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Cobweb News 08.01.18

January 8, 2018 6:53 pm — Lorna Wright

Dear all,

What a fantastic start to the year we had on Saturday! Thank you to everyone who came along and particular thanks to Joe who led us so well. I’m sure we’ll see more of Joe in the future! Thanks also to the team at Dalston for helping with everything.

In this weeks Cobweb News
– More Month of Symphonies!
– Sedbergh Residential 2018

January 2018 – Month of Symphonies – it’s not too late to join!

Sunday 14th January, 2-6pm, Wylam Institute
Mark Edwards – Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’
The music can be found here: http://imslp.org/wiki/Symphony_No.3%2C_Op.56_(Mendelssohn%2C_Felix)
– We could still do with more strings, particularly cellists, but we are still welcoming players in all sections!

Saturday 20th January, 11-4pm, Summerhill Pavillion
Patrick Burnett – Brahms Symphony No. 2
The music can be found here: http://imslp.org/wiki/Symphony_No.2,_Op.73_(Brahms,_Johannes)
– It would be great to have more string players generally for this one, but would welcome players from all sections!

Sunday 28th January, 2-6pm, Haxby Memorial Hall
Jonathan Bloxham – Neilsen Symphony No. 2
The music can be found here: http://imslp.org/wiki/Symphony_No.2,_Op.16_(Nielsen,_Carl)
– Why not come and try this symphony? It’s a bit different, but we think you’ll love it! If you’kd like to get a feel for it – this is a fab recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JiiUzsKyMI

We’re offering a deal for the month, so the more of the month you attend, the more you save.
Members: 1 event = £10, 2 events = £18, 3 / 4 events = £25
Non Members: 1 event = £14, 2 events = £26, 3 / 4 events = £37

On the days that are 11-4pm, we will enjoy a shared lunch. Please do enrol soon so we know what music we’re going to need. The enrollment form can be found here, or just email me.

Sedbergh Residential 2018 – a note from Christine

Dear all,
This is an invite to everyone to come along & participate in this year’s Cobwebs annual shenanigans at Sedbergh school April 6th-8th. You can come as a resident, non resident, for the full event or on any of the days.
We always have a brilliant time, loads of music playing in large and small groups & loads of socialising if you want to!! Timetable will follow nearer to the time when Andy has fully worked out what we’re going to do. You may already know that Anita who normally does this organising has retired from the job after many years of brilliant and efficient work, thanks Anita you are a hard act to follow. So all contact regarding this now comes to me please – contact details are below.
The booking form is attached here. Please note that the deadline for booking is FRIDAY 9TH FEBRUARY. I’ll be sending out a reminder prior to that date but please get your booking in as early as possible – firstly it’s always very popular and secondly to give me time as a newbie to start to sort out the numbers & logistics.
SO PLEASE RETURN THE BOOKING FORM PLUS A £30 DEPOSIT FOR RESIDENTS, NO DEPOSIT FOR NON RESIDENTS ASAP.

Thanks everyone – looking forward to it already!!
CHRISTINE BALL
christine.ball1208@live.co.uk
0790 5684537

That’s all for this week, I look forward to seeing many of you in Wylam on Sunday!

Best wishes,
Lorna
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Lorna Wright
Event Coordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

Cobweb News 4.1.18

January 4, 2018 5:29 pm — Lorna Wright

Dear all,

Happy New Year to you all, I hope you had a lovely break and looking forward to rejoining your Cobweb groups/events soon.

We’re starting off the ‘Month of Symphonies’ in just 2 days time in Dalston – see below for more details.

January 2018 – A Month of Symphonies

We’re kicking off 2018 with a month of symphonies, 4 young and exciting conductors will work with us in a series of weekends looking at symphonies in chronological order. The basic details are below but please do click into the enrolment form and see our website for more details.

Saturday 6th January, 11-4pm, Dalston Victory Hall
Joe Davies – Mozart Symphony No. 35 ‘Haffner’
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=342
The music can be found here: http://imslp.org/wiki/Symphony_No.35_in_D_major,_K.385_(Mozart,_Wolfgang_Amadeus)
– It’s looking like a really great day for Saturday, we could do with some more bass instruments; cello/bass/bassoon?! But obviously we would still welcome players from all sections! Don’t forget to conrtibute to the shared lunch!

Sunday 14th January, 2-6pm, Wylam Institute
Mark Edwards – Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=343
The music can be found here: http://imslp.org/wiki/Symphony_No.3%2C_Op.56_(Mendelssohn%2C_Felix)
– We could do with cellists, upper wind and trumpets, but we are still welcoming players in all sections!

Saturday 20th January, 11-4pm, Summerhill Pavillion
Patrick Burnett – Brahms Symphony No. 2
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=344
The music can be found here: http://imslp.org/wiki/Symphony_No.2,_Op.73_(Brahms,_Johannes)
– It would be great to have more string players generally for this one, but would welcome players from all sections!

Sunday 28th January, 2-6pm, Haxby Memorial Hall
Jonathan Bloxham – Neilsen Symphony No. 2
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=345
The music can be found here: http://imslp.org/wiki/Symphony_No.2,_Op.16_(Nielsen,_Carl)
– Why not come and try this symphony? It’s a bit different, but we think you’ll love it! If you’d like to get a feel for it – this is a fab recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JiiUzsKyMI

We’re offering a deal for the month, so the more of the month you attend, the more you save.
Members: 1 event = £10, 2 events = £18, 3 / 4 events = £25
Non Members: 1 event = £14, 2 events = £26, 3 / 4 events = £37

On the days that are 11-4pm, we will enjoy a shared lunch. Please do enrol soon so we know what music we’re going to need. The enrollment form can be found here, or just email me.

That’s all for now, I look forward to seeing lots of you on Saturday in Dalston.

Best wishes,
Lorna

Lorna Wright
Event Coordinator
The Cobweb Orchestra

Cobweb News 16.12.17

December 16, 2017 10:18 pm — Lorna Wright

Dear all,

Wow, it seems a while ago now but what a day we had on the earlier this month in York! The Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 was amazing, thanks to all who took part and of course thanks to Andy for leading us through such a great day. Special thanks to the York team, Sue, Jim and all those who work so hard to help the teas/coffees/lunches all just right.

It looks like you’ve all had a great end of term with your groups, do check out the photos from people on our facebook page.

In this Cobweb News:
Message from Andy
A Christmas Quiz…
Month of Symphonies!

AN END-OF-YEAR MESSAGE FROM ANDY

In Cobwebs, we’re so focused on what’s happening next that we never seem to find time to look back and reflect for a moment on past achievements, so I thought I’d just mention a few things that have happened over the last year which gave me particular pleasure (or, at least, left a strong impression).

A concert in a marquee at Summerhill in torrential rain. Providing a live soundtrack to the film “Battle of the Somme”. Performing Mozart’s Requiem in Durham Cathedral. Water themed music at Dipton for the BIG PLAY with rain pouring through a hole in the roof (since mended). Being joined by 5 Royal Northern Sinfonia players at Whitley Bay in a performance of Haydn’s last symphony. Amassing a huge orchestra which managed to cover all parts for Tchaikovsky’s “Pathetique” symphony. Brilliant Cobweb soloists in concert at Preston Hall. Somehow fitting all Schubert’s symphonies into a single day’s playing at Sage Gateshead. Endless fun at our various residential weekends……..

You’ll have your own favourites, of course, but I hope my little list brings back some happy memories.

Looking forward to 2018 – here are a few of the things you can enjoy:
Month of Symphonies and “Anyone can be a soloist”. I know that many of you already have these events in your diaries. Don’t forget to let Lorna know if you’re going to be at any of them.

On Sunday 28th February, we’re playing at a very special venue – Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, and as we should look very good in there in our concert finery, the concert will be videoed – not just with a single camera, but with multiple angles so that it gives a more nuanced impression of what we look and sound like. Don’t let this put you off enroling. People often approach recording and filming with trepidation, but usually end up being really engaged by it.

Then there’s the BIG PLAY on Saturday 17th March. This year’s theme “IN C”. I’m sure everyone can come up with some appropriate pieces for that.

Please note that the Sibelius Violin Concerto study day with Iona Brown, which was scheduled for March has now been moved to Saturday 28th April. I hope lots of you will be available on the new date. Then, in May, there’s chance to accompany another acclaimed soloist when Russian cellist Tanya Anisimova will play the Schumann Cello concerto with us.

Also in May, the newly refurbished Middlesbrough Town Hall opens again and Cobwebs will be involved putting on a concert with local schoolchildren. The date is, unusually for us, a Friday (11th May), with a daytime rehearsal. I hope that many of you are able to make yourselves free for that.

I think that’s enough forward planning for the time being.
Whatever you’re doing over the Christmas/New Year break, I hope you have a wonderful time.
Best wishes
Andy

A Christmas Quiz…

To keep you all entertained over Christmas and raise some money for the Cobweb Orchestra, Ruth and Brian Tanner and Kate Scott-Hughes have compiled a quiz made up from the composers and their works in the Cobweb Orchestra Library. All you have to do is to replace the consonants to identify the composer and their work … There’s a special Cobweb-specific section at the end if you want a truly cobwebby challenge!

If you try the quiz: Minimum £1 donation please, payable at your next group or event or by BACS.

There is a choice of a bottle of fine claret or the game banagrams as a prize for the best entry. If you wish to compete, hand in your printed answers to your local Group secretary or email to briankeithtanner@gmail.com by 1st Feb. 2018. (Judges’ decision is final – no correspondence. Tie break by drawing lots.)

Answers and the name of the winner will be published in February on the Cobweb Orchestra web site and in the next issue of The Trustee’s Tale. A link will also be sent with news of events. The quiz is here if you’d like to take part.

If you need me to send you a version of the quiz if the download doesn’t work, please email me by replying to this email!

January 2018 – A Month of Symphonies!

We’re kicking off 2018 with a month of symphonies, 4 young and exciting conductors will work with us in a series of weekends looking at symphonies in chronological order. The basic details are below but please do click into the enrolment form and see our website for more details.

Saturday 6th January, 11-4pm, Dalston Victory Hall
Joe Davies – Mozart Symphony No. 35 ‘Haffner’

Sunday 14th January, 2-6pm, Wylam Institute
Mark Edwards – Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’

Saturday 20th January, 11-4pm, Summerhill Pavillion
Patrick Burnett – Brahms Symphony No. 2

Sunday 28th January, 2-6pm, Haxby Memorial Hall
Jonathan Bloxham – Neilsen Symphony No. 2

We’re offering a deal for the month, so the more of the month you attend, the more you save.
Members: 1 event = £10, 2 events = £18, 3 / 4 events = £25
Non Members: 1 event = £14, 2 events = £26, 3 / 4 events = £37

On the days that are 11-4pm, we will enjoy a shared lunch. Please do enrol soon so we know what music we’re going to need. The form can be found here, or just email me.

It just leaves me now to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope you have a lovely break and I look forward to seeing many of you throughout the month of symphonies.

Best wishes,
Lorna

Lorna Wright
Event Co-ordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

Cobweb News 29.11.17

November 29, 2017 5:02 pm — Lorna Wright

Dear all,

It looked like a very lovely weekend at Shepherds Dene last weekend, just a quote from Christine for those not on Facebook:
Great musical weekend at Cobwebs residential at Shepherd’s Dene. With our colleague and guest cello player Alice Jones we played a cello concerto by Victor Hubert. Also Andy’s choice of Mendelssohn’s Symphony no 1 written when he was a child apparently (??!!). Played the William Tell overture right through – well done trumpet & horn sections & Michelle on cello!! Saturday evening – Alice got the orchestra playing Bali gamelan music – without dots (always a challenge) followed up by Tracy conducting us in some “fun” tunes including Wallace & Gromit & the Muppets show theme music & Eye Level from Van de Valk for those of us old enough to remember it.

In this weeks Cobweb News
– Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 – this weekend!
– January 2018 – A Month of Symphonies
– Sad news

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 – this weekend!
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.**
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=336

There’s still time to sign up, and we’re looking forward to a fabulous day!
Don’t forget there’s a shared lunch!
The enrolment form is attached here – please do get these back to me asap so I know you’re coming.

January 2018 – A Month of Symphonies

We’re kicking off 2018 with a month of symphonies, 4 young and exciting conductors will work with us in a series of weekends looking at symphonies in chronological order. The basic details are below but please do click into the enrolment form and see our website for more details.

Saturday 6th January, 11-4pm, Dalston Victory Hall
Joe Davies – Mozart Symphony No. 35 ‘Haffner’
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=342

Sunday 14th January, 2-6pm, Wylam Institute
Mark Edwards – Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=343

Saturday 20th January, 11-4pm, Summerhill Pavillion
Patrick Burnett – Brahms Symphony No. 2
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=344

Sunday 28th January, 2-6pm, Haxby Memorial Hall
Jonathan Bloxham – Neilsen Symphony No. 2
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=345

We’re offering a deal for the month, so the more of the month you attend, the more you save.
Members: 1 event = £10, 2 events = £18, 3 / 4 events = £25
Non Members: 1 event = £14, 2 events = £26, 3 / 4 events = £37

On the days that are 11-4pm, we will enjoy a shared lunch. Please do enrol soon so we know what music we’re going to need. The form can be found here, or just email me.

Sad news

It is with sad news I need to tell you that our dear friend David Greer sadly passed away last Tuesday and below is a message to all Cobweb players from Harriet, his wife:
David Greer’s funeral will be on 8th December, at 11.30am in the United Reform Church, Burdon Terrace, Jesmond NE2 3AE. There is restricted parking – the nearest metro station is Jesmond.
There will be tea, coffee and sandwiches afterwards, so Harriet has asked if people could let her know if they’re going by email, harriet.marling@icloud.com

That’s all for this week, I look forward to seeing so many of you in York on Sunday.

Best wishes,
Lorna

Event Co-ordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

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.**
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=336

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,
Lorna

Event Coordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

Cobweb News 15.11.17

November 15, 2017 9:58 pm — Lorna Wright

Dear all,

We had a lovely day last Sunday at the 6th of Peter Wood’s Haydn Symphonies Project, well done to all those who came along, you sounded fantastic.

In this week’s Cobweb News:
– This weekend! Chris Griffiths’ Mozart Double Bill
– Tchaikovsky Symphony No 6 Study Day

Mozart Double Bill Study Day with Chris Griffiths
Saturday 18th November, 11-4pm
Newbiggin on Lune Public Hall,
Kirkby Stephen,
CA17 4NT
Members £10
Non Members £14

It’s not too late to sign up for this Saturday’s study day with Chris Griffiths! It’s shaping up to be a great day so please do come along and join us. We will enjoy a shared lunch on this day, feel free to contribute to this. The enrolment form with more information is here.

Tchaikovsky Symphony No 6 Study Day
Sunday 3rd December, 11-4pm
Haxby Memorial Hall, Haxby, YO32 3HT

You are invited to come and play Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony with the Cobweb Orchestra in York on Sunday 3 December.

If you don’t live in York, why not come a day early and visit St Nicholas Fair for a spot of Christmas shopping on the Saturday? You’ll also be able to enjoy a glass (or two) of festive mulled wine from one of the traditional wooden chalets to get you in the mood for playing Tchaikovsky on Sunday!

A message about parts from the Library Team:
We have an excellent orchestra building up for 3rd December when we’ll work away at this magnificent piece of extravagant romanticism and try to come up with a complete play through by the end of the day.

Most players will probably want to have a look at their parts beforehand, so here is where you can find something to download and print off.
http://imslp.org/wiki/Symphony_No.6%2C_Op.74_(Tchaikovsky%2C_Pyotr)

We have had transposed parts made for Bb trumpets and Bb 2nd clarinet (most of the piece is for A clarinet) which can be sent to players ahead of time if they request them.

For players who arrive at the venue without a part, there will be parts there that you can borrow on the day or, should you still want your own part, photocopying facilities available to print one off (for which there will be a charge of £2.50). However, this does take a while and can lead to delays getting started, so we hope that as many people as possible come with their own pre-printed (and pre-practiced) parts.

That’s all for this week, I hope you all have a great time with Chris at the weekend!

Best wishes,
Lorna
Event Co-ordinator, 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.

Andy

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

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

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

Enrolment form here.

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

Chris writes:

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

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

So I won’t be making that mistake again!

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

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

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

Best wishes,
Lorna

Event Co-ordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

Cobweb News 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!
2-6pm
Dipton Community Centre, DH9 9DR
Members £9, Non Members £12
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=334

**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
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=331

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
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=325

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,
Lorna

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,
Lorna

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
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

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