Dear all,

A huge congratulations to those of you who took part in the fantastic Mozart Requiem performance at Durham Cathedral on Saturday evening, to a standing ovation of 500 people! There’s a small review of the concert here: http://www.musicdurham.co.uk/reviews/chor-semiseria-visit-durham. A huge thank you to Graham and team for all their hard work in making the event happen and of course to Andy for conducting.

In this weeks Cobweb News:
– Cobweb Events 2018 (The First Few Months) – A message from Andy
– Haydn Symphonies No. 6 – this weekend!
– Mozart Double Bill with Chris Griffiths

COBWEB EVENTS 2018 (THE FIRST FEW MONTHS) – A message from Andy

Tan-ta-ra. The time has come to unveil the programme of events for New Year to Easter 2018, so diary at the ready and make sure you make a note of all the things that interest you.

January: A Month of Symphonies

We haven’t done this for a few years, but the chance to play a great selection of symphonies (in chronological order from Classical to Post-romantic) with some of the wonderful young conductors who choose to work with us was too good miss, so here’s the lineup:

Saturday 6th – Mozart “Haffner” with Joe Davies in Cumbria.

Sunday 14th – Mendelssohn “Scottish” with Mark Edwards in Wylam.

Saturday 20th – Brahms 2 with Patrick Burnett in Newcastle.

Sunday 28th – Nielsen 2 with Jonathan Bloxham in York.

February: Soloists and a special concert

Saturday 10th – “Anyone can be a soloist”. Venue TBC. We already have 6 soloists signed up for this. Some of the items are going to be quite short, so we can fit a few more into the day. Let me know if this appeals to you. We’ll also need players of all instruments to accompany our soloists.

Sunday 25th – Lunchtime concert in the gorgeous setting of Bowes museum.

March: The BIG PLAY and Sibelius with Iona Brown

Either Saturday 10th or Sunday 11th Study day on Sibelius’s Violin Concerto with Iona Brown. The date and a venue will be fixed once Iona knows which day doesn’t clash with her Royal Northern Sinfonia duties.

Saturday 17th BIG PLAY in Dipton. This years theme is “IN C”. Let your group conductors know if you have any good ideas for repertoire.

Further details (times, venues, etc) for all these events will appear on the events page of the website shortly, so keep an eye on this, especially as there may well be extra events (such as the next installment of the Haydn project) which haven’t yet been timetabled.

That takes us up to Easter, but don’t close your diary just yet because you’ll want to make a note of the Sedbergh Residential Weekend (April 6th – 8th) and, on May 11th, (very exciting, this) we’ve been invited to get involved in the reopening of the extravagantly refurbished Middlesbrough Town Hall. Yes, May 11th really is a Friday, and it’s an afternoon concert playing Rachmaninov and Elgar with schoolchildren from the town. Please make yourselves free during the day for this if you are able. It will be lovely to be back in that fabulous building.

Andy

Haydn Symphonies No. 6 – this weekend!
** We’re in need of oboists and horn players for this weekend!! **
The 6th session in our journey through Haydn’s symphonies will be on Sunday 12 November 2017 at St Oswins Church Hall, Wylam from 2.00pm to 6.00pm.
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=347

We will be looking at symphonies 34,23,22,21,24,and 29 all written between 1763 and 1765. Symphony No.21 (The Philosopher) is one of Haydn’s “named” symphonies and is unique as it has 2 coranglais instead of oboes. A great opportunity for those of you who play the coranglais!

All of the other symphonies we will be looking at were written for strings with oboes and horns (although bassoons are likely to have also played cello parts and will be very welcome at this session).

Enrolment form here.

Mozart Double Bill Study Day with Chris Griffiths
Saturday 18th November, 11-4pm
Newbiggin on Lune Public Hall,
Kirkby Stephen,
CA17 4NT
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=340

Chris writes:

As a student at the RAM, quite a long time ago (!), performing at an audition or similar event, I launched into the wrong rondo after the 2nd movement of this concerto that we will be playing in Kirkby Stephen!!

It must have sounded ok – and somehow fitted with the accompaniment! – but of course all was revealed when the pianist played their version after my confident opening!

So I won’t be making that mistake again!

Andy suggested pairing it with symphony no 40, which has adapted parts – no doubt the result of his own brilliant handiwork, that was so successful in our last session, earlier this year in Billingham…

We will enjoy a shared lunch on this day, feel free to contribute to this. The enrolment form is here.

That’s all for this week, hopefully see lots of you on Sunday for Haydn Symphonies Day.

Best wishes,
Lorna

Event Co-ordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

Cobweb News 06.11.17