Cobweb News 16.1.19

Thank you and well done to all those who came to the Haydn Symphonies Project on Saturday, what a way to start the year!
In this weeks Cobweb News:
– Beginners Day – this Saturday
– Brundibar Festival Concert – limited places available!
– Sedbergh Residential
– Big Play 2019 Information

Free taster session
Come and play with the Ludworth Group
Saturday 19th January
Ludworth Community Centre, North View, Ludworth, Durham, DH6 1NF

The Cobweb Orchestra recently received a generous grant from the Durham Community Foundation to develop the Ludworth Group. We’d like to attract new players to the group by providing opportunities for anyone to come and join in, even if they are complete beginners.
Do you know anyone who has never tried a musical instrument before and would love to be given the chance? Would you like to have a go with a different instrument yourself? The Cobweb ‘instrument bank’ will be available, as well as the Cobweb timpani.
There will be four tutors to give you guidance on how to play the instruments, and how to follow music and a conductor. You will be in safe hands, as they are already quite accustomed to Cobwebs! Peter Gulbis from our Billingham Group will lead the string section, while Laura Reavley, our Morpeth Group leader, will be in the wind section. Clare Carr used to conduct the Billingham group and after kindly taking over the baton at Ludworth for a while last year, she is looking forward to returning to help the brass section. We are also pleased to welcome back our Cobweb guest conductor Mark Edwards, this time to keep the percussion section in order!
 All Cobwebbers are invited. Perhaps there is something that you’ve always wanted to ask, or you may just want to join in and play your usual instrument. Please come and meet our friendly Ludworth players, who may not have been to any other Cobweb events yet. You can view the Ludworth Group page on our website to see what we have been up to already. We would love you to share this exciting project with us.
 Ludworth is only 7 miles or so away from Durham. The event is free, with a bring-and-share lunch, plus coffee and tea for a small contribution. You can enrol for the event in advance online here, and download a flyer here.
If you can’t make it this time, there will be second Saturday event on 11 May, and you’re still welcome to join us at Ludworth for our weekly sessions on a Tuesday evening 7 – 9 p.m.
 Many of you will know me already also as a Cobweb clarinet player, so please get in touch if there is anything you need to know. 
Tracy Reed,
Ludworth Group Leader
Our project to develop The Cobweb Orchestra at Ludworth has been
funded by the E.ON Butterwick Moor Wind Farm Community Benefits Fund,
managed by County Durham Community Foundation.

Cobweb Orchestra Brundibar Festival Concert Fundraiser
Saturday 26th January
United Reformed Church, Jesmond
Burdon Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 3AE

Another chance to play Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with our wonderful soloists Jo Montgomery (violin) and Chrissie Slater (viola). RNS’s Sasha Raikhlina will lead and Andy Jackson will conduct.
This is a charity event with all proceeds going to the Brundibar Festival. There is no enrolment fee, but we hope players will contribute in their usual generous fashion.

Rehearsal. 9.30 am -1.00 pm
Concert. 1.30 – 2.30 pm

Mozart Overture to “Il Seraglio”
Mozart Sinfonia Concertante for violin, viola and orchestra 
Schulhoff (arr. Jackson) Czech Dance, Tango and Tarantella from “Five pieces for string quartet”
Dvorak “Furiant” from Czech Suite

Music: Parts will be provided on the day, but can also be downloaded and printed off in advance. Links will be sent a couple of weeks before the event.
Food: Please bring your own.
Dress: Concert dress: black bottoms, white tops/shirt/blouse with a waistcoat and/or neckwear
Cost: This is a “Pay What you Think It’s Worth” event. All proceeds to go to the Brundibar Festival.
Audience: Entrance is FREE with a retiring collection. Please tell everyone you know to be there.

To use our new online form trial and enrol for this performance, please click here
To continue with the usual method and enrol using the form, please download it 

Sedbergh Residential
7-9 April 2019

This will be our 13th  Sedbergh Residential Weekend which is the Cobweb Orchestra’s biggest event of the year.  Traditionally, it is full of orchestral playing but people still find time to eat, socialise and squeeze in the odd bit of ensemble playing.


There is always an interesting and extensive repertoire to work at during the weekend with a variety of tutors and special guests to ensure we get the most out of the chosen pieces.


We change and refine the timetable within the basic pattern every year so each weekend is unique, but our aim of playing as much orchestral music as we can in a limited time to the very best of our ability remains.

All the information you need is on this information and deposit form

BOOKING . . . If you would like to be part of the 2019 Sedbergh Residential please complete the booking form below and return with a non-refundable £30pp deposit by FRIDAY 8th of FEBRUARY.  The Sedbergh Residential is always a very popular event so please return your booking form early to avoid disappointment.

If you would like to have more information about the Sedbergh Residential please do get in touch by email or by phone 07905684537

Big Play 2019
Dipton Jubilee Centre
, Front Street, Dipton, Co. Durham, DH9 9DR
Pay What You Think It’s Worth

Join us for our annual Big Play, a chance for all groups to come together and share repertoire on a common theme. This year’s fantastic programme is filling out nicely with all sorts of imaginative interpretations of the theme “Cities”, including 

Prague, Vienna, Oxford, New York, Paris, Naples, Plymouth, Seville, Kiev, Rio. The pieces might not be always the most obvious…

It’s a Pay What You Think It’s Worth event, so no advance payments, just bring along your pennies (and notes!).
All music will be provided on the da, but please bring a music stand
We’ll be enjoying a shared lunch, please feel free to contribute, adhering to the guidelines set out here:

It’s really important you let us know you’re coming so we have enough music for you all.
If you’d like to enrol using the new online sign up system please click here
If you’d like to enrol using the paper form, please download one here

Many thanks for all your comments about our online sign up system, I think most of you are feeling positive, and there’s still tweaks I’m making (some you might not even notice) – but do keep feeding back, it really helps.
I look forward to seeing any of you at the Beginners Day on Saturday at Ludworth!
Best wishes,
Lorna Wright
Event Coordinator, Cobweb Orchestra