Cobweb News 27: 12/12/2015

Dear all,
I hope you’re all enjoying the last few sessions of the term, I’ve seen some fab pictures on Facebook of all your Christmas cheer!
Congratulations to all those people who performed at Sage Gateshead last weekend, we had an enthusiastic audience and some fantastic feedback.
“I thought the concert was wonderful. It is the first time I had heard the orchestra as a member of the audience.”
“Ah….there’s nothing quite like the sound of a model ‘D’ Steinway in full voice….and at Sage Gateshead, Alison Gill certainly made it sing yesterday!”
“So pleased that Michael spoke to the audience. His comments about us all were lovely and very much appreciated. It has been good to know him and to work with him.”

Let us take this opportunity to once again say thank you to Michael and wish him well for the future. He’s been with us through the Adopt-a-Composer scheme through making music and the Underground series has been a great success. Well done to him, and to anyone who played his music.
Congratulations to Alison Gill too, I’m sure we’ll see more of her in the future.
**Upcoming Events**
January and beyond – a note from Andy…
The Cobweb Orchestra’s year usually starts with events almost every weekend and 2016 is no exception. They are all aimed at giving you the chance to play music we rarely tackle and to develop orchestral skills. We have a great team of specialist tutors leading sessions for each orchestral section and days devoted to Big Band music (a first for Cobwebs) and (back by popular demand) Sight Reading.
I hope there’s something in the programme to appeal to everyone and that at least some of it is within travelling distance for you all.
All the information is on our website but the dates are below.
10 January, 11-4pm, Strings Day with Nick Byrne in Dalston – more info here
10 January, 1-5pm, Brass Day with Ben Chinery – more info here
16 January, 12-6pm, Big Band Day with Judith Thompson in Billingham – more info here
24 January, 2-6pm, Wind Day with Philip Cull in Eldon – more info here
30 January, 11-4pm, Sight Reading Day with Andy Jackson nr Tebay – more info here
Lorna will be sending out further details and enrolment forms for all of these over the next few weeks. Please let her know if you intend being at any of them.
Dates for your diaries later in 2016
1) Saturday 13th February is our annual BIG PLAY. We’ve always held this event in Middlesbrough Town Hall, but it’s closed for refurbishment next year, so we’re decamping to Dipton Community Centre instead. We reckon on being able to fit 100 players in the main hall, and there is another room for eating/drinking/socialising. The theme this year is “The Planets” (Holst, of course, and Mozart’s “Jupiter” symphony, but you may have other ideas too)
2) Sunday 13th March. Brahms Double Concerto. Study Day with Iona Brown (violin) and Nick Byrne (cello), conducted by Richard Howarth. York.
3) Friday – Sunday 1st -3rd April.The Easter Residential weekend, held, as usual in Sedbergh.
There will be other events between the New Year and Easter too, so keep an eye on Lorna’s regular news sheets and on the website.
Looking forward to seeing you all next year.

Enrolment forms for 2016 will be out next week as we still need to set the prices and firm information about each event but the info above is for your diaries at least. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.
Best wishes,
Event Co-ordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

Posted by Lorna Wright