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Cobweb News 6.4.18

I hope you’re all enjoying a lovely Easter break. There’s so many great events coming up over the next 6 weeks or so, so please do take a look and get enrolling! Continue reading →

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Cobweb News 22.3.18

Well, what a day we had at the Big Play! It was a fantastic event and we made over £800. Thanks to all who took part and contributed, it means a lot to us. Continue reading →

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Cobweb News 14.3.18

I hope you’ve had a good week! I’m really trying to remind people that the Big Play is now at Elvet, so please do get in touch with people who you think might still be wanting to attend but might not have let me know. Continue reading →

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Happy Birthday Cobwebs

Below is a copy of the first flyer for those of you who haven’t seen it before.
cobwebs_first_flyer

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Cobweb News 8: 25.03.15

Dear all,
Well done to all those who participated in The Big Play on Sunday, I have heard it was a brilliant day, an awful lot of notes were tackled and everyone enjoyed themselves! Over £1000 was raised at the auction which is absolutely fantastic – well done to Elizabeth for organising! My thanks go to all those who helped out on the day, and Peter for collecting the money.
**Upcoming Events**
**Next week!**
We still have places for all instruments for this concert, do let me know if you’d like to join the event:

Cobweb Orchestra in Concert with Alice Jones
Sunday 29th March
Rehearsal 1-4 pm. Performance 5 pm
THE TCR HUB, Shaw Bank, Barnard Castle, DL12 8TD (opposite Addison’s Sale Room)

http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=244
Participation Fee:
Members: £10
Non Members: £13
Apologies for this price change, we have realised that this is our standard charge for performing, the other prices are for a shorter workshop day.
Join us for an hour-ling tea-time concert with cellist Alice Jones soloing in Bruch’s sublime Kol Nidrei and the orchestra bookending her performance with an overture and a symphony (Rossini’s “Italian Girl in Algiers” and Haydn’s “The Clock”)
Refreshments available at the Hub cafe, or bring your own picnic. Concert dress is as normal, black bottoms with white top and waistcoat and/or neckwear.
Enrolment form is available on the event webpage, please also bring a music stand.
Entrance FREE for audience, so tell all your friends and family to come to this lovely new venue!
**Sedbergh Residential**
Friday 10th – Sunday 12th April 2015

http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=235
All accommodation places are now taken for the upcoming Sedbergh residential but anyone who wishes to be a day visitor is still more than welcome as the hall can cater for larger numbers. Please let Anita know on anitaarris@yahoo.co.uk if you wish to join the residential for the day or need more information.
**Future events**
A number of new events for after Easter have now been added to the website. Do keep checking there to see what’s upcoming with Cobwebs. Enrolment forms will be available at the start of the Easter Holidays, but one event that has been finalised is below:
Sea Music with “The Chippy Orchestra”
Sunday 31st May
11-4pm with a fish and chips lunch
Shap Village Hall , Main Street , Shap , Penrith , Cumbria CA10 3NL

http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=248
Come and join the Cobwebs “chippy” orchestra led by Peter Wood for a day playing sea related music with lunch from Shap’s award winning chippy.
A wide range of sea related repertoire will be available to play through during the day including works such as the Hebrides Overture, the Flying Dutchman, Scheherazade (Sinbad and the sea), Henry Wood Sea Songs, Pirates of the Caribbean, La Mer (Trenet), Sailing By and By the Sleepy Lagoon. This list is not exhaustive and if you have any ideas for easily obtained and sight readable “sea” music please e-mail your ideas to Peter Wood at peter.wood@cobweborchestra.org.uk.
Nautical clothing can be worn for this event (but is not compulsory).
At Lunchtime pre-ordered meals (vegetarian options available) will be delivered from Shap’s award winning Chippy.
Georgina Perkins is a violinist with Tebay cobwebs and also joint owner of Shap Chippy http://www.shapchippy.co.uk/ and Smoky Jo’s. http://www.smokyjos.co.uk/
As well as being one of only a very few fish and chip shops in Cumbria to hold a National Federation of Fish Friers Quality Award, Shap Chippy was also crowned Best Newcomer at the 2015 National Fish & Chip Awards in London earlier this year.
Shap is easy to find, just 10 miles south of Penrith and before you get to Tebay. From Penrith you can either take the A6, or you can take the M6 leaving at junction 39.
That’s all for now for this week, I will be in touch with more details of Summer events next week.
Best wishes,
Lorna

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Cobweb News 7: 04.03.15

Dear all,
There’s lots of information this week – so please do read down to the bottom!
** The Cobweb Auction **
You should have received the catalogue and web address to find the latest news on the Cobweb Auction, please do spread the word so we can raise as much as possible for Cobweb Orchestra. See the webpage below:
https://auctionofpromises.com/2015AuctionCobwebOrch
** The Consett group have found a permanent home! **
It’s Dipton Community Centre (DH9 9DR). Many of you will know this excellent venue as we’ve used it often for weekend events, and it’s been our preferred option for Thursday nights for years. However, we were never able to use it because a Kickboxing group had a regular booking there.
Anyway, it seems that they have kicked and boxed their last and we can now fill the hall with the strains of Beethoven, Rossini and Saint-Saens (and a few surprises) in the coming weeks.
So, they are moving there with immediate effect, starting on 5th March.
**Upcoming Events**
Cobweb Orchestra in Concert – Jon Brigg
Sunday 8th March, Rehearsal 2-5.30, Concert 6.30pm
The Chapel, York St. John University Campus,
Lord Mayor’s Walk, York YO31 7EX

http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=242
Members: £10.00
Non-Members: £13.00
Students in Full time Education: half the above prices
We warmly welcome you to come and join in a concert performance of Schubert’s Symphony No.4, composed when Schubert was only 19 years old and not premiered until more than two decades after his death, and Peter Warlock’s popular Capriol Suite, based on tunes in Thoinot Arbeau’s Orchésographie, a manual of Renaissance dances. Students from York St. John University will also be performing, so there will also be a chance to sit back and listen!
All Cobweb players are welcome to perform in this concert: Jon is a charismatic conductor and Schubert’s “Tragic” is a truly great work, but not so difficult that you can’t be part of a good performance on one rehearsal. Please get in touch if you are interested, we do still have the Cobweb Car Sharing System so it may be possible that people can travel together.
Normal concert dress applies (black bottoms, white top and a waistcoat and/or neckwear) and once again, please bring a music stand.
Enrolment form and Concert poster are available on the event webpage – please do spread the word!
The Big Play!
Sunday 22nd March,
Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 2JQ
12-6pm

http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=234
Participation Fee: £10.00
Shared Lunch
This year’s theme is “The Dance” so why not join us for a day-long drop-in concert featuring dance music of every type: Boleros, Ballet, Tangos, Waltzes, Fandangos, Polkas… this promises to be as even more varied BIG PLAY repertoire than usual. Also featuring the Coweb Auction, where you will have the chance to bid for special lots such as string quartet performances and original artworks.
Entrance FREE to audience
We also need lots of volunteers as usual for this event. I sadly cannot be there so I’m looking for people to collect money, do the lunches, top up the teas, set up, clear away, you name it! If anyone thinks they can lend a hand please do let me know.
Enrolment form is available on the event webpage.
Cobweb Orchestra in Concert with Alice Jones
Sunday 29th March
Rehearsal 1-4 pm. Performance 5 pm
THE TCR HUB, Shaw Bank, Barnard Castle, DL12 8TD (opposite Addison’s Sale Room)

http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=244
Participation Fee:
Members: £10
Non Members: £13
Apologies for this price change, we have realised that this is our standard charge for performing, the other prices are for a shorter workshop day.
Join us for an hour-long tea-time concert with cellist Alice Jones soloing in Bruch’s sublime Kol Nidrei and the orchestra bookending her performance with an overture and a symphony (Rossini’s “Italian Girl in Algiers” and Haydn’s “The Clock”)
Refreshments available at the Hub cafe, or bring your own picnic. Concert dress is as normal, black bottoms with white top and waistcoat and/or neckwear.
Enrolment form is available on the event webpage, please also bring a music stand.
Entrance FREE for audience, so tell all your friends and family to come to this lovely new venue!
Gosh, that was a lot! Looking forward to receiving your enrolments, don’t forget to bid!
Best wishes,
Lorna

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Auction of Promises & Notice about Consett group

Dear all,
Elizabeth Beer has done a brilliant job on the Auction of Promises for Cobweb Orchestra, ending at The Big Play on Sunday 22nd March. Please do take a look at the website (link below) or catalogue (attached to this post) to browse the great things on offer and bid for them!
Elizabeth has made it possible that new donors can add a promise of their own if they wish – do get in touch with her direct on elizabethbeer@dunelm.org.uk
Please do forward this to anyone you think may be interested – it’s all for a good cause!
Also: The Consett group are moving permanently to Dipton Community Centre, Dipton, DH9 9DR on Thursday evenings – please let anyone who you think relevant know!
Best wishes,
Lorna
You are invited to participate in – .
2015 Auction For The Cobweb Orchestra
This is an auction to raise funds for The Cobweb Orchestra, a registered charity. We will begin with online bidding, and the auction will go LIVE at our annual Big Play at Middlesbrough Town Hall on 22nd March 2015!.
https://auctionofpromises.com/2015AuctionCobwebOrch
Auction Catalogue

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Cobweb News 6: 24.02.15

Dear all,
A brilliant day was had by all at the Cobwebs Sight Reading Day on Saturday, with the best advice being ‘reminded to look (and smile) at the conductor from time to time…’ The brilliant team there managed to raise a huge £103 from the cake sale. Well done to all!
Just a small note to let you know that our website is causing a few problems recently meaning Colin and I are unable to update events, or add any new ones. Please do keep your eye on Cobweb News’, Twitter, Facebook for updates. We hope it will be back to normal soon. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about events or enrolments.
**Upcoming Events**
GPO Plays ‘Northern Hills’
Sunday 1st March, 2-6pm
Eldon Community Centre, Eldon, DL14 8XB

http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=233
Free for players
£5 for composers/arrangers
A message from Andrew:
“Thanks to all of you who have responded to my appeal for GPO players next Sunday afternoon. The orchestra is now taking shape. We are still in need of : 1 flute, 2 oboes, 2 bassoons. A few more violins would also be useful.
If you can possibly make it, please sign up now with Lorna.”

Do sign up for this event, it should be a lovely afternoon! Enrolment form is available on the event webpage.
Cobweb Orchestra in Concert – Jon Brigg
Sunday 8th March, Rehearsal 2-5.30, Concert 6.30pm
The Chapel, York St. John University Campus, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York YO31 7EX

http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=242
Members: £10.00
Non-Members: £13.00
Students in Full time Education: half the above prices
We warmly welcome you to come and join in a concert performance of Schubert’s Symphony No.4, composed when Schubert was only 19 years old and not premiered until more than two decades after his death, and Peter Warlock’s popular Capriol Suite, based on tunes in Thoinot Arbeau’s Orchésographie, a manual of Renaissance dances. Students from York St. John University will also be performing, so there will also be a chance to sit back and listen!
Normal concert dress applies (black bottoms, white top and a waistcoat and/or neckwear) and once again, please bring a music stand.
Enrolment form and Concert poster are available on the event webpage – please do spread the word!
The Cobweb Orchestra’s Big Play
Sunday 22nd March, 12-6pm
Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 2JQ

http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=234
Participation Fee: £10.00
Shared Lunch
This year’s theme is “The Dance” so why not join us for a day-long drop-in concert featuring dance music of every type: Boleros, Ballet, Tangos, Waltzes, Fandangos, Polkas… this promises to be as even more varied BIG PLAY repertoire than usual. Also featuring the Coweb Auction, where you will have the chance to bid for special lots such as string quartet performances and original artworks.
Entrance FREE to audience
We also need lots of volunteers as usual for this event. I sadly cannot be there so I’m looking for people to collect money, do the lunches, top up the teas, set up, clear away, you name it! If anyone thinks they can lend a hand please do let me know.
Cobweb Orchestra in Concert with Alice Jones
Sunday 29th March
Rehearsal 1-4 pm. Performance 5 pm
THE TCR HUB, Shaw Bank, Barnard Castle, DL12 8TD (opposite Addison’s Sale Room)

Participation Fee:
Members: £8
Non Members: £11
More information and enrolment forms to follow – just one for your diaries this week.
**Latest News**
Easy-Fundraising Website for Cobweb Orchestra
Cobweb Orchestra have opened an Easy Fundraising page to raise money whilst you shop online. Two thousand online retailers are affiliated to this website, including M&S, John Lewis and Amazon. When you shop as normal with any of these merchants they will donate a small percentage of your order value to Cobwebs and it won’t cost you anything.
All you have to do is go to www.easyfundraising.org.uk and open an account. It only requires your name and address and not your credit card details. During the set up process you can then choose Cobwebs as the charity you would like to support.
After that there are two ways of supporting Cobwebs when you shop online.
Either you can go to the Easy Fundraising website and from there click through to your preferred online retailer. Your retailer will know you accessed the site via Easy Fundraising and will credit Cobwebs’ account accordingly.
To make it even easier you can choose to download the Easy Fundraising addition to your Google toolbar. This will detect if any merchant you use is affiliated to the Easy Fundraising programme without having to go through the Easy Fundraising website.
Although the amounts may be small individually they will all add up over time. For example, every time you do a Sainsburys grocery online shop they will donate 50p, that could be £26 over the year.
That’s all from me this week, look forward to hearing from you soon,
Lorna

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Cobweb News 5: 10.2.15

Dear all,
What a wonderful start to the year we’ve had! A brilliant month of concertos was rounded off brilliantly with Alison Gill playing Grieg’s Piano Concerto – well done to all those who battled through the snow! And then yesterday an amazing 55 players turned out to explore Beethoven Symphony No.5 with Sage Gateshead General Director Anthony Sargent. Cobwebs presented him with a honorary membership celebrating his upcoming departure from his role at Sage Gateshead. I’ve attached some photos of this moment and the Grieg day for those of you haven’t seen them already.
And if that wasn’t enough – we were also in the news last week! Do check out the article here: http://www.thejournal.co.uk/culture/arts-culture-news/north-east-orchestra-goes-underground-8530656
**Upcoming Events**
Saturday 14th February
2-6pm
Dipton Community Centre, Dipton, DH9 9DR
Free (with donations to the Musician’s Benevolent Fund)
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=239
See Malcolm’s message below about this event:

Dear friends,
As many of you may know, we’re planning an afternoon at Dipton (2-6pm on Saturday 14th, Valentine’s Day) to remember Martin Wilkinson – we’ll be playing some English music, and his enormous collection of music will be available in return for donations to the Musicians Benevolent Fund (anything not good enough for us may have to go to the Sinfonia!). Please come along with some food to share, any awful jokes we could post up on a board, and of course your memories. In view of his love of Sunderland AFC (“nil desperandum”!), it has been suggested that a red+white dress code might be appropriate…Malcolm Toft

Please do let me know if you’re planning to attend, even if you’re a CCO member who will be staying on, we need to know because of the music. Don’t forget a music stand!
Saturday 21st February, 11-4pm
Tebay Methodist Church Hall, Tebay, Penrith, CA10 3XG
Members: £8.00
Non Members: £11.00

http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=240
Last year’s sight reading day at Eldon was astonishing: Instead of the dozen or so players I was expecting, the hall was full and we managed to play the most extraordinary range of music, picking up skills and sharing tips about how best to approach music players may never have seen or heard before.
Sight reading is all about access – being able to make sense of dots on a page means that 50 or 60 people playing different instruments can sit down in the same room and, as long as they all have appropriate music in front of them (no mean feat), within minutes start to produce music of great complexity.
It is a skill mainly acquired through endless practice, but there are techniques which can help you to become better at it, and we will explore some of as we work through an extensive repertoire.
As with most aspects of music making, however skilled you may be, you can always get better. So, although the main purpose of this study day to build confidence for players who are relatively new to (or recently returning to) orchestral playing, it will also give more experienced players a good work out.

Enrolment form is available from the event webpage.
Sunday 1st March, 2-6pm
Eldon Community Centre, Eldon, DL14 8XB
GPO Plays ‘Northern Hills’

http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=233
Once again we are asking you to volunteer to take part in the Guinea Pig Orchestra (GPO) to support the C&A Group in developing new music.
For the past few months members of the C&A Group have been working on a Composition Project. Their task is to develop a suite of pieces inspired by a scene which has been named “Northern Hills”. We have reached a stage where draft pieces need to be tested with a live orchestra.
In the light of that experience composers will be able to do further work on their pieces and bring them back for another session later this year.
If you possibly can, please enrol for the GPO. Your help will be invaluable and you will experience music of quite a varied character.
Please note that enrolment for the GPO is free of charge. C&A members who are bringing compositions will be asked to pay a small fee of £5. Enrolment form is available from the event webpage.
Cobweb Orchestra in Concert – Jon Brigg
Sunday 8th March, Rehearsal 2-5.30, Concert 6.30pm
The Chapel, York St. John University Campus, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York YO31 7EX
Members: £10.00
Non-Members: £13.00
Students in Full time Education: half the above prices

http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=242
We warmly welcome you to come and join the York Cobweb group in a concert performance of Schubert’s Symphony No.4, composed when Schubert was only 19 years old and not premiered until more than two decades after his death, and Peter Warlock’s popular Capriol Suite, based on tunes in Thoinot Arbeau’s Orchésographie, a manual of Renaissance dances. Students from York St. John University will also be performing, so there will also be a chance to sit back and listen!
Normal concert dress applies and once again, please bring a music stand.
Enrolment form and Concert poster are on the event webpage – please do spread the word!
That’s all for this week, do get in touch enrolling for events, I look forward to seeing you soon.
Best wishes,
Lorna
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