Cobweb News 14.02.18

A huge congratulations to those players who bravely performed solos at the latest ‘Anyone can be a Soloist Day’ last Saturday. The ones I was able to play along with were brilliant and I’ve head many great things about the rest of the day. Thanks also to those of you who came along to support and provide the vital orchestral parts! As always, there’s photos on our facebook/twitter pages, just click the icons at the bottom this email to see.

In this weeks Cobweb News:
– Bowes Museum Performance
– Sedbergh 2018 – a Message from Christine
– Haydn Symphonies Project part 7

Bowes Museum Performance
Cobweb Orchestra in Concert at Bowes Museum

Sunday 25th February
Rehearsal: 10 am – 1 pm.
Performance: 2 – 3.30 pm.

** We particularly need upper strings, bassoon and flute please!**
We will need a decent sized orchestra for this afternoon concert of music by (amongst others) Faure, Elgar, Saint-Saens and Delibes. All players are welcome, but the space we have to play in is not large and we need a balanced orchestra, so the size of some sections might have to be limited.
**The event will be recorded and turned into a film by members of the Newcastle Amateur Film and Video Club. The film will be for sale once it has been edited.**

For more information and to sign up, please complete the enrollment form here and return it to me as soon as possible.

Sedbergh 2018 – a message from Christine
“Dear all
This is just a reminder to everyone to book now if you wish to attend Cobwebs residential at Sedbergh school April 6th-8th. In particular if you wish to come as a resident please let me know urgently as we have received a lot of bookings and there aren’t many rooms left. If you want to come along as a non resident, you can let me know later but we do need to know for the catering if you want meals & also for the sheet music numbers.

Andy has revealed that the repertoire will include Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 6 and Elgar’s Cello Concerto with Alice Jones as soloist.
He will, of course as usual, be in charge of serving the cocktails land will be joined by Alice, who will sometimes play the cello, and Joe Davies who might be persuaded to do some conducting!

Looking forward to loads of music playing in large and small groups & loads of socialising (if you want to)!! Timetable will follow nearer to the time when Andy has fully worked out what we’re going to do.
The booking form is attached here. The deadline for booking has now passed but we are extending it for a short time only whilst we have available room!
I’ll be in touch with those of you who have already booked when I have more details about timetable.
Thanks everyone!!”

Haydn Symphonies Project part 7
Newbiggin on Lune Public Hall, Kirkby Stephen, CA17 4NT

Members £10
Non Members £14
Enrollment form here

From Peter:
The Haydn Project moves west for Session 7 at Newbiggin on Lune on 3 March 2018 11.00am to 4.00pm.
This session will be a bit of a “horn fest” as we discover Haydn experimenting with the use of 4 horns in the orchestra.

The symphonies we will be looking at which were written between 1763 and 1767 include 2 famous named symphonies and are numbers 13, 30 (Alleluia), 31 (Hornsignal), 39 and 72.  4 of these use 4 horns.
Other unusual features of this batch of symphonies are the use of a flute in 4 of the symphonies, and timps in 2 of the symphonies.
3 of the symphonies (13, 31 & 72) also have concertante parts in some movements featuring solo violin, solo cello, solo double bass, solo flute and solo bassoon.
The last movement of symphonies 31 & 72 is a theme and variations.

Previous sessions have been predominantly strings, horns (2) and oboes.  This time we need additional horns, flutes, bassoons and timps.
Parts for 13, 30, 31 & 72 (which include all of the concertante parts) are available on IMSLP.

We do need players (volunteers preferably) for the concertante parts.  Please let me know if you would like to have a go as soon as possible.  I can then make sure that you have managed to access the parts before we meet. This should be a great session with an enlarged orchestra and I look forward to seeing players for the additional parts and volunteers for the concertante parts.

That’s all for this week, I hope you’re all having a lovely half term break!

Best wishes,



Lorna Wright
Event Coordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

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