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
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