“This Freeland-based group moved further west for their summer concert, to the new Madley Park Hall, though they will be back to Freeland for their next concert, in our own new hall. They played to a full audience of around 90, who obviously vastly enjoyed the varied range of music heard, from full band and orchestral pieces to two solos from members.
The 29-piece orchestra worked its way very convincingly through six pieces of varying styles, ranging from 18th century Haydn, through Romantic period Tchaikovsy to later Delius. All were stylistically played, with only Faure's Pavane stretching some technical and ensemble abilities, though the flute duet part within this was musically played. Other strong solos within the pieces came from Alan Thornton and Tom Hadland on oboes, and Fiona McGrady on horn.
The orchestra leader, Tim Bruce, gave a sensitive solo performance of Joplin's Magnetic Rag, with some finely balanced accompaniment from the orchestra.
The concert showed an impressive array of local ability, with the potential for future excellent music making. You really should join them for their next concert in Freeland's new hall.” Doug Lamb
Light Cavalry Overture - Franz von Suppé
Sinfonietta - J. Haydn
(Andante Moderato, Minuet & Trio, Finale)
La Calinda - F Delius
Scherzo - Tchaikovsky
Magnetic Rag - S Joplin
Fauré - Pavane
Bacchanale (from Samson & Delilah) - Saint-Saens