Henley Festival is a not-for-profit organisation and through our parent charity, the Henley Festival Trust, we're dedicated to helping groups and individuals where music and performance can be of therapeutic, developmental or transformative value.
- The Festival profoundly believes that the arts have the power to inspire lives at every level by:
- Unlocking talent
- Raising aspirations
- Improving self-esteem and confidence
- Developing intellectual, social and emotional skills
- Developing physical skills
- Encouraging creativity, experimentation and fun
- Changing behaviour and attitudes to learning
From 2014 we are delighted newly to be working in partnership with the leading British charity, The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts. Established in 2006, The Prince’s Foundation reaches out to children from areas of social and economic disadvantage and introduces them to inspirational, life-changing arts experiences. The initiative also empowers teachers to bring the arts into classrooms with confidence, by creating high quality resource materials and offering intensive arts-based training and development. For more information visit www.childrenandarts.org.uk.
This new direction for the festival’s charitable work begins with a project in conjunction with the Prince’s Foundation and one of the UK's leading children's theatres, the Unicorn Theatre. Focusing on four primary schools and three secondary schools, the festival’s adopted project will target around 670 children, engaging and inspiring them through high quality arts- based activities.
"The Henley Festival is proud to announce a brand new charitable initiative to coincide with the launch of the 2014 programme. For years the festival has undertaken imaginative and bespoke projects in the community targeting the young and underprivileged. Now for the first time we are honoured to be working with a national sister charity, with a track record second to none when it comes to transforming young lives." Gill Mitchell, CEO of the Henley Festival
"It's an absolute privilege to be working together with the Henley Festival. Today marks the start of an exciting partnership to run activities that will inspire, challenge and develop those children who have had very little experience of the arts." Jeremy Newton, CEO of The Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts
Other projects in recent years have included a long term relationship with Headway/Nordoff Robbins providing music therapy for brain injury sufferers and the festival's own youth orchestra, the Henley Festival Orchestra now in its 6th year with an associated music tuition scheme. In 2012, the Festival was jointly responsible for delivering a large scale community spectacular for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad called 'The Tree of Light', involving over 1000 participants from Henley and the wider Thames Valley whilst the major 2013 project ‘The Wall’ was undertaken in collaboration with the Poppa Gutman Trust and the Spinal Injuries Unit of Stoke Mandeville Hospital.