panufnik, which united
professional artists with 170 members of the
local community through music, dance and
Siegfried Sassoon’s poetry.
For more information, visit
The
Beacon Festival
is a boutique family event
to celebrate the longest day, featuring music and
art, that take places at Watlington Hill Farm.
There are about 40 bands performing across
three stages, a food piazza, bars, workshops, a
children’s zone and camping.
The festival is a not-for-profit event and the
proceeds are donated to community groups.
The next one will be held on the weekend of
June 15 and 16, 2018. For more information, visit
The
Henley House & Garden Show
takes
place over a weekend in the spring.
Organised by interior designer Niki Schäfer, the
show celebrates our love of homes and gardens
and aims to encourage collaboration between
Henley businesses.
The show is spread over a number of venues, with
speeches, demonstrations and more than 60
displays of indoor and outdoor furniture, flooring
and artwork for the home.
For more information, visit
Another major event is the annual
Henley
Show
, which takes place at Greenlands Farm,
Hambleden, and provides a day out for all the
family.
Organised by the Henley and District Agricultural
Association, the show features assorted prize
animals, heavy horses, a sheep show, falconry
display, horse show, dog show, food and farming
tent, trade stands, a countryside marquee and
much more.
This year’s show — the 126th — takes place on
Saturday, September 9.
The association also organises a sheepdog trial in
July, where the attractions include a spinning and
weaving display and tractor and trailer rides.
It is also staging a ploughing match at
Bishopsland, Dunsden, on Sunday, October 1,
where attractions include a heavy horse display,
logging demonstration, ferret racing, terrier
racing and trailer rides.
For more information, call (01491) 410948 or
visit
The
Thames Traditional Boat Festival
takes
place at Fawley Meadows in Henley over a
weekend in late July.
The event, which was first held in 1978, features
a display of about 200 traditionally built craft,
including slipper launches, gentlemen’s day
launches, steam launches, river steamers, sailing
craft, vintage speedboats, skiffs, rowing boats,
punts, unpowered and electric canoes, vintage
sea-going cruisers and many of the famous
Dunkirk Little Ships.
There are also family attractions, including
exhibitions and demonstrations, vintage and
classic cars and refreshments stalls.
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