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