Cobweb News 21: 04.10.15

Dear all,
Congratulations to those who took part in the GPO day yesterday, it was a successful day for those 5 budding composers’ whose works we played! The Composers and Arrangers group are hoping to turn their compositions into a suite of music….watch this space to hear of its premiere!
**Upcoming Events**
Cobweb Orchestra in Concert
Sunday 11 October, Rehearsal 11-2pm, concert at 3pm
The Music Room, Preston Park Museum,
Yarm Rd, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 3RH
Members: £10
Non Members: £13
Join us for a fun family favourite event at the fantastic Preston Park Museum in Stockton-on-Tees. We will be playing a mixed programme of short pieces suitable for family audiences, or people who wouldn’t normally have a chance to watch a classical music concert.
Usual Cobweb concert dress code applies: black bottoms and white shirt/blouse with neckwear and/or a waistcoat.
Please bring a music stand. Enrolment form is available on the event webpage.
Study Day: Mendelssohn ‘Scottish’ Symphony with Mark Edwards
Sunday 18 October, 11-4pm
Newbiggin on Lune Public Hall, Cumbria, CA17 4AS
Members: £10
Non Members: £13
Join young upcoming conductor Mark Edwards in a study day playing to his Scottish roots, looking at the much loved Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’.
The day will be a full day, 11-4pm with a shared lunch, please do contribute!
Also, please don’t forget a music stand! Enrolment form is available on the event webpage.
**Cobweb Underground Orchestra**
Your last chance to be in the Underground Orchestra!
Many Cobweb players have participated in previous Underground Orchestra performances in the Victoria Tunnel, the York Nuclear Bunker and mines in Skinningrove and Honister. The project is coming to a close this month with a unique event at the Old Police Cells in Wallsend on Thursday October 22nd.
Soloists and small ensembles (maximum of 4 people) from the Cobweb Orchestra will play music illuminated by Steve Messam’s atmospheric lighting design. So, if you’re free on that day and would enjoy being part of the event, please get in touch with Andy ( who is doing the programming. He is looking for performances lasting around 20 minutes at any time between 11 am and 3 pm. He has 12 slots to fill, which could be 12 different acts or 6 acts playing twice each (or 3 acts x 4, or any other computation), so it would be helpful if some people were able to play more than once.
Players: It would be good to have a mix of wind, string and brass, and even some singers. There’s room for four people to sit with instruments. Maybe up to six standing with instruments and eight singing. Pre-existing ensembles might like to play, or people might come together especially for the occasion.
Repertoire: Anything you have prepared earlier. Music by that most famous of Wallsend composers, Sting (lead singer with The Police), might be especially appropriate.
Audience: Members of the public are free to drop in at any time during the performances and stay as long as they choose. Entrance is free.

This event is less than three weeks away, so please contact Andy quickly if you are interested.
**Finally, calling all brass players**
Ben Chinery, a talented young brass specialist has recently moved to the North East and is interested in developing a brass group from Cobweb players. Ben’s letter is attached here, so please read it and respond to him if this is something that would interest you.
That’s all from me this week, good luck to those of you playing at the Preston Park concert – I’m sorry I cant be there but I look forward to seeing some of you at the Mendelssohn study day!
Best wishes,
Event Co-ordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

Posted by Lorna Wright