Cobweb News 11 – 24.04.14

Dear all,
Well what a day we had on Monday! It was a fantastic success with an orchestra of nearly 100 people playing a range of pieces all relating to the ‘4th’. Congratulations to all that took part, the soloists and those that won that amazing raffle! Described as ‘an inspiring, wonderful day’ and ‘beautifully organised and huge fun’ we are really pleased with the event as a whole.
As mentioned in my last bulletin, we have a flurry of events coming up:
Saturday 26th April – Sibelius Study Day with Robin Osterley
1.30pm – 7.00pm
Northern Rock Foundation Hall, Sage Gateshead, NE8 2JR

Conductor and former Chief Executive of Making Music, Robin Osterley will lead players of all levels of experience in a exploration of some of Sibeius’s best loved works: Finlandia and Symphony No. 1. To book, please call the Sage Gateshead Ticket Office on 0191 443 4661 or visit them in person (to save paying a booking fee). If you can just drop me an email to let me know you intend to come then it just makes things like music parts easier!
Saturday 10th May– Shostakovich Symphony No. 10 Study Day with Richard Howarth
11.00am – 4.30pm
Dalston Victory Hall, Dalston, Cumbria, CA5 7QB

Richard Howarth brings a wealth of experience to this study day as a conductor and a professional violinist (he was the leader of Manchester Camerata). He conducts many amateur orchestras in the North west and is both sympathetic and encouraging towards amateur players whilst challenging them to play their best. Please complete the enrolment form attached to book on and send back via email or to me at the address on the form.
Saturday 17th May– Guinea Pig Orchestra,Composers and Arrangers group and Aspiring Conductors
11.00am – 4.00pm

Eldon Community Centre, Main Road, Bishop Auckland, DL14 8XB
Following the successful arrangement of a Bach Orchestral Suite, featured in the Sage Study Day in February, the C&A group is now considering its next challenge.
Anyone who is interested in composing or arranging (not just existing C&A members) is invited to enrol for this session. If you have a composition or arrangement, a work in progress or just a brief idea for a work, please contact Andrew Cottrell (see attached form for address) beforehand with details. It does not need to be long – even a minute of music would be worthwhile – but it does need to have sufficient instrumental parts for the GPO to be able to play it.
Whether or not composing or arranging is for you, if you would like to try your hand at conducting an orchestra there will also be an opportunity for you to do so at this session. Some suitable scores from the Cobweb library will be available.
We are always grateful to players who come along (free of charge) to form the GPO. Once again we ask as many as possible to enrol for this. There will also be some time to play a few of the lighter pieces from the Cobweb library.
Dates for your Diary…
Saturday 24th May– Sibelius Violin Concerto Study Day with Jonathan Bloxham
Dipton Community Centre, Front Street, Dipton, Stanley, Co. Durham, DH9 9DR
Saturday 31st May – Cobwebs in Concert
Finally please see a note from Andy about some events which might appeal to less experienced players:
“Before Easter, we started a series of skill-based workshops with a day devoted to sight reading. I was expecting a handful of nervous players, but instead, the hall was full of people eager to tackle a huge range of music, learning as they went along.
Encouraged by this, Lizelle Kirby is now planning a session exploring score reading in Morpeth on Saturday June 7th. The idea is that knowing what is going on in other sections of the orchestra will help you play your own part better.
Next up, Phil (our Treasurer) says that “Schubert is the most profitable composer”, but that’s not why we’re playing his Symphony No. 9 (the “Great” C major) on 21st June (venue TBA), it’s because we have specially prepared simplified parts for all instruments so that anyone who can’t manage what Schubert wrote can still be involved.
Then, on Saturday 2nd August at Sage Gateshead, we are running a “Beginners’ Orchestra”. If you know people who haven’t yet had a go at Cobwebs because they find Mahler, Brahms or Shostakovich a touch daunting, tell them to come along to this. It would be good to have players of all standards in the orchestra for the day, so don’t stay away because you’re not actually a beginner.”

Lastly, I need to inform you of a new addition to the Cobwebs team: Pat McKullock will be dealing with all memberships (including renewals) from now on. Her email address is: and her postal address is: 1 Orchard Close, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 1XE so please forward any membership queries/updates to her.
That’s all for this week.
Best wishes,

Posted by Sue Baker