Cobweb News 26: 07.09.16

Dear all,
We hope you’re all looking forward to returning to your groups and getting back to playing after the lovely Summer. We’ve also got some fabulous events lined up in the next few weeks so do get enrolling.
In this weeks Cobweb News:
– Library Day; join us in playing through those works that rarely come out the library!
– Alice Jones’ Dalcroze Day; come and learn about this fantastic technique
– Cobwebs Composers and Arrangers CD Launch – FREE event!
– BBC Virtual Orchestra – who can you spot?
– Beginners Orchestra
Cobweb Orchestra Library Repertoire Day; join us in playing through those works that rarely come out the library!
Sunday 25th September
2.30 – 6.30pm
St. Aidan’s Church, Tintern Avenue, Billingham,TS23 2DF
** Pay What You Think Its Worth **
As you may be aware, we’re in the process of sorting out all of the Cobwebs Library, so we thought what better way of sorting through than by playing those works we haven’t played for ages? It should be a very fun day, and a good challenge for the sight reading skills! We know this is a bit of a different event, so we’re asking you to ‘pay what you think its worth’ like we did with the Concertos Day in York back in May. Therefore, there’s no obligation to pay, just bring your pennies on the day.
Sign up now by completing the enrolment form and returning it to me by post or email.
Please don’t forget your music stand!
Alice Jones’ Dalcroze Day; come and learn about this fantastic technique
Sunday 9th October
Shap Village Hall, Main Street, Shap, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 3NL
Join Alice Jones for a day of Dalcroze. In her words:
“Dalcroze Eurhythmics, developed by Émile Jaques-Dalcroze in Switzerland at the beginning of the twentieth century, is an exciting and unique approach to learning and interpreting music that explores musical concepts through the body. The three main components are rhythmic movement, ear training and improvisation.
In this workshop we will be focusing mainly on the rhythmic element. The Dalcroze approach helps to develop ensemble and musicianship skills needed for orchestral playing in an engaging and all-inclusive way. It encourages more physical awareness in players whilst developing internal pulse and reaction time. During the session we will play some fantastic repertoire by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and Ravel and discover their use of rhythm, harmony, phrasing and other musical elements through the Dalcroze approach. The workshop will be physically active at times but not much more than playing a musical instrument!”

Whilst engaging in this approach, we’ll be exploring some great repertoire, including Mendelssohn’s String symphony no 4 (with parts for wind and brass too), Tchaikovsky’s Nocturne for Cello and orchestra (with Alice as soloist) and Ravel’s stunning orchestration of his own Alborada del Gracioso.
Members £9
Non Members £12
Enrolment form can be found here
Cobwebs Composers and Arrangers CD Launch – FREE event!
Saturday 15th October
Great Hall, Hexham Abbey, Beaumont St, Hexham, NE46 3NB
Join us in the official CD launch of the Cobwebs Composers and Arrangers suite of 6 pieces entitled ‘Northern Hills’.
We will be rehearsing and performing in the Great Hall at Hexham Abbey, which is in the heart of the Hexham. If friends and family are seeing the presentation they can be sure of a nice day in Hexham! It’s very accessible by train too.
We are looking for a full orchestra for this performance so don’t hesitate to sign up for this FREE event!
Rehearsal will be 2pm till 4pm, then a break with refreshments provided, friends and family can join us from 4.30 for the performance at 5pm. As part of the performance we will also play the much loved Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture.
Of course there will then be the opportunity to buy a copy of the CD.
No enrolment form for this one, please just let me know ASAP if you intend to participate.
BBC Virtual Orchestra – who can you spot?
We know of 3 groups of Cobweb players that joined in the Virtual Orchestra – can you spot them in the broadcast on Saturday? More info from BBC below…
This summer, the UK united in a celebration of amateur music making. Up and down the country, you dusted off old instruments – or learned them from scratch – and played the Toreador Song.
Solo and in groups, in bedrooms, church halls and even on beaches, you united and formed the BBC’s first Virtual Orchestra which will be part of the Last Night of the Proms Celebrations on Saturday September 10.
The Virtual Orchestra film will be shown at Proms in the Parks across the UK and will be available on iPlayer and this website from 3pm on Saturday September 10.

Beginners Orchestra
Do you know any music teachers or budding students? Or are you one? Let us know if you know anyone who might be interested in our new Beginners Orchestra launching soon…
That’s all for this week, looking forward to hearing from you soon!
Best wishes,
Event Co-ordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

Posted by Lorna Wright