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Rehearsing in Eynsham, Near Witney, Oxfordshire

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December 1st 2018

A packed St Leonard’s church, Eynsham, was treated to a fabulous concert of music on Saturday 1st December by four separate ensembles all led by the multi-talented Wendy Marks, who arranged many of the pieces played. The entertainment started with Freeland Orchestra’s performance of Ralph Vaughan-Williams’ The Wasps Overture, the first of a five-part incidental work the composer wrote in 1909 for a production at Trinity College, Cambridge.


What a great way to start a concert - all the instruments playing the initial angry buzzing and immediately captivating the audience! The orchestra very successfully caught the essence of this very English piece with its repeated pentatonic main theme that comes back in various guises.


The second piece was Dvorak’s Golden Spinning Wheel, the story of a king’s sweetheart who’s magically brought back to life after having been gruesomely murdered! A rhythmical opening played between cellos and horns very effectively conjuring up the king’s cavalry and a little later the beautiful, full and eerie quality of the cor anglais provided the necessary magic.


(Nick Tolley)


Orchestral programme:

Wasps Overture - Vaughan Williams

The Golden Spinning Wheel - Dvorak

Hobgoblin (from Symphonic Sketches) - Chadwick



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