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Rehearsing in Eynsham, Near Witney, Oxfordshire

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June 24th 2017

The Freeland Orchestra took prime spot in the evening's program, and for good reason. Formed approximately ten years ago the orchestra have gone from strength to strength, and this year was no different. Their opening number, the overture to the opera Il Signor Bruschino was highly entertaining, not only due to the novelty of the unusual direction - asking the violins to tap their bows on their stands, but by the cheerful melodies, particularly in the woodwind, and adeptly managed transitions in mood, a skill which was clearly transferred into their second piece, the Scherzo.


The two Grieg pieces were highly evocative and beautiful, transporting the audience to misty mountains and forests, and careful watching ensured that 'In the Hall of the Mountain King' a crowd favourite, sped, but didn't rush, towards its dramatic conclusion.


Schubert's third symphony concluded the orchestra's performance, but began the second half of the concert with new vigour after the interval. Highlights included the oboe and bassoon duet in the third movement, and the themes of the fourth movement passing between wind and strings, showing the orchestra's teamwork; listening to each other and responding to their conductor


(Maddy Southey)


Orchestral Programme:

Il Signor Bruschino - Rossini

Scherzo (Op 40 No 11) - Tchaikovsky

Morning Mood - Grieg

In the Hall of the Mountain King - Grieg

Symphony No. 3 - Schubert



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