The North Downs Community Orchestra (NDCO) hosted its winter concert at the Bawtree Concert Hall at Limpsfield’s Hazelwood School.
Conducted by Shona Fenion, the NDCO presented From Mozart To The Sound Of Music. As well as movements from Mozart’s 40th Symphony and Rossini’s Barber of Seville the
concert included the famous tunes from The Sound of Music, and the James Bond
and Star Wars films.
Bearing in mind the recent tributes to those who lost their lives in the
Great War, the NDCO played a haunting piece, The Banks of Green Willow,
by George Butterworth. His famous work was premiered in 1914 with no less
than Adrian Boult conducting his first professional concert.
Two years later, having won the Military Cross for bravery, George Butterworth was
killed in the Battle of the Somme, with no known grave.
The Banks of Green Willow had several fine solo melodies that were played
by orchestra members Harriet Leach (flute), Amelia Dyson and Tamsin Erwood
(oboes), Libby Nichols (bassoon) and Dave Ellis (clarinet).
The North Downs Community Orchestra describes itself as’ a fun orchestra’ made up of nearly 40 local amateur musicians who just want to play their instruments, often after
a long hiatus. There is no audition and more string
players are needed at this time.
The orchestra rehearses in Oxted and performs in Limpsfield, Oxted, Caterham. A smaller group – the NDCO Ensemble – also plays by invitation in schools and old folks homes.
Photos by kevin black show some members of the NDCO rehearsing for the winter concert including patron Rainer Hersch.