Cobweb News 23: 24.09.14

Dear all,
Hope you’ve all had a cracking start to the term, just Gateshead to get going this afternoon!
*Happy News*
Wishing violinist and violist Celeste Hicks and Dave Allen all the best with their new baby boy. Laurence William arrived a few weeks early on 15th September, but still managed to weigh in at a respectable 5lb 13 oz.
As you know it is the AGM on Saturday at Eldon Community Centre. It is going to be busy so please take care when parking etc… Please don’t forget your raffle prizes!!
As ever, if you intend on coming but haven’t let me know yet, please do.
PLEASE NOTE: Eldon Community Centre are very kindly putting on a broth (and vegetarian soup option) and a roll for just £1 for lunch on this day – we will not be having a shared lunch. However, you can still bring your own if you don’t fancy the soup! They’ve told me cake is available to buy too if you fancy that!
*Upcoming Events*
4th October, Newcastle Cathedral, Flower Festival
Proms Style Cobwebs in Concert
As part of St. Nicholas’s Flower Festival, we are presenting a proms style concert with soloist Mary Coffield (soprano). We’ll be performing music from across all styles and genres, reflecting the themes of the festival and concluding with a traditional finish with favourites “Land of Hope and Glory” and “Jerusalem”
Rehearsal will be 2-6pm with an evening performance starting at 7pm, Enrolment form is available on the event webpage.
Members of the Cobweb Orchestra £ 10.00
Non-members £ 13.00
19th October, Haxby Memorial Hall, York, 11-4.30pm
Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances – Mark Edwards
To celebrate Rachmaninov no longer being in copyright, we’ll be having a look at the much loved Symphonic Dances with Mark Edwards-our first Study Day with him!
Premiered in Philadelphia in 1941, the Symphonic Dances were sadly not heard in the UK until much later in 1954. As Rachmaninov’s last work, it was initially scored for two pianos and then prepared for full orchestra, just six weeks later. It contains three dances, Noon, Twilight and Midnight though later Rachmaninov left each dance title-less.
Originally the work was called Fantastic Dances, and is a perfect culmination of Rachmaninov’s creations. Quoting many of his previous works, you could call his a blockbuster mega-mix of his genius orchestrations!
The day will start at 11am and finish at 4.30pm with a shared lunch at around 1pm. Enrolment form is available on the event webpage.
A message from Andy below:

“Underground Orchestra performance in the Victoria tunnel on October 22nd 2014
You will probably already have heard about this new initiative. A small group of us have been working away at the idea for a couple of years. It involves taking Cobwebs into underground spaces such as mines, tunnels and bunkers and putting on performances there. Each performance will be especially designed for the space and its acoustic and feature music composed for the event. Our adopted composer Michael Betteridge is writing for each of the spaces in which we will perform which at present include two tunnels, two mines and a Cold War nuclear bunker.
The first performance of the Underground Orchestra will take place in the Victoria tunnel, Ouseburn at 5.30 pm (finishing at 6.00 pm) on Wednesday October 22nd. Because of size restrictions, it will feature a small orchestra and most of the performers are from the Gateshead Wednesday afternoon group.
It promises to be a fascinating performance in a very special venue. Tickets for audience members are very limited. There are just 50 available at a cost of £7.50 each and Cobwebs have only 25 for sale. They will be allocated on a “first come” basis and will be limited to two per person. If you would like to attend the performance, please get in touch with Sheila Ryan (bassoon) at and she will reserve them in your name. Please don’t send any money yet, Sheila will arrange for you to pay when the tickets are sent to you.”
That’s all for this week, enjoy the AGM!