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Near Witney, Oxfordshire

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December 7th 2012

“The concert at Henry Box School, Witney on December 7th was a rare treat. Freeland Orchestra, West Oxfordshire Clarinets and West Oxfordshire Winds provided fine entertainment, all conducted by the brilliant Wendy Marks. Participants ranged from primary school age to pensioners.

The orchestra opened with a well-planned set, displaying a beautiful ensemble sound and neat timing. Especially interesting was the Mahler item from his first symphony, an arrangement in a minor key of a well-known French tune. The opening on lower strings was most effective, interweaving fascinating textures, from mysterious to merry, dying away to return to three notes on double bass. The audience appreciated the World Premiere of trumpeter James Lowe's Untitled Waltz, a very jaunty composition that deserves further attention.”

 

(Jill Hargreaves)

   
Orchestral Programme:

 

Gopak - M Mussourgsky

 

Slow Movement (from Symphony No 1) - G Mahler

 

Espana - E Chabrier

 

Untitled Waltz - J Lowe arr Villenave

 

Dance Suite - E Hamilton arr. Marks

(A la Marcia, Petite Valse, Master Dylan's Hornpipe, Joyous Jig)