Cobweb News 16: 30.05.2014

Dear all,
What a fantastic event we had last Saturday! As Dave Wood perfectly summed up on the Cobwebs Facebook page:
Sibelius violin concerto with the incomparable Jonathan Bloxham conducting and Mathieu van Bellen knocking us all flat with his playing. That at least provided the excuse for some orchestral gaffs since we were too busy watching the soloist – utterly brilliant.
Then, using up a bit of late time, we were treated to a stupendous performance of the Bach Chaconne. If you weren’t there, you’ll never know what you missed.

As a result many Cobwebbers have taken up the opportunity to see more of Mathieu and Jonathan in the Northern Chords festival this week. If you’d still like the chance, and you enjoy a bit of contemporary music, check out tonight’s concert at Sage Gateshead:
Tomorrow sees The Cobweb Orchestra perform in St. Cuthbert’s Church in Darlington. We have lovely orchestra for this event, so please do come and support us if you’re free. The concert will begin at 7.30pm. Programme as follows:
Beethoven “Egmont” Overture
Weber Clarinet Concerto – Tracy Reed Clarinet
Mendelssohn Symphony No.3 “Scottish”
Upcoming Events:
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!
Saturday 21st June
Schubert Symphony No. 9 Study Day with Andy Jackson
11- 4pm St. Aidan’s Church, 12a Tintern Avenue, Billingham, TS23 2DE

£10 – Members
£13 – Non Member
Phil (our Treasurer) says that “Schubert is the most profitable composer”, but that’s not why we’re playing his Symphony No. 9 (the “Great” C major) on 21st June in Billingham, it’s because we have specially prepared simplified parts for all instruments so that anyone who can’t manage what Schubert wrote can still be involved.
Please read this important message from Liz about the Cobweb Library, please contact her directly if you can help on
As you know, the Cobweb’s music library is open for volunteers to work on it on Wednesday mornings. However I shall be away on the following dates
June 4th 2014
June 25th 2014
so the Library will be closed on those dates.
If you find Wednesday mornings difficult, then please suggest a time when you are available, Let me know, and we will try to find a way of letting you into the Library and making sure that you can see clearly what needs to be done.
Perhaps you could get together a small group of like minded people and finish off with some sort of refreshment after the dusty work of labelling, sorting and counting?
It is essential that we get the library catalogued as soon as possible, but it will be a long job and we need your help, please.
Thank you,
I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow in Darlington,
Best wishes,

Posted by Sue Baker