“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