Cobweb News 22.3.18

Well, what a day we had at the Big Play! It was a fantastic event and we made over £800. Thanks to all who took part and contributed, it means a lot to us.

In the week’s Cobweb News:
Haydn Symphonies Project part 7


– Haydn Symphonies Project No. 7 – this SUNDAY!
Sunday 25th March
Newbiggin on Lune Public Hall, Kirkby Stephen, CA17 4NT
Members £10
Non Members £14
Enrollment form here
**There’s still spaces for all instruments at this study day, it’s not too late to sign up!**
From Peter:
“The Haydn Project moves west for Session 7 at Newbiggin on Lune on 25 March 2018 2pm to 6pm.
This session will be a bit of a “horn fest” as we discover Haydn experimenting with the use of 4 horns in the orchestra.

The symphonies we will be looking at which were written between 1763 and 1767 include 2 famous named symphonies and are numbers 13, 30 (Alleluia), 31 (Hornsignal), 39 and 72.  4 of these use 4 horns.
Other unusual features of this batch of symphonies are the use of a flute in 4 of the symphonies, and timps in 2 of the symphonies.
3 of the symphonies (13, 31 & 72) also have concertante parts in some movements featuring solo violin, solo cello, solo double bass, solo flute and solo bassoon.
The last movement of symphonies 31 & 72 is a theme and variations.

Previous sessions have been predominantly strings, horns (2) and oboes.  This time we need additional horns, flutes, bassoons and timps.
Parts for 13, 30, 31 & 72 (which include all of the concertante parts) are available on IMSLP.

We do need players (volunteers preferably) for the concertante parts.  Please let me know if you would like to have a go as soon as possible.  I can then make sure that you have managed to access the parts before we meet. This should be a great session with an enlarged orchestra and I look forward to seeing players for the additional parts and volunteers for the concertante parts.


Well, the first thing is the Sedbergh weekend, on 6-8th April.

All the accommodation is taken, but there is still plenty of room for day visitors to come and play Tchaikovsky’s “Pathetique” symphony, Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” and not one, but two cello concertos with Alice Jones as soloist. Although there are no more beds at the school, if you need somewhere to stay, there are B&Bs in the village, and a Cobweb player living nearby has kindly offered somewhere to stay too.

Then, once all the weekly groups are up-and-running, there are two opportunities for workshops with wonderful soloists. Our good friend Iona Brown will play Sibelius’s Violin Concerto at Wylam on Saturday 28th April and on Sunday 20th May at Eldon, American-Russian cellist Tanya Anisimova will work with us on the Schumann Cello Concerto. Tanya is also performing at Ushaw College on the previous evening, so you can make a weekend of it. The enrollment form for Iona’s study day can be found here.

May also sees the reopening of Middlesbrough Town Hall after extensive refurbishment and Cobwebs will be playing one of the first concerts there. We will be joined by children from local schools in a performance of Elgar’s Wand of Youth Suite no. 2. Elgar conducted the LSO in this piece in the same building in 1909, a visit which is commemorated in the stained glass window naming all of the distinguished musicians who have played there.

Also on the programme is Elgar’s cello concerto with a talented young player from Hartlepool, Neil Sild.

The concert is on Friday 11th May with a rehearsal for those who can make it on the previous Monday evening. For further details about this and of all the other events I’ve mentioned, please look at the CobwebSite (Cobweb Orchestra – Events) and keep a look out for the enrolment forms in Lorna’s regular Cobweb News postings. The enrollment form for Middlesbrough is here

May is a busy month with another of Peter Woods’s Haydn days on Sunday 13th May at Dalston and then in early June (Sunday 3rd), if there is enough interest, we will be running a Conductors’ Day. We haven’t done one of these for quite a while, and developing the skills of conductors who can lead Cobweb events in the future is an important part of what we do. So, if there’s anyone out there who would love to have a go at trying to impose order on a motley collection of orchestral players, you’ll need to get in touch with me to let me ( know that you are interested. When we have enough conductors to make a day of it, we’ll see if we can raise an orchestra too. Participants in previous conductors’ events are welcome to put themselves forward.

Just one more date for you: December is probably not on your radar yet, but you might like to make a note of  1st and 2nd of that month, when we’ll have our residential weekend at Shepherd’s Dene, near Hexham. You’ll be able to enroll for this in a couple of months when Anita will send out advanced booking forms.

Happy Easter

Best wishes,
Lorna Wright
Event Coordinator, Cobweb Orchestra