Cobweb News 28: 21.09.16

Dear all,
What a fantastic turn out for the AGM, thanks to all who came. There will be an update from the trustees soon.
In this weeks Cobweb News:
– Library Event – this Sunday!
– Pick up an Instrument Day
– Dalcroze Day with Alice Jones
– Semisaria Choir visit from Tübingen 2017. Help needed!
– Facebook Update
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.
There’s plenty of space left, and many of you we know are coming but haven’t let me know…sign up now by completing the enrolment form and returning it to me by email.
Please don’t forget your music stand!
Pick up an Instrument Day
Saturday 1st October
Dipton Community Centre, Front St., Dipton, DH9 9DR
FREE Event
Dipton Village Partnership with the Cobweb Orchestra present ‘Pick up an Instrument Day’ for complete beginners or any one who fancies trying another instrument.
Join us in a fun day for absolute beginners! You don’t even need to have your own instrument as the Cobweb Instrument Bank will be there. Why not try something you never have before?
Despite the fact the event is free, you can make a contribution to the day if you wish.
No enrolment form, just let me know you’ll be coming along.
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
Semisaria Choir visit from Tübingen 2017. Help needed!
To mark the 30th anniversary of twining between Durham and Tübingen, Germany, in 2017 the Semiseria Choir of Tübingen wishes to visit Durham and hold a concert. The concert in the Cathedral will include Mozart’s Requiem. Cobweb has been asked, and has agreed to provide an orchestra for this concert. The date for the concert is likely to be Saturday November 4th 2017. We hope to arrange further activities and at least one additional concert and to involve at least one other local choir in the visit. Plus there should be a civic reception and similar to mark the anniversary.
If you live in the Durham area, would you be able to accommodate 1 (or more) members of the choir for the week of the visit? This would help arrangements enormously.
The Choir proposes to visit for the week Oct 28th to Nov 5th 2017. If you think this is possible please contact Graham Jarritt, (; 07890992798).
The Semiseria Choir will also perform Mozart’s Requiem in Tübingen the week before they come to Durham. The concert there will be onSunday October 22nd 2017. Cobweb members are invited to visit Tübingen and play in the concert. Rehearsals would begin on Thursday Oct 19th so the visit would be presumably Wed 18th with return Mon 23rd Oct. (or longer if you want to combine it with a holiday in this part of Germany. Again, if you are interested in this please contact Graham Jarritt, (; 07890992798).
Facebook Update
A change to the Cobweb Orchestra Facebook Group settings
As many of you know, there is a Cobweb Orchestra Facebook group, which everyone is welcome to join. This is a good way to communicate about Cobweb activities, and also helps to publicise our orchestra and its activities if you ‘like’, ‘comment’ and ‘share’ posts.
The Cobweb Orchestra Facebook group now has more than 250 members, and at that point the settings automatically changed. You will now only be getting notifications about ‘friends’ and suggested posts’.
It is easy to change this back so that you get notifications again for all posts on the group’s page. Unfortunately, this needs to be done individually by members.
ACTION: Simply go to the ‘notifications’ setting on the Cobweb group page and change this from ‘Highlights’ to ‘All posts’.
This is all explained here:
That’s all for this week, I look forward to seeing those of you at the Library event on Sunday.
Best wishes,
Event Co-ordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

Posted by Lorna Wright