Christmas-Lights15-11-20097
Camilla-2012-10-19152
Remebrance-18-1
Marlborough-under-snow-from-above---Pete-Davies
Gordon-and-Sam
Scouting-for-Girls7
Brooks-Williams1
Inbox-1
Bluebells-in-West-Woods-10-05-09------30
YELLOWHAMMER-473-
Big-Bull
D4S0472
Pete-Gage-Band1
Ogbourne
D812668
Tina-May5
BABRURY-XC-JUMP-473
SBJ
Mop-Fair---10-10-09------08
IMG8472
Turin-Brakes6
Marlborough-2013-04-18StPeters
Sunset
Musical-Time-Machine5
JazzFestSat572
Sunset2
Roving-Crows1
Inquisitive-sheep-in-West-Overton
Inbox2
MYFC005
4MI-2013-11-28030
Remebrance-18-3
Remebrance-18-2
MBORO-HOCKEY-YOUTH-473
Silbury-Sunset---10-06-08-----07
Civic-Service-18
IMG9097
Animals06
White-Horse
D4S9273
Snowy-High-Street
TdB-Pewsey044
Camilla-MSM
1stXV-and-others-with-Mayor
FROSTY-MORNING-
Brazier
Town-Hall-2011-05-0308-
Hares017cropped
George-Wilding-301
Duke-of-Kent086
EARLY-MORNING-CANTER-473-
Landscape
Torch-2012-05-23093-

 

“This orchestra gets better and better" - a review of Marlborough Concert Orchestra Winter Concert

Marlborough Concert OrchestraMarlborough Concert Orchestra“This orchestra gets better and better.” ...was a comment overheard on Saturday 3rd December, when the Marlborough Concert Orchestra gave its Winter Concert at St. Mary’s Church to a highly appreciative audience.

There was a strong ‘young’ element to the evening.  Alexander Webb, currently a Conducting Scholar at the Royal Northern College of Music, came to the podium at very short notice and conducted with aplomb, giving fine, clear direction.  The two professional soloists in the first half were Irene Enzlin (‘cello) and Verena Chen (violin) who gave us a superb rendition of Brahms’ Double Concerto; in this they were ably supported by the orchestra.  It is said that Brahms was very diffident about this concerto.  On the basis of this performance, there was no need for such modesty.

Following the interval, when raffle prizes were collected (one lucky family appeared nearly to scoop the pool), there was an impromptu encore from the soloists – a delightful Passacaglia by the Norwegian composer, Halvorsen.  After this, the orchestra set forth with Invitation to the Dance by Weber, described by one member of the orchestra as “not as easy (to play) as it sounds”.  These playersd did make it sound easy, David Edwards, (1st ‘cello) set the standard with the opening solo part.

Next came the Vocalise Op.14 No.14 by Rachmaninov, in which momentum was well-maintained under Alex Webb’s baton and the familiar ‘sob factor’ of this composer shone through.  Finally, we had Variations on a theme of Haydn by Brahms, where each section of the orchestra came to the fore separately and collectively, demonstrating fine musical abilities in dealing with the changing pace of these variations.  The comment at the opening to this review was right, this was an evening of splendid music, well-played.

Print

Musical-Time-Machine5
Silbury-Sunset---10-06-08---07
Tina-May5
D4S9273
Camilla-MSM
SBJ
Duke-of-Kent086
TdB-Pewsey044
White-Horse
Landscape
Inquisitive-sheep-in-West-Overton
IMG8472
Roving-Crows1
MYFC005
Turin-Brakes6
D812668
Bluebells-in-West-Woods-10-05-09---30
Camilla-2012-10-19152
Remebrance-18-2
1stXV-and-others-with-Mayor
JazzFestSat572
Marlborough-under-snow-from-above---Pete-Davies
George-Wilding-301
Sunset
CivicSelfie1
Brooks-Williams1
Animals06
Scouting-for-Girls7
IMG9097
Remebrance-18-1
Christmas-Lights15-11-20097
Hares017cropped
Town-Hall-2011-05-0308-
Civic-Service-18
Mop-Fair---10-10-09---08
4MI-2013-11-28030
Brazier
D4S0472
Snowy-High-Street
Marlborough-2013-04-18StPeters
ARKManton-2012-01-1449-
Remebrance-18-3
Pete-Gage-Band1
Sunset2
Gordon-and-Sam
Ogbourne
Big-Bull
Torch-2012-05-23093-