On Friday 2nd December the members of Freeland Orchestra, under the baton of Wendy
Marks, were poised to perform their first concert in the newly constructed Freeland
Hall, in front of a packed audience. Fireworks of the Handel variety erupted at the
drop of the baton and it soon became evident that the sound produced was very pleasing
to the ear. The second item was Moment Musical by Schubert which featured the clarinet
section, whilst the next item, from Carmen by Bizet, featured the bassoons. The first
half of the concert was brought to completion with the playing of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker
Suite and the Grand March from Tannhäuser by Wagner.
After the interval it was the turn of the West Oxfordshire Winds to "wow" us with
their power and enthusiasm! Wendy Marks guided the players, ranging in age from 10
to late seventies, through this half of the concert with a lighter selection of music
including Ain't Misbehavin' and Mission Impossible. By way of contrast, three clarinettists
produced a soothing rendition of a Bach Minuet and "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue".
WOW completed their programme with "Rock around the Clock" so all the audience left
the hall singing or dancing! Amidst warranted tumultuous applause, the conductor
was presented with a deserved bouquet, thus concluding a very enjoyable evening.
Royal Fireworks Music - G F Handel
(Overture, Bourrée, La Paix, La Réjouissance, Minuets 1 & 2)
Moment Musical - Schubert
Entr'acte from Carmen - Bizet
Nutcracker Suite Selection - Tchaikovsky
(Introduction, March, Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy, Russian Dance - Trépak, Miniature
Overture, Arabian Dance, Dance of the Mirlitons, Waltz of the Flowers)