Cobweb News 10 – 2013

Dear All,
This is an unusual email, as I’ve no event from last weekend to briefly report on. However there are plenty of events coming up which deserve a quick mention.
This weekend . . .
Payne/Jackson Study Day – Sunday 17th March, 11am-4pm
Storey Park Community Centre, Morpeth

We have a wonderful young saxophonist, Steph Legg, coming from London to play Richard Payne’s excellent, tuneful, challenging-but-not-unplayable Saxophone Concerto with us. As the Concerto is not very long, we’ll also be looking at Andy’s symphony “A Dance to the Music of Time”.
This is a great opportunity to play contemporary works that are kind to the ears and mind.
For further details please see the following webpage:
The following weekend . . .
A 60th Birthday Celebration – Saturday 23rd March, 1pm – 6pm
Richmond Town Hall

Don’t forget to accept Alexe’s invitation to a rather special and different study day with birthday cake and champagne. These occasions don’t happen very often so don’t let this one slip you by! As well as helping Alexe celebrate her 60th by playing a programme of music she has chosen, we’ll be raising funds for the orchestra as Alexe has very kindly sponsored this event.
For further details please see the following webpage:
And the Bank Holiday Monday of the weekend after . . .
THE BIG PLAY – Monday 1st April, 11am – 7pm
Middlesbrough Town Hall

This is our annual event where we hope as many people as possible will congregate at Middlesbrough Town Hall for a magnificent day of playing. We have over 30 soloists to accompany in concertos from just about all eras of music.
And to round off the day we can all take part in Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra. The opportunities to play this great work are few and far between, but thanks to Cobfriends who are paying for the hire, an opportunity has come our way. Don’t miss it!
So far, despite knowing that there are over 30 soloists coming to Middlesbrough to take part, I’ve had very few enrolment forms! Please do enroll and pay before the day, it will help enormously in planning the day if you can enroll as soon as possible.
For further details please see the following webpage:
Sedbergh Residential Weekend – 5pm Friday 12th April – 4pm Sunday 14th April
Sedbergh School, Cumbria

Yet again we have a smashing orchestra already forming for this “event of the year”. But there is still space for more players either as residents or non-residents. I’m delighted to say that the main work will be Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs and our guest conductor for this work is Chris Griffiths. On Sunday our soloist Mary Coffield will join us.
As always there will be a variety of other music to get our teeth into, along with the Saturday night concert party, which follows cocktails and dinner. Then there are the slightly more unusual sessions created by Andy including the symphony at teatime. What will it be this year?
There is more information about Sedbergh on the website, but please do email ( or phone (0788 0346145) me if you have any queries.
The final booking letter and form, which I need everyone, residents and non-residents to complete and return to me (by Monday 8th April at the latest).
Have a great, if somewhat chilly, week.

Posted by Sue Baker