Cobweb News 21.11.18

Dear all,

A huge well done to those of you who joined Mark for a study day on Elgar Symphony No.2. It was a difficult work but you all did fantastic and it was an extremely enjoyable day.

In this week’s Cobweb News:
A message from Andy Jackson – Creative Director
Sedbergh residential 2019 – a date for your diaries

A message from Andy Jackson – Creative Director
New Year to Easter 2019

Dear players

We’re nearly at the end of November and are winding up Cobweb activity for 2018, (though we still have a few spaces available at the Shepherd’s Dene residential weekend – 1 & 2 December, if you find that you’re free after all) and I’m sure all the weekly groups will have something planned to finish off the term.

Anyway, now seemed like a good time to encourage you all to get out your diaries and put in these dates for the first few months of next year.

It goes without saying that all the events will all be wonderful (especially if you’re there).

Saturday 12th January. Peter Wood’s peripatetic Haydn Project travels to York for the first time.

Saturday 19th January. A Beginners’ Day at Ludworth. Encourage your friends/relatives/neighbours/colleagues/etc. to come along and get a taste of what it’s like to play in an orchestra.

Saturday 26th January. Charity lunchtime concert (with morning rehearsal) in the United Reformed Church, Jesmond, Newcastle. Another chance to perform Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Jo Montgomery (violin) and Chrissie Slater (viola) in a programme which also includes music by Erwin Schulhoff and Dvorak. The concert is part of the Brundibar Festival ( and our guest leader for the day will be the Festival Director Sasha Raikhlina.

Saturday 16th February. Concert in York. Patrick Burnett will be conducting and is still working out the finer details of the programme. Beethoven, Schubert and Dvorak have all been mentioned.

Saturday 2nd March. Dipton Community Centre. BIG PLAY. A full day of playing when each of the weekly groups bring something to share with everyone else. This year’s theme is “Cities”

Sunday 24th March. Concert at Ushaw College, Durham. I’m sure that everyone who took part in the study day on Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto with Fenella Humphreys earlier this year will want to be part of the orchestra to perform it in front of an audience, and will tell everyone they know to be there too.

Friday 5th – Sunday 7th April. Sedbergh Residential weekend. Symphonic music and early morning swimming (swimming not compulsory). Those of you who are regulars will not need any convincing about this highlight in the Cobweb calendar, and if you’ve not been before, maybe this is the year to give it a go.

That’s all the confirmed events, but keep a lookout for something happening on Tuesday 2nd April. After many, many delays, it’s the day scheduled for the reopening of the refurbished Tyne Pedestrian Tunnel and we’ve been asked to be involved.

There will almost certainly be other activities taking place, so keep an eye on the website and make sure you read Lorna’s regular Cobweb News postings.

I hope to see everyone in the New Year.

Sedbergh residential 2019
A message from Christine

Dear all

I know it’s not Christmas yet but just to get dates in diaries, the Cobwebs Sedbergh weekend extravaganza will be taking place Friday 5th April to Sunday 7th April 2019. Weekend residents & day visitors all welcome. Bookings are not being taken yet but will be after New Year. Put it in your diaries now!!
I’ll be in touch with everyone again then. Meanwhile have a great weekend at Shepherd’s Dene residential (sadly I can’t attend) & have a great Christmas!

Christine x
0790 5684537

That’s all for now, I’ll be sending out enrolment information for New Year events in the next few weeks so keep your eyes peeled and get things in your diary!
Best wishes,
Lorna Wright
Event Coordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

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