Cobweb News 12.4.18

I hope you’re all enjoying being back at your groups since Easter. You’ve got a few weeks until we have an event, so do get planning and enrolling, this half term looks a treat! We have a shiny new website too, more info below. If you’d like to give us any feedback about any of our events, there is a form that you can complete on the (new!) website.

In this week’s Cobweb News
– Sibelius Violin Concerto with Iona Brown
– Middlesbrough Town Hall concert
– Haydn Symphonies Project part 8
– Schumann Cello Concerto with Tanya Anisimova
– New Cobweb Website!

Sibelius Violin Concerto with Iona Brown
Saturday 28th April, 11-4pm
Wylam Institute, Church Rd, Wylam, NE41 8AP

Our good friend Iona Brown will play Sibelius’s Violin Concerto at Wylam on Saturday 28th April.This is the only concerto that Sibelius wrote, and it is symphonic in scope, with the solo violin and all sections of the orchestra being equal voices – so we would love to have a full orchestra to accompany her and be the best experience for everyone involved. Iona is a fantastic violinist and is a member of Royal Northern Sinfonia. We’re delighted that she is playing with us again on another study day as she has been such a great support to us many times before. She really is fantastic to work with so don’t miss out! The concerto is scored for solo violin, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, timpani and strings.
As it is a full day event, we will enjoy a shared lunch, please do feel free to contribute.

Click the link below to download the enrolment form
Enrolment form

Reopening of Middlesbrough Town Hall
Performance: Friday 11th May
Rehearsal:10 am – 3 pm
Concert: 4 pm
Rehearsal: Monday 7th May 7-9 pm

Many Cobweb players will have fond memories of events in this wonderful building before it was closed for refurbishment and will now have to opportunity in being involved in one of the first events after its re-opening.
We will form an adult orchestra to play alongside children from Middlesbrough in a performance of Elgar’s “Wand of Youth” suite no. 2. Elgar conducted the LSO in this piece in the same building in 1909. A visit which is commemorated in the stained glass window naming all the distinguished musicians who have played there.

The performance, because it involves children, is an early evening one, with a rehearsal during the day, but we are hoping some people might be able to juggle their daytime commitments to be there.
Also, players who can only make the performance will still be welcome if they are able to attend a rehearsal on the preceding Monday. The Billingham group have kindly suspended their usual session so that players be there if they wish.
Click the link below to download the enrolment form
Enrolment form

Haydn Symphonies Project – part 8
Sunday 13th May, 2-6pm
Dalston Victory Hall,  Dalston Carlisle CA5 7QA

Join Peter Wood for the 8th installment of the Haydn Symphonies Project. If you haven’t been to one yet, do consider going along. Peter is very informative of the works so it makes for a relaxed and interesting day.
At this event, we will be looking at symphonies 28, 38, 58, 35 and 59 (Fire).
For these symphonies we are back to scoring for strings, bassoons, 2 horns and 2 oboes. As usual other instruments are welcome but unfortunately there will be no transposed parts available.
To sign up for this event, please enroll by completing the form here and returning it to me as soon as possible

Schumann Cello Concerto with Tanya Anisimova
Sunday 20th May, 2-6pm
Eldon Community Centre, 2 Main Rd, Eldon, Bishop Auckland, DL14 8XB

American-Russian cellist Tanya Anisimova and Andy Jackson will work with us on the Schumann Cello Concerto. Tanya is also performing at Ushaw College on the previous evening, so you can make a weekend of it.

The work is scored for solo cello, two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, two horns, two trumpets, timpani, and strings so we’re looking for a full orchestra to accompany Tanya for the afternoon to enjoy this mysterious work.

You can have a look at the music in advance at the link below:,_Op.129_(Schumann,_Robert)

The enrollment form can be found here:
Enrolment form

Further message/information from Carol Haynes:
Tanya Anisimova UK mini tour
Tanya Anisimova will be performing solo cello recitals in Wensleydale and Durham and also making her London debut recital with cello and piano in London in May.
We are also arranging a masterclass and cello workshop day in addition to the Cobwebs study day on Schumann’s cello concerto.
Here are the the full list if concerts/events you might be interested in … it would be great to see Cobweb members at some and also really helpful if you could help spread the word.

12th May – Solo recital in Wensleydale at 7.30pm. Including works by Zoltan Kodaly, JS Bach, Marin Marais and Tanya Anisimova.

And for cellists …
12th May (morning) – Cello Masterclass in Carperby Hall in Wensleydale. There are four places for participating cellists. Tanya is a really amazingly perceptive and encouraging teacher and this is an unusual opportunity for anyone feeling ready to take part in a masterclass (you don’t have to be conservatoire standard but comfortable playing in front of others).
13th May – Day Cello Workshop – with a focus on ensemble playing and improvisation. (roughly grade 5+)
Cellists do you fancy a cello weekend in Wensleydale for the three events on 12/13 May.  If  you need accommodation suggestions or are interested in taking part in the masterclass or workshop contact Carol Haynes as soon as possible.

19th May – Solo Recital at Ushaw College Chapel, Durham (the same programme as May 12th concert above)

20th May – Schumann’s Concerto with Cobwebs Orchestra at Eldon Community Centre as part of a study day on the concerto. See:

26th May – Recital at St James Piccadilly in London at 730pm with pianist Daniel Grimwood – details and tickets here:
Daniel is a friend of Cobwebs and played Field’s 7th Piano Concerto with Cobweb Chamber Orchestra last October.
If you are near London or know anyone who might be interested please spread the word.
If you have any questions or are interested in the cello activities you can contact Carol Haynes via  via:

– New Cobweb Website!

New content
Information about the orchestra, how it all started, what makes it unique and why it is so special, with photographs showing the many things we do. Find out how to join in, and who to go to for answers.

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That’s all for this week, have a great weekend!
Lorna Wright
Event Coordinator, Cobweb Orchestra