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Cobweb News 19: 02.06.17

June 2, 2017 10:28 am — Lorna Wright

Dear all,

I hope you’re having a lovely half term holiday. There’s just a few things this week, but please do keep checking the website for updates and enrolling for those Summer events!

In this weeks Cobweb News
– A few words about Schubertiana
– Music in the Chapel with The Cobweb Orchestra
– Mozart Requiem at Durham Cathedral

A few words about Schubertiana

This was a remarkable day’s music making – playing all nine of Schubert’s symphonies. Everyone seemed exhausted by about number 5, but kept going and somehow found the energy to end the day with a complete performance (yes, it really was good enough to have worked on a concert platform) of the monumental no. 9. There was a tangible sense of elation and achievement when we finished.

Here are some comments from players:

“Thank you so to all concerned for a truly amazing day. The organisation was faultless. All the music appeared like magic, a tremendous task including from those who prepared special parts for covering instruments. Please do thank all concerned.”

“Great day”

“A wonderful, inspiring, and totally exhausting day. And brilliant organisation.”

“Players came from Cobwebs near and far – Cumbria, Carlyle, York, Morpeth – and a visitor from Bristol.”

“Yesterday was and still is today in my mind as a magnificent achievement.”

“It was, in a word, exhilarating, particularly nearer the end, when, exhausted and sore, we came to the Unfinished and the Great, when we all just came to life and ended with a flourish.”

“Thank you for yesterday. For the musical experience, as well as the Cobweb community experience.”

“The “Unfinished” was particularly special, and no. 9 was a triumph.”

“Is this some kind of record? Has it been done before?”

“We will one day say, “I was there.” “

Music in the Chapel with The Cobweb Orchestra
Sunday 20 August
2-3.30pm (Rehearsal 11-1pm)
Gibside Chapel, Rowlands Gill, Tyne & Wear, NE16 6BG
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=325

This is just a date for your diaries, the enrolment form will be out shortly. A bit of information for you that is published on the National Trust website!

Gibside are delighted to welcome the award winning Cobweb Orchestra who will present a programme which combines music from the Georgian era with works from the English pastoral tradition. Listen to beautiful pieces by Handel, Elgar, Avison and others in the stunning setting of Gibside Chapel

Cobweb Orchestra join with Semiseria Choir of Tübingen, Germany to perform Mozart Requiem
Saturday 4th November
Durham Cathedral
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=324

To mark the 30th anniversary of twining between Durham and Tübingen, Germany, in 2017 the Semiseria Choir of Tübingen wishes to visit Durham and hold a concert. The concert in the Cathedral will include Mozart’s Requiem. Cobweb has been asked, and has agreed to provide an orchestra for this concert. A short first half of the programme will include Mozart’s Overture to The Magic Flute and an arrangement of Allegri’s Miserere made by Andy Jackson.

Rehearsals/Performance

  • Sunday 29th October, 1-6.30pm, Eldon Community Centre
  • Friday 3rd November, 7-9.30pm, Ushaw College.
  • Saturday 4th November, 2pm-4.30 pm, Durham Cathedral (with refreshments provided by Durham CC.)
  • Performance is at 7pm on Saturday 4th November

Please enrol now using the form on the event webpage – we do require a balanced orchestra for this one, so please do enrol as soon as possible to secure a place.

Note from Graham Jarritt and Barbara Griffin re. Mozart Requiem event:

Message re timetable for rehearsals/performance

Dear All,

The rehearsal for choir and orchestra on Friday evening, Nov 3rd may for some be a commitment too far. The members of Semiseria do understand that Cobweb members live across a wide area, not just in one town, and that there are practical limits to our rehearsal attendance. At the same time the musical director of Semiseria, Frank Schlichter, who will conduct the Requiem in the Cathedral would like to have one rehearsal with the choir and orchestra together before the actual day of the concert. He will come to Durham early to conduct Cobweb at the Sunday 29th rehearsal but the choir does not arrive till Tuesday 31st. Friday evening is the only opportunity for joint rehearsal before the day of the concert. Just as Semiseria members recognise it is difficult for Cobwebbers to attend rehearsals it is also fair to say this is a big commitment on behalf of the Semiseria Choir to come to Durham for this concert. Understandably they wish to be well prepared. The choice has to rest with Cobweb members who wish to play in the concert. The enrolment form makes this clear.

Barbara and I recently had a chance to visit Semisaria Choir in Tübingen, to attend one of their rehearsals, meet the trustees and discuss details with their musical director. We were made very welcome. It was also a chance to explain more about Cobweb including it’s origins, values and wide geographic spread and also to learn more about them. Semisaria (the name is a play on the words “Semi-Serious”) is quite similar to Cobweb; an amateur group who pay for professional leadership and direction. There are of course some differences but these are far outweighed by the similarities.

Graham Jarritt & Barbara Griffin

That’s all for this week,
Best wishes,
Lorna

Event Co-ordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

Cobweb News 18: 19.05.17

May 19, 2017 3:15 pm — Lorna Wright

Dear all,

Well done to Peter and all who joined him for the Shostakovitch Symphony No. 9 day last weekend, you all did brilliantly! Do keep your enrollments/emails coming in for upcoming events, it’d be great to see as many of you as possible this term.

In this weeks Cobweb News:
– Schubertiana – it’s not too late!
– Date for your diaries: Study Day with Joe Davies; Beethoven Symphony No. 8
– Musical Picnic – reminder to enroll!

Schubertiana: Play all 9 Schubert symphonies in one day!! Once in a lifetime opportunity!
Barbour Room, Sage Gateshead, Gateshead, NE8 2JR
10 – 7pm
http://sagegateshead.com/event/cobweb-orchestra-workout-day-schubertiana/

Important message/s from me:

– The Sage Gateshead box office will not open until 12pm on the day. However, I have notified them of the difficulties you have obtaining your cobweb member discount without being there in person so they will allow you to participate on the basis that you purchase your ticket at a suitable lunch break. Tickets will be checked later in the day so please do be honest!

– You will be eligible for a discounted car park pass for Sage Gateshead car park only. These will be given out on the day. Please take a ticket from the barrier, then discard that once you have received your discounted one.

– I will not be there on the day unfortunately. If you can foresee any problems, please let me know before the event so I can brief SG staff and be prepared!

YET ANOTHER MESSAGE FROM ANDY ABOUT SCHUBERTIANA – Specially for clarinetist and trombonists.

Everyone is, of course, welcome to join The Cobweb Orchestra to play all nine Schubert symphonies with us at Sage Gatehead on Saturday 27th May (less than 2 weeks’ time now), but not all of them were originally written for full symphony orchestra.

You might know that clarinets and trombones were not chosen by Schubert for inclusion in all his symphonies, but don’t worry, it should still be possible for you to be involved in the whole day.

Symphony No.5 does not use clarinets at all, but we have a specially Cobwebbed version which includes parts, so you’ll be able to join in. Also, although he wrote for clarinets in Bb, A and C, we have endeavoured to make sure that there is at least one part for Bb clarinet in each work in case you don’t have an A and/or a C instrument. If you do, please bring them along. The one exception is Symphony no. 7, which has parts for A clarinets only.

Schubert only wrote for trombones in nos. 7, 8 and 9, but they are fantastic parts – involved all the time and there are some great tunes. However, we don’t expect you to sit around just listening for the first six hours of the day, so please come along and play bassoon and bass parts in nos. 1-6.

Looking forward to seeing you there.
Andy

Date for your diaries:

Study Day with Joe Davies; Beethoven Symphony No. 8
Saturday 8th July
Dalston Victory Hall, Dalston, Carlisle, CA5 7QB
11-4pm
Members £10
Non Members £13
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=321

Joe is leading a day looking at Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 across in Carlisle. Joe is a first-study Conductor and second-year music student at Oxford University and known to some of you Dalston cobwebbers! Join him in his first day working with us looking at this fabulous work.

The enrolment form will be available next week, but please do put the date in your diaries now.

Musical Picnic – reminder to enroll!
Sunday 23rd July
Summerhill Pavillion, Newcaslte upon Tyne, NE4 6EH
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=328

Rehearsal will be 12.30-3.00pm on the day
Concert will begin at 4pm, and finishing at 5.30pm.

Members of the Cobweb Orchestra £ 9.00
Non-members £ 12.00

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). Please do print this off and advertise to people as widely as possible. Its for all the family so do invite as many as you can!

The enrollment form for performing in the concert is here.

That’s all for this week – keep letting me know you’re coming to Schubertiana – I’m gutted I can’t be there!

Best wishes,
Lorna
Event Co-ordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

Cobweb News 17: 11.05.17

May 11, 2017 10:09 am — Lorna Wright

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

Sedberg Happenings

April 7, 2017 9:02 am — Lorna Wright

AN AMAZING CREATION

The Cobweb’s an orchestra that defies time and space
Through email and internet it appears place to place
It’s players are varied both in age and in skills
As they tackle great works in search of cheap thrills
The conductor is Andy who waves a white stick
He helps us much more than a metronome’s tick
And there’s Lorna who keeps order and sends us the news
When her smile asks for money you just can’t refuse
Don’t forget dear Anita who planned this weekend
Answering dozens of questions that could drive round the bend
There’s a library of music they keep tidy and neat
With all comings and goings now that’s quite a feat
And here we have Sheila with fine teas and cake
For the talents of Cobwebs include several who bake
The whole thing is magic, an amazing creation
It’s fuelled by your energy with no help from the Nation.

William Sutherland

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

This is only the latest few posts to the official Cobweb Orchestra Blog site. where you will find much more.

Next Event:
Sun 23rd Jul 2017
Summerhill Pavillion, Winchester Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 6EH
Cobweb Orchestra in Concert
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