Cobweb News

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“Thank you for welcoming me to cobwebs on Saturday. I am very tempted to launch into a string of superlatives and hyperbole in trying to describe the day’s  impact on me, but I’ll just say that I very much enjoyed it. I learned so much about  bass playing, orchestras, reading a score…the list goes on. All extremely life-enhancing! What a brilliant project Cobwebs is. You are all great teachers and communicators.”
Shepherds Dene Residential
For all those wishing to sign up to Shepherds Dene who haven’t yet done so, please could you let Anita know as soon as possible if you are coming as we need a certain number of players for the event to go ahead. For a reminder of the information, and to access the deposit form, please see here.
More in this weeks Cobweb News:
Haydn Symphonies Project – this weekend! 
Concerto within a Symphony Study Day 
Haydn Symphonies Project
Part 13 with Peter Wood
Dipton Community Centre
Saturday 12th October
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.Peter says:
**Flutes, Oboes, Bassoons & Horns needed!**
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 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.Lunch
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 20th October
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 Rawson)
Tchaikovsky Andante from 5th Symphony (solo horns: Jenny Gibb, Sue Baker)
Puccini E lucevan le stelle from Tosca (solo clarinet: Liz Charles)
Schubert Andante from 9th Symphony (solo oboe: Elizabeth Simms)
Rachmaninov 3rd movement from 2nd Symphony (solo clarinet: Tracy Reed)
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