Sue Baker

Cobweb News 18: 15/06/2014

Dear all,
Lizelle Kirby led what proved to be a very informative and interesting Score Reading workshop last Saturday to inspired and grateful participants. We hope to do more ‘hands-on’ workshops in the future for those who are interested.
Next Saturday is the study day for Schubert Symphony No 9 with Andy in Billingham. I know a lot of you have mentioned in passing that you’re interested in this, but please do let me know if you’re intending on coming! This is especially important for this event as we need to source appropriate parts for you all. We have available beginners parts for this work, and it’s a great opportunity for those of you who are maybe less confident to come and have a go at this fantastic piece! But because of this, we need to know which parts are necessary to have with us on the day so its vital you let me know. The enrolment form is available to download from the event webpage:
Saturday 21st June
Study Day: Schubert Symphony No. 9 with Andy Jackson
11am – 4pm, St. Aidan’s Church, 12a Tintern Avenue, Billingham, TS23 2DE
£10 – Members
£13 – Non members

http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=215
Phil (our Treasurer) says that “Schubert is the most profitable composer”, but that’s not why we’re playing his Symphony No. 9 (the “Great” C major) on 21st June in Billingham, it’s because we have specially prepared simplified parts for all instruments so that anyone who can’t manage what Schubert wrote can still be involved.
So why not join Andy Jackson for a study day on the ‘Great’ Schubert Symphony No.9. Often considered Schubert’s finest piece for orchestra, this symphony is also one of the composer’s most innovative pieces. As it is Schubert’s last symphony that he wrote, the piece really excels in majestic qualities, giving it its ‘Great’ reference. As part of the day we will enjoy a shared lunch. Please, as usual, refer to the food hygiene guidelines when thinking about the shared lunch: http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/foodhygiene.php
COMING SOON:
Sunday 13th July
Study Day: Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2 with Peter Wood
Time tbc. Wylam Institute, Church Rd, Wylam, Northumberland, NE41 8AP
£10 – Members
£13 – Non members

http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=218
Peter Wood leads us through this epic and ever-popular symphony written in early 20th Century. We’d love a full orchestra for this one, as it is such a big work, so will welcome anyone and everyone who’s up for the challenge! As part of the day we will enjoy a shared lunch.
Please see enrolment form on the event webpage. I am just checking the time of this event but we anticipate it to be another 11-4.30pm day with a shared lunch. I will confirm this next week!
UPCOMING PERFORMANCE:
Sunday 6th July, 6pm
St. Cuthbert’s Chapel, Ushaw College, DH7 9RH
Cobweb Chamber Orchestra
FREE ENTRY

Why not come along and support your fellow Cobweb colleagues in the Cobweb Chamber Orchestra who will perform some lovely music in the beautiful setting of the St. Cuthbert’s Chapel in Ushaw College, Durham. Entrance is free! Poster attached for more information. If you live in the vicinity of Durham, could you print off a couple of posters and put them up in local shops, doctors’ surgeries, etc. or print off some flyers and give them to people you know who might enjoy listening to lovely music in a beautiful place.
That’s all for this week, I hope to hear from many of you signing up for the upcoming events and see you at the Chamber Orchestra performance!
Have a lovely weekend!
Lorna

Posted by Sue Baker in General

Cobweb News 17: 07.06.14

Dear all,
We had a lovely day last Saturday in Darlington, performing to a small but grateful audience in the beautiful St. Cuthbert’s Church. Our very own Tracy Reed played Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 1 and gave a fantastic introduction to her performance. We also managed to get through Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony which was a challenge, but one we all enjoyed.
I am also delighted to tell you that I have been accepted to stay on in this role, so I look forward to moving forward!
We have a weekend off next week, but after that, do join us for some lovely Summer events coming up:
Saturday 21st June
Study Day: Schubert Symphony No. 9 with Andy Jackson
11am – 4pm, St. Aidan’s Church, 12a Tintern Avenue, Billingham, TS23 2DE
£10 – Members
£13 – Non members

http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=215
Phil (our Treasurer) says that “Schubert is the most profitable composer”, but that’s not why we’re playing his Symphony No. 9 (the “Great” C major) on 21st June in Billingham, it’s because we have specially prepared simplified parts for all instruments so that anyone who can’t manage what Schubert wrote can still be involved.
So why not join Andy Jackson for a study day on the ‘Great’ Schubert Symphony No.9. Often considered Schubert’s finest piece for orchestra, this symphony is also one of the composer’s most innovative pieces. As it is Schubert’s last symphony that he wrote, the piece really excels in majestic qualities, giving it its ‘Great’ reference. As part of the day we will enjoy a shared lunch.
Sunday 13th July
Study Day: Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2 with Peter Wood
Time tbc. Wylam Institute, Church Rd, Wylam, Northumberland, NE41 8AP
£10 – Members
£13 – Non members

http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=218
Peter Wood leads us through this epic and ever-popular symphony written in early 20th Century. We’d love a full orchestra for this one, as it is such a big work, so will welcome anyone and everyone who’s up for the challenge! As part of the day we will enjoy a shared lunch.
Please see the event webpage for further details and the enrolment form.
Saturday 2nd August
Cobweb Beginner Study Day with Andy Jackson
1.30pm-7pm, Sage Gateshead, St. Mary’s Square, Gateshead, NE8 2JR

http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=217
Have you always wanted to play in an orchestra but didn’t know where to start? Or do you know someone who needs an opportunity to get back into orchestral playing? This day with the celebrated Cobweb Orchestra playing specially arranged music by Mozart, Handel, Elgar and others will encourage everyone to make the most of their musical abilities and give an informal presentation of progress made for friends and family at the end of the day (6pm) start.
There’s no enrolment form for this one, you just have to let me know you’re coming!
Please see a message below from Andy regarding Autumn’s concert performances:
“We’ve got two great concerts in wonderful venues planned for later this year and I’d like to encourage you to sign up for them early as possible. Please do, it makes planning so much easier.
First up – Saturday 4th October at St. Nicholas’s Cathedral in Newcastle. We’re playing a prom-style concert with singer Mary Coffield as part of the Cathedral’s music-themed Flower Festival, so there’ll be a huge range of repertoire reflecting in various ways the subject matter of the floral exhibits.
Then, on Sunday 16th November, it’s our annual Hall 2 gig at Sage Gateshead. This year we’re delighted to accompany RNS’s Iona Brown in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. Just in case you need even more encouragement to get involved, the rest of the programme is Sibelius’s Finlandia and Dvorak’s “From the New World” symphony.
Both are evening events with afternoon rehearsals (exact times to be arranged).
I hope lots of you can be there. Lorna will be sending out enrolment forms in the next few weeks, but early notification of interest could secure you a place in case of over-subscription. Even though they are both large venues, there is a limit on the size of orchestra we can fit in, so let Lorna know if you intend being at either of these.”

In other news for cellists…
Cellodees are a group of cellists (including at least 1 Cobwebs player) who meet regularly for fun. On July 12th we will be holding a special event at St Thomas Church Haymarket Newcastle, alongside “Our Big Gig” a nationwide community music making initiative.
We would like to invite cellists to take part in this event, music is available beforehand, and particularly encourage people who have taken up or re-taken up the cello.The group is mixed levels including a couple of professional standard players. for further details please see the following webpage.
That’s all for this week!
Best wishes,
Lorna

Posted by Sue Baker in General

Cobweb News 16: 30.05.2014

Dear all,
What a fantastic event we had last Saturday! As Dave Wood perfectly summed up on the Cobwebs Facebook page:
Sibelius violin concerto with the incomparable Jonathan Bloxham conducting and Mathieu van Bellen knocking us all flat with his playing. That at least provided the excuse for some orchestral gaffs since we were too busy watching the soloist – utterly brilliant.
Then, using up a bit of late time, we were treated to a stupendous performance of the Bach Chaconne. If you weren’t there, you’ll never know what you missed.

As a result many Cobwebbers have taken up the opportunity to see more of Mathieu and Jonathan in the Northern Chords festival this week. If you’d still like the chance, and you enjoy a bit of contemporary music, check out tonight’s concert at Sage Gateshead: http://www.sagegateshead.com/event/northern-chords30826/
Tomorrow sees The Cobweb Orchestra perform in St. Cuthbert’s Church in Darlington. We have lovely orchestra for this event, so please do come and support us if you’re free. The concert will begin at 7.30pm. Programme as follows:
Beethoven “Egmont” Overture
Weber Clarinet Concerto – Tracy Reed Clarinet
Mendelssohn Symphony No.3 “Scottish”
Upcoming Events:
Saturday 7th June
Score Reading Workshop ‘What The Conductor Saw’ with Lizelle Kirkby
1pm – 5pm, Morpeth Methodist Church, Howard Terrace, Morpeth, NE61 1HU

£8 – Members
£11 – Non Members
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=214
Ever wondered –
What is it like to see what the whole orchestra is playing rather than just my part?
OR
How does a conductor read so many lines of music all at once?
OR
Why does the conductor sometimes ask me to play more softly when the dynamic is fff?
OR
What is it with all these instruments in Bb, F, Eb?
OR
How can I better understand the role of my instrument in the orchestra?
If you have ever pondered over the wonders of how to read a score but never had the opportunity, now is your chance. Come to the Score Reading Workshop on June 7th in Morpeth and be enlightened as to “What the Conductor Saw”
This workshop is a wonderful insight into the other side of orchestral playing – do join us for an informative and interesting day!
Saturday 21st June
Schubert Symphony No. 9 Study Day with Andy Jackson
11- 4pm St. Aidan’s Church, 12a Tintern Avenue, Billingham, TS23 2DE

£10 – Members
£13 – Non Member
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=215
Phil (our Treasurer) says that “Schubert is the most profitable composer”, but that’s not why we’re playing his Symphony No. 9 (the “Great” C major) on 21st June in Billingham, it’s because we have specially prepared simplified parts for all instruments so that anyone who can’t manage what Schubert wrote can still be involved.
Finally:
Please read this important message from Liz about the Cobweb Library, please contact her directly if you can help on lizzyjane55@outlook.com:
____
WEDNESDAY MORNING LIBRARY DAYS
As you know, the Cobweb’s music library is open for volunteers to work on it on Wednesday mornings. However I shall be away on the following dates
June 4th 2014
June 25th 2014
so the Library will be closed on those dates.
CHOOSE YOUR OWN LIBRARY TIME
If you find Wednesday mornings difficult, then please suggest a time when you are available, Let me know, and we will try to find a way of letting you into the Library and making sure that you can see clearly what needs to be done.
Perhaps you could get together a small group of like minded people and finish off with some sort of refreshment after the dusty work of labelling, sorting and counting?
It is essential that we get the library catalogued as soon as possible, but it will be a long job and we need your help, please.
Thank you,
Liz
___
I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow in Darlington,
Best wishes,
Lorna

Posted by Sue Baker in General

Cobweb News 15 – 23.05.14

Dear all,
I hope you’ve had a lovely week. I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow at Dipton, but I would like to see more woodwind/brass players!
Firstly, a little report on how last weekend went from Andrew Cottrell:
The Composers & Arrangers Group and two aspiring conductors had a very successful and enjoyable day with the Guinea Pig Orchestra on Saturday. Despite earlier concerns about recruitment, a well balanced orchestra of 25 players assembled on the day. Four composers/arrangers provided a wide variety of new music for us to play and two conductors impressed us with their skills.
Upcoming Events:
**TOMORROW**
Saturday 24th May
Sibeilus Violin Concerto with Jonathan Bloxham and Matthieu van Bellen (violin)
11.00am – 4.00pm, Dipton Community Centre, Front Street, Stanley, DH9 9DR

Internationally renowned and rising stars as part of The Busch Ensemble, Jonathan Bloxham and Matthieu van Bellen are two extremely talented and recognisable musicians who we are very lucky to have the opportunity to work with, and not an event to be missed! Matthieu began playing when he was 4 years old, and an education at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal College Music, London have really set him up to be a fantastic soloist. You can read more of his biography here: http://www.vanbellen.com/bio.html.
Parts still required are:
1 Flute (1 or 2)
Oboe 1
Clarinet (1 or 2)
Bassoon 1 and 2
Horn 1,3 and 4
2 Trumpets
3 Trombones
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=211
Saturday 31st May
Cobweb Orchestra in Concert
St Cuthbert’s Church, Market Place, Darlington DL1 5QG
Rehearsal at 2.00 – 6.00pm, Concert at 7.30pm

We’ll be performing the following programme:
Beethoven “Egmont” Overture
Weber Clarinet Concerto – Tracy Reed Clarinet
Mendelssohn Symphony No.3 “Scottish”
We have quite a balanced orchestra signed up for this one, but we do require 1 more bassoon, 1 more horn, violas and brass!
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=212
Saturday 7th June
Score Reading Workshop ‘What The Conductor Saw’ with Lizelle Kirkby
1pm – 5pm, Morpeth Methodist Church, Howard Terrace, Morpeth, NE61 1HU

£8 – Members
£11 – Non Members
Ever wondered –
What is it like to see what the whole orchestra is playing rather than just my part?
OR
How does a conductor read so many lines of music all at once?
OR
Why does the conductor sometimes ask me to play more softly when the dynamic is fff?
OR
What is it with all these instruments in Bb, F, Eb?
OR
How can I better understand the role of my instrument in the orchestra?
If you have ever pondered over the wonders of how to read a score but never had the opportunity, now is your chance. Come to the Score Reading Workshop on June 7th in Morpeth and be enlightened as to “What the Conductor Saw”
This workshop is a wonderful insight into the other side of orchestral playing – do join us for an informative and interesting day!
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=214
And one for your diaries:
Saturday 2nd August
Cobweb Beginner Study Day with Andy Jackson
1.30pm-7pm, Sage Gateshead, St. Mary’s Square, Gateshead, NE8 2JR

Have you always wanted to play in an orchestra but didn’t know where to start? Or do you know someone who needs an opportunity to get back into orchestral playing?This day with the celebrated Cobweb Orchestra playing specially arranged music by Mozart, Handel, Elgar and others will encourage everyone to make the most of their musical abilities and give an informal presentation of progress made for friends and family at the end of the day (6pm) start.
Members: £24.80, Non Members: £26.80, Under 16/Unwaged/Students: £13.40
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=217
In other News:
– Gordon Kay has asked me to inform you all of his upcoming concert with the Richmondshire Orchestra on the 15th June – for further details see http://richorch.wordpress.com/
– If you thought all had gone quiet from our adopted composer in residence, courtesy of Making Music, then you are right, it had but you can read his latest blog here: http://www.makingmusic.org.uk/our-work/projects/adopt-a-composer/adopt-a-composer-blog/adopt-a-composer-blog/michael-betteridge-cobweb-orchestra-adopt-a-composer
That’s all for now. More events are being added to the website, so do keep an eye on that for future events.
Best wishes,
Lorna

Posted by Sue Baker in General

Cobweb News 14 – 16.05.14

Dear all,
I hope you’re enjoying the nice weather, let’s hope it lasts for a while! It was a great success last weekend with Richard Howarth looking at Shostakovich Symphony No.10, as written by Julie Ratcliffe:
Thirty six intrepid players sat down in Dalston last Saturday to wrestle with Shostakovich 10 and actually managed to pull it off. Richard Howarth did an excellent job of knocking us into shape and had just the right touch, combining coaching and encouragement with humour. There was a great sense of achievement after the final play-through, in that we’d tackled such a monumental work and it hadn’t beaten us – in fact we’d nailed it!
Upcoming Events:
Saturday 17th May– Guinea Pig Orchestra, Composers and Arrangers group and Aspiring Conductors
11.00am – 4.00pm Eldon Community Centre, Main Road, Bishop Auckland, DL14 8XB

Our next event is tomorrow at Eldon Community Centre with the Guinea Pig Orchestra. If anyone was finding themselves at a loose end as to what to do, please do come along – it’s free to play! And if that’s not tempting enough, the community centre staff are putting on a hot lunch of pie & peas for just £1.80…
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=213
Sunday 18th May– Cabaret Ensemble Performance
7pm, The Old Church, Church Parade, Sacriston DH7 6AD.

Tickets are £5 with profits going to humanitarian aid in Syria.
There’s still time to email janiece@talktalk.net for more information and to buy tickets.
**NOT TO BE MISSED**
Saturday 24th May – Sibeilus Violin Concerto with Jonathan Bloxham and Matthieu van Bellen (violin)
11.00am – 4.00pm, Dipton Community Centre, Front Street, Stanley, DH9 9DR

Internationally renowned and rising stars as part of The Busch Ensemble, Jonathan Bloxham and Matthieu van Bellen are two extremely talented and recognisable musicians who we are very lucky to have the opportunity to work with, and not an event to be missed! Matthieu began playing when he was 4 years old, and an education at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal College Music, London have really set him up to be a fantastic soloist. You can read more of his biography here: http://www.vanbellen.com/bio.html.
We would really like a full orchestra to not only support Mattheiu and Jonathan but to get the best attempt at the Sibelius Violin Concerto as possible. The work itself is a virtuosic show piece and is the only concerto Sibelius wrote. Do let me know as soon as possible if you’re planning to attend this event – enrolment form is attached. We particularly need Violas, Flutes and Brass!
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=211
For all other upcoming events, do check the website or contact me directly with queries.
In other news…
A Cobwebber this week introduced me to the Cobweb Car-Sharing Link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ai9HJaI8s1OZdGVfR2lad3FDMXdmXzIzS2d2NjZjRGc
Please do keep using this – I know I will now if any of you ask about lifts. It’s a brilliant idea that saves petrol and money! If anyone has any problems accessing it, do let me know and I will add your request/offer to the list.
Once again, I still have cheap Northern Chords tickets for Monday 26th May – do email me/see me at Dipton for these! Have a look at the rest of the festival week where you can see Matthieu and Jonathan in action: http://www.northernchords.com/
Best wishes,
Lorna

Posted by Sue Baker in General

Cobweb News 13 – 09.05.14

Dear all,
I hope you all had a nice weekend off from Cobwebs last weekend and are now raring to go with the many more events we have left in May. See previous bulletins or the website for enrolment forms for the following events:
Saturday 10th May– Shostakovich Symphony No. 10 Study Day with Richard Howarth
11.00am – 4.30pm, Dalston Victory Hall, Dalston, Cumbria, CA5 7QB

Any last minute sign ups? We could really do with more cellos especially!
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=210
Saturday 17th May– Guinea Pig Orchestra, Composers and Arrangers group and Aspiring Conductors
11.00am – 4.00pm Eldon Community Centre, Main Road, Bishop Auckland, DL14 8XB

Don’t forget, participating just in the orchestra for this event is free! Please do sign up to support the aspiring conductors/composers and arrangers, we could really do with more of everyone at this event.
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=213
Saturday 24th May – Sibeilus Violin Concerto with Jonathan Bloxham and Matthieu van Bellen (violin)
11.00am – 4.00pm, Dipton Community Centre, Front Street, Stanley, DH9 9DR

We have a lot of expected interest in the strings but we’d love to see some woodwind players at this event!
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=211
Don’t forget also that the Cobweb Cabaret Ensemble are performing on Sunday 18th May at The Old Church, Church Parade, Sacriston DH7 6AD. The concert starts at 7pm and looks to be a lovely evening. Tickets are £5 with profits going to humanitarian aid in Syria. Email janiece@talktalk.net for more information and to buy tickets.
NEW EVENTS TO SIGN UP FOR THIS WEEK:
Saturday 7th June – Score Reading Workshop ‘What The Conductor Saw’ with Lizelle Kirkby
1pm – 5pm, Morpeth Methodist Church, Howard Terrace, Morpeth, NE61 1HU

£8 – Members
£11 – Non Members
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=214
Ever wondered –
What is it like to see what the whole orchestra is playing rather than just my part?
OR
How does a conductor read so many lines of music all at once?
OR
Why does the conductor sometimes ask me to play more softly when the dynamic is fff?
OR
What is it with all these instruments in Bb, F, Eb?
OR
How can I better understand the role of my instrument in the orchestra?
If you have ever pondered over the wonders of how to read a score but never had the opportunity, now is your chance. Come to the Score Reading Workshop on June 7th in Morpeth and be enlightened as to “What the Conductor Saw”
Saturday 21th June – Study Day: Schubert Symphony No. 9 with Andy Jackson
11am – 4pm, St. Aidan’s Church, 12a Tintern Avenue, Billingham, TS23 2DE

£10 – Members
£13 – Non members
Phil (our Treasurer) says that “Schubert is the most profitable composer”, but that’s not why we’re playing his Symphony No. 9 (the “Great” C major) on 21st June in Billingham, it’s because we have specially prepared simplified parts for all instruments so that anyone who can’t manage what Schubert wrote can still be involved.
So why not join Andy Jackson for a study day on the ‘Great’ Schubert Symphony No.9. Often considered Schubert’s finest piece for orchestra, this symphony is also one of the composer’s most innovative pieces. As it is Schubert’s last symphony that he wrote, the piece really excels in majestic qualities, giving it its ‘Great’ reference. As part of the day we will enjoy a shared lunch.
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=215
Finally, I still have Northern Chords opening night tickets available for £5 – let me know if you’d like me to put you one aside.
http://www.sagegateshead.com/event/northern-chords30823/
I think that’s all for this week, look forward to hearing from you all soon.
Best wishes,
Lorna

Posted by Sue Baker in General

Cobweb News 12 – 03.05.14

Dear all,
We had a lovely day last Saturday looking at some of Sibelius’ greatest works: Finlandia and Symphony No. 1. We welcomed a few new faces and managed a very fair showcase of the two works to a small, understanding audience. Robin Osterley, who was our conductor for the day, really educated us on the pieces and made it an enjoyable day at Sage Gateshead.
This is our one weekend off in May so I hope you’re enjoying it! However, do sign up/enrol/email me if you’re attending any of the events in May!
Reminders of upcoming events:
Saturday 10th May– Shostakovich Symphony No. 10 Study Day with Richard Howarth
11.00am – 4.30pm, Dalston Victory Hall, Dalston, Cumbria, CA5 7QB

Lots of people signing up for this one which is great, but keep the forms coming in!
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=210
Saturday 17th May– Guinea Pig Orchestra, Composers and Arrangers group and Aspiring Conductors
11.00am – 4.00pm Eldon Community Centre, Main Road, Bishop Auckland, DL14 8XB

Don’t forget, participating just in the orchestra for this event is free!
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=213
Enrolment forms for the above were sent in last week’s Cobweb news email, I’m in the process of working out how to add them to the website but if you really need a copy of one let me know.
New events to enrol for (forms available on the event webpage):
Saturday 24th May – Sibeilus Violin Concerto with Jonathan Bloxham and Matthieu van Bellen (violin)
11.00am – 4.00pm, Dipton Community Centre, Front Street, Stanley, DH9 9DR

Jonathan Bloxham invites you to join him in looking at Sibelius Violin Concerto with Matthieu van Bellen, both of whom are from the internationally renowned Busch Ensemble. Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D minor was written in 1904, and is the only concerto he wrote. The work is generally symphonic in scope, departing completely from the often lighter, “rhythmic” accompaniments of many other concertos. The solo violin and all sections of the orchestra have equal voice in the piece.
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=211
Saturday 31st May – Cobweb Orchestra in Concert
St Cuthbert’s Church, Market Place, Darlington DL1 5QG
Rehearsal at 2.00 – 6.00pm, Concert at 7.30pm

We’ll be performing the following programme:
Beethoven “Egmont” Overture
Weber Clarinet Concerto – Tracy Reed Clarinet
Mendelssohn Symphony No.3 “Scottish”
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=212
We are looking for a balanced orchestra for this concert, so we are accepting woodwind and brass on a first come first served basis, max 3 woodwind per instrument. Please therefore get your form in quick if you want to play! Hot drinks will be provided but please make your own arrangements for dinner as we don’t think there is time or space for a shared tea.
The concert is free to come and watch, and a poster for the event is attached. If you’re in the local area, please print one off and pin it up where you can, we’d love to have a full audience to play for.
In other news…
– The Cobweb Cabaret Ensemble are performing on Sunday 18th May at The Old Church, Church Parade, Sacriston DH7 6AD. The concert starts at 7pm and looks to be a lovely evening. Tickets are £5 with profits going to humanitarian aid in Syria. Email janiece@talktalk.net for more information and to buy tickets. The flyer for the concert is also attached.
– Below is a note from Liz about the Cobweb Library:
I intend to go and sort the Cobwebs library on Wednesday mornings over the next term between 10-12 noon. If there were any volunteers to help out could join me at those times, just let me know when you intend on coming. I know I shall be away June 2nd to June 9th, and then again for the last week in June but any other Wednesday around that, help would be greatly appreciated.
I also still have Northern Chords opening night tickets available for £5 – let me know if you’d like me to put you one aside. I think that’s all for this week, look forward to hearing from you all soon.
Best wishes,
Lorna

Posted by Sue Baker in General

Cobweb News 11 – 24.04.14

Dear all,
Well what a day we had on Monday! It was a fantastic success with an orchestra of nearly 100 people playing a range of pieces all relating to the ‘4th’. Congratulations to all that took part, the soloists and those that won that amazing raffle! Described as ‘an inspiring, wonderful day’ and ‘beautifully organised and huge fun’ we are really pleased with the event as a whole.
As mentioned in my last bulletin, we have a flurry of events coming up:
Saturday 26th April – Sibelius Study Day with Robin Osterley
1.30pm – 7.00pm
Northern Rock Foundation Hall, Sage Gateshead, NE8 2JR

Conductor and former Chief Executive of Making Music, Robin Osterley will lead players of all levels of experience in a exploration of some of Sibeius’s best loved works: Finlandia and Symphony No. 1. To book, please call the Sage Gateshead Ticket Office on 0191 443 4661 or visit them in person (to save paying a booking fee). If you can just drop me an email to let me know you intend to come then it just makes things like music parts easier!
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=208
Saturday 10th May– Shostakovich Symphony No. 10 Study Day with Richard Howarth
11.00am – 4.30pm
Dalston Victory Hall, Dalston, Cumbria, CA5 7QB

Richard Howarth brings a wealth of experience to this study day as a conductor and a professional violinist (he was the leader of Manchester Camerata). He conducts many amateur orchestras in the North west and is both sympathetic and encouraging towards amateur players whilst challenging them to play their best. Please complete the enrolment form attached to book on and send back via email or to me at the address on the form.
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=210
Saturday 17th May– Guinea Pig Orchestra,Composers and Arrangers group and Aspiring Conductors
11.00am – 4.00pm

Eldon Community Centre, Main Road, Bishop Auckland, DL14 8XB
Following the successful arrangement of a Bach Orchestral Suite, featured in the Sage Study Day in February, the C&A group is now considering its next challenge.
Anyone who is interested in composing or arranging (not just existing C&A members) is invited to enrol for this session. If you have a composition or arrangement, a work in progress or just a brief idea for a work, please contact Andrew Cottrell (see attached form for address) beforehand with details. It does not need to be long – even a minute of music would be worthwhile – but it does need to have sufficient instrumental parts for the GPO to be able to play it.
Whether or not composing or arranging is for you, if you would like to try your hand at conducting an orchestra there will also be an opportunity for you to do so at this session. Some suitable scores from the Cobweb library will be available.
We are always grateful to players who come along (free of charge) to form the GPO. Once again we ask as many as possible to enrol for this. There will also be some time to play a few of the lighter pieces from the Cobweb library.
Dates for your Diary…
Saturday 24th May– Sibelius Violin Concerto Study Day with Jonathan Bloxham
Dipton Community Centre, Front Street, Dipton, Stanley, Co. Durham, DH9 9DR
Saturday 31st May – Cobwebs in Concert
Darlington
Finally please see a note from Andy about some events which might appeal to less experienced players:
“Before Easter, we started a series of skill-based workshops with a day devoted to sight reading. I was expecting a handful of nervous players, but instead, the hall was full of people eager to tackle a huge range of music, learning as they went along.
Encouraged by this, Lizelle Kirby is now planning a session exploring score reading in Morpeth on Saturday June 7th. The idea is that knowing what is going on in other sections of the orchestra will help you play your own part better.
Next up, Phil (our Treasurer) says that “Schubert is the most profitable composer”, but that’s not why we’re playing his Symphony No. 9 (the “Great” C major) on 21st June (venue TBA), it’s because we have specially prepared simplified parts for all instruments so that anyone who can’t manage what Schubert wrote can still be involved.
Then, on Saturday 2nd August at Sage Gateshead, we are running a “Beginners’ Orchestra”. If you know people who haven’t yet had a go at Cobwebs because they find Mahler, Brahms or Shostakovich a touch daunting, tell them to come along to this. It would be good to have players of all standards in the orchestra for the day, so don’t stay away because you’re not actually a beginner.”

Lastly, I need to inform you of a new addition to the Cobwebs team: Pat McKullock will be dealing with all memberships (including renewals) from now on. Her email address is: membership.cobwebs@gmail.com and her postal address is: 1 Orchard Close, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 1XE so please forward any membership queries/updates to her.
That’s all for this week.
Best wishes,
Lorna

Posted by Sue Baker in General

Cobweb News 10 – 16.04.14

Dear all,
As you all will know by now, I have taken over from Sue as Events Administrator for Cobwebs! My name is Lorna, and some of you may know me as the one that sits behind the Music Education Centre reception desk at Sage Gateshead. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible, probably at The Big Play in Middlesbrough Town Hall on Easter Monday… more about that later…
There was a very fitting and lovely good bye to Sue at the Sedburgh residential a few weekends ago, and I’d personally like to thank her for the smooth handover – I can only wish to be as organised as her! We all wish her well for her exciting travels.
The Cobwebs Chamber Orchestra performed a fabulous concert at the beautiful Preston Park last Saturday to a sell-out crowd. There were some fantastic comments from the audience and staff at the museum about how delightful the orchestra sounded. I particularly enjoyed the authentic start to the Marriage of Figaro; having the audience chatter away until the striking chord in the 12th bar or so, composed to shut the audience up!
Monday 21st April – The BIG PLAY
11.00am – 7.00pm
Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road TS1 2QJ

We have our annual Big Play next Monday at Middlesbrough Town Hall. There’s a great orchestra signed up already but it’s vital, since it’s my first event, that I know that you’re intending to come.
It would therefore help me greatly if you could complete the enrolment form (available on the website) and either email it to me or post it to:
146 Ellesmere Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 8TR.
Important Information about The Big Play…
– Clarinets, we have a fair few pieces that require an A Clarinet part so we wanted to let you know that you should bring both if you have it so you can play in more pieces!
-You’ll see we’re playing Mahler’s 4th Symphony. We don’t have a huge set of music for this one, so, if you haven’t already been rehearsing this at Consett and would like to join in (which we hope you do), could you download and print a part for your instrument from: http://imslp.org/wiki/Symphony_No.4_(Mahler,_Gustav)
– Elizabeth (Consett violin and Trustee) will be running a raffle and would be grateful for the donation of any extra prizes. Just bring items on the day.
– BIG INSTRUMENTS. It’s always possible to unload these from the cobbles directly outside the Hall. Usually, it’s also possible to obtain a parking permit from the Town Hall staff which means that you can leave your vehicle there all day.
– I have been contacted by Jonathan Bloxham (who is conducting a study day on Sibelius Violin Concerto with us in May) to offer Cobweb players a special ticket offer for the Northern Chords Festival, running 26-30th May. I will have tickets for this event on the Monday evening: http://www.sagegateshead.com/event/northern-chords30823/ for a price of £5 each! Tickets are normally £12 so this really is a great deal for us and we’d love to support Jonathan as much as possible. I will be selling these tickets at The Big Play during the tea time break so do come and grab me! If you’re not at the Big Play and you’d like me to put one aside for you, just let me know.
That’s all this, keep an eye out next week for a flurry of events you can enrol for and enjoy but for now I hope to see you on Monday for what is going to be a fantastic day!
Best wishes,
Lorna

Posted by Sue Baker in General

Cobweb News 9 – 07.04.14

Dear All,
We had a splendid time in Sedbergh (despite the typical Cumbrian weather) for our annual residential. 48 players stayed at the school and another 17 dipped in and out throughout the weekend. Andy Jackson and Stephen Reay were our fantastic resident conductors; they were wonderful at guiding us through Mahler Symphony No. 5 and other works that the majority of us had not played before. All in all it was a great weekend – great music, company, food and drink. What more could one ask for . . .
Important information . . .
As many of you know I have resigned from being the Events Manager in order to do some travelling. For the next 3 months the person taking over my role is Lorna Wright. From now on please could you send all enrolment forms to:
Lorna Wright
146 Ellesmere Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE4 8TR

Even though it has my address on the enrolment form for the BIG PLAY, please send your form to Lorna. Any forms just posted will be forwarded to her, so there is no need to panic if you’ve recently sent your form in.
You can still send emails to events@cobweborchestra.org.uk and Lorna will now reply to these.
Coming up . . .
Saturday 12th April – The Cobweb Chamber Orchestra in Concert
7.30pm
The Music Room, Preston Park Museum, TS18 3RH

Tickets are limited for this concert, so do get one in advance if you would like to hear and support the Cobweb Chamber Orchestra. Please phone Preston Park Museum 01642 527 375 to buy your ticket (£10/8)
Monday 21st April – The BIG PLAY
11.00am – 7.00pm
Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road TS1 2QJ

Don’t forget to enrol for this great event. We’ve a good size orchestra already but I know there are a lot of you intending to come who haven’t yet enrolled. Post your enrolment form with a cheque to the address above or email it and pay by BACs. It would be enormously helpful if players can enrol and pay in advance of the day. The enrolment form and further information is available on the website
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=198
Saturday 26th April – Sibelius Study Day with conductor Robin Osterley
1.30pm – 7.00pm
Northern Rock Foundation Hall, Sage Gateshead

Don’t miss this great event playing two fabulous works by Sibelius – Finlandia and the Symphony No. 1. More information about this super study day is available on the website
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=208
This event must be booked through the Sage Gateshead so if you are in the area why not drop into the Sage to purchase your ticket. Alternatively you can book by phone 0191 443 4661. Don’t forget that discounted tickets are available for Cobweb Members.
Please do email Lorna to let her know you’ve got a ticket or intend coming and getting your ticket on the day.
Dates for your diary . . .
Saturday 10th May – Shostakovich Symphony No 10 Study Day with Richard Howarth
11.00am – 4.30pm
Dalston Victory Hall, Dalston, Carlisle CA5 7QB
Saturday 17th May – Composers & Arrangers / Guinea Pig Orchestra
11.00am – 4.00pm
Eldon Community Centre, Eldon, Bishop Auckland
Saturday 24th May – Sibelius Violin Concerto Study Day with Jonathan Bloxham (conductor) and Mathieu van Bellen (soloist)
11.00am – 4.00pm
Dipton Community Centre
Finally . . .
This is my final Cobweb News as I pack my panniers. I have loved every minute of my time working for The Cobweb Orchestra – what an amazing organisation it is. I’ve made so many friends and never has a week gone by without some lovely emails from you. I know that I’m leaving my job in the very capable hands of Lorna while the trustees appoint a new Events Manager. Please continue to support the organisation. I look forward to catching up with lots of you on my return and playing my horn at rehearsals and events.
Farewell for a while,
Sue

Posted by Sue Baker in General