Cobweb News 3 – 21.1.14

Dear All,
We played yet another fantastic symphony on Saturday with yet another amazingly large orchestra. Jonathan Bloxham gave us a real insight into Elgar’s 1st symphony and despite it being the hardest symphony some players had ever played we managed to do a very creditable play through at the end of the day. Well done Jonathan, that was quite an achievement.
Sunday saw the first Composers & Arrangers/Guinea Pig Orchestra event of the year. The GPO was made up of the biggest number of guinea pigs we’ve ever seen – well done to all those players who went to Wylam. Thanks to Lizelle Kirby for running this event, which was for trying out the newly arranged Bach Orchestral Suite No.4.
This “cobwebbed” Bach work is for our next study day at the Sage Gateshead on Saturday 8th February. Anthony Sargent, General Director of the Sage Gateshead will be conducting. Please do send me an email to say you’ve purchased a ticket or intend playing at this event.
We have our final symphony in our Month of Symphonies, coming up this Saturday . . .
Saturday 25th January – Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Symphony with Peter Wood

11.00am – 4.30pm
Christ Church, Cockermouth CA13 9RU
Wouldn’t it be great to finish our Month of Symphonies with another large orchestra? There is still room for more players in every section and more strings would be very welcome. Did you know that Rachmaninoff has only just come out of copyright so we’re really lucky to be able to have a go at this wonderful work. Don’t miss this opportunity . . . if you haven’t enrolled there is still time. The enrolment form can be downloaded from the website
A message from Peter Wood . . .
Dalston Cobweb member and Luthier James Rawes will be at the Rachmaninoff study day with a selection of string instruments and accessories and he will be happy to discuss instruments/repairs/maintenance with players during the breaks. If anyone needs anything specific James can be contacted before the event on 01228 561561 or by email at
Coming up . . . February kicks off with the first Skills Workshop
Saturday 1st February – Skills Workshop: Sight-reading with Andy Jackson

11.00am – 3.00pm
Eldon Community Centre, Eldon, Nr Bishop Auckland DL14 8XB
Don’t forget to enrol for the very first Skills Workshop. I’m sure there are lots of players who will be intrigued as to how one can become a better sight-reader; so do join us at Eldon. The enrolment form and more information is available on the website
Friday 4th – Sunday 6th April – Sedbergh Residential
Sedbergh School, Cumbria LA10 5HG
Booking forms and deposits are rolling in for the best residential in the Cobweb Calendar. Don’t miss your chance to spend a weekend playing great music in the company of like-minded people in the beautiful Cumbrian town of Sedbergh. More information and the booking form can be found on the website
Lastly . . . a piece of lost property
On Sunday an M&S ladies cardigan, size 12, was left at Wylam Village Institute. If you are it’s owner please get in touch so that I can arrange to get it back to you.
Email me at
That’s all for this week. Have a smashing week full of music.

Posted by Sue Baker