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13TH JULY 2013



A James Bond Gala 

A blockbuster evening featuring some of the greatest film scores and theme songs in movie history – the sound, look and feel of James Bond. Presented by Joanna Lumley, starring Hannah Waddingham and Alex Bourne and featuring Strictly Come Dancing stars Kristina Rhianoff and Robin Windsor, the music will be provided by an augmented  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra making a welcome return to the Festival under the baton of Gareth Hudson. The programme also features dynamic young duo FUSE playing their 'million dollar electric violins. Big tunes, stunts, cameo appearances – simply one hit after another: Diamonds are Forever, For your eyes only, Live and Let Die, Goldfinger, Skyfall….



What ho chaps and chapesses, lets celebrate with a glass of Lemonade and a spot of Pimms that The Casablanca Steps are performing at this years Henley Festival. Not an easy catch, one might say, trying to lure these bounders from their lives of luxury, but one that they could not resist when they heard what an absolutely splendid audience awaited them.

Their madcap quintessentially English take on songs from the 1920s and 30s is certainly a performance not to be missed, and will leave you wondering if you have stepped into some kind of  timewarp when the “Charleston” was all the rage and the swells were “Putting On The Ritz”.

With over 35 TV shows throughout the UK and Europe to their credit. they have entertained in festivals, theatres, corporate events and private parties worldwide with great acclaim, and have entertained on some of the worlds finest cruise ships including the legendary QE2. Their more recent maritime experience was entertaining for the launch of the new Queen Elizabeth in the presence of HRH the Queen. It is not the first time they have rubbed shoulders with celebrities and Royalty, with them being personal favourites of Prince Philip after their performance for him at St James Palace, and also performing with French & Saunders and Mark Owen from Take That on The Kelly Show and The Late Late Show in Ireland.

Wooten, Clarke, Archie and Pico dare one not to be entertained, and look forward to inviting you into their boudoir.



“An extraordinary and exhilarating evening of music from the classical, jazz, latin and folk genres beautifully interwoven together” Jeff Beck

The creation of violinist and vocalist Lizzie Ball, Classical Kicks is a unique night of classical music performance with an exclusive quarterly residency upstairs at the world renowned Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club in London. Hailed by Classical Music Magazine as “genre-bending”, Lizzie’s Classical Kicks strives to present exciting and diverse international classical talent and music to its audiences. Presented by Lizzie and James Pearson, and showcasing some unique talent performing repertoire of original multi-genre arrangements including folk songs from South Africa, opera arias, ballads by Chopin, music by Xenakis, Piazzolla, Turnage, and J.S Bach, jazz classics by Gershwin and Cole Porter.

Lizzie Ball (violin and vocals) has a multi-faceted musical career, is concertmaster of Nigel Kennedys Orchestra of Life, and specializes in Latin American musical repertoire, which she has performed in major venues around Europe/South America.
James Pearson (piano) Artistic Director and resident pianist of Ronnie Scotts, with internationally acclaimed musical versatility.
Thomas Gould (violin) Leader of both the acclaimed Aurora Orchestra, and Britten Sinfonia, is much in demand as an international soloist.
Njabulo Madlala (baritone) is making waves in the international opera world whilst maintaining a strong connection with his South African musical roots.
Barbara Barradas (soprano) exciting up and coming young Portuguese operatic talent.
Pedro Segundo (drums/percussion) also Portuguese born, an accomplished classical and jazz drummer/percussionist.
Gabriella Swallow (cello) much in demand for her interpretations of cutting edge contemporary classical music.
Una Palliser (viola/vocals) Irish born, Una has multi-genre skills, performing as Shakira’s violinist aswell as with her gypsy group The Balkan Bears and Slovenian ensemble Terrafolk.



The Boxettes are an all-female vocal group based in London. Their distinctive sound makes fine use of the complementing styles of their voices: Alyusha, Yvette, Neo and Kate, and current World Female Beatbox Champion Bellatrixall combining to evocative and powerful effect.

Since forming at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2007, the band have played nearly every festival in England, put on several shows in USA, France, Germany and India. Closer to home, The Boxettes have put on shows at some of London’s finest venues, including Ministry of Sound and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. The Boxettes built up a fierce reputation in 2010, establishing themselves on the Chai Wallahs tour as one of the most exciting emerging bands in the UK.

Since then, The Boxettes have moved further forward, being selected to headline at HMV’s festival, The Next Big Thing and booked to play the highly exclusive Apple store (at the largest Apple store in the world). The Boxettes have worked on numerous collaborations including the likes of Jarvis Cocker and Pulp, as well as featuring on advertising campaigns such as T-mobile and Eurostar whilst also starring on BBC Radio 1, 3 and 6. Following their success on stage at Glastonbury, Womad, Secret Garden and many more The Boxettes will catapult themselves into the popular music scene over the next 12 months.

The Boxettes have an unconventional a-capella sound with tight beatbox work set against dreamy, sundrenched harmonics. The Boxettes are by now well used to the expressions of disbelief on the audience faces as they perform with swagger as well as good nature.



As night falls a magical finale event created specially by the festival featuring the mysterious beauty of Ray Lee's Chorus - 'a celestial choir of spinning sound machines'; an elegant trio of stilt walking Optioscopes; the musical magnificence of the 35 strong corps of drummers who came together to create one of the most memorable moments of the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony; and a pyrotechnic assault from the consistently brilliant Pains Fireworks. All performed to the profoundly moving sound track  'And I will Kiss…' by Rick Smith of Underworld.

Pains once again look forward to presenting the evening finale spectacular with fresh ideas helping keep the spirit of the festival and its unique status alive. Amongst all of our annual shows it is a privilege and one enjoyed by all those involved directly and indirectly in the company.

This year, as in the past 3 years, we draw on that ‘back catalogue’ that is unique within the industry to deliver a thrilling and emotional show set to music and fired from within the back drop that is quintessential England – and that will leave you buzzing for the rest of your evening and beyond – Enjoy!



The Pandemonium Drummers are the volunteer drummers from the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony.

The ensemble of 965 drummers aged 18 to 85 performed Underworld’s memorable soundtrack to the Pandemonium segment of Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony Isles of Wonder, which saw the biggest theatre set change in history.

Led by Dame Evelyn Glennie, the performers drummed during the 15 minute powerful and moving industrial revolution scene, which memorably culminated in the formation of the Olympic Rings.

As marshals, the performers also guided the athletes during their parade in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies by drumming and dancing around them.

Building on the success of the Olympic Ceremonies, the volunteer performers continue to drum as the Pandemonium Drummers and have participated in prestigious events such as the London New Year’s Day Parade 2013, and played at iconic locations across London, including St Paul’s Cathedral, St Pancras International, and the Royal Festival Hall.

To relive the spirit and enthusiasm of the London 2012 Olympic Ceremonies, the Pandemonium Drummers enlist the help of their friends. These are the Working Men and Women, who transformed the Green and Pleasant Land at the Opening Ceremony into an industrial landscape, and the Brunels, who impersonated Isambard Kingdom Brunel to celebrate British engineering achievements.

The Pandemonium Drummers are still a volunteer group who share their enthusiasm at events large and small in support of good causes.



Award-winning artist and current British Composer of the Year, Ray Lee is an artist who makes music that moves. Born out of a fascination for the invisible forces that surround us, his spectacular sound art works have transfixed and delighted audiences the world over.

Ray’s latest piece, Chorus is a monumental installation of giant kinetic sculptures, a celestial choir of spinning sound machines. Towering above the audience, a series of giant metal tripods support rotating arms. At the end of each arm, loudspeakers emit precisely tuned musical pitches, singing out a siren call to all those present. Tiny lights create the effect of planets in motion, creating mesmerising orbits of colour. These intersecting lights trace rings above the heads of the audience, while the combined chorus of the spinning speakers creates a hypnotic, harmonious whole that is both uplifting and transfixing.

Chorus is produced by Simon Chatterton and commissioned by Newbury Corn Exchange, Brookes University and Oxford Contemporary Music.



Junior Guevarra represent young fresh talented musicians with an extensive repertoire of songs from The Beatles to Kings of Leon.

Frontman JJ fronts the band with an edgy, unique and percussive sound after perfecting his sharp technique over 11 years of experience on the live music circuit. Backed by two charismatic session musicians Shaun Da Silva Longueira on bass guitar and Dan Western on drums. They are the perfect rhythm section to complete this high energy and entertaining acoustic three piece.

Having performed at endless events and numerous tours Junior Guevarra are a threesome guaranteed to make the Saturday night at Henley Festival mesmerising and unforgettable.



Mojo Filter is the production guise of Ben Zaven Crane. Since his meteoric rise into the remix elite, Ben has performed far and wide bringing together a wealth of dancefloor experience to as many occasions as you could imagine. From regal affairs to national sporting events - there is dancefloor waiting to happen with his name on it.

Whilst defining his style may be tricky, suffice to say the results are all to evident. From 50's swing to 60's sha-wing, 70's glam to 80's sham right up to modern day classics, Mojo Filter hones the tools of dance to provide both insight and intrigue into a practical understanding of dance music from the floor, up.. Creatively, he is also renown for his crafty remixes of classic tunes revitalising and invigorating them for those special moments of realisation where everything comes together. Like an adventure playground, Mojo's dancefloors are full until the end keeping everyone guessing and moving until the cows come home. Which, when they do, often join in!


1 - 2pm


As part of the Saturday art event, the Henley Festival Family Concert* will be in The Salon from 1.00 – 2.00pm . This features the Henley Festival Orchestra, the Festival’s own group of young musicians founded and supported by the Henley Festival Trust. The concert will include a programme of music from films, including Pirates of the Carribean!

*Concert tickets are £5 for adults or £3 for under 18s. Tickets are available to book online or call the box office on 01491 843404

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