The Eynsham Village Hall was almost full for this Concert, given by three different
groups of musicians, all under the Baton of Wendy Marks.
The Orchestra was first on stage and played two well-known classical pieces: Mozart's
Magic Flute Overture and the first movement of Schubert's Unfinished Symphony. These
are both difficult works and the players did well on most counts: intonation, ensemble
and tone quality was generally good although there were occasional rocky rhythmic
moments and the dynamic range could have been greater. The Serenade by D Bourgeois
was fun and the quirky rhythms - 11/8 and 13/8 - were well controlled. The waltzes
by J Strauss were fine and the audience enjoyed joining in the excerpts from The
Sound of Music arranged by Wendy Marks. Most importantly, it was good to see the
players enjoying themselves. That is what amateur music making is all about!