Cobweb News

I hope you’ve had a lovely ‘half-term’ break – although I’m not sure we know how different that is these days! In the next two weeks, we have 3 amazing events for you to get involved with, I hope to see you there. On that, a quick note from Andy Jackson below:

Back here at Cobweb HQ (a virtual office somewhere between mine and Lorna’s laptops), it’s always lovely to hear from you about how you’re getting on with our online programme. Here are a couple of recent comments:

“Thinking about the benefits of all these Zoom sessions: yes, it isn’t the same as playing together for real, but there is joy in the casualness, in being able to eat supper and then sit down for an hour to enjoy some music, talking about it and playing it, and meeting like-minded people. There are benefits in smashing through something that you haven’t spent hours/weeks practising, just getting the feel of the piece, not quite sight reading but not properly prepared; and having time to talk about the music which we don’t do when we turn up to play in person. I’m enjoying all this, thank you for your inventiveness, and you must have called in a great many favours with all the lovely people we have joined in with or chatted with”.

“I have so much enjoyed the concerts of Alice and the Taliesin Trio and equally Fennella and Daniel Grimshaw. You know, life under lockdown has become very drab. And sudden exposure to the beauty of classical music, so professionally played, is magic, so intense!”

Please keep them coming so that we know whether we’re getting things right or not.

In this week’s Cobweb News
Live Recital with Alexandra Raikhlina
Was Beethoven Irish? A different look at Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony
Cobweb Virtual Concert PartyLive Recital with Alexandra Raikhlina
Thursday 25th February, 7pm
We are so delighted that Alexandra Raikhlina from Royal Northern Sinfonia will be performing Dvorak’s Romance with her accompanist Julia Kennard which you can either watch or play along with.You can download your part here:,_Op.11_(Dvo%C5%99%C3%A1k,_Anton%C3%ADn) and don’t forget your headphones for optimum sound quality.The zoom link will be sent to you the evening before the event, but please enrol as soon as possible to ensure you are sent the link. To enrol, please click here.

Enrol HERE
**Bassoons and clarinets, and especially cellos are needed, Some one to play timps would be good too?**Cobweb Virtual Orchestra’s next performance. Saturday 27th February at 5pm.

The CVO is going to try and put on a performance which is near to playing live as Zoom technology will allow.

We’ll be playing the overture to Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” with everyone playing at the same time to the same click track and recording of the music.

The visual element of this will be recorded live on Zoom with everybody muted.

However, as we are playing the piece simultaneously, everybody will record themselves (either by video, or audio only) and send the recording to Steve Messam who will then put the recordings together to re-create something like the performance we would have given if we’d all been in the same room at the same time.

The hope is that we will come up with a performance which looks, sounds and feels as close to live music as possible under current circumstances.

The resulting video will be shown on Youtube in the same way as our previous performances to a large an appreciative audience, no doubt.

We’re going to make this with the number of players we can fit onto a zoom screen (25) and will try to have a balanced orchestra, so sign up quickly by clicking here if you’d like to take part.

Further instructions will be sent once we know that we have a viable band.

Was Beethoven Irish? A different look at Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony
Monday 1st March, 7-8pm
Click HERE to enrol.

In 1813, the Napoleonic wars were raging across Europe; with the French Emperor still not defeated, millions across Europe were in desperate need of something to lift their spirits, and to give them hope that the greatest war ever seen could finally end. Beethoven, being Beethoven, entered the fray with something very unexpected….

Dust off your Irish reel book and wear your Beethoven wig proudly as we find out why Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony was the tune of its day. From an exploration of its Irish heritage to an analysis of the haunting (and surprisingly simple!) Second Movement, we answer, once and for all, whether Beethoven was really born in Germany.

Pieces to be performed: The Drunken Dubliner (parts to be sent on enrolment) and the Second Movement of Beethoven 7 which can be found here: 

To sign up for this event, please click here.

Cobweb Virtual Concert Party
Saturday 6th March, 7pm

The Spring Concert Party is upon us, and we have a delightful mix of willing performers for this concert, from Mozart to Bartok and a few surprises in between!

We hope you can join us to support the performers whilst enjoying an evening in watching a concert.

To be part of the audience, or register as a performer, please click here

That’s all for this week, I hope to see you at an event soon.

Best wishes,
Lorna Wright
Event Coordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

Posted by Tracy Reed