Sue Baker

Cobweb News 8 – 26.3.14

Dear All,
Three Cobweb Orchestra events took place over the last weekend – the Chamber Orchestra had a successful rehearsal in preparation for their concert in the Music Room, Preston Park Museum, the Cabaret ensemble entertained a full house at Middlesbrough Town Hall and the Tebay Cobweb Orchestra ran a super study day on Tchaikovsky’s 2nd Symphony in Kendal. Below is a brief report about the study day from Doug Dawson.
On Sunday over forty players assembled in the Kirkland Hall in Kendal to play Tchaikovsky’s inspiring second symphony under the cheerful leadership of Peter Crompton. This was organised as a fundraiser for the Tebay group. It was very good to see many players with no previous involvement with Cobwebs, all of whom professed to have had a wonderful day. Every instrument in the line-up was covered. The very idea of playing such a complex work in a four-hour session seemed amazing, but we did it, thanks to Peter’s encouragement, and of course to the delicious cakes provided by the Tebay members.
Our next event is . . .
Friday 4th – Sunday 6th April – The Sedbergh Residential
Sedbergh School, Cumbria

We have an orchestra of over 60 players but there is still room for more if anyone is feeling inspired to come and play Mahler 5 (how can you not be inspired by such a great symphony?) If you would like to join us for the Saturday or Sunday or both please get in touch before the end of this week. Prices are on the website http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=192
The rest of April . . .
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. It would be enormously helpful if players can enrol and pay in advance of the day. The enrolment form 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

Come and enjoy a day of 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 me to let me know you’ve got a ticket or intend coming and getting your ticket on the day.
A date 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

We need a large orchestra to do this fantastic symphony justice so please put the date in your diary and look out for the enrolment form.
String Players . . .
The Cobweb Chamber Orchestra Residential (27th – 29th June, Blackton Grange, Baldersdale) has a small number of vacancies for string players. If you are interested in coming to this superb residential then please do email me events@cobweborchestra.org.uk for more information.
That’s all for this week. I look forward to seeing lots of you at the Sedbergh Residential.
Sue

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Cobweb News 7 – 20.03.14

Dear All,
I hope you all enjoyed your weekend off from Cobweb activities – a rare occurrence these days.
Coming up this weekend . . .
Sunday 23rd March – Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 2 Study Day with Peter Crompton
2.00 – 6.00pm
Kirkland Hall, Kendal, LA9 5AF

There is a fine orchestra coming together for this study day but there is still space for anyone else who would like to play. A bassoon or 2 and more strings would be particularly welcome. Don’t miss this opportunity to play this great Tchaikovsky Symphony. More details and the enrolment form are available on the website www.cobweborchestra.org.uk
A gentle reminder . . .
The Sedbergh Residential is just around the corner – please sign up for this asap if you haven’t done so already. Those already signed up please do send me the balance on your booking. We still have room for anyone who wishes to come whether for the whole weekend or just a day. Horns . . . where are you? We need at least 5 to play Mahler 5 and it has lots of fabulous parts.
Come and listen . . .
Saturday 12th April – The Cobweb Chamber Orchestra in Concert
7.30pm
The Music Room, Preston Park Museum, TS18 3RH

The CCO, conducted by Andy Jackson are performing a wonderful programme of music in this exquisite venue. The programme includes Mozart, Ravel, Rosetti, Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn.
Tickets are selling fast so if you’d like to support the CCO please phone Preston Park Museum 01642 527 375 and buy your ticket (£10/8)
The BIG PLAY . . .
Monday 21st April – The BIG PLAY
11.00am – 7.00pm
Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, TS1 2QJ

Easter Monday sees The Cobweb Orchestra back at Middlesbrough Town Hall for our 4th BIG PLAY. Do join us for a fantastic day of music making. There will be at least 8 great works to play, all connected somehow to the 4th, which is our theme for this year.
As this is a huge event please do send/email your enrolment form with payment asap. For further details please see the event webpage
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=198
That’s all for this week. I hope to see lots of you at the various events coming up.
Sue

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Cobweb News 6 – 12.03.14

Dear All,
We had a super Schubert 5 study day in Morpeth on Sunday, with amazing progress made by an orchestra of 42 players. Schubert’s 5th Symphony is such a delightful work and many people went away with a smile on their face, whistling/humming the great tunes.
Coming up . . .
Our next Cobweb Orchestra event is the “not to be missed” Sedbergh Residential . . .
Friday 4th – Sunday 6th April – The Sedbergh Residential.
Sedbergh School
Cumbria LA10 5BY

Our 8th visit to Sedbergh School is nearly here and it’s time to finalise bookings for those of you who have made a preliminary booking. If you haven’t already booked and would like to join us, there is still space and we’d love to see you for what is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the Cobweb Orchestra’s year. The main work will be Mahler’s fabulous 5th Symphony.
The school have asked for final numbers by Wednesday 19th March, so I would appreciate a quick return of forms and payment. Please see the event webpage for the final booking form
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=192
Hot on the heels of the Sedbergh Residential is our annual BIG PLAY . . .
Monday 21st April – The BIG PLAY
Middlesbrough Town Hall
11am – 7.00pm

Since this is our 4th BIG PLAY the theme for this year is the “4th”. Each of our eight rehearsal groups is busy preparing a work that has something to do with the 4th – a 4th symphony perhaps, or the 4th composition, or the 4th movement . . . It would be lovely to see all the groups well represented at Middlesbrough but this event is open to all, whether you play with a group or not. Do put it in your diaries. It’s a wonderful way to spend a Bank Holiday Monday – making superb music with lots of friends.
Look out for the enrolment form, which will be out next week.
Finally for April . . .
Saturday 25th April – A Sibelius Study Day with Robin Osterley – Sage Gateshead
Northern Rock Foundation Hall, Sage Gateshead
1.30 – 7.00pm

Conductor and former Chief Executive of Making Music, Robin Osterley will lead players of all levels of experience in an exploration of some of Sibelius’s best loved works – Finlandia and the Symphony No. 1.
This event must be booked through the Sage Gateshead. Please have a look at the website for more details
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=208
That’s all for this week.
Sue

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Cobweb News 5 – 4.2.2014

Dear All,
We had an extremely successful and enjoyable Skills Workshop on sight-reading on Saturday. There was a fantastic turnout with players in all sections of the orchestra. We managed to play an enormous amount of music and there was noticeable progress as the day went on. Well done to every one who came and to Andy Jackson for leading such an exhilarating workshop.
Coming up . . .
Saturday 8th February – Study Day on Bach’s 4th Orchestral Suite, conductor Anthony Sargent

1.30 – 7.00pm
Northern Rock Foundation Hall, Sage Gateshead
We’ve a super orchestra forming for this event but there is still space for plenty more players. More information about this day and how to book a place is available on the website.
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=197
Saturday 15th February – The Cobweb Orchestra in Concert, conductor Andy Jackson
Rehearsal: 2.00 – 6.00pm
Concert: 7.00pm
St. Oswald’s Church, Ravenstonedale
A great little orchestra is coming together to perform in one of our favourite and most successful venues. It would be lovely to have 3 or 4 more violins and another trumpet. Let me know if you can come and play. The enrolment form is available on the website.
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=205
Saturday 1st March – Study Day: Brahms 2nd Symphony, conductor Chris Griffiths
11.00am – 4.00pm
Steiner School, York
Don’t miss this opportunity to spend a day playing the wonderful 2nd Symphony of Brahms under the expert guidance of Chris Griffiths. There is still space in the orchestra so please do send in your enrolment form which can be downloaded from the website.
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=206
Sunday 9th March – Study Day: Schuberts 5th Symphony, conductor Andy Jackson
2.00 – 6.00pm
Storey Park Community Centre, Morpeth
There aren’t many better ways to spend a Sunday afternoon than playing the glorious 5th Symphony of Schubert. Although not written for the full orchestra we have parts for everyone and this work really is accessible to most players.
The enrolment form is available on the website.
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=207
Looking ahead to April and beyond . . .
We have some great events coming up including the Sedbergh Residential.
Friday 4th – Sunday 6th April – Sedbergh Residential
There is still room for more players at our fantastic residential. Please see the event webpage for more information.
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=192
Monday 21st April -The BIG PLAY
This is the event of the year when all groups come together at Middlesbrough Town Hall for a brilliant day of music making.
Saturday 26th April – Sibelius Study Day at the Sage Gateshead, conductor Robin Osterley
If you love Sibelius then this is definitely a day for you.
Saturday 10th May – Study Day: Shostakovich Symphony No. 10, conductor Richard Howarth
Put this date in your diary – We’ll need a big orchestra to tackle this fabulous work.
More information will be available for all these events soon.
That’s all for this week.
Sue

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Cobweb News 4 – 28.01.14

Dear All,
Our Month of Symphonies came to a resounding conclusion with Rachmaninov’s 2nd Symphony at Cockermouth. Despite being late into the church we had a great day and Peter Wood made a marvellous job of keeping us in the right place. Well done to everyone who came – it was quite an achievement to get through such a difficult work so successfully.
A few events to look forward to . . .
Saturday 1st February – Skills Workshop: Sight-reading – with Andy Jackson

11.00am – 3.00pm
Eldon Community Centre, Bishop Auckland
We’ve a super orchestra formed for this workshop but there is still room for anyone else who would like to come and find out ways to improve sight-reading.
The enrolment form is available from the event webpage
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=204
Saturday 8th February – Bach Orchestral Suite No. 4 – with Anthony Sargent
1.30 – 7.00pm
Northern Rock Foundation Hall, Sage Gateshead
Our Composers & Arrangers have been working hard at arranging the Bach Orchestra Suite No. 4 for a typical Cobweb orchestra. There is still plenty of room for you to come and experience this arrangement under the guidance of Anthony Sargent, General Director of Sage Gateshead.
This event must be booked through Sage Gateshead. Please have a look at our website, which gives further details of how to book
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=197
Saturday 15th February – The Cobweb Orchestra in Concert – with Andy Jackson
Rehearsal: 2.00 – 6.00pm
Concert: 7.00pm
St Oswald’s Church, Ravenstonedale
St. Oswald’s Church is one of our favourite performance venues where we actually get a large audience and raise funds for the church and The Cobweb Orchestra. This concert features two soloists: Andrew Forsyth playing Mozart’s gorgeous Andante for Flute and Orchestra and Richard Best narrating Purcell’s dramatic Abdelazer Suite.
There is still room in most sections of the orchestra and it would be great to have a full orchestra for this rather special concert. If you are interested in playing please email me at events@cobweborchestra.org.uk to see whether there is space before you fill in the enrolment form which can be downloaded from the website
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=205
Saturday 1st March – Study Day: Brahms Symphony No.2 – with Chris Griffiths
11.00am – 4.00pm
Steiner School, York
Over the last 18 months we’ve had the pleasure of Chris Griffiths taking study days on all 4 of Schumann’s symphonies and now we’re delighted to say that Chris is going to do the same with the 4 Brahms symphonies. We need a fairly large orchestra to do justice to Brahms so please put this date in your diary and enrol as soon as possible.
The enrolment form is available to download from the website
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=206
York is surprisingly easy to get to by public transport and Sue and Jim Hogget (York group members) have provided detailed instructions of how to get to the Steiner School. Please do have a read.
Well that’s February and the beginning of March taken care of. I hope that many of you will enjoy the events that are on offer.
Sue

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Cobweb News 3 – 21.1.14

Dear All,
We played yet another fantastic symphony on Saturday with yet another amazingly large orchestra. Jonathan Bloxham gave us a real insight into Elgar’s 1st symphony and despite it being the hardest symphony some players had ever played we managed to do a very creditable play through at the end of the day. Well done Jonathan, that was quite an achievement.
Sunday saw the first Composers & Arrangers/Guinea Pig Orchestra event of the year. The GPO was made up of the biggest number of guinea pigs we’ve ever seen – well done to all those players who went to Wylam. Thanks to Lizelle Kirby for running this event, which was for trying out the newly arranged Bach Orchestral Suite No.4.
This “cobwebbed” Bach work is for our next study day at the Sage Gateshead on Saturday 8th February. Anthony Sargent, General Director of the Sage Gateshead will be conducting. Please do send me an email to say you’ve purchased a ticket or intend playing at this event.
We have our final symphony in our Month of Symphonies, coming up this Saturday . . .
Saturday 25th January – Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Symphony with Peter Wood

11.00am – 4.30pm
Christ Church, Cockermouth CA13 9RU
Wouldn’t it be great to finish our Month of Symphonies with another large orchestra? There is still room for more players in every section and more strings would be very welcome. Did you know that Rachmaninoff has only just come out of copyright so we’re really lucky to be able to have a go at this wonderful work. Don’t miss this opportunity . . . if you haven’t enrolled there is still time. The enrolment form can be downloaded from the website
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=202
A message from Peter Wood . . .
Dalston Cobweb member and Luthier James Rawes will be at the Rachmaninoff study day with a selection of string instruments and accessories and he will be happy to discuss instruments/repairs/maintenance with players during the breaks. If anyone needs anything specific James can be contacted before the event on 01228 561561 or by email at info@jamesrawesviolins.co.uk
Coming up . . . February kicks off with the first Skills Workshop
Saturday 1st February – Skills Workshop: Sight-reading with Andy Jackson

11.00am – 3.00pm
Eldon Community Centre, Eldon, Nr Bishop Auckland DL14 8XB
Don’t forget to enrol for the very first Skills Workshop. I’m sure there are lots of players who will be intrigued as to how one can become a better sight-reader; so do join us at Eldon. The enrolment form and more information is available on the website
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=204
Friday 4th – Sunday 6th April – Sedbergh Residential
Sedbergh School, Cumbria LA10 5HG
Booking forms and deposits are rolling in for the best residential in the Cobweb Calendar. Don’t miss your chance to spend a weekend playing great music in the company of like-minded people in the beautiful Cumbrian town of Sedbergh. More information and the booking form can be found on the website
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=192
Lastly . . . a piece of lost property
On Sunday an M&S ladies cardigan, size 12, was left at Wylam Village Institute. If you are it’s owner please get in touch so that I can arrange to get it back to you.
Email me at events@cobweborchestra.org.uk
That’s all for this week. Have a smashing week full of music.
Sue

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Cobweb News 2 – 15.1.14

Dear All,
I’m delighted to say that our 2nd symphony – Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 “New World” – from our Month of Symphonies was a huge success and a fantastic day. 62 players congregated in the ‘nearly too small’ Methodist Church Hall in Northallerton on Sunday. Our conductor Jeremy Harbottle was brilliant at guiding and encouraging us through this, at times, quite difficult work. I’ve received lots of compliments about the event and about Jeremy’s conducting. Thank you to all who came and to Jeremy.
Our next symphony is . . .
Saturday 18th January – Elgar Symphony No. 1 with Jonathan Bloxham

11am – 4pm
Heaton Community Centre, NE6 5HY
We’ve a good orchestra coming together for this though there is still room in all sections. As yet we don’t have any double basses and only one bassoon. Please don’t miss out on this opportunity to play a great work by an English composer. Drop me an email if you are able to be there on Saturday. More details and the enrolment form are available on the website.
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=201
And our final symphony is . . .
Saturday 25th January – Rachmaninov 2 with Peter Wood

11.00am – 4.30pm
Christ Church, Cockermouth
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=202
Coming up . . .
Sunday 19th January – Composer & Arrangers Group/Guinea Pig Orchestra

2.00 – 6.00pm
Wylam Village Institute
A few more strings wouldn’t go amiss for this event. Remember it is free for those wishing to play in the Guinea Pig Orchestra. The enrolment form is available on the website.
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=203
Saturday 15th February – The Cobweb Orchestra in Concert with Andy Jackson
Rehearsal: 2.00 – 6.00pm
Concert: 7.00pm
St Oswald’s Church, Ravenstonedale.
This will be our only concert this term, but in one of our favourite concert venues. The programme will include Mozart: Don Giovanni Overture, Purcell: Abdelazer Suite with Richard Best as narrator, Mozart: Andante for Flute and Orchestra, soloist – Andrew Forsyth, and other great works.
Due to the small size of St. Oswald’s Church we can only have a well-balanced orchestra of approx. 34 players so please do send your enrolment form in ASAP if you would like to play in this concert.
Further details and the enrolment form are available on the event webpage
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=205
Saturday 1st March – Brahms 2nd Symphony Study Day with Chris Griffiths
11.00am – 4.00pm
Steiner School, Fulford Cross, York YO10 4PB
I’m pleased to be able to tell you the time and venue for this event. Chris is going to do study days on all four of the Brahms symphonies, starting with his 2nd. It will be a great day so do put the date in your diary. The enrolment form will be out shortly.
Sedbergh Residential Weekend 2014
Friday 4th – Sunday 6th April
The Sedbergh Residential is one of our best, if not the best event in the Cobweb year and it’s now time for you to book your place at this very popular residential.
We shall be staying in Lupton House again, where there are many single rooms. Musical activities will of course take place in the hall of the school.
For further details of the Sedbergh Residential and the deposit form please see the event webpage
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=192
Cobwebs hits the airwaves again . . .
Did you hear us mentioned on Sunday evening, Radio 4 Pick of the Week? Catherine Bott (who performed with us at a Bishop Auckland Prom) gave a very positive endorsement of The Cobweb Orchestra. If you missed it, here’s the link to the programme. Our mention is at 39 minutes.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03pdhkl
That’s enough information for this week. I look forward to seeing lots of you at Elgar 1 on Saturday.
Sue

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Cobweb News 1 – 7.1.2014

Dear All,
Well 2014 got off to a fine start for The Cobweb Orchestra. We had 61 players at Spennymoor on Sunday for the first of our 4 symphonies – Mahler Symphony No. 1. Greg Pullen our conductor (and conductor of the Spennymoor Cobweb Orchestra) was terrific; he managed to coax us all through the entire work towards the end of the afternoon. One player said afterwards that if he’d paid £25 for just that one work, never mind the other three, it would have been worth every penny. What a way to start the New Year.
So one symphony done, three to go . . .
Sunday 12th January – Dvorak 9 with Jeremy Harbottle
2.00 – 6.00pm
Northallerton Methodist Church Hall

The orchestra for this is growing and I hope that lots of enrolment forms will come flooding in by post or email this week. There is space in all sections and it would be great to have a couple of bassoons, more trumpets and trombones and a double bass or two or three . . .
For those of you who haven’t experienced Jeremy’s conducting, you are in for a real treat. (He did a study day on Mahler 5 last year which was fantastic.)
Saturday 18th January – Elgar 1 with Jonathan Bloxham
11.00am – 4.00pm
Heaton Community Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne
Saturday 25th January – Rachmaninov 2 with Peter Wood
11.00am – 4.30pm
Christ Church, Cockermouth
The enrolment form for the 3 remaining symphonies can be downloaded from the website
www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events
Sunday 19th January – Composers & Arrangers/Guinea Pig Orchestra
2.00 – 6.00pm
Wylam Village Institute, Church Road, Wylam
This session is specifically to try out the new arrangement of JS Bach’s 4th Orchestral Suite, which the Composers & Arrangers group have been working on in preparation for our study day at the Sage Gateshead with Anthony Sargent (8th February)
We are slowly getting an orchestra together but could do with more of all strings. This is a free session for anyone who wants to play in the orchestra so do come along and have a fun Sunday afternoon playing a piece of music that you might not normally get to play (depending on what instrument you play.)
The enrolment form can be downloaded from the website
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=203
Looking further ahead . . .
Saturday 1st February – Skills Workshop: Sight-reading with Andy Jackson

11.00pm – 3.00pm
Eldon Community Centre, Bishop Auckland
The best thing about sight-reading is that it gives you access to a vast variety of music. 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 – so we will start the day with some exercises. But we will be getting through a lot of repertoire too, and will finish the day by playing, at sight, a Haydn symphony. As there are 104 to choose from, taking a sneak preview might not be a very effective use of your time.
Another thing about sight-reading is that however skilled you may be, you can always get better. So, although the main purpose of this study day is 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 fun work out.
The enrolment form is available to download from the event webpage
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=204
Saturday 8th February – JS Bachs 4th Orchestral Suite with Anthony Sargent
1.30 – 8.00pm
Northern Rock Foundation Hall, Sage Gateshead
Saturday 15th February – The Cobweb Orchestra in Concert, conductor Andy Jackson
Rehearsal: 2.00 – 5.30pm
Concert: 7.00pm (free for audience)
St. Oswalds Church, Ravenstonedale, Nr Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria
Saturday 1st March – Brahms Symphony No. 2 with Chris Griffiths
Time and venue to be confirmed
Sunday 9th March – Schubert Symphony No. 5 with Andy Jackson
2.00 – 6.00pm
Storey Park Community Centre, Morpeth
Friday 4th April – Sunday 6th April – Sedbergh Residential
Sedbergh School
Sedbergh
Cumbria
More information about our annual residential at Sedbergh will be available next week.
Another busy term full of opportunities to play wonderful music. I do hope that you will put all these dates in your diary and enrol for as many events as you can.
I look forward to seeing lots of you at Northallerton on Sunday. Until then have a great week.
Sue

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Cobweb News 45 – 2013

Dear All,
I hope you’ve all had a great Christmas despite the weather. This is the final Cobweb News for this year and looking back over the last 12 months, what a year it has been. As well as our 8 orchestras meeting weekly during term time, we’ve had events (sometimes one, sometimes two) on 41 out of 52 weekends! The highlights are too numerous to mention, as each event has been a success in so many different ways.
So it’s goodbye to a busy 2013, but 2014 looks as though it might be just as packed with all sorts of fun events for you to enjoy. And we have a new foreign residential to look forward to – Alora, Spain (20th – 27th July).
2014 gets off to a fabulous start with a “Month of Symphonies.” If you don’t know what to do with yourself during January, when all the festivities are a distant memory, then now’s the time to think about getting that instrument out and coming and playing 1, 2, 3 or even 4 symphonies. Each weekend we have a super symphony . . .
Sunday 5th January – Mahler Symphony No. 1 – Greg Pullen
2.00 – 6.00pm, St Paul’s Community Centre, Spennymoor
Sunday 12th January – Dvorak Symphony No. 9 – Jeremy Harbottle
2.00 – 6.00pm, Northallerton Methodist Church Hall, Northallerton
Saturday 18th January – Elgar Symphony No. 1 – Jonathan Bloxham
11.00am – 4.00pm, Heaton Community Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne
Saturday 25th January – Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2 – Peter Wood
11.00am – 4.30pm, Christ Church, Cockermouth.
Each event is open to anyone and everyone and we hope to see lots of you there, especially as all of these symphonies were written for a large orchestra. The enrolment form for the Month of Symphonies is attached and can also be downloaded from the website
www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events
Don’t forget the special offer – enrol for 3 symphonies and get the 3rd for half price, enrol for all 4 symphonies and get the 3rd for half price and the 4th free . . . what a New Year bargain.
Finally, our latest Cobweb Newsletter is available for download. Once again Joan Murray has done an amazing job editing the newsletter and it makes for a very good read. Several of the articles invite responses from players; please do take this opportunity to let us know what you think. Remember this is your organisation and it’s through your input that we can continue to develop. Enjoy.
May I wish you all a happy and prosperous 2014 with lots of splendid music making.
Sue

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Cobweb News 44 – 11.12.13

Dear All,
Only 2 weeks to Christmas and there still seems to be loads going on though no more Cobweb events until the New Year. I hope you are all looking forward to seeing in 2014 with our “Month of Symphonies”. The enrolment form is attached along with a flier. Please do print a few out and advertise this great event.
Month of Symphonies – Information and Enrolment form
Month of Symphonies – Flier
Just a couple of things to mention this week . . .
Sunday 19th January 2014 – Composers & Arrangers/Guinea Pig Orchestra
2.00 – 6.00pm
Wylam Institute, NE41 8AP

Since September the C&A Group has been running an arranging course, led by Lizelle Kirby. As its project, the group has been preparing a “Cobweb” arrangement of J.S. Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D major. Bach’s original score is being adapted to incorporate the range of instruments expected in the Cobweb Orchestra. The arrangement is to be the basis of the next Study Day led by Anthony Sargent at Sage Gateshead on Saturday 8th February.
Before the study day we need to “test drive” our arrangement and to help with this we are appealing for volunteers to join us to form a Guinea Pig Orchestra at Wylam Institute on Sunday 19th January, 2-6pm. As usual, attendance for the GPO will be free. (C&A members will be asked to pay £5 each).
Please do enrol for this as soon as possible and become part of this exciting project.
Please see the event webpage for an enrolment form and further details
http://www.cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/event.php?id=203
A message from Andrew Forsyth . . .
Sunday 20th – Sunday 27th July 2014 – Residential trip to Alora, Spain
Hola! This is a boarding call for all prospective musicians intending to travel to Alora with Cobweb Orchestravel on the metaphorical musical bus in July. Requests for boarding passes are a trifle slow in coming in and I remind all customers that once we get to 31st December, we shall have to make a judgement on the trip’s viability at that point and shall only be able to base it upon actual bookings. We have a reservation on the accommodation that will expire at the year-end, so it’s vital that, if you are intending to come, you complete your booking form and send it with a deposit cheque for £110 for each musical participant, to me, by the deadline date.
An information sheet about next year’s foreign trip and the booking form with all details is attached, as a PDF file.
Alora 2014 Information Leaflet
Alora 2014 booking form
That will do for this week as I’m sure you are all busy with Christmas parties, preparation etc.
Sue

Posted by Sue Baker in General