Cobweb News 24.1.18

Well done to those of you who attended the 3rd weekend of ‘month of symphonies’ with Patrick Burnett. It sounded absolutely fantastic! Thanks to Patrick for another expertly led day. There’s still one more this month for you to get involved with – details below.

In the weeks Cobweb News:
– Month of Symphonies – final chance this Sunday!
– Anyone can be a soloist
– Cobweb Orchestra in Concert at Bowes Museum
– David Greer

– Month of Symphonies – final chance this Sunday!
Nielsen Symphony No. 2 with Jonathan Bloxham
Sunday 28th Jan 2018, 2-6pm, Haxby

Why not come and try this symphony? It’s a bit different, but we think you’ll love it!
As this is a work which may be unfamiliar, you might like to download your own part and have a look at it beforehand from http://,_Op.16_(Nielsen,_Carl)
It would be really helpful if you could let me know if you intend doing that so that we know how many extra parts we need to provide on the day.

Anyone Can be a Soloist – orchestra required!
St. John’s Methodist Church, Whitley Bay, NE26 3ND
Saturday 10th February , 11-4pm
Pay What You Think It’s Worth

All welcome! 
The extremely exciting and varied programme for the day will include:
Weber Clarinet Concerto,
Mozart “Andante in C” for flute and orchestra,
‘La Mer’,
Faure Elegy for cello and orchestra,
Mozart Clarinet Concerto,
Mozart Piano concertos and some exciting new compositions!

Please come and support these soloists in what looks to be a brilliant day in Whitley Bay.
We will enjoy a shared lunch on this day so please do contribute if you would like to join us.

Even though there’s no enrolment form as such, please let us know if you’re coming as soon as possible because we are having to provide a huge number of parts (9 pieces with between 8 and 15 parts per piece) and need to know how many of each instrumental part we need in advance – time is very tight on these days and we don’t want to lose any trying to produce extra parts! Thank you!

– Cobweb Orchestra in Concert at Bowes Museum
Sunday 25th February

Rehearsal: 10 am – 1 pm.
Performance: 2 – 3.30 pm.

We will need a decent sized orchestra for this afternoon concert of music by (amongst others) Faure, Elgar, Saint-Saens and Delibes. All players are welcome, but the space we have to play in is not large and we need a balanced orchestra, so the size of some sections might have to be limited.
**The event will be recorded and turned into a film by members of the Newcastle Amateur Film and Video Club. The film will be for sale once it has been edited.**

For more information and to sign up, please complete the enrollment form here and return it to me as soon as possible.

– David Greer Tribute

David was a highly-regarded and internationally-known scholar of English music of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, with a specialized focus on the age of Shakespeare, the lute song and the early publication history of music in England. He joined the Department of Music at Durham in 1986, when he was appointed to the established Chair of Music, having previously held the Chair of Music at Newcastle University, the Hamilton Harty Chair of Music at Queen’s University, Belfast, and having started his academic career as a Lecturer in Music at Birmingham University. He was also Head of Department at Durham from 1986 until 1994, during which period he was instrumental in seeing the Department develop dramatically when university-level education was expanding in this country in the 1980s and 1990s. After his retirement in September 2001, David remained an active researcher, publishing extensively and maintaining close links with the Department, as well as continuing to be a long-standing member of the Senior Common Room at University College, Durham, where he was also an undergraduate tutor. 

David’s sense of humour, his collegiality and his extensive knowledge across a wide range of musical fields are very affectionately remembered, and his dry wit and penchant for cracking jokes at strategic moments during Board of Studies meetings remain legendary. His undergraduate lectures were extremely popular, delivered with a witty, urbane and memorable style and illustrated at the piano with feats of score-reading that never failed to impress. As well as being a fine scholar he was a very versatile practical musician who during his time in Belfast had often broadcast with the BBC Ulster Orchestra.

That’s all for this week, I hope you all have a great time with Jonathan on Sunday.
Best wishes,
Event Coordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

Posted by Lorna Wright