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December 4th 2009

“I arrived just in time to take one of the few remaining seats in a full house for Freeland Orchestra’s concert. For what is a relatively new venture, it seems that this orchestra has created a good following, because their last concert was equally full. The audience no doubt contained many family and friends, but there were other equally appreciative people there as well. It was particularly encouraging to see a number of young people listening intently, too.

 

The concert featured items from the orchestra and pupils of Wendy Marks, the founder and conductor, and showed off the talents of players from 9 to, oh, perhaps 70 years old! The younger performers all played solos, accompanied by Wendy on keyboard. Confidence was high, with some accomplished performances on flute, oboe and clarinet. There was some very musical playing, showing much promise.

 

I know from teaching experience that adults find it harder, generally, than children to perform solos. They often prefer to play in larger ensembles, like the orchestra. However, there were solo parts coming through very strongly from within the orchestra, showing some good playing and projection. There was a great sense of enthusiasm all round, resulting in a strong sense of ensemble and musicality from the whole orchestra.

Growing numbers of wind players in the orchestra mean Wendy is forming a wind band in January. The success of the orchestra looks set to spill over into another good community group, benefiting players and listeners alike. The New Village Hall Fund is also better off after this concert, thanks to a retiring collection. This was a very enjoyable evening, and villagers should try to catch the next concert.”  Doug Lamb

 

Programme:

Claude Debussy - Ballet (from Petite Suite)

Antonin Dvorak - Slavonic Dance Op 46 No 6

Antonin Dvorak - Slavonic Dance Op 46 No 4

Emmanuel Chabrier – Joyeuse Marche