Cobweb News 12.12.18

Thanks to all of you who have been brilliantly organised and signed up for January’s events, I look forward to receiving a few more before Christmas! Thank you for all your feedback with the trial of the online enrolment system, there’s still a few things to tweak but largely I think it will be success – please keep letting me know. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

In this weeks Cobweb News
– Message from Andy re. Big Play
– Haydn Symphonies Project part 10

– Brundibar Festival Fundraiser Concert 

Message from Andy


As most Cobwebbers know, once a year we try to get together players from all of the regional groups to make music around a common theme.

Although each weekly group leads on particular pieces, in effect, almost everybody plays all of the time. It is equally exhausting and exhilarating, and by the end of the day you are almost certain to have rediscovered some old favourites and become acquainted with pieces you had never dreamt of playing.

The 2019 event is in Dipton on Saturday 2nd March, which gives everyone a few weeks after the beginning of term to prepare their own contribution to the day’s repertoire.

A bit of history – I thought this might be of interest to those of you who haven’t attended each and every  BIG PLAY.

It started in Middlesbrough in 2011 with the ludicrous idea of playing all nine Beethoven symphonies in a day. One every hour.

Each group (we had 7 then) prepared one symphony. Stephanie Cant travelled between groups preparing no 4, nobody took specific responsibility for No.9, but we finished the day with an orchestra of 100 and 50 singers onstage for the “Choral” symphony.

The pattern was set, and the following year we played 9 hours worth of overtures and followed that in 2013 with concertos, players from the orchestra stepping up and becoming soloists.

2014 was our 4th BIG PLAY, so we chose the theme of “The 4th”.

The next year it was The Dance, after which Middlesbrough Town Hall was closed for refurbishment, so we moved to Dipton Community Centre to play “The Planets”. It was mainly Holst, of course, but we slipped in a bit of Mozart and Haydn too.

In 2017 we explored “Water Music” (with appropriately leaky ceiling) and 2018 the unifying factor was “IN C” – this time moving to Elvet Methodist church.

For next year’s extravaganza, when the theme will be “CITIES”.
I’ll look forward to seeing you there.

Andy Jackson
Creative Director

Haydn Symphonies Project – part 10

Saturday 12th January, 11-4pm
Haxby Memorial Hall
16 The Village
Haxby, York YO32 3HT

Members £12.50
Non Members £17
students half the above prices

Join Peter Wood in the latest instalment of the Haydn Symphonies Project! He says:

We are taking the 10th session of the Haydn Symphonies project to the Haxby Memorial Hall in York on Saturday 12th January 2019  (11.00 – 16.00) with a shared lunch.  We have now looked at 50 symphonies and the symphonies we will be looking at in York, all written between 1772 and 1774 will include the last of the  “Sturm und Drang” (“Storm and Stress’”)  symphonies, No. 45 (farewell), No. 46 and No. 51 together with symphonies No. 64 (tempora mutantus) and No. 57.  Haydn is now well established as the Musical Director at the Esterházy court. These symphonies are scored for strings, oboes and horns with bassoons supplementing the cellos and basses.  As usual flutes and clarinets are welcome to join us and oboe parts transposed for Bb clarinets will now be available.   This event is happening early in the New Year and with the Christmas and New Year holidays will soon be here so the usual enrolment form is attached which I would encourage you to return before Christmas.  I look forward to seeing you all in York in the New Year.

Peter Wood

To use our new online form trial and enrol for this performance, please click here
To continue with the usual method and enrol using the form, please download it here

Cobweb Orchestra Brundibar Festival Concert Fundraiser
Saturday 26th January
United Reformed Church, Jesmond
Burdon Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 3AE

Another chance to play Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with our wonderful soloists Jo Montgomery (violin) and Chrissie Slater (viola). RNS’s Sasha Raikhlina will lead and Andy Jackson will conduct.
This is a charity event with all proceeds going to the Brundibar Festival. There is no enrolment fee, but we hope players will contribute in their usual generous fashion.

Rehearsal. 9.30 am -1.00 pm
Concert. 1.30 – 2.30 pm

Mozart Overture to “Il Seraglio”
Mozart Sinfonia Concertante for violin, viola and orchestra
Schulhoff (arr. Jackson) Czech Dance, Tango and Tarantella from “Five pieces for string quartet”
Dvorak “Furiant” from Czech Suite

Music: Parts will be provided on the day, but can also be downloaded and printed off in advance. Links will be sent a couple of weeks before the event.
Food: Please bring your own.
Dress: Concert dress: black bottoms, white tops/shirt/blouse with a waistcoat and/or neckwear
Cost: This is a “Pay What you Think It’s Worth” event. All proceeds to go to the Brundibar Festival.
Audience: Entrance is FREE with a retiring collection. Please tell everyone you know to be there.

To use our new online form trial and enrol for this performance, please click here
To continue with the usual method and enrol using the form, please download it here

That’s all this week!
Best wishes,
Lorna Wright
Event Coordinator, Cobweb Orchestra