The Good, The Bad, The Ugly - Morricone arr. Der Goot
Happy - Williams arr. Sweeney
The West Oxfordshire Clarinets clearly enjoyed their pieces, and their rendition
of Papillons de Nuit, with its marvellous Gallic motif, captured the whiff of Gauloise
and late night coffees on the streets of Paris. The familiar melody of Bach's Wachet
Auf was played with fluency & depth.
Arrangement of pieces for one instrument are not always successful, but their Magic
Flute Overture was joyous and beautifully synchronised. The group ended their performance
with Minstrels by Debussy, and the genuine applause was well deserved.
The West Oxfordshire Windband illustrates perfectly the coming together of all ages
and skill levels to play for their own and their audiences' pleasure. Pulling their
various talents together, the conductor led the opening piece, The Dance of the Mirlitons
(well known as the music for the Cadbury's Fruit and Nut advert) through a joyful
and accomplished rendition, building quietly to its final crescendo, followed by
great applause. Needing little introduction, the film music of Morricone conjured
up the wonderful spaghetti western images in The Good, The Bad & The Ugly so well.
The concert drew to an end with music from the film Despicable Me, entitled and sounding
Happy - which indeed created a musical smile. The audience left the hall buzzing
and full of praise for the effort and commitment of the musicians, and especially
for Wendy, who had been instrumental (pun intended!) in the success of the evening.