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December 4th 2016

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.

 

(Judy Withers)

 

Orchestral Programme:

Slavonic Dances Nos 2 & 7 - Dvorak

Salut d’Amour - Elgar

Roses from the South - J Strauss

Gabriel’s Oboe  - E Morricone

West Side Story - Bernstein arr. W Marks