The West Oxfordshire Clarinets opened with a marvellous set of dances by Bartok.
It looked as fun to play as it was to listen to, and it was a good opener. There
was good intonation, ensemble and rhythm. BY HECK, by S R Henry, was a fun piece
and equally well played. Then followed HERE, THERE & EVERYWHERE, by McCartney/Marks,
and this section ended well with the Tritsch-Trastch Polka by the younger Strauss.
Interestingly, the group was 11 strong with only one man! Where have all the men
After an enjoyable interval of lovely mince pies and drinks, the evening finished
with the West Oxfordshire Winds. Their first piece, MARY ANN, was fun and nicely
played. This was followed by BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, by Mercury arr. Marks. This was a
challenging work which was generally well played and fun to listen to. WOW finished
with two works, one by Huckeby and I GET AROUND from The Beach Boys. All the groups
played with enthusiasm, and Wendy Marks and the players are to be congratulated on
the success of the evening.