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Saturday 14 July 2018

Min Kym

Min Kym

Henley Festival 11:30am

Conductor: Ian Brown

Violin: Min Kym

Important note regarding summer concert - NEW DATE and TIME:

See the Henley Festival Website for further details and tickets (Friends of the orchestra shall be notified separately)

Henley Symphony Orchestra is delighted to announce that it has been invited to present its summer concert on the floating stage at Henley Festival on the morning of Saturday July 14th. The whole orchestra, for the first time in its many years, will be able to perform in this picturesque setting in its home town. Be prepared for a trip around the world as under the
baton of Music Director, Ian Brown, we journey from Gershwin’s dazzling jazz-influenced 'An American in Paris' to the resounding bells and cannon-fire of Tchaikovsky’s '1812 Overture’, celebrating Russia's defeat of Napoleon at the gates of Moscow. Violinist, Min Kym, will play two showpieces for the violin including Massenet’s sensuous 'Meditation’ from the opera Thaïs, set in the deserts of Egypt. This will be a very special concert!

The Festival is an exciting invitation which we have been very pleased to accept, but means that we will NOT be holding the concert at Shiplake on Sunday June 24th. Refreshments can be purchased at the Festival but it will also be possible for patrons to picnic in the car park.

Min Kym was born in South Korea but grew up in the UK, beginning to play the violin at the age of six. At sixteen, she became the youngest ever foundation scholar at the Royal College of Music, and at twenty-seven, the first recipient of the Heifetz Prize. The legendary conductor Sir Georg Solti praised her “exceptional natural talent, mature musicality, and mastery of the violin.” Her autobiographical tale, ‘Gone’, tells the harrowing story of how her priceless Stradivarius violin was stolen as she waited for a train at Euston Station.

Dvořák: Carnival Overture
Offenbach: Barcarolle
Márquez: Danzón No. 2
Gershwin: An American in Paris
Walton: Crown Imperial
Massenet: Méditation from Thaïs
Sarasate: Zapateado
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture

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  • £20 adult
  • £10 U18s/Students


Saturday July 14th, 11.30 – 2 pm Min Kym and Henley Symphony Orchestra
Sunday July 15th, from 6 pm (includes English National Opera on the floating stage)

£70 for best available lawn seat to both concerts

Tickets for this deal are from the Henley Festival Box Office by phone only: 01491 843404

  • Booking and postage fees will apply to all tickets

Where to buy

Tickets are available from the Henley Festival website.

For Friends of the Orchestra, a notification will be emailed after our spring concert by the Friends' secretary with information on purchasing your tickets.

Members of the orchestra will be able to buy tickets after the spring concert

Sunday 18 Nov 2018

Reading Concert Hall 4:00pm

Ben Goldscheider

Ben Goldscheider

Conductor: Ian Brown

Horn: Ben Goldscheider

“Phrasings emerged supremely well-articulated; the notes’ golden flow never stopped”
BBC Young Musician Final 2016, Geoff Brown, The Times

Schumann: Manfred Overture
Strauss: Horn Concerto No 2
Sibelius: Symphony No 5

Since reaching the Final of the BBC Young Musician Competition in 2016, Ben Goldscheider has quickly emerged as one of the most exciting horn players of his generation, selected as BBC Music Magazine’s “Rising Star” and Gramophone Magazine’s “One to Watch”. This season he makes his Proms debut with the BBC Concert Orchestra. HSO is delighted that Ben will play Strauss’s lyrical and virtuosic Horn Concerto No 2. Written some six decades after its predecessor, the concerto brims over with the colourful musical language characteristic of Strauss’s maturity.

Jean Sibelius composed his stirring Fifth Symphony for his 50th birthday but it took three attempts at the work before he was happy with it. The intense opening figure grows to the symphony’s heroic conclusion inspired, famously, by a flight of swans wheeling over the Finnish countryside.

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Tickets will become available after the summer.


  • £18/£14/£12 adult
  • U16s/Students half price
  • Groups: 1 in 8 free
  • 1 child free with accompanying adult (£14 and £12 tickets)

Tickets will also be available from Reading Arts from mid-September.

Sunday 16 Dec 2018

Christ Church, Henley-on-Thames

4:30pm Children's concert

6:30pm Christmas concert

Details of these concerts will be announced soon