Cobweb News 28.7.18

Thank you for bearing with me whilst I caught up on your emails. It’s so fantastic to see such a full orchestra preparing for the Musical Picnic on Sunday. Fingers crossed the weather stays nice!

In this weeks Cobweb News:

– Mozart weekend in Wylam
– Cello Day at Dalston – date for your diary

Mozart weekend in Wylam 1st and 2nd September 2018
Note from Andy:

In past years, we’ve called this a non-residential weekend, which it still is, but this time it comes with a theme (Mozart) and brilliant professional tutor/soloists Stephen Reay (bassoon) Jo Montogomery (violin) and Chrissie Slater (viola).

Here’s the timetable. Please note that, unlike most Cobweb events, there are some sessions on both mornings that are for sections of the orchestra rather than for everybody. The idea is that players who are not involved in morning sessions will arrive for lunch at 12.30 so that everyone can be together for eating and socialising, which will be followed by afternoon sessions (and an evening one on the Saturday) for full orchestra.

All players are welcome to sign up for however much or little of the weekend that they can manage. Each session concentrates on specific aspects of Mozart’s compositions. Please note that Mozart’s original scoring for many of these works is light on wind and brass. The notes below* should help you see how you can get the most out of the weekend.

Saturday 1st September

10.30 am – 12.30 pm Mainly wind (and lower strings). This morning session will be devoted to the Serenade for 13 wind instruments K 361. It is, simply, the most elegant and sublime music.

12.30 – 1.30 Shared lunch. String players who are playing in the afternoon come along early to join in.

1.30 – 5.00 (with a teatime break). Two symphonies (nos. 39 and 35 “Haffner”) and a concerto (for bassoon).

5.00 – 5.30 Cocktails in the garden

5.30 – 6.30 Evening meal. Either bring a picnic or visit one of the local pubs which do food (it might be a good idea to let them know you’re coming and might be in a bit pushed for time)

6.30 – 8.30 Overtures. All the favourites, Magic Flute, Seraglio, Figaro, etc. and maybe another concerto.
Sunday 2nd September 

10.30 am – 12.30 pm Strings only. This morning session will be a string sectional working on the Sinfonia Concertante K 364. I imagine this piece needs no introduction. It is, again, utterly sublime. We might also find time for some stylistic details in the overtures and symphonies we’ve been looking at.

12.30 – 1.15 Shared lunch. Wind and brass players who are playing in the afternoon come along early to join in.

1.15 – 2.45 Strings + wind. Putting together Sinfonia concertante. Another look at the “Haffner” Symphony.

2.45 – 3.00 Cup of tea

3.00 – 3.30 Play through Overture to Marriage of Figaro and Sinfonia concertante.

*How all the instruments will be used:

Upper strings – involved in everything except the Saturday morning session
Lower strings – fully involved in all sessions. Playing bassoon and contra bassoon parts for the Saturday morning session
Wind and brass – involved in all sessions except Sunday morning (strings only)
Special arrangements for wind and brass where Mozart did not originally write parts for you:

Flutes will sometimes play oboe parts
Clarinets will sometimes play oboe or horn parts
Bassoons will play cello parts in a couple of pieces
Trumpets will sometimes play horn parts
Trombones will play bassoon, horn or bass parts

I’m afraid there will only be parts for percussion in the overtures and symphonies.

This is all a bit complicated, but I hope it makes sense. Any queries, just ask.


You can find an enrolment form here, please note, the costs for this event are complicated, so please do read that section carefully or just ask.

Cello day at Dalston
Saturday 28th October 2018

Due to a kind bequest from the husband of Pam P, who used to play cello at the Dalston group, we are able to put on a rather unusual event which brings together several of Pam’s interests – working with young people, making things happen in Cumbria and playing the cello.

The excellent young cellist Neil Sild, who recently played the Elgar Cello concerto with us at Middlesbrough Town Hall will be performing the Haydn Cello Concerto, conducted by the ever popular Joe Davies.

The morning will be devoted to a workshop just for cellists, but, of course, we will need an orchestra for the concerto, so the afternoon and evening session will run just like a normal Cobweb study day followed by and informal performance.

Venue: Dalston Victory Hall,  Dalston, Carlisle CA5 7QA

10.00 -12.30 Cello workshop.
12.30 -13.30 Lunch for morning and afternoon participants
13.30 – 17.30 Rehearse Haydn cello concerto + Rossini’s “William Tell” overture
17.30 – 18.30 Evening meal break
18.30 – 20.30 Performance

Repertoire: We’re still working on the repertoire for the cello workshop, and details will be posted soon.

That’s all for this week, have a lovely time at the picnic!

Best wishes,
Event Coordinator, Cobweb Orchestra