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Cobweb News 21.11.17

November 21, 2017 7:35 pm — Lorna Wright

Dear all,

I heard it was a lovely day with Chris last weekend, thanks to all those who came and took part.

Just a short news this week:
– Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 in York
– Dates for your Diary

Tchaikovsky Symphony No 6 Study Day
Sunday 3rd December, 11-4pm
Haxby Memorial Hall, Haxby, YO32 3HT
**This will be our last event before Christmas so do come and celebrate a fantastic year with your fellow Cobweb colleagues.**

A message from Sue Hoggett, who’s being so helpful in organising the day:
There’s still time to sign up, and we’re looking forward to a fabulous day!
Please note that there is no need to bring your own parts for the Tchaikovsky Study Day in York on Sunday 3 December (11 – 4pm). Parts will be available for everyone who has signed up in good time.
Those playing B flat trumpet or B flat clarinet can request a transposed part (trumpet 1 and 2 or clarinet 2) ahead of time from Lorna (events.cobwebs@gmail.com) – or these transposed parts will be provided on the day as long as you let Lorna know in good time what you need us to print off for you).
NB Horn parts are in F
Don’t forget there’s a shared lunch!

We have a fantastic orchestra shaping up for this one but we’re still welcoming anyone who would like to come from any group across the region!
We’re particularly on the hunt for some flautists to come and play?
The enrolment form is attached here – please do get these back to me asap so I know you’re coming.

Dates for your Diary

This is just to reiterate Andy’s message, please do take a look at our events page on the website: http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/ and get the dates in your diaries. The month of symphonies in January is looking to be fantastic, and there are events listed right up until Easter too. We’ll have more information on January next week but do get the dates down ahead.

I hope you all have a great weekend at Shepherd’s Dene, thanks again to Anita for all her hard work organising it.

Best wishes,

Event Coordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

Cobweb News 06.11.17

November 6, 2017 9:36 pm — Lorna Wright

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.


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.

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

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,

Event Co-ordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

Cobweb News 24.7.17

July 24, 2017 7:04 pm — Lorna Wright

Hi all,

Congratulations to all those who played at the musical picnic yesterday, I thought you all did great! Despite the rain it was a brilliant success.There are lots of pictures on Facebook, you can see them here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/52837310094/?ref=bookmarks

Well, if you thought that was us done for the Summer you’d be quite wrong. There’s lots to get involved with over the next few weeks so do sign up!

Upcoming Events:

5th August: Haydn Symphonies Project – No. 5 – Sign up fast!
Dipton Community Centre, DH9 9DR
Members £9, Non Members £12

**I’m sorry for the lateness of this enrollment form, it’s only 2 weeks away so sign up fast!**

The Journey through Haydn’s symphonies continues on Saturday 5 August 2017 at Dipton Community Centre 2.00pm to 6.00pm. This, our 5th session and Haydn is now employed by Prince Paul Anton Esterhazy as the Assistant Capellmeister at the palace at Eisenstadt.

We will be looking at symphonies 36,9,108 ‘B’, 14,12,40 &16.

These were all 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).

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 also welcome to participate in this session:-

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

After this session we will have looked at 28 of the symphonies (just over ¼). Only 78 to go!

12th August: Sage Gateshead Study Day
1.30 – 7pm
Sage Gateshead, NE8 2JR

This is a day for musicians who have some experience of playing in an orchestra, but do not consider themselves experts. Andy Jackson will conduct works ranging from the well known to the obscure and from Baroque to modern.

Some of the music is specially arranged for amateur players, and some will be played as the composers such as Beethoven, Bizet and Elgar originally intended.

There will be an informal presentation for friends and family at 6pm.

To participate in the day, please book directly with Sage Gateshead Box Office on 0191 443 4661 or Sage Gateshead Website

20th August: Gibside Chapel performance
Gibside Chapel, Rowlands Gill, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE16 6BG

Enrollment form here

Join Andy Jackson when The Cobweb Orchestra will perform English Georgian Music in the beautiful National Trust Gibside Chapel. Perfect for a Summer’s Day.

Rehearsal: 11 am to 1 pm on the day
Concert: 2 – 3.30pm

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.

Numbers will have to be limited due to the size of the venue, so please enroll quickly. As usual, we’ll try to select a balanced orchestra from those who are available. Please don’t think “there’ll be loads of clarinets/horns/cellos so I’ll leave it to someone else”. If everyone did that, we’d never manage to put together an orchestra at all.

The repertoire will, again, be English, but this time focusing on music appropriate to the Georgian venue: Avison, Handel, Boyce, Arne, etc. and we’ll be using Cobwebbed versions that include the instruments those composers didn’t write for.

Please don’t forget to bring a music stand.

I can’t be at this event so I would appreciate payment in advance by cheque or BACS where possible!

That’s all for this week, keep sending those forms!

Best wishes,

Event Co-ordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

Cobwebs Musical Picnic 23.7.17

July 18, 2017 10:11 am — Lorna Wright

Dear all,

I hope you’re having a great final week of your groups this week – I look forward to seeing pictures of the Pizza party York!

It doesn’t stop there though… its the Cobwebs Musical Picnic on Sunday, and the weather looks like it’ll be lovely! For those of you not playing, why not come along? Bring along some food, a picnic blanket and sit on the lawn listening to beautiful English music by Elgar, Delius, Vaughan-Williams, Holst, Lennon/McCartney and many others (there is cover in case of rain).

– It’s not too late to get tickets. Loads have gone, but it’s a big venue and we can squeeze in a few more.
Get your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-musical-picnic-with-the-cobweb-orchestra-tickets-33244075926

– Bring folding chairs if you need them for your picnic!

– There will be no parking at the venue and street parking in the immediate vicinity is restricted and mainly permit holders only, but there is plenty of parking within a few minutes’ walk. Buses 1,10,11,38 serve the area. The nearest Metro is Central Station. This map should help with locating a car park. https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?ll=54.97042284173713%2C-1.6239925320160182&z=17&mid=1YG2d57s9CZlJPNxn3IB8LGdKYOA

Any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! I look forward to seeing many of you there.

Best wishes,

Event Co-ordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

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

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

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.


  • 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,

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

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.

Date for your diaries:

Study Day with Joe Davies; Beethoven Symphony No. 8
Saturday 8th July
Dalston Victory Hall, Dalston, Carlisle, CA5 7QB
Members £10
Non Members £13

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

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,
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

**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.


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.


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,
Event Co-ordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

Sedberg Happenings

April 7, 2017 9:02 am — Lorna Wright


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

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

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

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,

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**

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
Members £10, Non Members £13

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

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,

Event Co-ordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

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