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 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.
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