Cobweb News 12 – 03.05.14

Dear all,
We had a lovely day last Saturday looking at some of Sibelius’ greatest works: Finlandia and Symphony No. 1. We welcomed a few new faces and managed a very fair showcase of the two works to a small, understanding audience. Robin Osterley, who was our conductor for the day, really educated us on the pieces and made it an enjoyable day at Sage Gateshead.
This is our one weekend off in May so I hope you’re enjoying it! However, do sign up/enrol/email me if you’re attending any of the events in May!
Reminders of upcoming events:
Saturday 10th May– Shostakovich Symphony No. 10 Study Day with Richard Howarth
11.00am – 4.30pm, Dalston Victory Hall, Dalston, Cumbria, CA5 7QB

Lots of people signing up for this one which is great, but keep the forms coming in!
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

Don’t forget, participating just in the orchestra for this event is free!
Enrolment forms for the above were sent in last week’s Cobweb news email, I’m in the process of working out how to add them to the website but if you really need a copy of one let me know.
New events to enrol for (forms available on the event webpage):
Saturday 24th May – Sibeilus Violin Concerto with Jonathan Bloxham and Matthieu van Bellen (violin)
11.00am – 4.00pm, Dipton Community Centre, Front Street, Stanley, DH9 9DR

Jonathan Bloxham invites you to join him in looking at Sibelius Violin Concerto with Matthieu van Bellen, both of whom are from the internationally renowned Busch Ensemble. Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D minor was written in 1904, and is the only concerto he wrote. The work is generally symphonic in scope, departing completely from the often lighter, “rhythmic” accompaniments of many other concertos. The solo violin and all sections of the orchestra have equal voice in the piece.
Saturday 31st May – Cobweb Orchestra in Concert
St Cuthbert’s Church, Market Place, Darlington DL1 5QG
Rehearsal at 2.00 – 6.00pm, Concert at 7.30pm

We’ll be performing the following programme:
Beethoven “Egmont” Overture
Weber Clarinet Concerto – Tracy Reed Clarinet
Mendelssohn Symphony No.3 “Scottish”
We are looking for a balanced orchestra for this concert, so we are accepting woodwind and brass on a first come first served basis, max 3 woodwind per instrument. Please therefore get your form in quick if you want to play! Hot drinks will be provided but please make your own arrangements for dinner as we don’t think there is time or space for a shared tea.
The concert is free to come and watch, and a poster for the event is attached. If you’re in the local area, please print one off and pin it up where you can, we’d love to have a full audience to play for.
In other news…
– The Cobweb Cabaret Ensemble are performing on Sunday 18th May at The Old Church, Church Parade, Sacriston DH7 6AD. The concert starts at 7pm and looks to be a lovely evening. Tickets are £5 with profits going to humanitarian aid in Syria. Email for more information and to buy tickets. The flyer for the concert is also attached.
– Below is a note from Liz about the Cobweb Library:
I intend to go and sort the Cobwebs library on Wednesday mornings over the next term between 10-12 noon. If there were any volunteers to help out could join me at those times, just let me know when you intend on coming. I know I shall be away June 2nd to June 9th, and then again for the last week in June but any other Wednesday around that, help would be greatly appreciated.
I also still have Northern Chords opening night tickets available for £5 – let me know if you’d like me to put you one aside. I think that’s all for this week, look forward to hearing from you all soon.
Best wishes,

Posted by Sue Baker