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Who's Who in Cobwebs?This is your guide to finding out a bit about some of the key personnel in Cobwebs.
Andrew Forsyth - Trustee & Foreign Trips Co-Ordinator
Andrew is a director of Weasdale Nurseries, sending trees and shrubs from Cumbria throughout the UK and beyond. He returned to the flute after a 20+ year layoff (in true Cobweb style) now playing regularly with the Harelaw and Tebay groups and has organised various overseas Cobweb trips.
Andy Jackson - Creative Director, Consett & Gateshead Group Leader
Andy has made his living from music since becoming a choirboy at the age of eight by being a performer, composer, conductor, researcher, writer, ethnomusicologist and publisher. When not working, he likes to grow and cook vegetables, spend time with his family and watch rugby.
Jean Ord - Trustee
Jean plays Violin at Harelaw and is one of the few remaining founder members of the orchestra. She also plays golf with a handicap of 18 and is a member of a drama club. Jean is self employed as a will writer and estate planner and together with husband John, they own two Springer Spaniels who keep them both fit by daily walks.
Howard Rocke - Chair of Trustees
Howard's early experiences of playing orchestral music were with the City of Belfast Youth Orchestra. Then his playing lapsed. However he became a true Cobwebber, having to remove 22 years of cobwebs from his cello. By day a Careers Adviser, when his family have no further use for him he loves to explore the County Durham countryside.
Lesley Wearmouth - Trustee & Secretary
Lesley started playing the clarinet and later the saxophone whilst in junior school. Never having totally lapsed as a player, she turned up on the first night of the Cobweb experience and they haven't been able to get rid of her since. By day she works as an educational consultant, specialising in modern languages in secondary schools.
Peter Wood - Dalston Group Leader
Peter played with the East Riding County Youth Orchestra (violin) and the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra (viola) but stopped playing regularly in his mid 20s as work took over. An invitation to a Cobweb event 8 years ago was the catalyst that relaunched his orchestral playing. As well as his activities with the Cobweb Orchestra, Peter also plays in other local orchestras and string quartets, including a home-grown one comprising his three children.