“A packed village hall on Friday 2nd July witnessed the final concert before its demolition and the building of a new hall for 2011. With her energy and enthusiasm, no one has done more for Freeland music than Wendy Marks, so it was appropriate that in this last concert she conducted music played by two of her 'creations', The West Oxfordshire Winds (WOW) and The Freeland Orchestra.
The first half was a varied combination of pieces for WOW, a twenty-eight strong group and with members of all ages from seven to seventy.
After the interval, the twenty-seven members of Freeland Orchestra took centre stage, starting with Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring and two pieces from "Children's Games" by Bizet. Tom Hadland on the oboe was particularly fine in first the Bach piece and then "Gabriel's Oboe" from the film The Mission, while the orchestra - getting into its stride - combined very well in two demanding Hungarian Dances by Brahms. Finally, accompanied by ready audience participation, the orchestra ended the concert with The Radetzky March by Strauss. The famous march, so often heard coming from Vienna, this time came from an Oxfordshire village and very good it sounded.
So a successful and enjoyable concert to mark the end of one era for the hall but the start of a new era for the two orchestras under Wendy Marks."
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Bach
Two movements from Jeux d'Enfants - Bizet
(Trompette et Tambour, La Toupie)
Gabriel's Oboe (from The Mission) - Morricone
Hungarian Dances Nos. 1 & 5 - Brahms
Radetzky March - Strauss