Tracy Reed

Upcoming events to watch out for

There was a lot of positive feedback about this, so it will be going ahead in the Autumn when a date can be agreed with all those who have responded so far. We already have Mahler, Puccini, Rossini, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky and it will be a great day of playing for everyone. There’s still space for more soloists, so don’t be shy about coming forward with further suggestions.
Posted by Tracy Reed

Cobweb News 16.3.19

We’re looking forward to a really great event next weekend with Fenella Humphreys at Ushaw College. If you are not enrolled, please do consider coming along to support in the audience.

In this weeks Cobweb News:
– Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in Concert with Fenella Humphreys – next Sunday!

– A Cobweb Event in Brighton?
Continue reading →

Posted by Tracy Reed

Information for players going to the Sedbergh residential 5-7 April 2019

Our Spring residential weekend is very popular this year! All the beds are now taken and no additional meals can now be booked as the dining room is full. In previous years, some people have found B&B accommodation locally so that they can be fully involved in the event. There may still be space for any players who’d like to come on a daily basis for any of the music or social sessions.

The deadline for payment is Friday 15th March.

As always there will be a wide variety of repertoire, and most will be for a large symphony orchestra: Dvorak Symphony no. 7, Mendelssohn ‘Ruy Blas’ Overture, Rimsky-Korsakov ‘A Russian Easter Overture’, Smetana ‘Hakon Jarl’. Parts will be provided for all instruments at the weekend, transposed if possible. They are also available on the Petrucci website.

We’re delighted to be joined by Trio Taliesin – Kirsten Wilson (violin), Alice Jones (cello) and Tara Clifford (piano), who will be playing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. This is scored for chamber orchestra, but parts have been made for additional instruments so that everyone can join in everything.

Those of us who enjoy singing get together to form a ‘midnight choir’ after a visit to the pub on Friday night. If any of them meet with general approval, we may get to perform them. If you’d like to join in, please email Andy so he can send you the songs in advance to print your own copy:

Everyone is welcome to perform a short item either by themselves or with others during our Saturday evening Concert Party. It would be helpful if you could let Andy know in advance if you wish to perform, and if you need a pianist to accompany you. Please also contact Andy f you are a pianist who would be happy to accompany another player.

The ‘Sunday Supplement’ session is always something a little different, and for one of the activities planned this year, everyone is invited to play a second instrument. Sitting in a different section of the orchestra will give you an insight into how the whole thing works.

There will be a collection of second-hand music and mini scores  available for sale by donation during the break times,  so don’t forget to bring your small change!

Please download the following:

Sedbergh 2019 Timetable

Sedbergh 2019 Useful Information

The orchestra is going to be the biggest ever for Cobwebs at Sedbergh, so it’s looking great!

Posted by Tracy Reed

Cobweb News 7.3.19

What an amazing event this year’s Big Play was  with 100 of you there! We’ve already heard some lovely feedback… “What a great day… wonderful… memorable … jolly … terrific variety … exhilarating …..… exhausting”. Thanks to all the leaders, librarians and secretaries for all their hard work as always. We raised £924 – thank you to you all for your support. To see some pictures from the day, don’t forget to check out our Facebook group or see the news post below
In this weeks Cobweb News
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in Concert with Fenella Humphreys
Sedbergh Residential 
Posted by Tracy Reed

‘Big Play’ 2019

Congratulations to everyone who survived the ‘Big Play’ at Dipton! It was a fantastic turnout, with an orchestra of over 100 players from all of our 9 Cobweb groups, and an amazing number and variety of pieces around the theme of ‘cities’, conducted by each of our group leaders. Thanks to Andy for organising everything, to our efficient librarians, Barbara and Graham, who helped to make the day run so smoothly, and to Christine and Douglas for presenting all of the food so beautifully and providing lots of fresh coffee to keep everyone going.

Posted by Tracy Reed

Cobweb News 27.2.19

We’re really looking forward to the Big Play this weekend; there’s around 80 players signed up – it’s going to be great. We can still accommodate more though, but please do let us know!


In this weeks Cobweb News:

Big Play TIMETABLE – this Saturday!
Cobweb Orchestra in Concert with Fenella Humphreys

Using the Cobweb Library: Idea No. 2, 3… & 4  Continue reading →

Posted by Tracy Reed

Cobweb News 21.2.19

Dear all,

Congratulations to all of you who performed in the concert in York on Saturday to a hugely appreciative audience! It was a really successful event. Thanks to Patrick, Sue and Jim for all their hard work as always.

In this weeks Cobweb News:
Big Play 2019
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in Concert with Fenella Humphreys
200 Club Winners 
Continue reading →
Posted by Tracy Reed

Cobweb News 14.2.19

Dear all,

I hope you’ve all had a great week.

In this weeks Cobweb News:
Cobweb Orchestra in Concert – this Saturday!
Big Play 2019 Continue reading →

Posted by Tracy Reed

Cobweb News 6.2.19

Dear all,

We held an amazing concert for the Brundibar Festival at the end of January. Thank you to all of you who took part. We raised over £600 for the festival. A big thanks to all who helped to organise, but especially to Sasha, Juliet and our soloists. We had some lovely player and audience comments:

“The concert completely fulfilled my expectations. A magical occasion! I loved Sasha’s natural violin playing, and was totally in awe of the soloists.”
“A terrific achievement by all concerned.”

“The best concert I’ve ever heard in Newcastle.”
“Such a lovely concert to be part of. It was wonderful not just to listen, but also to watch.”

In this weeks Cobweb News
Cobweb Orchestra in Concert in York
The Big Play 2019
Tchaikovsky Violin Concert in Concert – Durham

Sedbergh Residential – last chance to sign up!
Continue reading →

Posted by Tracy Reed

Sedbergh Residential Prices

Prices are £180 (shared) or £190 (single) for 2 nights full board.

Non-resident prices are as follows:

Musical activities for weekend: £62 (Fri £7 + Sat £30 + Sun £25)

Meals: Supper £19 (available Friday & Saturday); lunch £15 (available Saturday & Sunday)

Please let us know in advance if you wish to participate in music on any days and/or have meals. These can be decided later but we need to confirm meals numbers 2 weeks prior to the event (i.e. mid-March).

Please click below for further information and a deposit form:

Sedbergh 2019 Information and Deposit Form PDF

Sedbergh 2019 Information and Deposit Form Word doc

Please contact Christine ball with any queries: Tel. 0790 5684537

Posted by Tracy Reed