HSO’s 52nd season opens with a flourish in Reading Concert Hall to the glorious strains of Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto and Copland’s Quiet City with charismatic trumpeter Matilda Lloyd. Hailed as ‘remarkable’ by The Daily Telegraph, Matilda is Principal Trumpet of the European Union Youth Orchestra. This concert was originally due to be performed in 2020 with a Bruckner symphony instead, but has been moved back an entire year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
1 child free with each paying adult (£12/£17 tickets only)
Discounts are available for Friends of the Orchestra
Due to concerns over the recent surge in Covid cases we regret that both HSO Concerts on Saturday 18th December are cancelled.
We will be in touch with ticket holders and kindly ask for your patience.
On behalf of all in Henley Symphony Orchestra we wish you a peaceful Christmas and look forward to seeing you in 2022.
Saturday 18th December 2021 at 4:30pm and 6:30pm
Christ Church, Henley-on-Thames
Compère: To be announced
Conductor: Ian Brown
The Christmas concerts in Christ Church, Henley, programme well-loved classical pieces for all ages. The short afternoon concert is a perfect way of introducing young children to a live orchestra and is particularly suitable for children aged 2–6. The evening concert provides an opportunity to raise the roof when singing favourite carols with the full orchestra! The concert is rounded off by joining HSO for mulled wine, soft drinks and mince pies.
For its 22nd Hexagon concert, HSO is delighted to welcome Dominic Sedgwick, baritone, to perform Mahler’s deeply moving Songs of a Wayfarer. Dominic is a recent graduate of the prestigious Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House and has been selected as a Rising Star of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for the 2020/21 season.
For the first time in its 52 years, HSO is performing Beethoven’s famous Symphony No 9, ‘Choral’. This potent statement of brotherhood and fellowship reaches a glorious affirmation in its final movement when the orchestra is joined by singers from local choirs and soloists supported by Opera Prelude.
British baritone Dominic Sedgwick was a member of the Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme 2017-2019 where his roles included Kuligin in a new production of Káťa Kabanová, Novice’s Friend in a new production of Billy Budd, Moralès in a new production of Carmen and Third Ghost Child in the world premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Coraline.
Recent roles include Melot in a new production of Tristan und Isolde for the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and English Clerk in David McVicar’s new production of Death in Venice for the Royal Opera.
His 2021/22 season sees a return to the Royal Opera as Marullo in a new production of Rigoletto, his debut at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma as Anthony in the world premiere of Giorgio Battistelli’s Julius Caesar and his debut for the Opéra National de Bordeaux as Belcore in L’elisir d’amore. Upcoming engagements include further roles for the Royal Opera and debuts for Théâtre Luxembourg and Grange Park Opera.
Concert engagements include Messiah with the OAE, the RLPO and Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, Pilate in Bach’s Matthäus-Passion at the BBC Proms with Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen as well as a number of concerts with the OAE featuring Bach Cantatas as part of their Bach, the Universe and Everything series at Kings Place.
He studied at Clare College, Cambridge and is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s Opera School. He was awarded the Audience Prize in the inaugural 2017 Grange Festival International Singing Competition.
Tickets are available from Friday 21st January via the contact form or from the box office on 07726 459261. They can also be purchased through Reading Arts where a booking fee will apply.
£22/£18/£14 unreserved seating
50% off for U16s/students
Groups: 1 in every 8 goes free
1 child free with each paying adult (£18/£14 tickets only)
Saturday 18th June 2022 at 7:00pm
Christ Church, Henley-on-Thames
Ian Brown - Conductor
Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture (Fingal’s Cave)
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 (Jupiter)
Henley Symphony Orchestra is delighted to present its annual summer concert in its home town at Henley’s Christ Church Centre - a sparkling programme of smaller-scale orchestral works, opening with Mendelssohn’s much-loved, atmospheric Hebrides Overture, inspired by a trip to the Scottish Isles in 1828. This is followed by Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 (BWV 1048), the third of a group of six concertos that represent the pinnacle of chamber music in the high baroque period. It is noted for its rich texture with the strings divided into three sections and a keyboard continuo underpinning the whole. The concert ends with Mozart’s last and longest symphony, no. 41, which is justly nicknamed ‘Jupiter’ after the Roman King of the Gods and God of sky and thunder.
This concert, compèred by Anjali Singh, will mark the HSO’s farewell to Ian Brown, our much-loved Music Director of the last 27 years, who has decided to call it a day. Despite the sadness of the occasion, we aim to make it a lively and uplifting celebration of Ian’s distinguished career with a sparkling selection of classical dance music, from the folksy gypsy rhythms of Romania to the gaiety of 19th century Paris. This concert is suitable for all the young at heart!