Cobweb News 19: 16.06.16

Dear all,
Well done to all those who performed at The Hub in Barnard Castle alongside Iona and Nick the other weekend, it was a brilliant event – what an opportunity to play with those two! Thanks to them and Andy for such a great day in brilliant weather!
In this weeks Cobweb News
– Preston Park Concert – players needed!
– Opportunities for beginners and returners
– Google Groups – please rejoin!
Preston Park Concert
Sunday 26th June, 1-5.30pm Rehearsal, 6.30pm Concert
**Rescheduled from 21st May**

The Cobweb Orchestra at Preston Hall
From Beethoven to Bond – Orchestral Classics,
Members £10
Non-members £14,
Join Judith Thompson for an afternoon rehearsing some accessible orchestral works followed by a concert. The programme will include a couple of Beethoven Overtures, Haydn’s London Symphony, Smetana The Moldau, some Bond themes and maybe more…
**We’re in real need of string players for this concert, so if you are available and you’d like to play, please do sign up so we know you’re coming.**
The new enrolment form is here
Opportunities for beginners and returners
A note from Andy about a new initiative starting soon…
Everyone in Cobwebs knows what a difference music makes to their lives and will have their own reasons for spending a lot of time doing something which has, apparently, little practical value. I’m sure all of us would be able to wax eloquent and lyrical if we were trying to persuade someone to join an orchestra.
Which is what all Cobweb players need to do in the next few months, because we are about to launch a series of events to help people become involved in orchestral music.
To get started, there is a “Blow the Cobwebs off your Music Stand” day at Sage Gateshead on Saturday 13th August, followed by a “Pick up an instrument” day promoted by Dipton Village Partnership on Saturday 1st October.
Then, Tuesday 4th October will be the first meeting of the “Beginners’ Orchestra”, Cobwebs’s 9th weekly group, which will be set up with the intention of remaining an entry-level group for players who are rusty returners or complete beginners, or anyone else who thinks that they would like spend the odd evening brushing up on some basics. It will meet at Ludworth Community Centre (near Durham City and easily accessible from both the A1 and the A19) between 7 and 9 pm. The earlier time is so it won’t be too late for children or teenagers to get involved if they are inclined.
Further details of all these will be on our website shortly, but, in the meantime, start talking to friends, family, neighbours, colleagues, etc. and letting them know that this will be the best chance they’ll ever get of gently dipping their toes in at the edge Swan Lake rather than jumping into the middle without a lifejacket.
If you know someone who is interested, why not offer to come with them for the first couple of sessions? It can be quite daunting attending something new on your own.
Finally, if people don’t have an instrument, there is the Cobweb Orchestra Instrument Bank, which can loan one to get them started.
So, please get chatting, and let me know if you can think of other ways to advertise what we are offering. You may have contacts with local media, or adult education networks, or music hubs, or instrumental teachers, or …. things I haven’t yet imagined. Let’s use all options to bring the benefits of live music making to even more people.
Andy Jackson – Creative Director

Google Group
It has been brought to my attention that the old google group is not getting my emails! So I’ve set up a new one. The group is for you to see all the music making opportunities/concerts/music adverts that we get sent.
To join the group, please click and request to join. You can also email the group yourself on if you have something to advertise ( I will review all posts before letting them be public).
That’s all for this week, please do get your enrolments in for Preston Park, it should be a lovely event!
Best wishes,
Event Co-ordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

Posted by Lorna Wright