Cobweb News 16 – 2013

Dear Cobwebbers,
We had a super day at The Sage Gateshead on Saturday with an orchestra of 33 enthusiastic players, who worked hard throughout the day and yet still managed to put on a great play through at the end. Well done everyone who attended the Intermediate Orchestra Day.
Well it’s the last day of April, the daffodils are all out, the lambs are growing fast and we’ve got lots of exciting events coming up . . .
May Events
Sunday 5th May – Composers and Arrangers/Guinea Pig Orchestra, 2.00pm – 6.00pm
Wylam Village Institute

At the moment we need more players to be part of the Guinea Pig Orchestra. Do let me know if you are able to join us on Sunday afternoon. More information and the enrolment form can be found on the website
Saturday 11th May – Brahms German Requiem
Rehearsal 1.30pm – 5.30pm, Concert 7.00pm
Holy Trinity Church, Jesmond

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to participate in a great choral work. We’ve an orchestra growing on a daily basis for this event BUT 1st violins where are you? There is still plenty of room in all sections of the orchestra for more players. More details and the enrolment form can be found on the website.
Saturday 25th May – A Family Teatime Concert
Rehearsal 1.00 – 3.30pm, Concert 4.00pm – 5.00pm
St. Aidan’s Church Hall, Billingham

This is a great opportunity to join with members of the Teesside Cobweb Orchestra and perform to children and adults in the Teesside group’s rehearsal home. More information and the enrolment form are available from the website.
June Events
Saturday 1st June – Schumann Symphony No. 2 Study Day, 11.00am – 4.00pm
Haxby Memorial Hall, York

The Cobweb Orchestra and conductor Chris Griffiths (principal horn with Northern Sinfonia) are gradually working through Schumann’s four lovely symphonies. So far we’ve had study days on No’s 1 and 3, now it’s the turn of Schumann’s 2nd Symphony.
A delicious fund-raising lunch of summer soups, homemade bread, cakes and puddings, tea and coffee will be available for just £5.00. Why not treat yourself and help raise funds for our new York Cobweb Orchestra.
Now . . . what you’ve all been eagerly awaiting . . .

This year we have not 2, not 3, but 4 Promenade Concerts all scheduled in June. It’s going to be a busy month.
Saturday 8th June – Ravenstonedale Prom
Rehearsal 2 – 6pm, Concert 7.30pm
St. Oswalds Church, Ravenstonedale

This is the 5th Ravenstonedale Prom (all performed by The Cobweb Orchestra) and will be conducted by Tebay group’s conductor, Peter Crompton. The repertoire will include old favourites, new music and a few ‘Cobweb specials’.
Sunday 23rd June – Brougham Hall Midsummer Promenade Concert,
Rehearsal 1.30pm – 5.30pm, Concert 7.00pm
Brougham Hall (grounds), Penrith

We’ve been invited by Brougham Hall Charitable Trust to perform a Midsummer Promenade Concert in the most spectacular setting of Brougham Hall grounds. We will be using the Cobweb marquee so shall be covered if it dares to rain. There will be music by Mozart, Rossini, Mendelssohn, Lennon/McCartney and classic film tracks. A traditional Prom finale with Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory and more will end this concert.
Saturday 29th June – An Afternoon Promenade Concert
Rehearsal 12.00noon – 3.00pm, Concert 4.00pm – 5.00pm
A field behind Langdon Beck Hotel
Langdon Beck, Forest-in-Teesdale, Nr Middleton in Teesdale

The rural community of Langdon Beck have invited us to perform a prom concert as part of their music festival. This is a new venture, which we are delighted to be part of and more details will emerge shortly. We will be playing popular ‘open – air’ music under the protection of the Cobweb marquee.
Sunday 30th June – Bishop Auckland Prom
Rehearsal 2.00pm – 6.00pm, Concert 7.00pm
Sports Hall, Bishop Auckland College

I can’t recall how many Bishop Auckland Proms we’ve done but this will be the first one in the Sports Hall of the college! But it’s a sports hall, which will be specially decorated in a festive manner to resemble a muddy field! There will be the usual mix of music typical of a traditional promenade concert.
Well, that’s our Prom Season all in the space of 1 month. Do put the dates in your diary and watch out for the enrolment form. I hope to see many players from all our Cobweb Orchestra’s taking part in some or even all of the above events.

Posted by Sue Baker