Cobweb News 2: 16/01/2015

Dear all,
What a fabulous day we had in Wylam last week! Everyone did fantastically in their solos, congratulations to Brian, Peter, Lyndsay, Jenny, David, Amy and Richard! There are photos on Facebook and Twitter (@cobweborchestra), and I’ve attached a few to this post so you can see them in action! Many thanks again to Chris Griffiths for directing such a brilliant afternoon.
**Upcoming Events**
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with Iona Brown and Richard Howarth
Dalston Victory Hall, Cumbria, CA5 7QB, 11-4pm, TOMORROW
We have a brilliant sized orchestra for tomorrow’s event. I know that some bad weather is predicted but we full intend to still go ahead, maybe just allow a little longer for your journey. Don’t forget to contribute to the shared lunch and your music stand!
Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 2 with Jonathan Bloxham and Stefan Hadjik
Saturday 24th January, 11-4pm, Dipton Community Centre, Dipton, DH9 9DR
Join us for this exciting challenge of Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 2 when we are joined by young Bulgarian cellist Stefan Hadjik and conducted by Jonathan Bloxham whom many of you will know is an upcoming conductor as well as cellist.
As to be expected, there are a large number of cellists enrolled for this event! It’d be great if we could have some more upper strings to help the balance! Since it’s Shostakovich, the more woodwind and brass the better! Do come along for a fantastic challenge at a really amazing piece!
We will again be having a shared lunch at this event.
Grieg Piano Concerto with Alison Gill and Andy Jackson
Saturday 31st January, 11-4pm, Salvation Army Parish Church, Sherburn Hill, DH6 1PA
Our final installment of concertos will be in Sherburn Hill with the fantastic Alison Gill playing Grieg’s Piano Concerto. Do join Andy in what will be a brilliant day! Again, there will be a shared lunch.
Beethoven Symphony No.5 with Anthony Sargent
Saturday 7th February, 1.30 – 7pm, Sage Gateshead, Gateshead, NE8 2JR
Have you ever wanted to have a go at arguably the most famous piece of music ever written? Now you can! Join General Director Anthony Sargent to go through this wonderful symphony. More information and booking can be found here:
Please do let me know when you have booked on so we know for music.
There will be a rehearsal for this one the evening before, Friday 6th February at Sage Gateshead, 7-9pm. It really is only for the people intending to join us on the Saturday. More information will be distributed about this soon.
**Alan Gent – obituary**
I know that everyone who knew Alan will be deeply saddened by the news that he died of motor neurone disease a few days ago.
He had been unable to join the orchestra for some time and we have got used to the absence of his enthusiastic horn playing. We have also been deprived of his energy and enthusiasm in all things: Many a Saturday night at residential events was enlivened by his wit and endless supply of comic songs, and many a mealtime conversation was made riveting by his deep knowledge of maths, philosophy, the countryside and a broad understanding of human nature.
He was wonderful company and will be hugely missed.
A commemoration of Alan’s life will be held at St. George’s church in Kendal on Thursday 22nd January at 11 am, followed by the funeral at Selside church and a Jacob’s Join tea at Skelsmergh Hall.

That’s all for this week, I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow. Those who have signed up for the event on the 22nd will receive an email on Monday with all the details you need!
Best wishes,
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