Dear all,

Thanks to those of you who’ve signed up for Sunday – we’re still looking for more players, particularly strings, bassoons and brass! Please do come along if you’re interested, it will be a great day looking at one Shostakovich’s most accessible works. More info below.

In This Week’s Cobweb News
– Shostakovitch Symphony No. 9 Study Day with Peter Wood
– Schubertiana at Sage Gateshead
– A Message from Andy about Performances in July

Shostakovitch Symphony No. 9 with Peter Wood
Sunday 14th May, 2-6pm
St. Oswin’s Church Hall, Wylam, NE41 8AT
Members £8, Non Members £11
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=317

**There are currently still low numbers for this one too! I know a lot of you are planning to come but please just drop me a quick email to let me know!**

Don’t miss this study day with Peter Wood looking at Shostakovitch Symphony No. 9. The ninth symphony was originally intended to be a celebration of the Russian victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. It was going to be a huge work with soloists and chorus but he dramatically changed his mind and it ended up being one of his most accessible and lighter works, although still written for large symphony orchestra. A typical performance lasts for around 26 minutes, which makes this symphony one of Shostakovich’s shortest.

The symphony is a playful and vivid musical work, with a neoclassical air that has led to comparisons to Haydn’s symphonies and to Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony. Shostakovich himself considered it “a joyful little piece”.

Don’t forget a music stand, the enrolment form can be found here

**Travel Information**

The road from the A69 into Wylam may still closed on Sunday – please allow extra time for your journey to follow the diversions. It may be best to come via Crawcrook and over the bridge past the station if you’re coming from the East and if you’re coming from the west, come off the A69 into Ovingham and over the bridge there.

A MESSAGE FROM ANDY ABOUT THE SCHUBERT EXTRAVAGANZA AT SAGE GATESHEAD ON SATURDAY 27 MAY 2017, 10-7pm.

Not only is this your best ever chance of playing all nine Schubert symphonies in a single day, but could be the only chance you ever get to play no. 7 as Schubert didn’t complete it (it’s the “Other Unfinished”). We’re playing a version completed by Brian Newbould, hired for the day at great expense and conducted by the irrepressible Greg Pullen. Unmissable.

It would be wonderful to have a huge turnout for this quintessentially Cobweb event, so please tell all your friends and relatives who play orchestral instruments to come and join us, even if they haven’t played with Cobwebs before.

Remember that everyone has to book through Sage Gateshead ticket office, but please also let Lorna know so that we can make sure there are enough parts available on the day.

Also tell people you know that they are welcome to drop in anytime during the day to listen free of charge.

A MESSAGE FROM ANDY ABOUT PERFORMANCES IN JULY

The Cobweb Orchestra is putting on two very unusual performances in July, and I hope lots of you will sign up for these, especially as they are both in large venues where we don’t have too many restrictions on the number of performers. We’ll still aim to field a balanced orchestra, so may have to slim down some sections once we know who has signed up, but please don’t let this put you off enroling – we’ll only do this if absolutely necessary.

1) On the evening of Tuesday 11th July, we will be performing a score by Laura Rossi to accompany the 1916 silent film “The Battle of the Somme” at the Alun Armstrong Theatre, Stanley, Co. Durham (some of you will remember this venue as Stanley Civic or the Lamplight). The Cobweb Chamber Orchestra is performing the work at a much smaller venue, the Tyneside Cinema, on Sunday 4th June, and will form the backbone of the larger orchestra for the Stanley performance.

Even though this is an unfamiliar experience for most of us, the music is not particularly difficult and is accessible to players of all levels of experience. It does, however, require high levels of concentration as there is no flexibilty in the tempi – it has to fit with the images on the screen. A rehearsal in the venue will take place on the evening of Monday 10th July (7-10 pm) where everyone can familiarise themselves with the music and the process of participating in this spectacular event.

2) We have never played for a Musical Picnic before, but now that the Tyneside group meets on a weekly basis at the wonderful Summerhill Pavillion, and we have the use of a huge marquee on Sunday 23rd July, this seems like an excellent way to spend a (no doubt) gloriously sunny Summer’s afternoon. The music will be mainly from the English pastoral tradition, so there’ll be Holst, Elgar and Delius as well as folk music inspired arrangements for orchestra, some of them by composers with close links to Cobwebs. Tickets for this event are free to audience members, who will be encouraged to bring along picnics to eat during the performance.

See the poster here and follow the link if you want to book tickets for friends, relatives or yourself (if you’re not playing).

Enrolment forms for both these event are now available, The Somme 100 event one is here, and the Musical Picnic one is here.

Please let Lorna know as soon as possible if you’ll be taking part so that we can plan effectively.

That’s all for this week, I look forward to seeing some of you on Sunday at the Shostakovitch event. Don’t forget to allow more time for your travel!

Best wishes,
Lorna
Event Co-ordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

Cobweb News 17: 11.05.17