“Colourful audio palette”

WOC comprised 15 players, across the range of clarinets, so the audience got a chance to experience the different voices and versatility of these instruments. Where else in Oxfordshire can we get the opportunity to learn about both the expressivity and the challenges involved in melding this colourful audio palette…

“Wonderful Bass Clarinets”

Was I the only person in the audience to feel that there was a touch of the Spanish to the evening? Firstly the cool of St Leonard’s Church was welcome after the Mediterranean heat of the day, then the ladies of the West Oxfordshire Clarinets were dressed somewhat like flamenco…

“Fabulous concert”

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. The entertainment started with Freeland Orchestra and West Oxfordshire Clarinets (WOC) followed with pieces…

November 2017 in St Leonard’s Church, Eynsham

WOC’s programme: “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring” Bach arr. Marks, “Piece No. 2” (from 6 Pieces) Weber arr. Sutherland, “Hungarian Dance” Brahms arr. Wimstead, “Adagio” (from Piano Concerto) Grieg arr. Mazzini and “By Heck” S R Henry

Highly expressive playing

WOC kicked off the evening with a warm program made brighter still by their colourful coordinating scarves. With four different sizes of clarinet; bass, alto, Eb and the standard Bb, augmenting the range of the sound, they made an exultant start with the energetic Spanish Aragonaise, contrasted with the second…

Soloists did a fantastic job

We were treated to a varied selection of music performed by the West Oxfordshire Clarinets (WOC) from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro Overture & Schubert’s Ave Maria to Stoptime Rag by Scott Joplin & Hernando’s Hideaway. The soloists did a fantastic job. There were numerous appreciative remarks from the audience and…

“Last Night of The Proms” standard

The 16 members of West Oxfordshire Clarinets worked through three centuries of music: a fantastic group of ‘Bach’ pieces, ‘Solace’ a slow and stunning ragtime by Scott Joplin, the romantic ‘Moon River’, ‘Here, There and Everywhere’ by The Beatles and the pure jazz of ‘Come Fly with Me’ were highlights.…

Beautifully synchronised

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…

A really enjoyable concert.

The West Oxfordshire Winds, West Oxfordshire Clarinets and Freeland Orchestra, all conducted by Wendy Marks, gave a well rehearsed and most enjoyable concert in Eynsham Church on 27th June, with a large and appreciative audience. I really enjoyed WOC’s spirited, gutsy playing, with the added depth provided by the bass…

Very accomplished

WOC, The West Oxfordshire Clarinet choir followed Freeland Orchestra and sounded very accomplished. They started with the gentle and beautiful Berceuse by Fauré and ended the first half with the popular Moon River. The clarinets also started the next half and I particular enjoyed the delightful and lively Threepenny Opera.…