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.