Cobweb News 17: 07.06.14

Dear all,
We had a lovely day last Saturday in Darlington, performing to a small but grateful audience in the beautiful St. Cuthbert’s Church. Our very own Tracy Reed played Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 1 and gave a fantastic introduction to her performance. We also managed to get through Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony which was a challenge, but one we all enjoyed.
I am also delighted to tell you that I have been accepted to stay on in this role, so I look forward to moving forward!
We have a weekend off next week, but after that, do join us for some lovely Summer events coming up:
Saturday 21st June
Study Day: Schubert Symphony No. 9 with Andy Jackson
11am – 4pm, St. Aidan’s Church, 12a Tintern Avenue, Billingham, TS23 2DE
£10 – Members
£13 – Non members
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.
So why not join Andy Jackson for a study day on the ‘Great’ Schubert Symphony No.9. Often considered Schubert’s finest piece for orchestra, this symphony is also one of the composer’s most innovative pieces. As it is Schubert’s last symphony that he wrote, the piece really excels in majestic qualities, giving it its ‘Great’ reference. As part of the day we will enjoy a shared lunch.
Sunday 13th July
Study Day: Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2 with Peter Wood
Time tbc. Wylam Institute, Church Rd, Wylam, Northumberland, NE41 8AP
£10 – Members
£13 – Non members
Peter Wood leads us through this epic and ever-popular symphony written in early 20th Century. We’d love a full orchestra for this one, as it is such a big work, so will welcome anyone and everyone who’s up for the challenge! As part of the day we will enjoy a shared lunch.
Please see the event webpage for further details and the enrolment form.
Saturday 2nd August
Cobweb Beginner Study Day with Andy Jackson
1.30pm-7pm, Sage Gateshead, St. Mary’s Square, Gateshead, NE8 2JR
Have you always wanted to play in an orchestra but didn’t know where to start? Or do you know someone who needs an opportunity to get back into orchestral playing? This day with the celebrated Cobweb Orchestra playing specially arranged music by Mozart, Handel, Elgar and others will encourage everyone to make the most of their musical abilities and give an informal presentation of progress made for friends and family at the end of the day (6pm) start.
There’s no enrolment form for this one, you just have to let me know you’re coming!
Please see a message below from Andy regarding Autumn’s concert performances:
“We’ve got two great concerts in wonderful venues planned for later this year and I’d like to encourage you to sign up for them early as possible. Please do, it makes planning so much easier.
First up – Saturday 4th October at St. Nicholas’s Cathedral in Newcastle. We’re playing a prom-style concert with singer Mary Coffield as part of the Cathedral’s music-themed Flower Festival, so there’ll be a huge range of repertoire reflecting in various ways the subject matter of the floral exhibits.
Then, on Sunday 16th November, it’s our annual Hall 2 gig at Sage Gateshead. This year we’re delighted to accompany RNS’s Iona Brown in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. Just in case you need even more encouragement to get involved, the rest of the programme is Sibelius’s Finlandia and Dvorak’s “From the New World” symphony.
Both are evening events with afternoon rehearsals (exact times to be arranged).
I hope lots of you can be there. Lorna will be sending out enrolment forms in the next few weeks, but early notification of interest could secure you a place in case of over-subscription. Even though they are both large venues, there is a limit on the size of orchestra we can fit in, so let Lorna know if you intend being at either of these.”

In other news for cellists…
Cellodees are a group of cellists (including at least 1 Cobwebs player) who meet regularly for fun. On July 12th we will be holding a special event at St Thomas Church Haymarket Newcastle, alongside “Our Big Gig” a nationwide community music making initiative.
We would like to invite cellists to take part in this event, music is available beforehand, and particularly encourage people who have taken up or re-taken up the cello.The group is mixed levels including a couple of professional standard players. for further details please see the following webpage.
That’s all for this week!
Best wishes,

Posted by Sue Baker