Inspector Clouseau (from The Pink Panther) - H Mancini arr. Kazik/Marks
Raiders March (from Raiders of the Lost Ark) - J Williams arr. Bullock
When You Wish Upon a Star - Harline & Washington arr Marks
Somethin’ Stupid - C Parks arr. Bernaerts
The Lazy Leopard - G Lyons
Beauty and the Beast - Menken & Ashman arr. Sweeney/Marks
The Bare Necessities - T Gilkyson arr. Marks
Little Prelude No. 1 - J S Bach arr. Marks
Allegro, Allegro (Opus 6 No. 1) - G F Handel arr. Marks
Adagio – K411 - W A Mozart arr. Morin
Danzetta - R Percival
The Non-Pareil Rag - Scott Joplin arr. Marks
St. Louis Blues - WC Handy arr. Christensen
Foxtrot - P Buttall
West Oxfordshire Clarinets & West Oxfordshire Learners Spring Concert
After a pandemic-enforced break from live performances for over two years, it was
wonderful to have an evening of live music from these two local orchestras in Freeland
Hall. The evening began with a 9-piece performance from the West Oxfordshire Learners.
WOL is a mixed age group that first started playing together in 2016. By chance more
than design the programme formed an impromptu "Night at the Movies", with the performances
being mainly pieces from TV and film. Somewhere Over The Rainbow was a fitting start
as this had very much become the anthem of the COVID pandemic, and the mixture of
flute, clarinets, oboe, saxophones and cornet worked together perfectly. The arrangements
took us time-travelling through the different cinematic eras as we listened to favourites
old and new, including music from Raiders Of The Lost Ark and Disney classics such
as Beauty And The Beast and The Bare Necessities. Although playing together as "learners"
the musicians were extremely accomplished and the overall performance was so polished
and professional it was hard to believe that for some it was their first ever performance
and were still quite new to their instruments.
Next up were the West Oxfordshire Clarinets who are a group of more experienced musicians
which included alto and bass clarinets. The programme took us on a chronological
passage through musical history starting with Bach, Handel and Mozart. The mood and
style then changed dramatically as we whizzed forward to the twentieth century and
we were treated to several more contemporary pieces including a slow ragtime from
Scott Joplin and a classic from the Father of the Blues, WC Handy.
Both orchestras played magnificently, with the music being expertly arranged and
conducted by Wendy Marks. Both WOL and WOC clearly enjoyed being able to play together
in real life, rather than via Zoom, and it was certainly food for the soul to be
able to enjoy such wonderful live music again. The proceeds from the tickets and
a retiring collection raised £455 in aid of the DEC's Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.