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WOC's programme

Little Prelude BWV 928 - Bach arr. Marks

Lacrimosa - Mozart arr Marks

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy - Tchaikovsky arr Pentatonix / Marks

Moonlight Serenade - Miller arr. Perez

I Got Rhythm - Gershwin arr Dobrinescu

You’re Driving Me Crazy - Donaldson / Marks

 

WOW's programme

Voluntary - Stanley arr Marks

O Fortuna - Orff arr Marks

The Gladiator - J P Sousa

Singing in the Rain - Brown arr Fernie

American in Paris  - Gershwin arr Kenny

 

WOL's programme

Barcarolle - Offenbach arr Marks

Can You Feel the Love Tonight?-Elton John arr Marks

Day-O  - Trad. Jamaican arr. Catherine

Stand by Me - Ben King arr. Marks

Last Minute Latin  - Bellwood arr. Marks

 

November 2017

A packed St Leonard's church, Eynsham, was treated to a fabulous concert of music on Saturday 1st December by four separate ensembles all led by the multi-talented Wendy Marks, who arranged many of the pieces played.

 

West Oxfordshire Clarinets (WOC) performed pieces that were tightly played and certainly diverse. Glenn Miller's Moonlight Serenade seducing the audience and evoking a real feel of 1930s American music halls, as clarinets do so well. Their show-stopper, the Lacrimosa from Mozart's Requiem, was dignified, singing to us remarkably like human voices, with a subtle updated twist from the top E flat clarinet.

 

The bright, fresh sound of John Stanley's Voluntary started West Oxfordshire Winds' (WOW) energetic set, and they finished with George Gershwin's American in Paris, played with such verve that the audience might have expected Gene Kelly to appear on stage at any moment! Again the range of pieces demonstrated their versatility and sensitivity in capturing each mood, and providing interest for everyone.

 

Each ensemble has its own alluring character - but perhaps the most alluring of all was Wendy Marks' West Oxfordshire Learners (WOL), an ensemble of young and not-so-young wind and brass players, showing how the discipline of 'the musical team', despite technical limitations, is a powerful commodity. In particular, the simple and humorous Day-O, familiar to all, turned, unexpectedly, into an amazingly strong and rather moving anthem.

 

(Nick Tolley)