Brahms Violin Concerto at Tebay & Harelaw

I met Min-Jin Kym at a subscription concert in Kendal early this year. She had just delivered a phenomenal performance of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto and brought the house down having wowed the audience with her lithe and spirited technique.
Andrew had floated the idea of her playing with the Cobweb Orchestra when she had some space in her concert diary and / or was somewhere vaguely in the north of England. She had a poke around the Cobweb website and said she’d love to and now, with a lunchtime concert booked in Kendal Town Hall at 1:00pm on Wednesday 15th October (which you may also like to put in your diaries) offered us the Tuesday and / or Thursday either side of this fixture.
We’ve said “yes please” to both dates to allow Cobwebbers on both sides of the Pennines to have a chance to play with this quite delightful, engaging and very talented violinist. She is under contract to Sony with whom she has already recorded the Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major op. 61 and his Sonata no 7 in C minor with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Sir Andrew Davis and with Ian Brown on the piano. (recording reference 8697144422). Next on her list is the Brahms Violin Concerto, which is what gives us this splendid opportunity to run through the work and allow her to hone her own interpretation.
You can see her in action and read all about her journey to international fame and acclaim on her website
This is a wonderful opportunity for all of us but, as space in both venues is limited, it is vital that we know who is coming and so please fill in the application form early to book your place. There will be no extra charge for this rehearsal, just the standard weekly rehearsal charge but, if you have a fantastic time, an extra donation towards the additional costs involved will certainly be welcome!
Andrew Forsyth – (Flute, Tebay & Harelaw)

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Urgent – change of arrangements for Sunday's Hartlepool Maritime Festival

I’m afraid that there has been a slight change of plan for the performance in Hartlepool this Sunday (6th July).
Instead of the performance being at 3.00pm, the organisers would like it to be at 4.30pm, so it will be a later finish (but no later than 5.45pm).
For further details please see the forum post about the event.

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Sedbergh Residential Weekend, March 28th – 30th

Sedbergh Residential Weekend is approaching very quickly and I’m forwarding a letter from Andy telling you a little bit about what is planned as well as a timetable of events.
bed-linen is provided but you need to bring your own towel
to bring your own drinks (both soft and alcoholic); tea and coffee are available at mealtimes and the planned breaks, but may not be readily available during the evening
the swimming pool will be open for us early on both Saturday and Sunday mornings
to bring your concert dress (black bottom, white top and waistcoat) for the end-of-weekend concert
If you want to come to Sedbergh, as either a resident or a day visitor, let me know as soon as possible. If you’re not sure how to enrol or what the cost wil be, or have any other questions, please ring me on 01642873973 or 07914 956786 or email me on the address above.
Enrolment Form Sedbergh 2008
From Andy
9th Spring residential weekend
Friday 28th – Sunday 30th March 2008
Is it that time again already? The last year has been a bit breathless but maybe the relaxed atmosphere of Sedbergh School will give us time to mull over everything we’ve achieved since becoming an independent charity and dream up some interesting opportunities for the future.
If you are one of the hundreds of players I have met who are new to Cobwebs over the last few months, it would be wonderful to see some of you at Sedbergh and get to know you a little better.
You don’t have to come for the whole weekend, and it doesn’t matter if you haven‘t already enrolled; we welcome people for any of the sessions (see attached enrolment form). Cocktails and dinner are quite early on Saturday, so even if you need to head off home afterwards, you can still enjoy this highlight of the social calendar.
Our guest conductor for the weekend is Laurence Perkins and he’ll be encouraging us to play the Saint-Saens “Organ” symphony and Beethoven’s 7th. There’ll, as ever, be surprise items too, (including pieces for each section to play) and a chance to run through Mahler’s 1st symphony (though we won’t be attempting this in the end-of-weekend concert).
Other “firsts” are an illustrated lecture on Handel by Brian Tanner and “Tutors’ surgeries” where anyone can book in a few minutes with section leaders and conductors to discuss the weekend’s repertoire or wider issues about your playing.
The highlight of the weekend is always the Saturday evening concert party, and I like to have some idea of who is performing what before we get there, so if you do have any items, please let me know by scribbling on the bottom of your enrolment form or dropping me a line ( Remember that you don’t have to be note-perfect to play and that whilst serious endeavour is appreciated, so too is anything which raises a smile.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Andy Jackson
Friday 28th March
5.00 p.m. Onwards. Arrive and book into accommodation
6.30-7.30 p.m. Dinner
7.45-9.45 p.m. Full orchestra rehearsal: introduction to the weekend’s repertoire
Saturday 29th March
8.00 – 9.00 a.m. Breakfast.
9.45 – 11.15 a.m. Cobweb callisthenics – an orchestral warm up.
11.15 – 11.30 a.m. Coffee break.
11.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. Full orchestra rehearsal – a closer look at the main pieces
1.00 – 2.00 p.m. Lunch
2.00 – 3.30 p.m. Large ensemble session – music for strings, wind and brass.
3.30 – 3.45 p.m. Tea break.
3.45 – 4.45 p.m. “Mahler for tea“. A run through the 1st symphony.
4.45 – 6.00 p.m. Lecture. “Friderich Handel: A most modern entrepreneur” by Prof. Brian Tanner AND
5.00- 6.00 p.m. “Tutors’ surgeries” – a chance to consult conductors and section leaders.
6.00 – 6.30 p.m. Pre-dinner drinks.
6.30 – 7.30 p.m. Dinner
8.00 p.m. Concert party
Sunday 30th March
8.00 – 9.00 a.m. Breakfast.
9.00 – 9.45 a.m. “CPR” – some advice from Richard Best
9.45 – 11.15 a.m. Sunday Supplement – diverting start to the day’s music making
11.15 – 11.30 a.m. Coffee break
11.30 a.m.- 1.00 p.m. Sectional rehearsals with tutors from the Leaders’ Group
1.00 – 2.00 p.m. Lunch
2.30 – 4.00 p.m. Prepare concert items
4.00 p.m. Tea break
4.15 p.m. End-of-weekend concert
6.00 p.m. Home

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Tow Law concert in December

Following our very well-received visit to Tow Law Community Centre last month, we have been invited back to play at an event for children from the local school. The date is Tuesday 4th December and they would like us to provide about 30 minutes worth of music between 2.30 and 4.30pm.
It would be very helpful if anyone who would like to play for this event could let us know very quickly by either telephone or email so that we can organise what we might be able to play. We will rehearse on the day at 1.00pm, and for the concert we will wear concert dress (black bottom, white top and waistcoat).

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Diary Dates

Some dates for your diary – if you’ve got one that goes so far ahead!
February 9th 2008 Mahler 1 Study Day in Middlesbrough
March 2nd 2008 Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral’ Symphony Study Day in Newbiggin Sports and Community Centre
March 28th-30th 2008 Sedbergh Residential Weekend (We’ll be asking for deposits to reserve your place fairly soon.)
Just a note; Ridley Hall DIY Residential (December 1st and 2nd) is filling up fast, so get your enrolment in if you intend to go.
Please, from me, please, if at all possible, if you pay for events on the day (which is fine) can you pay WITH A CHEQUE, made payable to ‘The Cobweb Orchestra’ and labelled on the back with the event it’s for. It makes life on the day , and sorting things out afterwards, so much easier.
Thank you very much.
There are practice rooms available in The Sage this Saturday (November 3rd); they’re not completely booked up so if you want to use one please get in touch with me.

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Hungarian Wind Band

A message from Andy;
The delightful young Hungarians we met up with when we visited last October are coming to Co. Durham this July.
We had originally intended a collaborative event on Sunday 15th July, but they have had to change their travel arrangements and this is now the day they are flying back to Budapest.
So there will now be a get-together on Saturday 14th July in Consett YMCA starting at 7.30pm.
Please pencil this in your diaries if you’re free.
Everyone was very kind and welcoming to us when we visited Hungary and it would be good to be able to reciprocate.

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Enrolment for Brahms 4 in Ripon on the 13th May 2007

Please find attached the enrolment form for the joint event – Cobwebs and the Ripon Community Orchestra – in Ripon Grammar School on the 13th May 2007 . Chris Griffiths is conducting.
Please remember to mark your cheque on the back! And to make it payable to The Cobweb Orchestra.
Enrolment Form

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The Cobweb Orchestra Auction

April 28th, this coming Saturday, is The Auction. It’s going to be held in The Winter Gardens of Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham, from 12 noon to 4pm. It’s one of our first fundraising efforts, but it’s not entirely new ideas. We’re going to play (as usual), eat (as usual) and talk (as usual). What is a bit different will be watching Mike in a new role as an auctioneer! and he doesn’t want to do that to an empty hall.
Please bring yourself along with:-
your instrument to play
your music stand (music will be provided as always)
some food to share (VERY IMPORTANT!)
a friend to listen and buy

Caroline would like to know what food is coming so please let her know on
Details of the items for sale are on the Cobwebs Charity Auction Blog at
If you have any questions, get in touch with Caroline on the email given above.
Tickets cost just £5; there will be a bar, as well as the food, music and the Auction itself.
Cobwebs really is our Orchestra now, so please support it by coming to The Auction, bringing some food to share, inviting a friend and buying a lot (in both senses!) at The Auction.

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Enrolment form for 5.5.07 and 26.5.07

I’m attaching the enrolment form for the rehearsal on May 5th at Harelaw School and the concert on May 26th in The Sage Gateshead. These are linked events, so one form serves for both. You can return the enrolment form to me by post or by email.
It would be a great help to Jean and me if you would pay by cheque from now on – even if you are paying on the day – and if you would make sure that you write on the back of the cheque which event it’s for.
Thank you.
Enrolment Form

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