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Henley Festival
10-14thJuly 2019

We welcome Henley’s very own symphony orchestra to the Floating Stage to present its annual summer concert conducted by the orchestra’s Music Director Ian Brown with solo violinist Min Kym. Be prepared for a trip around the world as 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. 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 morning for HSO!

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.

Henley Symphony Orchestra continues to go from strength to strength, attracting more than 70 players from across the Thames Valley. Under the guidance of Ian Brown, and led by David Burton, the orchestra promotes an annual series of four concerts featuring internationally acclaimed artists, providing high-quality classical music-making for the enjoyment of local concertgoers. Since its formation in 1970 it has become one of the country’s leading amateur orchestras. HSO has also given performances in Henley’s twin towns of Falaise and Leichlingen, and for the first time in 2017 appeared at the Bled International Music Festival.