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The Cobweb Orchestra has received two national awards and been shortlisted for a third in recognition of our creative approach, and our innovative and inclusive services to world of amateur music making:

Music in the Community Award

Gramophone Magazine in collaboration with Making Music & the Times Newspaper

This award focuses on the way in which an orchestra benefits its local community, looking at the philosophy of inclusivity, the opportunities it provides and the enrichment and value it offers. The Cobweb Orchestra, with its all-comers policy no auditions and no-one is turned away, music is varied in style and level of difficulty, and there are bursaries to support members who may find it difficult to finance their playing has as its over-arching aim the desire to enable as many people as possible to share in the joy of live music.

A shortlist of finalists was drawn up by a panel of experts from Gramophone Magazine, The Times & Making Music, with the winners being decided by public vote in The Times Newspaper.

Andy Jackson, The Cobweb Orchestra's Creative Director, & Catherine Shackell, Administrator, received the award on behalf of the orchestra at a ceremony in the Dorchester on Thursday 6 October 2011.

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EPIC Awards

Voluntary Arts England

The EPIC Awards were designed to recognise excellence in the 50,000 voluntary and amateur art and craft groups around the country. The Cobweb Orchestra was the only musical group to be shortlisted for any of the EPIC awards in 2011, subsequently winning the Innovation category and coming runner up for Creativity.

Cobwebs won the Innovation award for our Undercover Orchestra 'Bolero': a flash mob rendition of Ravel's Bolero at the NEXUS bus station in Haymarket, Newcastle. The event was filmed, and viewed on Youtube more than 30,000 times in the first week alone!

Andy Jackson, The Cobweb Orchestra's Creative Director, & Trustee, Elizabeth Beer received the award on behalf ofthe orchestra at a winners' reception at the House of Lords on 31st January 2011.

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