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Cobweb News 6: 07.02.17

February 8, 2017 10:22 pm — Lorna Wright

Dear all,

In this weeks Cobweb News:
– The Big Play – this Saturday!
– Library Day
– A Day at Opera

The Big Play
Saturday 11th February 10-6pm
Dipton Community Centre, Dipton, DH9 9DR
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=308

What a great turnout we have lined for the day, thank you to all those who’ve said they’re coming. You haven’t missed your chance though, even more are welcome – just please let me know in advance!

Don’t forget your music stand and a contribution to the shared meal, it will be a big one. On that, are there any volunteers that will help to man the lunch? Just making sure everything is there, and tidy?

This is our biggest fundraising event of the year, so please bring along your cash. It’s “Pay what you think it’s worth”, which means just that. If you don’t think it’s worth anything, you don’t have to pay a penny, but just so that you have some guidelines, should you feel inclined to contribute, we’ll be doing around 6 hours of playing, which is equivalent to 3 weekly rehearsals. That’s £13.50 for members or £18 for non-members.

We look forward to seeing all of you there, it’s going to be a brilliant day.

Library Day
Sunday 19th February, 11-4pm
Eldon Community Centre, Main Rd, Eldon, Bishop Auckland DL14 8XB
Pay What You Think its Worth
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=306

Join the Library Team for another good rummage through the Cobweb Library playing things you never knew we had! This is a really relaxed and fun event to be a part of, and works best with the bigger numbers!

Refreshments will be on sale at the Eldon Community Centre – so no need to bring your own unless you especially want to.

Please do let me know in advance if you’re coming along. Enrolment form is available on the event webpage.

A Day at Opera
Saturday 25th February, 1.30 – 7pm (6-7pm sharing concert)
Barbour Room, Sage Gateshead, NE8 2JR
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=309

You are invited to join soprano Susan Robertson and tenor Robin Whitehouse for an afternoon of overtures, arias and choruses culminating in an informal presentation for friends and family at 6pm.

Gorgeous music for the day includes:
Mozart “Queen of the Night” from “Magic Flute”
Puccini “Nessun Dorma” from “Turandot” (includes chorus)
Bizet “Parle moi de ma mere” from “Carmen”
Verdi “Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves” from “Nabucco” (includes chorus)
Wagner Overture to “Flying Dutchman”
Rossini Overture to “William Tell”

Ticket prices are as follows:
£26.80 full price
£24.80 over 60s
£20.45 Cobweb members – not available online
£13.40 students, unemployed, under 19s (both Cobweb members and non members)

Get your tickets to take part in this at Sage Gateshead box office by calling 0191 443 4661 or at the Sage Gateshead Website

Please help us to spread the word about this event by displaying this poster/flyer – invite anyone who you think may be interested!

That’s all for this week, I look forward very much to seeing so many of you on Saturday, it really is going to be fantastic! Don’t forget your contribution to the shared lunch 🙂

Best wishes,
Lorna

Event Co-ordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

Cobweb News 2: 09.01.17

January 9, 2017 9:07 pm — Lorna Wright

Dear all,

I hope you’re getting back into the swing of things now and looking forward to starting back with your groups. The Cobweb News this week is a reminder of all the events coming up so do get signing up as soon as possible.

In this weeks Cobweb News:
– Library Day – **postponed to 19th February**
– Shostakovitch Cello Concerto No.1 Study Day with Jonathan Bloxham
– Haydn Symphonies Project – part 3
– Pay what you think its worth events

Library Day – **postponed to 19th February**
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=306

Many thanks to those of you who have signed up for the Library day this Sunday, but unfortunately we’re going to postpone the event for a month. It will now happen (same time, same venue) on 19th February. We don’t normally change events at short notice so I hope this doesn’t inconvenience anyone and you’ll still be able to come on the new date. We’ll look forward to seeing you there.

Shostakovitch Cello Concerto No.1 Study Day with Jonathan Bloxham and Bartholomew La Folette (cello)
Sunday 22nd January 2017
Haxby Memorial Hall, 16 The Village, Haxby, York, YO32 3HT
12-5pm
Members £10, Non Members £13
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=313

Don’t miss this chance to play this amazing work! Working with our friend Jonathan Bloxham (assistant conductor of CBSO) and Bartholomew La Folette is going to be a fantastic experience and extremely worthwhile. The first concerto is widely considered to be one of the most difficult concerted works for cello (not orchestra) so it should be worth listening to if nothing else!

We’ll have a shared lunch on this day, just a bit later than normal.

Please do sign up as soon as possible using the enrolment form on the event webpage.

Haydn Symphonies Project – part 3
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=307

The 3rd Haydn Symphonies Project session will be on Saturday 28 January 2017 at St Oswin’s Church Hall in Wylam from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm. There’s space for all (relevant) instruments still at this event so please do sign up!

More information can be found on the enrolment form on the event webpage.

Pay what you think its worth events

Thanks to all of you who are signing up to these, it’s great to know so many of you will be there to support these events. Obviously as above, the Library Day date has changed so please now see this updated enrolment form to sign up.

That’s all for now. Have a good week!

Best wishes,
Lorna

Event Co-ordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

Cobweb News 36: 24.11.16

November 24, 2016 8:38 pm — Lorna Wright

Dear all,

It sounded like a really lovely session with Chris at the weekend, thanks to all of you that took part – I hope you enjoyed it.

We have ONE study day left of 2016 and it’s this Sunday at Sage Gateshead so please do join us!

Bartok Concerto for Orchestra with Mark Edwards
Sunday 27 November
1.30 – 7pm
Sage Gateshead, Gateshead, NE8 2JR
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=301

Bartok Concerto for Orchestra is an incredible work that gives every member of the orchestra a chance to shine! It’s considered to be one of Bartok’s most accessible works so come along to have a go!

It’s a very informal and relaxed day so if you’re worried please don’t be, we’ll all be in it together!

To have a look at the parts beforehand you can download your part here: http://imslp.org/wiki/Concerto_for_Orchestra,_Sz.116_(Bart%C3%B3k,_B%C3%A9la)

There’s space for anyone and everyone at this day so we’re welcoming everyone and we hope to see as many of you there as possible.

I’ll be giving you lots of information about next terms event next week but for now, I just wanted to encourage as many of you as possible to come along on Sunday.

See you there!

Best wishes,
Lorna

Event Co-ordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

Cobweb News 35: 18/11/16

November 18, 2016 11:43 am — Lorna Wright

Dear all,

Well done to those who took part in the concert last weekend at Sage Gateshead, and a big thanks to Rebecca for playing the Dubois so fantastically.

In this weeks Cobweb News:
– Chris Griffiths’ Study Day – this SUNDAY!
– Bartok Concerto for Orchestra with Mark Edwards
– Request for a bassoon?
– Calling all would-be conductors…

Chris Griffiths’ Study Day – this SUNDAY!
Strauss Horn Concerto & Borodin Prince Igor Overture
2-6pm
Storey Park Community Centre, Morpeth, NE61 2QF
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=305

Don’t miss out on Chris’ study day this weekend, he’s bringing a very talented Horn player to work along side him so it will be a treat too, especially for you woodwind/brass players!

We’re looking for players of all sections to join this study day and make it a great day for everyone.

Please let me know if you’re intending on attending so I can let Chris know.

Bartok Concerto for Orchestra with Mark Edwards
Sage Gateshead, Gateshead, NE8 2JR
1.30-7pm
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=301

Join conductor Mark Edwards for a chance to get to grips with one of the most exciting works in the 20th century repertoire! An afternoon of rehearsing followed by a presentation for friends and relatives at 6pm.

To join this one please sign up at Sage Gateshead Box Office on 0191 443 4661, or by clicking this link: http://sagegateshead.com/event/cobweb-orchestra42754/

Please do let me know that you’re coming though so we can be sure we have enough music – transposed trumpet parts are available!

This is our last study day of 2016 so don’t miss it!

Request for a bassoon?

Does anyone have one that they’re not using which could be loaned to an experienced player to use with Cobwebs? Please get in touch with me on events.cobwebs@gmail.com if so.

Calling all would-be conductors…

A message from Andy:

On Sunday 12th March 2017, the conductor Lev Parikian, co-author of the book “Waving, not drowning”, will be visiting us to lead a session for Cobweb players who would like to try their had at conducting. He will be demonstrating some tricks of the trade, divulging some well-kept secrets and giving technical advice.

We should have time for 6 conductors to practice with the orchestra, so if you’d like to be one of them, let Andy (andy.jackson0@ talk21.com) know soon. Places will be on a strictly “first come” basis.

As ever, we’ll need a willing orchestra for the event, so please put the date in your diaries whether you fancy taking up the baton or not. Venue to be confirmed as soon as possible.

That’s all for this week – I hope you all havve a great time at Chris’ study day on Sunday.

Best wishes,
Lorna

Event Co-ordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

Cobweb News 34: 8.11.16

November 8, 2016 10:31 pm — Lorna Wright

Dear all,

A huge well done to those who played in the concert of Haydn’s Creation with Silver Breves last weekend, it was a tiring day but I thought we performed extremely well! A note from Glenn the conductor:

Please pass on to all the Cobwebs my heartfelt thanks for their hard work at reading so much new music in such a limited time. We got there, I think. They look great in their waistcoats, too!

In this weeks Cobweb News:
– Beginners Group; we’re up and running!
– Hall 2 Concert at Sage Gateshead; space still available!
– Strauss Horn Concerto with Chris Griffiths
– Bartok Concerto for Orchestra with Mark Edwards
– Concerto Day 2017

Beginners Group; we’re up and running!

This is just a note to let you all know that our brand new Beginners group at Ludworth is up and running and is now an established part of our weekly activity. Anyone is still welcome to come along, even if you’re not a beginner but would like to go through works at a slower pace than usual, or if you’re wanting to practice in an orchestra on your second instrument – its perfect for you!

For more information, please see the group’s page on our website here: http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/groups/ludworth.php

Hall 2 Concert at Sage Gateshead; space still available!

Are you a strings or trombone player and still want to take part in the concert this weekend? Please do sign up, there’s still time! The enrolment form with all the information on can be found here or you can email me if you have any questions.

If you’re not a performer, please do consider coming to support us, Rebecca really is quite amazing and rehearsals for the Dubois are going very well, don’t miss the chance to hear such a rarely played work! The concert is at 7.15pm on Sunday 13 November at Sage Gateshead, tickets and more information available at the website below:
http://sagegateshead.com/event/the-cobweb-orchestra43035/

**correction from last week’s Cobweb News, it is in fact Rebecca Mills who is the soloist, not Alice Jones, apologies for any confusion!**

Strauss Horn Concerto Study Day with Chris Griffiths
Sunday 20th November
Storey Park Community Centre, St. Marys Field,
Morpeth, NE61 2QF
2-6pm
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=305

Join Chris Griffiths in a Study Day looking at two great works: Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1 and Borodin Prince Igor Overture.

The Strauss Concerto no 1 for horn and orchestra was written by the composer, amazingly in his late teens, for his father, professional french horn player Franz Joseph.

Franz Strauss admired Mozart above all, detesting his own contemporary, Wagner. Richard Strauss was still under this classical influence of his father’s when he wrote the concerto.

As an extra piece to include in the study day, I thought that the Borodin Overture Prince Igor would be rather fun. It also features the 1st horn, in a 2nd subject melody of considerable virtuosity…

Members £9
Non Members £12

Enrolment form can be found here.

Bartok Concerto for Orchestra Study Day with Mark Edwards
Sunday 27th November
1.30 – 7pm
Sage Gateshead, Gateshead, NE8 2JR
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=301

Join conductor Mark Edwards for a chance to get to grips with one of the most exciting works in the 20th century repertoire! An afternoon of rehearsing followed by a presentation for friends and relatives at 6pm.

To join this one please sign up at Sage Gateshead Box Office on 0191 443 4661, or by clicking this link: http://sagegateshead.com/event/cobweb-orchestra42754/

Please do let me know that you’re coming though so we can be sure we have enough music!

This is our last study day of 2016 so don’t miss it!

Concerto Day 2017

We had a fantastic response to Andy’s note about the Concerto Day in 2017 and so we’ve fixed a programme already! We’ll confirm it soon into the new year but it’s a wide range of repertioire that involves everyone – so we are looking for a full orchestra to take part and support the soloists.

The date for the day is 4th March 2017 and it will take place near Dalston, so please do get it in your diaries!

That’s all for this week, good luck to those of you who are performing at Sage Gateshead this weekend; don’t forget to invite your friends/family!

Best wishes,
Lorna

Event Co-ordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

Cobweb News 33: 01/11/16

November 1, 2016 10:25 pm — Lorna Wright

Dear all,

We had a fantastic day with Peter Wood in the second instalment of the Haydn Symphonies series. Well done to all those who took part! We’re looking forward to collaborating with Silver Breves to perform Haydn’s Creation on Saturday, I do hope you can come support us in that if you’re not playing, the concert begins at 6pm.

In this weeks’ Cobweb News:
– Strauss Horn Concerto with Chris Griffiths
– Bartok Concerto for Orchestra with Mark Edwards
– Cobweb Orchestra in Concert – please support us!

Strauss Horn Concerto Study Day with Chris Griffiths
Sunday 20th November
Storey Park Community Centre, St. Marys Field,
Morpeth, NE61 2QF
2-6pm
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=305

Join Chris Griffiths in a Study Day looking at two great works: Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1 and Borodin Prince Igor Overture.

The Strauss Concerto no 1 for horn and orchestra was written by the composer, amazingly in his late teens, for his father, professional french horn player Franz Joseph.

Franz Strauss admired Mozart above all, detesting his own contemporary, Wagner. Richard Strauss was still under this classical influence of his father’s when he wrote the concerto.

As an extra piece to include in the study day, I thought that the Borodin Overture Prince Igor would be rather fun. It also features the 1st horn, in a 2nd subject melody of considerable virtuosity…

Members £9
Non Members £12

Enrolment form can be found here.

Bartok Concerto for Orchestra Study Day with Mark Edwards
Sunday 27th November
Sage Gateshead, Gateshead, NE8 2JR
1.30 – 7pm
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=301

Join conductor Mark Edwards for a chance to get to grips with one of the most exciting works in the 20th century repertoire! An afternoon of rehearsing followed by a presentation for friends and relatives at 6pm.

To join this one please sign up at Sage Gateshead Box Office on 0191 443 4661, or by clicking this link: http://sagegateshead.com/event/cobweb-orchestra42754/

Please do let me know that you’re coming though so we can be sure we have enough music!

This is our last study day of 2016 so don’t miss it!

Cobweb Orchestra in Concert – please support us!
Sunday 13 November, 7.15pm
Sage Gateshead, Gateshead, NE8 2JR

Do come support the orchestra as we play a concert of French Music, featuring soloist Rebecca Mills. The tickets are £10/£8 and available from Sage Gateshead Box Office on 0191 443 4661 or by clicking this link: http://sagegateshead.com/event/the-cobweb-orchestra43035/

That’s all for this week, see those of you that are playing there on Saturday!
Best wishes,
Lorna

Event Co-ordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

Cobweb News 32: 20/10/16

October 24, 2016 7:52 pm — Lorna Wright

Dear all,

Well done and thanks to all those who supported the Composers and Arrangers CD Launch last weekend. I hope you’re all having a good a week off!

In this weeks Cobweb News:
– AGM Minutes
– A note from Andy
– Haydn Symphonies part 2 – this Saturday!

AGM Minutes

Please click here for the minutes from this year’s AGM. You will see that we’ve had a turnaround in trustees, a huge thank you to those who have retired and congratulations to those newly appointed. Please see the document for more details.

A note from Andy

HAVE YOU EVER FANCIED BEING A SOLOIST – AGAIN

Back in May, we put on a day of concertos in York. 9 Cobweb players put themselves forward to be soloists in short pieces and movements from concerti. It was a brilliant day and everyone there said that they’d like to do it again.

So this is advance notice that I’m beginning to plan another day in March 2017 at the other end of Cobweb territory, somewhere in North Cumbria.

Let me know (andy.jackson0@talk21.com) if you’d like to be a soloist accompanied by an orchestra rather than a piano or a backing track, and if there’s enough enthusiasm, we’ll sort out a date and a venue.

People who played a solo last time are very welcome to do another one, but, if there’s a lot of interest, priority will be given to players who haven’t previously had a go.

Many thanks Andy

Haydn Symphonies Project (part two)
Saturday 29th October, 2-5pm
Dipton Community Centre, Dipton, DH9 9DR
Members £8
Non Members £10

From Peter Wood:

It seems ages since we embarked on this project and had a great session playing 6 of Haydn’s earliest symphonies.

On Saturday 29 October 2016 (2.00 pm to 5.00 pm at Dipton Community Centre) we will be resuming this exciting project.

In 1759 Haydn was engaged as musical director and composer for Count Morzin spending the winter in Vienna and the summer at Lukavec Castle. We will continue our journey looking at a further 6 symphonies written for Count Morzin’s orchestra.

Year Symphony (Hob No.) Orchestration
1758/60 10 Strings Oboes Horns
1760/61 17 Strings Oboes Horns
1760/61 19 Strings Oboes Horns
1760/61 107 (A) Strings Oboes Horns
1760/61 25 Strings Oboes Horns
1760/61 11 Strings Oboes Horns

Count Morzin’s Feldharmonie (wind ensemble) had 2 bassoons (but no flutes) and whilst not specified it is presumed that bassoons would have played alongside cellos and double bass in the orchestra.

As a compromise between trying to retain an authentic orchestra, and making the sessions available to more players to participate the following additional players are welcome to participate in this session:-

Flutes – to double oboe parts
Bassoons – to play cello/double bass parts.
Clarinets – to play oboe parts (in C) but no transposed parts will be provided.

Future sessions will become progressively more inclusive.
Please complete your booking forms as soon as possible so that I can ensure we have sufficient music on the day.

The date and venue for the 3rd session in this project (January 2017) will be announced shortly for your diaries.

Please do sign up as soon as possible, the enrolment form can be found on the event webpage.

That’s all for this week, have a lovely term and I look forward to seeing you at Dipton on the Saturday for the Haydn Symphonies Project.

Best wishes,
Lorna

Event Co-ordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

Cobweb News 31: 11/10/2016

October 11, 2016 10:16 pm — Lorna Wright

Dear all,

A big well done to those again who joined in with Alice Jones’ Dalcroze day at the weekend, I thought it was an extremely interesting and fun afternoon!

In this week’s Cobweb News:
– Composers & Arrangers CD Launch – this Saturday!
– Haydn Symphonies Project part two
– SG Concerts; an update

Composers and Arrangers CD Launch – FREE event!
Saturday 15th October
2-6pm
Great Hall, Hexham Abbey, Beaumont St, Hexham, NE46 3NB
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=297

**There’s still places for this available, but we’re particularly looking for another bassoonist, and some horn players!?**

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.

Haydn Symphonies Project (part two)
Saturday 29th October, 2-5pm
Dipton Community Centre, Dipton, DH9 9DR
Members £8
Non Members £10
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=292

From Peter Wood:

It seems ages since we embarked on this project and had a great session playing 6 of Haydn’s earliest symphonies.

On Saturday 29 October 2016 (2.00 pm to 5.00 pm at Dipton Community Centre) we will be resuming this exciting project.

In 1759 Haydn was engaged as musical director and composer for Count Morzin spending the winter in Vienna and the summer at Lukavec Castle. We will continue our journey looking at a further 6 symphonies written for Count Morzin’s orchestra.

Year Symphony (Hob No.) Orchestration
1758/60 10 Strings Oboes Horns
1760/61 17 Strings Oboes Horns
1760/61 19 Strings Oboes Horns
1760/61 107 (A) Strings Oboes Horns
1760/61 25 Strings Oboes Horns
1760/61 11 Strings Oboes Horns

Count Morzin’s Feldharmonie (wind ensemble) had 2 bassoons (but no flutes) and whilst not specified it is presumed that bassoons would have played alongside cellos and double bass in the orchestra.

As a compromise between trying to retain an authentic orchestra, and making the sessions available to more players to participate the following additional players are welcome to participate in this session:-

Flutes – to double oboe parts
Bassoons – to play cello/double bass parts.
Clarinets – to play oboe parts (in C) but no transposed parts will be provided.

Future sessions will become progressively more inclusive.

Please complete your booking forms as soon as possible so that I can ensure we have sufficient music on the day.

The date and venue for the 3rd session in this project (January 2017) will be announced shortly for your diaries.

Please do sign up as soon as possible, the enrolment form can be found on the event webpage.

SG Concerts; an update

Thanks to all those who’ve enrolled for the SG Concerts so far. We have now enough flutes, oboes and clarinets but we are still welcoming people who sign up – particularly brass players and bassoonists.

More information about each concert will be available in due course but in the meantime, please promote our concert on the 13th November using the poster below and attached here:

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20161113_sage_gateshead_concert_poster (PDF)

That’s all this week, good luck to all of you at the C&A CD Launch!

Best wishes,
Lorna

Event Co-ordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

Cobweb News 30: 03/10/2016

October 3, 2016 9:41 pm — Lorna Wright

Dear all,

Well done to those of you who attended the Beginners Day last Saturday, and welcome to those new players who were at Ludworth last night. A bit from Andy is below the photo from Saturday.

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New Beginnings

Cobwebs’ 9th weekly group got off to a wonderful start at Ludworth this week with 19 players instantly forming a happy, friendly orchestra of strings and wind. No brass yet, but some are due to join us next week.

We played Mozart, Purcell and Lennon/McCartney and sounded pretty good by the end.

So, the Beginners’ Orchestra is now up-and-running. Tell anyone who wants to have a go at orchestral playing about it. The intention is to pitch every week at the level of people who are joining an orchestra for the first time. It’s probably worth pointing out that this is mainly aimed at people who already play an instrument and read music a little rather than those who have never played before at all.

Also, existing Cobwebbers might like to come along from time to time. It’s fun, and, as one of our established players who was at the first session said: “Everyone should do this. It makes you realise how much you’ve forgotten.

In this weeks Cobweb News:
– Alice Jones’ Dalcroze Day – this Sunday!
– Composers and Arrangers CD Launch
– Cobweb Cabaret Orchestra performance
– Any spare A Clarinets?
– Cobfriends Info

Alice Jones’ Dalcroze Day – this Sunday!
Sunday 9th October
2-6pm
Shap Village Hall, Main Street, Shap, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 3NL
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=296

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.

Members £9
Non Members £12

Enrolment form can be found here

Composers and Arrangers CD Launch – FREE event!
Saturday 15th October
2-6pm
Great Hall, Hexham Abbey, Beaumont St, Hexham, NE46 3NB
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=297

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.

Cobweb Cabaret Orchestra performance

Do join the Cobweb Cabaret Orchestra in their performance on Saturday 8th October at 2pm at The Witham in Barnard Castle. Enjoy a sophisticated and playful mix of Mozart, Elgar, Jazz, Latin Amercian and numbers from opera and musicals from this wonderful mini orchestra.

Find out more here: http://www.thewitham.org.uk/index.php/whats-on/family/item/844-big_little_gigs_the_andy_lawrenson_trio

Any spare A Clarinets?

Does anyone have a spare ‘A’ Clarinet? We often get new players who only have a Bb, which can limit their involvement or make the parts too difficult. If anyone has an A clarinet which could be loaned to people in this position, that would be very helpful. Do get in touch if you might be able to help.

Cobfriends Information

Please click here for the Cobfriends report 15-16 and here for a copy of the accounts for your information.

That’s all for this week, I’m looking forward to seeing many of you at the Dalcroze Day with Alice on Sunday!

Best wishes,
Lorna

Event Co-ordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

Cobweb News 29: 30.09.16

September 30, 2016 12:45 pm — Lorna Wright

Dear all,

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

Beginners Day/Group
Saturday 1st October, 11-4pm
Dipton Community Centre, Front St., Dipton, DH9 9DR

FREE EVENT

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
2-6pm
Shap Village Hall, Main Street, Shap, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 3NL
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=296

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.

Members £9
Non Members £12

Enrolment form can be found here

Composers and Arrangers CD Launch – FREE event!
Saturday 15th October
2-6pm
Great Hall, Hexham Abbey, Beaumont St, Hexham, NE46 3NB
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=297

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.

Best wishes,
Lorna

Event Co-ordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

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Next Event:
Sun 19th Feb 2017
Eldon Community Centre, Main Rd, Eldon, Bishop Auckland DL14 8XB
Cobweb Orchestra Library Day
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