Cobweb News 15 – 23.05.14

Dear all,
I hope you’ve had a lovely week. I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow at Dipton, but I would like to see more woodwind/brass players!
Firstly, a little report on how last weekend went from Andrew Cottrell:
The Composers & Arrangers Group and two aspiring conductors had a very successful and enjoyable day with the Guinea Pig Orchestra on Saturday. Despite earlier concerns about recruitment, a well balanced orchestra of 25 players assembled on the day. Four composers/arrangers provided a wide variety of new music for us to play and two conductors impressed us with their skills.
Upcoming Events:
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

Internationally renowned and rising stars as part of The Busch Ensemble, Jonathan Bloxham and Matthieu van Bellen are two extremely talented and recognisable musicians who we are very lucky to have the opportunity to work with, and not an event to be missed! Matthieu began playing when he was 4 years old, and an education at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal College Music, London have really set him up to be a fantastic soloist. You can read more of his biography here:
Parts still required are:
1 Flute (1 or 2)
Oboe 1
Clarinet (1 or 2)
Bassoon 1 and 2
Horn 1,3 and 4
2 Trumpets
3 Trombones
Saturday 31st May
Cobweb Orchestra in Concert
St Cuthbert’s Church, Market Place, Darlington DL1 5QG
Rehearsal at 2.00 – 6.00pm, Concert at 7.30pm

We’ll be performing the following programme:
Beethoven “Egmont” Overture
Weber Clarinet Concerto – Tracy Reed Clarinet
Mendelssohn Symphony No.3 “Scottish”
We have quite a balanced orchestra signed up for this one, but we do require 1 more bassoon, 1 more horn, violas and brass!
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”
This workshop is a wonderful insight into the other side of orchestral playing – do join us for an informative and interesting day!
And one for your diaries:
Saturday 2nd August
Cobweb Beginner Study Day with Andy Jackson
1.30pm-7pm, Sage Gateshead, St. Mary’s Square, Gateshead, NE8 2JR

Have you always wanted to play in an orchestra but didn’t know where to start? Or do you know someone who needs an opportunity to get back into orchestral playing?This day with the celebrated Cobweb Orchestra playing specially arranged music by Mozart, Handel, Elgar and others will encourage everyone to make the most of their musical abilities and give an informal presentation of progress made for friends and family at the end of the day (6pm) start.
Members: £24.80, Non Members: £26.80, Under 16/Unwaged/Students: £13.40
In other News:
– Gordon Kay has asked me to inform you all of his upcoming concert with the Richmondshire Orchestra on the 15th June – for further details see
– If you thought all had gone quiet from our adopted composer in residence, courtesy of Making Music, then you are right, it had but you can read his latest blog here:
That’s all for now. More events are being added to the website, so do keep an eye on that for future events.
Best wishes,

Posted by Sue Baker