Charity Benefits

The Henley Festival (4 - 8 July 2012)

The Henley Festival is not for profit. All profits and Festival Friends membership fees go to local and national charities across the Thames Valley including creating and funding the Henley Festival Orchestra. Donations are distributed through the Henley Festival Trust, which is funded by the Festival.

The Henley Festival Orchestra:

  • The Trust provides instruments on free loan to starter musicians and offers a bursary for tuition. Now numbering nearly 80 members the orchestra is run by experienced professional coaches and activities combine small group technique sessions with the full symphony orchestra experience. Each year the orchestra works with professional musicians from different musical disciplines – in its first three years jazz, traditional and contemporary music – and members have opportunities to attend other Henley Festival rehearsals and related events. It is 100% funded by proceeds from the Henley Festival and Henley Festival Trust membership.

Festival proceeds
  • Have brought arts professionals into Henley schools and colleges all year round. Up to 800 school children from 17 different establishments benefit each year. Other education initiatives include subsidised musical theatre courses in school holidays and visual arts residencies and workshops in local schools
  • Purchased an entire symphony orchestra's worth of instruments to create the Henley Festival Youth Orchestra. Provided assistance to talented young performers to help with specialist courses and musical instrument purchase and with opportunities to perform at the Henley Festival
  • Supported a county-wide poetry slam competition involving over 1,000 teenagers from 12 Oxfordshire secondary schools
  • The Tree of Light – Henley Festival and the Henley Festival Trust are lead partners in one of four major national Olympic projects funded by the Legacy Trust and which will featuring as part of the Olympic Arts Festival

  • Working with the brain injury association at the nearby Headway centre, enabling groups of over 30 brain injured people to receive year-round music therapy sessions

Community arts in Henley
  • Commissioned 6 major performance pieces
  • Given grants to 16 separate local amateur performance and arts organizations to help them develop their work.
  • Purchased special facilities to aid the redevelopment of performance venues in Henley such as the historic Kenton Theatre and Henley College's drama studio and funded research into the development of plans for a new purpose-built arts centre for Henley
  • Championed and supported the annual Henley Youth Festival

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