Before the concert by the Freeland Orchestra, we were treated to a varied selection
of music performed by the West Oxfordshire Clarinets (WOC) from Mozart’s Marriage
of Figaro Overture & Schubert’s Ave Maria to Stoptime Rag by Scott Joplin & Hernando’s
Hideaway. The soloists did a fantastic job.
Freeland Orchestra played recognisable pieces such as “Roses from the South” by Strauss
& Elgar’s “Salut d’Amour” and lesser known works by Dvorak. The introduction to various
pieces by the Conductor, Wendy Marks, was very helpful and a special mention should
go to the rendition of Gabriel’s Oboe by Morricone and the Oboe solo by Alan Thornton;
the piece was magical.
The finale, with five songs from West Side Story, meant that the audience left the
concert humming verses from Maria, I feel pretty, Somewhere, America and Tonight.
There were numerous appreciative remarks from the audience and all the comments I
heard were very positive. I would recommend that the date for next summer’s summer
concert on 24th June should be added to your 2017 diary.