Tracy Reed

Good news for Ludworth

The Ludworth Group is still growing, and we’d like to welcome more people to join us. We were originally advertised as a group for ‘beginners’, but would now like to think of ourselves as a ‘training’ orchestra. Most players who come along already know how to make notes on their instrument, while others are Cobwebbers who are practising a different instrument. It’s an ideal opportunity for musicians to play in an ensemble, and to try different pieces of music, including some from the orchestral repertoire. Please go to the Ludworth Group page to see what we are doing, and feel free to contact me with any queries or suggestions.

As well as our usual weekly meetings, we will be having some additional Saturday ‘taster sessions’  for new and beginner players next year, leading to a summer concert on 13 July at Shadforth Church. We want to pass on our love of music to as many people as we can, and hopefully also inspire the next generation.

Our project to develop The Cobweb Orchestra at Ludworth has been funded by the E.ON Butterwick Moor Wind Farm Community Benefits Fund managed by County Durham Community Foundation.

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AGM 2018

Congratulations to Judith Greene on becoming our new trustee following the resignation of David Wood.  A huge thank you to Dave for everything that he has done to support Cobwebs during his 9 years as a trustee, the last 2 of which he was our Chair. Luckily he’s not leaving us altogether, so you will still get to see him with his viola.

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Magnificent Mozart: Wylam 2018

Here are a few pictures from another fantastic Cobweb weekend. This year’s treats included the beautiful ‘Gran Partita’ wind serenade, ‘Sinfonia concertante’, oboe concerto and clarinet concerto, as well as three overtures and  two symphonies. Special thanks to our guest soloists.

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Cello day at Dalston – Oct 28

Due to a kind bequest from the husband of Pam, who used to play cello at the Dalston group, we are able to put on a special event – a morning workshop just for cellists, and a performance of Haydn’s Cello Concerto with soloist Neil Sild and conductor Joe Davies. We will still need an orchestra too! Please go to our Events Diary, and watch out for further details.
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An invitation from Ludworth

We’d like to invite other players, friends and family, to join us for our very last session of the summer term on 10 July. Music will include BBC arrangements of Stravinsky’s ‘Firebird’ and Tchaikovsky’s ‘Russian Dance’, as well as Mozart’s ‘Ave verum corpus’, ‘Yesterday’ by The Beatles, ‘Non, je ne regrette rien’ made famous by Edith Piaf, and the beautiful ‘Shuna’ by Lizelle Kirby, who used to conduct Morpeth Cobwebs. There will be opportunities for some audience participation, as we will have plenty of extra percussion available for ‘The Toy Symphony’. There’ll be drinks and nibbles, a raffle, a ‘name the bear’ competition (composers’ names, of course!) and possibly a fun music quiz. Everyone is welcome. Please come!

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Successful charity concerts in June

The Elvaston Ensemble (Chrissie, Anita, Tracy and Rye) had their very own concert in St Mary’s Church in Shincliffe to raise money for Ludworth Cobwebs and the ‘If U Care Share Foundation’. It was an enjoyable evening in a lovely setting.

Elvet Methodist Church presented a concert at Ushaw College in aid of Global Care Street Children in Guatemala City. British Flute Society winner Michael Cave performed very beautiful flute music and was also joined by fellow Cobwebbers, Chrissie Macgregor on flute and Tracy Reed on clarinet. The Cabaret Ensemble with Andy Jackson added their usual entertaining mix of music to the programme. The audience were also treated to prosecco and strawberries.

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