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December 5th 2015

Beautifully conducted by Wendy Marks, who gave brief and interesting references to put the pieces into a context of time and purpose, the concert at The King's School did not disappoint. The orchestra come together for the pleasure of playing together, and this shines through their performances, both as individual and ensemble players.

The fairy music of Weber's Overture to Oberon opened the evening, a wonderfully complex and layered piece, creating a whimsical picture of the woodland, with especially lovely work from the horns.  The contrasting Debussy Arabesque No 2 followed, and the delicate touch and purpose of the piece was beautifully achieved.  

A fitting finale, the rather splendid Emperor Waltz started quietly and built to the familiar rhythmic upbeat melody which delighted the audience. The full house gave a well-deserved and enthusiastic lengthy applause for both the orchestra and the conductor.

 

(Kate Lowe)    

 

Orchestral Programme:

Overture to Oberon - Weber

 

Arabesque No. 2 - Debussy arr. Lawson

 

Emperor Waltzes - J Strauss