Cobweb News 13 – 09.05.14

Dear all,
I hope you all had a nice weekend off from Cobwebs last weekend and are now raring to go with the many more events we have left in May. See previous bulletins or the website for enrolment forms for the following events:
Saturday 10th May– Shostakovich Symphony No. 10 Study Day with Richard Howarth
11.00am – 4.30pm, Dalston Victory Hall, Dalston, Cumbria, CA5 7QB

Any last minute sign ups? We could really do with more cellos especially!
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! Please do sign up to support the aspiring conductors/composers and arrangers, we could really do with more of everyone at this event.
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

We have a lot of expected interest in the strings but we’d love to see some woodwind players at this event!
Don’t forget also that 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.
Saturday 7th June – Score Reading Workshop ‘What The Conductor Saw’ with Lizelle Kirkby
1pm – 5pm, Morpeth Methodist Church, Howard Terrace, Morpeth, NE61 1HU

£8 – Members
£11 – Non Members
Ever wondered –
What is it like to see what the whole orchestra is playing rather than just my part?
How does a conductor read so many lines of music all at once?
Why does the conductor sometimes ask me to play more softly when the dynamic is fff?
What is it with all these instruments in Bb, F, Eb?
How can I better understand the role of my instrument in the orchestra?
If you have ever pondered over the wonders of how to read a score but never had the opportunity, now is your chance. Come to the Score Reading Workshop on June 7th in Morpeth and be enlightened as to “What the Conductor Saw”
Saturday 21th June – Study Day: Schubert Symphony No. 9 with Andy Jackson
11am – 4pm, St. Aidan’s Church, 12a Tintern Avenue, Billingham, TS23 2DE

£10 – Members
£13 – Non members
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 in Billingham, 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.
So why not join Andy Jackson for a study day on the ‘Great’ Schubert Symphony No.9. Often considered Schubert’s finest piece for orchestra, this symphony is also one of the composer’s most innovative pieces. As it is Schubert’s last symphony that he wrote, the piece really excels in majestic qualities, giving it its ‘Great’ reference. As part of the day we will enjoy a shared lunch.
Finally, I 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