Cobweb News

We’re fast approaching the end of the year, with lots of exciting events happening in our 25th anniversary year. Do check out Andy’s message below for more details. A little closer, there’s still space for anyone wanting to attend the event this weekend with Tebay leader Roland Fudge.

In this weeks Cobweb News:
A day with composer, arranger and conductor Roland Fudge – this weekend!
A note from Andy Jackson
Shepherds Dene – a reminder
Cobweb Orchestra Tuscany Trip – an opportunity for upper string players

A day with composer, arranger and conductor Roland Fudge
Saturday 9th November
Stainton Village Hall,  Stainton, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0EP
Many Cobweb players have already had the pleasure of being conducted by Roland, who leads the Tebay group. Here is a chance to join him for a workshop exploring some of his compositions and arrangements.
Here are a few words by Roland about the event.
“In countless situations I have relished the challenge of composing and arranging music for ensembles with varying instrumental combinations and degrees of playing ability. My “Earth Dwellers” has, consequently, been performed in several versions; perhaps we will have time to do all five movements and experience the organic flow. I always seek to write music that is life-enhancing for the listener and the player; clever but not impenetrable; you can judge for yourselves! Grieg’s Peer Gynt and Elegiac Melodies need no introduction – gorgeous music, even with a few minor adaptations, where essential, by Fudge.”

To enrol using the online enrolment form, please click here
To download a paper copy, please click here

A note from Andy Jackson:

2020, Cobwebs’ 25th Anniversary year, gets off to a busy start with two concerts – it’s time to sign up now

I know that 2019 still has a couple of months to run and Cobwebs still has a lot of playing to get through, including a day with Roland Fudge and our Autumn residential weekend at Shepherd’s Dene, but it’s time to start thinking about what will be happening early in the New Year.

We have two concerts in the first few weeks of 2020: At the Bowes Museum on Sunday 19th January and the United Reform Church Jesmond as part of the Brundibar Festival on Saturday February 1st and we need to know who will be playing.

They are both daytime events with rehearsals in the morning and performances in the afternoon, and they offer wonderful playing opportunities for all instruments.

Space is slightly limited at Bowes, but we still need a substantial orchestra to do justice to the programme and it would be wonderful if we could put together a really big orchestra for the Brundibar concert, so please take a look at your diaries and fill in enrolment forms if you want to play and are available.

I’d really appreciate it if you could do this very soon rather than file under “next year” and then realise in January that you haven’t actually signed up. Late enrolments make event planning very tricky.

To enrol for Bowes Museum concert online, please click here
To enrol for Bowes Museum concert with a paper copy, please download one here

To enrol for the Brundibar Festival concert online, please click here.
To enrol for the Brundibar Festival with a paper copy, please download one here

Once I have an idea of who will be playing in these concerts, and if enough of you are interested, I’m going to try and organise (at no cost extra to players) an initial run through of the repertoire for both on Sunday 12 January (Brundibar programme in the morning, Bowes programme in the afternoon). Cobwebs doesn’t usually do this, but I thought that as we will be playing two quite complicated programmes within a couple of weeks of each other, players might appreciate a look at the parts ahead of time. It’s not obligatory, and if you can’t make this extra day, it won’t rule you out of taking part in the concerts.


Shepherds Dene – a reminder
Thank you to all those signed up for Shepherds Dene, Anita has asked me to remind you that the balance is now due.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email her on

Cobweb Orchestra Tuscany Trip – an opportunity for upper string players

After a four-year break we decided a return to Il Grande Prato in the beautiful Tuscan countryside was needed. What was just an idea has now taken off and having found there is a free week at the accommodation, planning is well under way. The trip has been offered to past participants from the last three visits, initially to gauge interest, and the response has been fantastic. So much so that the week has been reserved. There are only a few places left as we are restricted by the size of the rehearsal space. With that in mind I’m sorry to say that there are a handful of places available for upper strings (violin/viola) only.
If you are interested in joining us for a week of glorious music-making in Tuscany please get in touch by email asap. on
Places will be offered on a first emailed basis.
The letter that was initially sent out to previous participants can be seen here so that you will have some idea of the cost of the trip. You can also take a look at Il Grande Prato.

Posted by Tracy Reed