Cobweb News 18.08.18

A huge congratulations to those of you played at the Ravenstonedale concert last Saturday, I’ve heard it was absolutely fantastic and there was a great audience. I need to let you know some important information; I have moved house. My new address is:

5, Valeside
Newcastle upon Tyne,
NE15 9LA

Please send all future enrolment forms to me at this new address.

In this weeks Cobweb News:
Wylam Non Residential Weekend
Annual General Meeting of the Cobweb Orchestra 2018
Cobweb Orchestra in Concert at Bowes Museum.

Mozart non-residential weekend in Wylam
1st and 2nd September 2018
Wylam Institute, 
Church Rd
Wylam NE41 8AU

Join the brilliant professional tutors/soloists  Stephen Reay (principal bassoon of Royal Northern Sinfonia) Jo Montogomery (violin) and Chrissie Slater (viola) for a weekend of Mozart. It’s shaping up to be a fabulous weekend but we’d love for more of you to be there! Please read the timetable carefully below and sign up using the enrolment form here:

Here’s the timetable. Please note that, unlike most Cobweb events, there are some sessions on both mornings that are for sections of the orchestra rather than for everybody. The idea is that players who are not involved in morning sessions will arrive for lunch at 12.30 so that everyone can be together for eating and socialising, which will be followed by afternoon sessions (and an evening one on the Saturday) for full orchestra.

All players are welcome to sign up for however much or little of the weekend that they can manage. Each session concentrates on specific aspects of Mozart’s compositions. Please note that Mozart’s original scoring for many of these works is light on wind and brass. The notes below* should help you see how you can get the most out of the weekend.

Saturday 1st September

10.30 am – 12.30 pm Mainly wind (and lower strings). This morning session will be devoted to the Serenade for 13 wind instruments K 361. It is, simply, the most elegant and sublime music.

12.30 – 1.30 Shared lunch. String players who are playing in the afternoon come along early to join in.

1.30 – 5.00 (with a teatime break). Two symphonies (nos. 39 and 35 “Haffner”) and a concerto (for bassoon).

5.00 – 5.30 Cocktails in the garden

5.30 – 6.30 Evening meal. Either bring a picnic or visit one of the local pubs which do food (it might be a good idea to let them know you’re coming and might be in a bit pushed for time)

6.30 – 8.30 Overtures. All the favourites, Magic Flute, Seraglio, Figaro, etc. and maybe another concerto.
Sunday 2nd September 

10.30 am – 12.30 pm Strings only. This morning session will be a string sectional working on the Sinfonia Concertante K 364. I imagine this piece needs no introduction. It is, again, utterly sublime. We might also find time for some stylistic details in the overtures and symphonies we’ve been looking at.

12.30 – 1.15 Shared lunch. Wind and brass players who are playing in the afternoon come along early to join in.

1.15 – 2.45 Strings + wind. Putting together Sinfonia concertante. Another look at the “Haffner” Symphony.

2.45 – 3.00 Cup of tea

3.00 – 3.30 Play through Overture to Marriage of Figaro and Sinfonia concertante.

*How all the instruments will be used:

Upper strings – involved in everything except the Saturday morning session
Lower strings – fully involved in all sessions. Playing bassoon and contra bassoon parts for the Saturday morning session
Wind and brass – involved in all sessions except Sunday morning (strings only)
Special arrangements for wind and brass where Mozart did not originally write parts for you:

Flutes will sometimes play oboe parts
Clarinets will sometimes play oboe or horn parts
Bassoons will play cello parts in a couple of pieces
Trumpets will sometimes play horn parts
Trombones will play bassoon, horn or bass parts

I’m afraid there will only be parts for percussion in the overtures and symphonies.
You can find an enrolment form here, please note, the costs for this event are complicated, so please do read that section carefully or just ask.

Annual General Meeting of the Cobweb Orchestra 2018
Note from Ruth Tanner:

The next AGM will be held on Saturday 15th September at Heaton Community Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne. It will take place at 1pm during a workshop day starting at 10am, when we will be playing Elgar’s wonderful Enigma Variations.

Please do sign up now, as we need a quorum of 25 people at least, and it is good for the members to come together to hear about the progress of the organisation and plans for the future. We will have a shared lunch and the usual fund raising activities. As this is a FREE event, please just email Lorna to sign up. 

Please note that our Chairman Dave Woods is retiring from the Board at this meeting so there is a vacancy for trustee. Anyone who is interested in standing, with experience and skills which would help the trustees, please contact me, Ruth Tanner, Secretary to the Trustees, ( by 10th September.

Sunday 4th November 2018
Concert: All Mozart programme at Bowes Museum.
Rehearsal: 1-5 pm
Concert: 6 pm

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham DL12 8NP
Cost to participants: Members: £12.50. Non members £17

A chance to perform sublime music in beautiful surroundings and to accompany wonderful soloists Jo Montgomery (violin) and Chrissie Slater (viola) in the Sinfonia Concertante for violin, viola and orchestra.
Also playing the overture to The Marriage of Figaro, “Eine kleine Nachtmusik” (orchestral arranagement by Andy Jackson) and symphony no. 35 in D major, the “Haffner”.

**Please send me an email to register your interest on this one, we’ll need it to be balanced so sign up as soon as you can. There will be an official enrolment form ready very soon.**

Tickets for the concert: £11 (£10 concessions) available from The Bowes Museum Reception 01833 690606

That’s all for now, please do note down my new address as above, and I look forward to receiving your enrolments for the Wylam weekend.
Best wishes,
Event Coordinator, Cobweb Orchestra