Cobweb News 19.10.18

I hope you’ve all had a good week, it’s so nice to see your group’s updates on Facebook – thank you to those that post!

Again, lots to say this week – do read all the way down if you can.

In This Weeks Cobweb News:
– Haydn Symphonies project part 9 – oboes (or flutes/clarinets) needed!
– Study Day in Dalston
– Trustee’s Tale No. 43
– Bowes Museum Performance


Haydn Symphonies Project No.9
Sunday 21st October
Wylam Institute, Church Rd, Wylam, NE41 8AU
Members £12.50/Non Members £17
**Oboe/Horn parts needed**

We have a lovely orchestra building for this day, but we could still really do with another oboe or horn player. Peter has some transposed parts available for clarinet players who might like to join us.

A reminder of what Peter said:
Now everybody is back after the Summer break we are resuming our journey through Haydn’s symphonies,  With 45 Haydn symphonies now behind us the 9th Haydn Project day will be held at Wylam Institute on Sunday October 21 2018 from 11.00 until 4.00.  The Symphonies we will be looking at will include: 26 (Lamentation), 65, 44 (Mourning), 43 (Mercury) and 47 all of which are “Sturm und Drang” (“Storm and Stress’”) symphonies written between 1768 and 1772. Haydn is now in his late 30’s and is the Musical Director at the Esterházy court. These symphonies are scored for strings, oboes and horns and bassoons would probably have supplemented the cellos and basses. Transposed parts for clarinet players who want to play oboe parts are available!  This day will take us roughly to the half way point (which I think we have already celebrated a bit prematurely!) and the project will continue on 12 January 2019 in York.  The enrolment form is attached and I look forward to seeing you all at Wylam for the next step in this marathon journey.

Please find attached the enrolment form here.


Study Day – Haydn Cello Concerto
Sunday 28th October
Dalston Victory Hall, Dalston, Carlisle, CA5 7QA
£5/6.50 for the afternoon and evening session with the orchestra
£10/13 for the whole day for cellists
**more upper strings needed!**

This day as well as being a masterclass for cellists, is a normal (very cheap!) study day for Cobweb Orchestra, and we invite everyone to join us from 12.30pm to rehearse the fantastic Haydn Cello Concerto with Neil Sild (cello) and Joe Davies (conductor). We’ll end the day with an informal performance of the work. Please do come and support this fantastic event. Here are the original details:

Due to a kind bequest from the husband of Pam, who used to play cello at the Dalston group, we are able to put on a rather unusual event which brings together several of Pam’s interests – working with young people, making things happen in Cumbria and playing the cello. The excellent young cellist Neil Sild, who recently played the Elgar Cello concerto with us at Middlesbrough Town Hall will be performing the Haydn Cello Concerto, conducted by the ever popular Joe Davies. The morning will be devoted to a workshop just for cellists, but, of course, we will need an orchestra for the concerto, so the afternoon and evening session will run just like a normal Cobweb study day followed by and informal performance.

10.00 -12.30 Cello workshop.
12.30 -13.30 Lunch for morning and afternoon participants
13.30 – 17.30 Rehearse Haydn cello concerto + Rossini’s “William Tell” overture
17.30 – 18.30 Evening meal break
18.30 – 20.30 Performance

Please sign up with the enrolment form here and any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.


The Trustees’ Tale  No. 43

The trustees of the Cobweb Orchestra met on September 28th. We welcomed new trustee Judith Greene, and having bade farewell to and thanked Dave Wood at the AGM we elected John Bond to be our new Chairperson.  Jim Hoggett (York) and Christine Ball (Tyneside) are to serve as Vice-chairs representing the two ends of the region our groups serve.

We considered the suggested co-options but felt that the board was in danger of becoming too big. The Ludworth Project Steering group was already represented by 2 trustees and as there would be three vacancies coming up next year we would recommend that Terry Mason be encouraged to stand again then. Tracy, having more or less completed the refurbishment of the website would now only attend by invitation.

Succession Planning: John reported that Peter Smith from the Tyneside group had offered to take on the new transposers’ group, and two other members had offered to assist, initially under Andy’s guidance. Two of our trustees are visiting the groups to ensure everything is going well, and to pick up any “issues”. Noting the diversity of the groups, all in general, is well with the exception of some concerns about numbers, and therefore financial viability, in a couple of groups.

The Ludworth project: The mere news of the County Durham Community Foundation grant of £3,500 has had an amazing effect, even before we have started spending any of the money, and numbers are already looking up. A small initial steering group of Andy, Tracy and Ruth met to set dates and times of major events, ie a workshop and a concert in each of the next 2 terms. A full Steering group including members from the orchestra and the local neighbourhood will meet soon to think about publicity, etc.

Forms and Documentation. This is sadly becoming a more common but necessary feature of the conduct of our activities:

a. The Consent forms at events. People are being very tolerant of this and all is going well, though we are giving further thought as to how it could work better and not hinder the leaders.

b. GDPR.  John B and Pat Fuller are still working on refining the forms and ensuring security. Mailchimp is being considered as a tool to aid the system

c. Safeguarding: Kate has identified and negotiated a favourable rate for a training package which will ensure our compliance with necessary obligations re not only young people but also vulnerable adults. This will initially be rolled out for trustees, group leaders and group secretaries.

d. The Instrument Bank: Sadly if was felt that a more formal system for loan of instruments had become necessary, as one or two instruments had “gone astray”. PW presented a protocol and it was decided to explore the use of the music library’s system to record loans of instruments.

New Sub-Groups:  A Publicity sub-group and an HR sub-group were set up.

The trustees are on the look-out for members with suitable experience/expertise who could help us here-please note!!

Ruth Tanner  12.10.18


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

We’ve got a brilliant orchestra ready for this concert, but we would take enrolment from more players, particularly oboes/clarinets!

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”.

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

The enrolment form can be found here.


That’s all this week, thanks for taking the time to read this!
Best wishes,
Lorna Wright
Event Coordinator, Cobweb Orchestra