Cobweb News

In this weeks Cobweb News:
– New Year News from Andy
– More players needed for Jesmond concert on 1st February!
– Haydn Symphonies Project 14


5pm Friday 3rd to 4pm Sunday 5th April 2020

Sedbergh’s prices have increased and they are also now charging VAT:

Costs are £190 (shared) or £197.50 (single) for 2 nights full board.

Meals for non-residents: lunch £16.50 (S or S); dinner £21.50 (F or S); music £9/£33/ £28 (F or S or S). Non resident (all meals exc b/fast + music all days) £146

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

BOOKING . . . If you would like to be part of the 2020 Sedbergh Residential please complete the booking form downloadable here OR book on-line by clicking here and return with a non-refundable £30 pp deposit by SUNDAY 2ND of FEBRUARY.  The Sedbergh Residential is always a very popular event so please return your booking form early to avoid disappointment.

New Year News from Andy

Well, Cobwebs is already in its 25th year, and on 3rd and 4th October will be celebrating its Silver Anniversary.
Thanks to a small committee of players who were present at our first ever event, plans are already underway for a weekend of activity in Stanley (near to Annfield Plain, where it all began), incorporating the BIG PLAY, a workshop followed by an informal concert and the ever-popular AGM).
We thought it was time to invite other Cobwebbers, regardless of how long they have been involved, to join in the planning and delivery of this landmark event. Possible aspects which will need attention are… food, library, programming, archive display, CDs and films, raffle/fundraising, quiz, contacting past members, and anything else you can think of. 
Please get in touch with me directly if you’d like to help:

More players needed for Jesmond concert on 1st February!

We always knew that we would need a large orchestra for Dohnanyi’s Hungarian Festival Overture, but quite how large wasn’t evident until the parts arrived from Budapest yesterday. The piece is written for TWO orchestras + a separate brass ensemble.

So, even though we have an impressive number of players signed up for this fundraising concert as part of the Brundibar Arts Festival we could still do with more horns, trumpets, trombones, bassoons and double basses.  Also, if there are any harpists or percussionists who’d like to join us, they’d be very welcome.

More details, and enrolment forms, are available in the events diary 

For those who can make it, there’s a rehearsal for the concert THIS SUNDAY (12th January) 11 am – 1 pm at Dipton Community Centre.

Haydn Symphonies Project – part 14 with Peter Wood
Saturday 25th January, 11-4pm
Wylam Institute, Church Road, Wylam, NE41 8AP
Members £12.50, Non Members £17.00

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.

The preparation of parts for this project is time consuming and it would be appreciated if you could enrol as soon as possible to know how many parts are needed.

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

Lorna Wright
Events Coordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

Posted by Tracy Reed