Earlier this month The Cobweb Orchestra won the innovation category of the Epic Awards.  In fact we were the only musical group to be shortlisted for any of the awards.  And we were runners up in the Creativity category.  Not bad going really…  Thank you to everyone who took part in our Undercover Orchestra in Nexus Bus Station in Newcastle and a bit thank you to Elizabeth & Joan for all their hard work in putting together the application for us.

Here’s the press release sent out by Voluntary Arts England:


Voluntary Arts England is pleased to announce the winners of the first ever epic awards, designed to recognise the excellent work taking place within the 50,000 voluntary and amateur art and craft groups around the country.

Alan Davey, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, the organisation who funded the scheme:

“We were delighted by the quality and breadth of the entries to the epic awards which showcased voluntary and amateur arts at their very best. The winning groups demonstrated the vibrancy of the sector and its ability to enrich local communities by engaging people in high quality artistic activity.”

The Innovation award was won by the Cobweb Orchestra for their “Undercover Orchestra ‘Bolero’”: a flash mob rendition of Ravel’s Bolero at Newcastle’s Haymarket bus station. They used film and audio to capture the event, which was viewed more than 30,000 times in the first week on YouTube.

Milton Keynes Islamic Arts Heritage and Culture Organisation scooped the Partnership award with their Islamic Art Banner – a project that enabled local students to explore Islamic culture through Contemporary and Traditional Art. The organisation was set up in the wake of the 9/11 attacks to build bridges between communities.

“Story of London” was produced by Apsara Arts and won them the Engagement award. This project brought generations together as young people researched the history of Asians in London and produced a fashion show, oral history with elders and a short film.

UC Crew impressed the judges with their Smoking Project and won the Creativity award. They worked with the NHS to create a programme of break dance and anti smoking initiatives, culminating in a large break dancing event on No Smoking Day.

The winners will receive a package of benefits including cash, training, equipment and publicity. They are also invited to a winners’ reception at the House of Lords on 31st January 2011.


We are Officially ‘The Most Innovative Voluntary Arts Organisation in the Country’