Cobweb News

In this weeks Cobweb News:
A Note from Andy
Cobweb Orchestra Musical Book Club
The Recording Project- update
200 Club Results

A note from Andy

Dear players

I’m afraid that I’m going to have to resign myself to the reality that live music making for amateur players is still some time away and that however encouraging it is to see friends in RNS and other professional orchestras playing, it could be many months before the case for amateur playing rises to the top of our government’s to-do list.
So, for the time being, we are left with music making by other means.

A “Playing at Home” discussion group is now busy thinking up ideas. The group is now closed to new members so that it doesn’t become too big for lively debate over Zoom, but we’d still like to hear ideas from elsewhere, so please let me or Lorna know if you have any.
I hope to see you at one of our virtual events or activities soon.


Cobweb Orchestra Musical Book Club
Thursday 20th August, 6pm
£4 Members / £5 Non-Members

Next week’s book club sees us explore Dvorak Slavonic Dance in G minor op 46 no. 8.

Andy thought it was about time we looked at something from the Romantic period! He says: 
You’ll need to navigate through the files to find your own part as all 8 dances in the set are published together. There are no bar numbers or rehearsal letters, but it’s relatively easy to know where you are because of the frequent key and tempo changes.

The link below will take you to where you need to download your part / score, but do get in touch if you need a hand.
Slavonic Dances, Op.46 (Dvořák, Antonín) – IMSLP: Free Sheet Music PDF Download

This sessions’ discussion point will be the “hemiola”…

We look forward to you joining us!

The Recording Project- update
Thanks to those of you who have signed up for this, it’s great to see so many of you wanting to take part. We’ve got plenty of brass players signed up, but we really could do with more lower strings and woodwind – should anyone else like to join? A reminder of the info is below and to enrol, please click here

The Cobweb Orchestra is often contacted by composers, both professional and amateur, asking if we would be interested in playing their music. This is difficult enough to organise in normal times, and at the moment, of course, it is impossible to put on concert performances.

However, we could help composers to realise their orchestral scores using live instrumentalists by making recordings. There are many music editing programmes available which can be downloaded at no cost and then used to assemble performances in much the same way as you might do in a recording studio. Naturally, the quality of sound is a bit compromised as not all of us have expensive microphones and soundproofed rooms in our homes, but as you’ll know if you’ve watched any of our “Virtual Orchestra” performances, the results can be quite presentable. This project however would be just audio, no video required.

If you would be happy to contribute your expertise to this enterprise, please add your name and instrument(s) here so that we will know who to come to when composers specify a string quartet or a crumhorn solo.

200 Club – Results

Winners of 200 club draws:

FEBRUARY 1st -John Carter; 2nd– Felicity Kay; 3rd – Bernard Haston

MARCH  1st – Alison Moore; 2nd– Georgina Perkins; 3rd – Christine Ball

APRIL   1st -Richard Best; 2nd– Susan Baker; 3rd – K Henry

The 200 club is a fundraising, fun project. Half of income raised is donated to Cobwebs funds & the other half is given out as prize money. A “ticket” is only £2 paid monthly & you can have more than one if you wish! If anyone would like to join in please contact

Best wishes,
Lorna Wright
Event Coordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

Posted by Tracy Reed