Cobweb News

Did you know, Cobwebs is 24 years old?! Yes, the first ever Cobwebs event was on 5th October 1995, which means that next week we will enter our 25th year and that next October will see our Silver Anniversary. Planning has already started for appropriate celebrations on the weekend of 3/4 October 2020, so put the dates in your diary and watch this space.
For now though, we have 2 brilliant events this month we’d love to see you at.
In this weeks Cobweb News
Message from Ruth Tanner
Haydn Symphonies Project part 13
A Concerto within a Symphony

Message from Ruth Tanner:
At the AGM on Saturday the following new trustees were elected:

 Bill Rigby (Ludworth and Tyneside,  Terry Mason (Morpeth), Mike Cave (Dipton) and Sam Baines (York).

We said “Goodbye and thanks” to: Richard Best, Elizabeth Beer, Graham Jarritt, Joan Murray, and Julie Ratcliffe. Julie, Elizabeth and Joan have given 9 years’ service to the Cobwebs as trustees and we are grateful for their time and commitment.

Also, I am delighted to announce that our Creative Director, Andy Jackson, has been awarded Making Music’s Lady Hilary Groves Prize for “an outstanding contribution to music in the community.”I’m sure you will agree that this is a well deserved accolade. We will be having a celebration some time during 2020, our 25th anniversary year.

Haydn Symphonies Project part 13 with Peter Wood
Dipton Community Centre
11.30 – 4.30pm

please note the later start and finish times than normal

This rehearsal is open to all interested players, whether or not they play regularly in the Cobweb Orchestra, so please encourage your friends to come along. This is a wonderful opportunity to join in this fantastic project of playing through all of Haydn’s symphonies. We will be guided through the day by Peter Wood, musical director of the Dalston group.

Flutes, Oboes, Bassoons, Horns and Strings wanted!

Peter says:

We have now looked at 67 symphonies and in this session I am hoping to look at the following symphonies – 54, 61,71,53 (L’Imperiale),62 and 74. In addition to the usual strings, oboes and horns Haydn is now also writing independent parts for Bassoons and Flutes in his symphonies so it would be great if some of our flute and bassoon players could now join us. There are no no trumpets or timps in these symphonies (watch out for session 14 in January!) As usual clarinets are welcome to join us and oboe parts transposed for Bb clarinets will be available. The preparation of parts for this project is time consuming and it would be appreciated if you could enrol as soon as possible so that I know how many parts I need to prepare and to give me time to fill any holes we may have in the orchestra. I look forward to seeing you all at Dipton.

There will be a ‘bring and share’ lunch so please bring a contribution if you would like to get involved. There is a supermarket opposite the venue, so you can buy something there if you need to. Please remember to check the Cobweb food hygiene guidelines ( There is a kitchen with a fridge for storing chilled food, and tea and coffee will be available for players.

Participation Fee for Players:
Members of the Cobweb Orchestra £ 12.50
Non-members £ 17.00
Students in Full Time Education – half the above prices

To sign up using the online enrolment form, please click here
To download a paper form, please click here


A Concerto within a Symphony
Eldon Community Centre

Sunday Oct 20
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Suggestions from players for their favourite solos within the orchestra repertoire has created the following wonderful programme for a day’s playing at Eldon:
Rossini Overture to William Tell (solo cello: Mary R)
Tchaikovsky Andante from 5th symphony (solo horns: Jenny G, Sue B)
Puccini E lucevan le stelle from Tosca (solo clarinet: Liz C)
Schubert Andante from 9th symphony (solo oboe: Elizabeth S)
We have the soloists – now we need an orchestra to join them. All the pieces are for full symphony orchestra and everyone will be kept busy the whole day. There are some wonderful featured passages for other instruments too. The Rossini alone needs 4 more cellos plus 2 double basses and has significant solos for flute, cor anglais and trumpet. Tchaikovsky’s Andante has important clarinet and bassoon parts and trombones are essential for the Schubert.
To enrol online, please click here
To download a paper copy, please click here

Posted by Tracy Reed