Cobweb News

In this weeks Cobweb News:
2020 events – update from Andy
Haydn Symphonies Project – part 14 with Peter Wood
Date for your diary

2020 events – update from Andy Jackson

Cobweb activity is winding down for 2019, so it’s time to look ahead to the 2 concerts and three study days happening in the first few months of 2020.
You have already responded wonderfully to the request for players for the performances at Bowes Museum on 19th January and Jesmond on 1st February and we have large orchestras signed up for both. We are still taking enrolments for all instruments, particularly in these sections:
Bowes: Upper strings
Jesmond: Double bass, bassoon, brass
There is an rehearsal for both these concerts for those who can make it on 12th January in Dipton.

The programme for the concert at Bowes Museum has changed slightly as two superb opera singers have agreed to perform arias with us. They are soprano Barbara Gentili, and tenor Paul Smith which means that there will be yet more Puccini, Verdi and Bellini in the pads.

To find out more about Bowes museum concert and to enrol, please see the website here
To find out more about Brundibar concert and to enrol, please see the website here

On the weekend after the Bowes concert, Peter Wood will be continuing his Haydn Project with a batch of mid-late symphonies at the Wylam Institute on 25th January. See more details below for how to enrol.
In March, we will be joined for study days by two guests: Cellist Gemma Kost and conductor Matthias Lichtenfeld.
Gemma played the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto with the Cobweb Chamber Orchestra in 2018 and on 1st March next year, she is returning with a much bigger work, Elgar’s Cello Concerto. To make the most of the extra brass needed for this, we will also play the Triumphal March from Caractacus. This event is in a St. George’s Church, Morpeth, a venue we haven’t used for several years, but is now where the Morpeth group meet every Tuesday.
Then, on 25th March in Haxby, Bavarian conductor Matthias Lichtenfeld will lead us through an early work by the most famous of Bavarian composers, Richard Strauss. His ‘Aus Italien’ is a tone poem which is full of inventive orchestration and memorable tunes, including the exuberant Neapolitan song “Funiculi, Funicula” 
As usual, you can sign up for all these by clicking on the appropriate link provided by Lorna, or through the website, which I hope you visit regularly because information about our full programme is available here and Tracy does a brilliant job of keeping it up-to-date.
Other events happening in 2020 that it would be good to get on your radar and in you diaries are the Sedbergh Residential Weekend 3-5 April and Cobwebs’ 25th Anniversary Weekend in Stanley 3-4 October.
As ever I’ll look forward to seeing you at some or all of these events.
Wishing you a jolly end to this year and a positive start to the next one.

Haydn Symphonies Project – part 14 with Peter Wood
Sunday 25th January, 2-6pm
Wylam Institute, Church Road, Wylam, NE41 8AP
Members £12.50, Non Members £17.00

Information from Peter Wood – Haydn Needs Flutes, Oboes (Clarinets), Bassoons, Horns, Trumpets, Timps and Strings 
The 14th session of the Haydn Symphonies project will be held at Wylam Institute on Saturday 25 January 2020 from 11.00 am until 4.00 pm. with a shared lunch.  We have now looked at 73 symphonies and remain on schedule to complete this project in April 2021.  We will be resuming our journey in 1779, the year of the fire at Esterhaza, and will conclude this session looking at two of the Paris Symphonies.  The symphonies I hope to look at are 70, 75, 63 (La Roxelane), 73 (La Chassse), 82 (L’Ours) and 86.  All of these symphonies have parts for flute, oboes, bassoons, horns, trumpets, timps and strings. clarinets are welcome to join us and oboe parts transposed for Bb clarinets will be available. 

We have now reached he stage where Haydn’s symphonies require permanent flutes and bassoons in addition to the usual oboes horns and strings and this batch of symphonies also requires trumpets and timps.  I hope that the extra players now needed for this project will come along and join us.  The preparation of parts for this project is time consuming and it would be appreciated if you could enrol as soon as possible so that I know how many parts I need to prepare and to give me time to fill any holes we may have in the orchestra.  Have a great Christmas and New Year and if I don’t see you before I look forward to seeing you all at Wylam in the New Year.

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

A date for your diary

The Bewick Orchestra are performing a concert with one of our very own Cobweb conductors (Chris Griffiths) being the soloist in Richard Strauss ‘ Horn Concerto No. 1.
It would be great if as many Cobwebbers and their family/ friends were able to come along and support Chris and the Charity CMT, as all proceeds are going to this charity.
Spring Bewick Orchestra Concert.. conductor Dave Tomson
St. James The Great , Morpeth.   NE61 1BS
Saturday May 16th 2020, 7.30 pm
Mozart…. Magic Flute Overture
Richard Strauss….. Horn Concerto no. 1. ( soloist Chris Griffiths)
Beethoven….. Symphony no.6 (The Pastoral)
Tickets £8  ( under 18s free) on the door and available in May from Morpeth Tourist Information Centre (The Chantry 01670623455)

Posted by Tracy Reed