Well done to those who attended the Library Day last weekend, here are a few words about it from Graham Jarritt:
This was a really interesting and enjoyable Cobweb event for all concerned. Liz Carlile and Andy picked works from the library that had not been played for a long time – or in some cases, ever. With library shelf space limited the idea was to play these through, discuss them and decide whether they should be kept, archived or taken out of the library.
The afternoon got off to a flying start when miraculously we realised we had a complete orchestra, albeit with just one of most instruments. As well as achieving the original aim, people commented on how much they had enjoyed the opportunity to reflect on and discuss each piece after playing it. This event will be repeated, once each term, in rotating venues. Not only is it a good way to review our holdings, it makes for a pleasant and different kind of Cobweb afternoon.
In this weeks Cobweb News
– Beginners Day/Group
– Alice Jones’ Dalcroze Day
– Composers and Arrangers CD Launch
Saturday 1st October, 11-4pm
Dipton Community Centre, Front St., Dipton, DH9 9DR
Dipton Village Partnership with the Cobweb Orchestra present ‘Pick up an Instrument Day’ for complete beginners.
Join us in a fun day for absolute beginners! You don’t even need to have your own instrument as the Cobweb Instrument Bank will be there.
The day will lead nicely into starting our brand new Beginners group at Ludworth on a Tuesday night. Please do let us know if you think there’ll be someone who’s interested in this group.
Alice Jones’ Dalcroze Day; come and learn about this fantastic technique
Sunday 9th October
Shap Village Hall, Main Street, Shap, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 3NL
Join Alice Jones for a day of Dalcroze. In her words:
“Dalcroze Eurhythmics, developed by Émile Jaques-Dalcroze in Switzerland at the beginning of the twentieth century, is an exciting and unique approach to learning and interpreting music that explores musical concepts through the body. The three main components are rhythmic movement, ear training and improvisation.
In this workshop we will be focusing mainly on the rhythmic element. The Dalcroze approach helps to develop ensemble and musicianship skills needed for orchestral playing in an engaging and all-inclusive way. It encourages more physical awareness in players whilst developing internal pulse and reaction time. During the session we will play some fantastic repertoire by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and Ravel and discover their use of rhythm, harmony, phrasing and other musical elements through the Dalcroze approach. The workshop will be physically active at times but not much more than playing a musical instrument!”
Whilst engaging in this approach, we’ll be exploring some great repertoire, including Mendelssohn’s String symphony no 4 (with parts for wind and brass too), Tchaikovsky’s Nocturne for Cello and orchestra (with Alice as soloist) and Ravel’s stunning orchestration of his own Alborada del Gracioso.
Non Members £12
Enrolment form can be found here
Composers and Arrangers CD Launch – FREE event!
Saturday 15th October
Great Hall, Hexham Abbey, Beaumont St, Hexham, NE46 3NB
Join us in the official CD launch of the Cobwebs Composers and Arrangers suite of 6 pieces entitled ‘Northern Hills’.
We will be rehearsing and performing in the Great Hall at Hexham Abbey, which is in the heart of the Hexham. If friends and family are seeing the presentation they can be sure of a nice day in Hexham! It’s very accessible by train too.
We are looking for a full orchestra for this performance so don’t hesitate to sign up for this FREE event!
Rehearsal will be 2pm till 4pm, then a break with refreshments provided, friends and family can join us from 4.30 for the performance at 5pm. As part of the performance we will also play the much loved Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture. Of course there will then be the opportunity to buy a copy of the CD.
No enrolment form for this one, please just let me know ASAP if you intend to participate.
Event Co-ordinator, Cobweb Orchestra