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
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
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
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