Catherine Shackell


6th November – Mozart Symphony 39

13th November – Mozart Requiem

14th November – Mozart Concert

Anthony Sargent is one of Cobwebs’ favourite conductors and this Autumn he is guiding the orchestra through some of Mozart’s glorious mature compositions.  The Mozart extravaganza begins with a Sage Day delving into his wonderful 39th Symphony on Saturday 6th November, followed by a Study Day looking at his Requiem on Saturday 13th before the project culminates in a rehearsal & performance of both works in Bishop Auckland Town Hall on Sunday 14th.
As usual you can take part in as many of the days that make up this project as you like, although it does give us the opportunity for thorough and detailed preparation with Anthony for the final concert.  And, just so it doesn’t get too expensive for those of you wanting to really get inside the music before the 14th, we’re offering a special deal.  Whichever is the first Mozart event you attend you get the rest of the extravaganza events for free!
Mozart Symphony 39 – Saturday, 6th November
Gateshead Old Town Hall , West Street, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear NE8 1HE
1:30pm – 7pm

Music & Parts
If you’d like to look at the music in advance you can download parts from:,_K.543_(Mozart,_Wolfgang_Amadeus)
We will be using a version that has parts for all orchestral instruments not only those included in the original scoring, and will send pdfs of these additional parts out to you when you enrol.
Please bring your own food and drinks for the day as there are no refreshment facilities available in the Old Town Hall.
There is some on street parking near Gateshead Old Town Hall but many people will find it more convenient to park at the Sage & walk across (it takes about 4 mins).  You can apply at the Sage box office for an electronic pass to the upper car park & pay only £1.50 per visit – just say that you’re attending the Sage Cobwebs day.
Prices & enrolments:
£20.45 for members of The Cobweb Orchestra / £26.80 for non-members
You will then be able to sign up for our Mozart events on 13th & 14th for free.
Please note that as this is a Sage Event bookings need to be made through the Sage Gateshead ticket office 0191 443 4661.
If you would also like to attend on 13th / 14th for free please also complete the  Cobwebs enrolment form attached.

Mozart Requiem – Saturday, 13th November
Joseph Swan School, Saltwell Road South, Gateshead, NE9 6LE
10am – 6pm

The orchestra will be joined by The Sage Mozart Singers for this workshop focussing primarily on Mozart’s glorious Requiem under the guidance of Anthony Sargent. There may also be the opportunity to dip into Symphony 39 too.
Music & Parts
If you’d like to look at the music in advance string players can download parts from:,_K.626_(Mozart,_Wolfgang_Amadeus)
(It’s the Kalmus 1933 reprint – the second set of parts on the page).  We will be using a version that has parts for all orchestral instruments not only those included in the original scoring, so we’ll send pdfs for all other parts direct to you when you enrol.

Please bring your own food and drinks for the day as there are no refreshment facilities available in the school.

Free if you attended the Mozart Study Day on the 6th, otherwise:
£12 for members of The Cobweb Orchestra / £16 for non-members
By attending this event you will be able to on the 14th at no extra cost.

Mozart Concert – Sunday, 14th October 2010
Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7NP
Rehearsal: 2pm-6pm & concert: 7:30-9:30pm

And what better way to round off our Mozart extravaganza than with a concert?  Let’s do everything we can to ensure that we get a really good audience for these wonderful works: Mozart’s Symphony 39 and Requiem.  Tickets are available from the Bishop Auckland Town Hall Tourist Office Tel: 01388 602 610.
Music & Parts
Music and parts will be provided on the day or can be downloaded from:,_K.543_(Mozart,_Wolfgang_Amadeus),_K.626_(Mozart,_Wolfgang_Amadeus)

Please bring your own food and drinks for the day as there are no refreshment facilities available.

Free if you attended one of the Mozart Study Days on 6th or 13th, otherwise:
£9 members of The Cobweb Orchestra / £12 for non-members
To enrol please return the form attached along with your cheque to:
C. Shackell, The Cobweb Orchestra, 17 Manor Road, Tadcaster, N.Yorks, LS24 8HP

Posted by Catherine Shackell in Events, General



10am Saturday November 27th 2010 – 4pm Sunday November 28th 2010

Back to its original format, the Ridley Hall ‘DIY’ weekend is a mix of full orchestra sessions, and chamber music sessions which you organise yourself, in peaceful and comfortable surroundings. There are plenty of rooms for different size groups, and lots of music to choose from because many people generously put their own music in the temporary library.
Single/double rooms are in short supply at Ridley Hall so we are making a £10 administrative charge for each room requested and allocated as either single or double. Requests will be dealt with on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
You’ll find a more detailed timetable and notes about what you’ll need for the weekend below.
Please make your booking as soon as possible. We need to inform Ridley Hall of the numbers going by early in November; after that each new booking has to be notified to the Hall separately.
I would like to book:-
(Please tick the relevant boxes for your booking.)
Full board – £90 [ ]
Single room request – £10 [ ]
Double room request – £10 [ ]
Special diet – no cost, please give details ……………………………..
Saturday attendance – £25 [ ]
Saturday lunch – £12.50 [ ]
Saturday evening meal – £12.50 [ ]
Sunday attendance – £25
Sunday lunch – £12.50 [ ]
Total cost;
Please enclose a cheque (made payable to The Cobweb Orchestra) for the full amount, MINUS your deposit if you have already sent a deposit to me.
Send a single or double room request if you are making one.
Your room request FEE, (if single or double rooms are available), should NOT be sent now, but paid by cheque when you arrive at Ridley Hall.
Please contact me about prices if you want to bring a non-playing guest.

Useful information
Timetable (provisional)
10.00am – 12.30 pm Full orchestra
12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm – 3.30pm DIY
3.30pm – 4.00pm Tea break
4.00pm – 6.00pm DIY
6.00pm – 7.00pm Dinner
7.30pm – 10.30pm Andy’s surprise
Midnightish ‘A symphony at midnight’
8.30am – 9.30am Breakfast
9.30am – 10.30am Full orchestra
10.30am – 12.30pm DIY
12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm – 2.30pm DIY
2.30pm – 3.00pm Tea break
3.00pm – 4.00pm Full orchestra
4.00pm Finish
Things to bring
A music stand (best to label it)
Any ensemble music you want to play or are happy to let other people borrow (please make sure your name is on it clearly)
A towel (bedding is provided but not towels.)
Any food or drink (alcoholic/non-alcoholic) you might want other than at mealtimes
(Tea and coffee are available all the time in the den, and water is served with meals, but you need to bring your own if you want wine, juice, any other sort of hot drink or snacks at any other time)
Waterproof coat and footwear if you intend to do any walking from the Hall. There are pleasant walks but the Hall is out in the country so the roads tend to be rough and muddy in the winter.
Cobwebs funds
We are trying to raise funds for Cobwebs by ‘swapping’ clothes which we no longer wear (usually unfortunately because they don’t fit any more). Please bring any clothes which you think someone else might like enough to buy, and come and look at those other people bring. If you decide to take any, then there will be a box in which to leave a donation to Cobwebs
(So far this has been a female thing, but we are happy to add men’s wear too.)
Please send your booking form and cheque to me direct;
Liz Carlile
48 South Road
Stockton on Tees
TS20 2SZ
If you have any questions you can email me or ring me on 01642 873973 or 01642 530424, or on my mobile, 07914 956786

Posted by Catherine Shackell in Events

Press Article from America!

Local Musician One of Six Worldwide Winners

Tarpon Springs, Florida, September 15, 2010

Composer and conductor Andy Jackson, who lives in Bishop Auckland and is Director of the Cobweb Orchestra has been awarded a Music Fellowship to visit the USA and experience American style community music making at first hand as a guest of the New Horizons International Music Association.
Between October and May, six musicians from countries around the world who are interested in New Horizons programs will visit the United States and Canada: other Fellows are Graham Sattler from Australia; Julie Jackson-Gough from New Zealand; Cornellia Van Oostrum from South Africa; Marco Fanti from Italy; Alan Lewis from The United Kingdom. They each have been awarded a NAMM New Horizons Music Fellowship to assist with up to $2,000 of their travel expenses.
Each Fellowship winner will observe New Horizons bands, orchestras or choruses in two or more locations and meet with Dr. Roy Ernst, the Founder of New Horizons Music. There are presently 172 New Horizons program, with 17 more in the planning phase. New Horizons groups in many countries will become part of an international network in which musicians will enjoy music camps and other events together.
The Fellowships are made possible by a grant to New Horizons International Music Association from The NAMM Foundation, which allocated $585,000 in funding during the current year to support innovative community-based music learning programs that allow more people the opportunity to experience the proven benefits of active music making. The new grants, while only a small portion of NAMM’s overall annual multimillion-dollar-reinvestment into the music products industry, help worthy organizations operate programs designed to increase interest and participation in making music among seniors, college students and school-aged children. Since 1994, the NAMM Foundation has supported music-making programs has since then allocated more than $12.5 million to ensure their continuity.
New Horizons International Music Association Inc. is a non-profit organization that promotes Music programs by providing entry points to music making for adults, including those with little or no musical experience. New Horizons music was started by Professor Roy Ernst at the Eastman School of Music Rochester, New York in 1991. For more information about New Horizons International Music Association, please visit :
The NAMM Foundationis a nonprofit organization with the mission of advancing active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs from the international music products industry. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit: For more information about the NAMM Foundation’s grants and scholarships, please e-mail

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Diary of Events Sept – Dec 2010 and beyond…

Get the dates in your diary early, and we’ll send out more information about each event as it approaches so watch out for those and check event details closer to the time in case changes have to be made.   You can join our mailing list and enrol for our events by contacting Catherine


Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th September
Ensembles Weekend
There are events for strings, brass, clarinets and double reed ensembles throughout the weekend.   You can find full details of what’s happening when and who to contact for more information and to enrol for each session during the weekend at:

Saturday 25th September
English Baroque Music Day, led by Peter Wood
11:30 am – 4:30pm
Haxby & Wigginton Methodist Church Hall, The Village, Haxby, York, YO32 2JJ
For more details & to enrol contact Catherine Shackell

Sunday 26th September
Brahms Symphony No.4 and Academic Festival Overture, led by Andy Jackson
2pm – 7pm
Wylam Institute, Church Road, Wylam NE41 8AP
For more details & to enrol contact Catherine Shackell


Saturday 2nd October
Haydn ‘Nicknamed’ Symphonies, led by Catherine Shackell nee Holbrook
11am – 4pm                  Dalston Victory Hall, Dalston, near Carlisle
For more details & to enrol contact Catherine Shackell

Saturday 9th October
Beethoven Symphony No. 9, led by Andy Jackson
11am – 5pm
Middlesbrough Town Hall, Middlesbrough, TS1 1LP
For more details & to enrol contact Catherine Shackell

Sunday, 17th October
“The Lighter Side”, led by Peter Crompton
Time TBC
venue TBC, Newbiggin

Saturday, 23rd October
Schumann Symphony No.1, led by Chris Griffiths
11am – 5pm
Tebay Methodist Church Hall, Tebay CA10 3UY


Saturday, 6th November
Mozart Symphony No. 39 Sage Study Day, led by Anthony Sargent
1:30pm – 7pm
Gateshead Old Town Hall, Gateshead NE8 1HE

Saturday, 13th November
Rehearsal for November 14th Mozart concert with Anthony Sargent
Times TBC
Venue TBC

Sunday, 14th November
Concert: Mozart Symphony No. 39 and Requiem, conducted by Anthony Sargent
Rehearsal: 2pm – 6:30pm           Concert: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7NP

Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th November
Ridley Hall Residential DIY ensembles and full orchestra.
Saturday, 10am – Sunday, 4pm
Ridley Hall, Bardon Mill, NE47 7BP
For more details & to enrol contact Liz Carlile


Saturday, 11th December
Guinea Pig Orchestra Christmas Party at Sarah and Philip Wherry’s house in Bishop Auckland
7pm til late and everyone can bring a guinea pig!


Saturday 12th February 2011
Concert with Venera Bojkova’s piano pupils.
Time TBC          Caedmon Hall, Gateshead

Saturday, 26th February 2011
Concert: Poulenc’s ‘Gloria’ with the ‘Silver Breves’
Time & Venue TBC

Friday 8th – Sunday 10th April 2011
Sedbergh Residential
Friday, 4pm – Sunday 4pm
For more details & to enrol contact Liz Carlile

Monday, 25th April 2011 (Yes, that really is Easter Monday)
All Beethoven’s Symphonies in a day.
Time & Venue TBC

Sunday, 8th May 2011
Concert: Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto with Evgenia Startseva
2pm – 10pm      Exact timings of rehearsal and concert TBC
Hall 2, The Sage Gateshead

Sunday 21st – Sunday 28th August 2011
Tuscany Residential, rehearsals and concerts
Please let Andrew Forsyth ( know if you’re interested in coming.

Posted by Catherine Shackell in Events, General

Ensembles Weekend 18th-19th September 2010

The Ensembles Weekends are organised and led by some of dedicated and enthusiastic players to give players the opportunity to play in smaller ensembles, explore different repertoire and discuss the peculiarities of their particular instruments.

Please see the timetable below for details of what’s happening when and who to contact for futher information and to enrol.



Led by Martin Wilkinson

NEW TIME: 3pm – 6pm

VENUE: Dipton Community Centre

Martin plans to do the Telemann Concerto for 2 violas and depending on the number of players would like to also like to have a look at St Paul’s Suite by Holst and John Rutter’s Suite for strings.

For more information & to enrol contact:

Martin Wilkinson


text: 07930 278 945



TIME: 11am – 4pm

VENUE: Hallbankgate near Brampton

For more information & to enrol contact:

Lesley Wearmouth



TIME: 2pm – 5pm

VENUE: Dipton Community Centre

Lee is expecting to form small groups from beginners through experienced players to give everyone a chance to stretch their playing. By popular demand, Gabrielli is certainly on the list for the whole group to play together.

Do please also bring any group music you may have to share on the day.

For more information & to enrol contact:

Lee Fairlie



Led by Sue Baker

TIME: 2pm – 4:30pm

VENUE: Tebay Methodist Church Hall,

Tebay, CA10 3UY


Before: Elizabeth lives 15 minutes away from Tebay near Kirby Stephen and has very kindly offered to provide a pre-session soup and roll lunch for anyone travelling a long way. Please let Elizabeth know in advance if you’d like to take up this offer so she can give you directions and most importantly so she knows how much soup to make!

During: There will be hot drinks available

After: If you would like a quick bite before returning home, please feel free to bring something for a quick sharing meal.

Sue has 3 pieces for oboes, cors and bassoons planned for the session:

– Mozart’s Fantasia in F

– Strauss’s Perpetuum Mobile

– James Paisible’s Mr. Peasable’s Ayres in the Comedy call’d the Humors of Sir John Falstaf

There will also be music available to cater for most combinations of instruments, just in-case the full range of double reeds is not available to play the pieces Sue has prepared.

If you have any music you would like to try, please bring it.

For more information & to enrol contact: Elizabeth Simms


LEADERS MEETING – Getting to Know the Library

Led by Andy Jackson

TIME: 2pm – 5pm

VENUE: Liz’s house 48 South Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS20 2SZ

For more information & to enrol contact: Andy Jackson


Posted by Catherine Shackell in Events

Cobwebs Baroque Group Concert

The Cobweb’s Baroque Group are performing in Ravenstonedale Church at 7:30pm this Saturday, 11th September.  So if you’re in the area and fancy an evening of Vivaldi, do pop along and support our players.
The concert will consist of six concertos by Vivaldi, chosen to show the variety he achieves within the concerto form.  There are early and late concertos, concertos for one, two and four violins and the wonderfully atmospheric “La Notte”, for flute and strings.
All donations will be split between Cobwebs & St. Oswald’s Church.

Posted by Catherine Shackell in Events

Cobweb Group Dates, Autumn 2010

Consett group

Start;                September 2nd
Half term;            October 28th
Finish;              December 16th

Dalston group

Start;                September 6th
Half term;            October 25th
Finish;              December 13th

Middlesbrough  group

Start;                September 20th
Half term;            October 25th
Finish;     November 29th

Morpeth group

Start;                September 21st
Half term;            October 26th
Finish;              November 30th

Sage group

Start;                September 22nd
Half term;            October 27th
Finish;              December 15th

Spennymoor group

Start;                September 8th
Half term;            October 27th
Finish;              TBC

Tebay group

Start;                September 21st
Half term;            October 26th
Finish;              November 30th

York group

Start;                September 9th
Half term;            October 28th
Finish;              December 16th

Posted by Catherine Shackell in Groups

Technological Teething Troubles

Cobwebs has grown significantly in recent years and so we are having to look at new ways to handle the volume of communications involved in, well, keeping in touch and providing you with a fantastic selection of musical events.  As far as you’re concerned things should appear to be pretty much the same as usual, while behind the scenes there are clever people typing away at terrific speeds writing us our very own software.  As with all new programs there will inevitably be a few glitches along the way and we are grateful for your patience while we’re getting things up and running.
Mail Delivery Difficulties
It seems that for some reason some email addresses are currently bouncing back mail that is sent from our mail server.  This means that if you have a hotmail or msn account it is likely that you will receive your mail a few days later than everyone else for which we apologise.  Hopefully we will be able to resolve the problem soon.  I have sent out a couple of emails to everyone since the beginning of September, if you haven’t received them please check your spam filter as the first port of call (I’m using a new admin email address which your account may not recognise), and if there’s nothing from us there, please let me know so I can correct your details on our database.
Big Font Weirdness
If you received an email with some very large and some very small text accompanied by funny spacings please rest assured that this is not a really annoying new marketing stategy we’re trialling.  For some peculiar formatting reason the last mailout appeared, well, quite bizarrely in some people’s mail browsers (although the content is all present and correct), while others were fine and nice and pretty as ws intended.  This seems to be a temporary glitch and hopefully messages will display more normally in future.
A Note on Links
We have recently started using links in our messages to you and some of you have reported defective links and error messages.  There is unfortunately nothing that we can do to fix this as it is to do with the settings on individual computers / in particular browers and the links work without problem for the majority of people.  In future messages I shall endeavour to write the link address in full, it won’t be quite as pretty, but it does mean that if you are affected then you can copy and paste it into your address bar and find the relevant page that way.
Please Let Us Know
If you think you’ve spotted any other technological peculiarities please do let me know so we can get things sorted out as soon as possible.
Many thanks

Posted by Catherine Shackell in Website & Technologies

#46 … and au revoir from me

from newsletter 46

liz portrait
Dear All
I’m saying only ‘Au revoir’ because although I’m handing over the main part of the administrative work for Cobwebs to Catherine, I’m going to keep doing the two home residentials,  Ridley Hall in the Autumn and Sedbergh in the Spring.  Catherine even has a formal name for me – Residentials co-ordinator.  So I shall still be emailing you and keeping in touch with you.
Alan, my husband, has always said that I only have one speech, and that’s ‘Thank you’.  And it has never been more appropriate than now.  For the last four years I have been Cobwebs’ administrator, and I have enjoyed (almost) every minute of it.  It hasn’t been setting up the systems we use, or counting the money, or recording the forms that came back (some never do), nor even playing music (because that has been hard and frustrating for most of the four years) that makes thank you appropriate.  It has been your support and friendship.  I am famous in my family for having the last word, so here it is;  The Last Word – Thank you!
Liz Carlile
(Who can mostly now, almost miraculously, play again.)

Posted by Catherine Shackell in General, Newsletters

#46 Coming Up This Term (Autumn 2010)

from newsletter 46

full orchestra

Two new things are happening in the coming months, one involving ‘cellist, composer and conductor Greg Pullen and the other with Director of the Sage Gateshead, Anthony Sargent.
Many Cobweb players will know Greg for his virtuosity on the ‘cello and may have played some of his popular pieces such as “Sir Bob and Sir Ted” or “Beethoven comes to tea”, but few will have been conducted by him… yet.
In September, Greg is starting up a regular weekly group in Spennymoor, Co. Durham, so if you know anyone who lives near the Spennyopolis conurbation, who would like to play in an orchestra and who is free on Wednesday evenings, tell them about it.
Establishing this group (our eighth) means that if you have the time and energy (and enjoy travelling), you can be part of a Cobweb Orchestra every weekday night of the week: Dalston or Middlesbrough on Mondays.  Morpeth (note the change from Newbiggin) or Tebay on Tuesdays. Wednesday is Spennymoor.  York or Consett on Thursdays. Then there’s always the Sage, Gateshead on Wednesday afternoons for people who prefer making music during the daylight hours.
Of course, that still leaves the weekends to fill up with opportunities to bow and blow. Here are some details:
Anthony Sargent has been conducting Cobwebs for many years now and we all benefit from his musical insights, sense of style and attention to detail. This year he will be delving into Mozart’s Requiem again and conducting it in a concert at Bishop Auckland Town Hall on Sunday 14th November along with symphony no. 39 in Eb also by Mozart.
Of course, Cobwebs had been conducted by Anthony before and we’ve played at Bishop Auckland before. What’s new about this event is that we’re going to try and link together activities over two weekends to give more continuity and to aim at a more coherent final performance. Players often say “That performance could have been even better if we’d had longer to rehearse it”. So, we’ll be rehearsing the symphony in Gateshead Old Town Hall on Saturday 6th November and the Requiem on Saturday 13th November as well as both pieces on the day of the concert.
We hope that most players will be able to attend all three days so that they can get as much as possible out of the experience of being directed by someone as thorough and inspiring as Anthony. Three days over two weekends sounds expensive, but there’ll be reductions for people who sign up to the whole timetable.
Other weekends throughout the Autumn are also crowded out with Cobweb events covering the whole of our extensive geographical range and a huge swathe of repertoire from Schumman’s “Spring” symphony with Chris Griffiths to Light Orchestral Music with Peter Crompton, and English Baroque Music with Peter Wood to a melange of Haydn’s “Nicknamed” symphonies with Catherine Shackell. We’re also playing Beethoven’s 9th symphony with soloists and chorus at Middlesbrough Town Hall.
Then, as usual, as Christmas approaches we’ll have the traditional “Do it yourself” residential at Ridley Hall and for the first time this year a Guinea Pig Orchestra musical party to which all are invited (you don’t have to be a guinea pig).
Details of all these delights are in the diary which accompanies this newsletter, and you’ll be sent regular reminders and enrolment forms by Catherine as the term progresses.
By Andy Jackson

Posted by Catherine Shackell in General, Newsletters