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WOC’s programme:

“Little” Fugue in G Minor - Bach arr. Winstead

Lilita Mia - Oldyard arr. Der Wal

Moon River - Mancini arr. Brady

St Louis Blues - Handy arr. Christensen

Carnival Dance - Winstead

Cool, Calm and Collected - Agioritis

Tritsch-Tratsch Polka - Strauss arr. Schorr

 

WOL’s programme:

Surprise Symphony - Haydn arr. Marks

Parade of the Tin Soldiers - Jessel arr. Kenny

Mary Anne - Trad. arr. Cathrine

La Hamaca - Trad. arr. Cathrine

The Mocking Bird - Trad. arr. Cathrine

The Bear Necessities - Gilkyson arr. Marks

 

WOW’s programme:

River Oaks March - Eveland

I Need to Know - Anthony arr. Moss

Baby Elephant Walk- Mancini arr. Vinson

Mambo - O’Neill

You’ve Got a Friend in Me - Newman arr. Osterling

Concerto d’Amore - de Haan

November 2017

Wendy Marks  has huge energy and aspirations for the groups she both teaches and leads. West Oxfordshire Clarinets, West Oxfordshire Learners and West Oxfordshire Winds all brought us a very varied programme of popular, classical and traditional numbers. In the first instance, we had the treat of hearing Bach’s great ‘little’ Fugue in G minor. Clarinettists don’t often get the chance to play Bach. This was performed really well with good balanced sonorities between the interweaving parts and there were lovely dynamic contrasts. Two highlights of the first part of the concert were the chance to hear the high E flat clarinet in St Louis Blues followed by some amazing articulation in repeated quavers in the feisty Carnival Dance by Winstead.

When you start learning an instrument, there are often few opportunities to perform. It’s so easy to think that one isn’t ‘ready’ or ‘good enough’ yet. West Oxfordshire Learners blow that myth apart; Wendy insists on discipline and keeps the aspirations high. This is clearly an intergenerational group  - judging from same family names in the programme, it’s hard to work out whether they belong to the 14 year old or the 64 year old –  and the joint musical experience not make the members self-conscious.  The atmosphere among the players is friendly and enthusiastic and Wendy’s firm yet affectionate guidance means everyone tries their best. So it’s clear sometimes that the challenge is not in the notes you have to play but in coming in accurately after counting the ones you don’t!

West Oxfordshire Winds finished off the evening with their full exuberant sound, especially in Eveland’s River Oaks March. The trombones came into their own in Baby Elephant Walk (Mancini), which was followed by some really balanced coherent playing in ‘You’ve got a friend in me’ (Newman). Despite some clear challenges in playing phrases in unison, the evening was rounded off well with some fine ensemble playing with sustained phrases in Concerto d’Amore(de Haan). What is clear from tonight’s performance is that the amateur instrumental life in this part of West Oxfordshire is very much alive and kicking and lucky to have such an inspirational champion in Wendy.  The Winter concert on Saturday 1st December is a date not to miss.  (Alison Street)