Cobweb News

It was lovely to see many of you on Saturday at the Concert Party. Congratulations to all of the performers; it was a real treat to hear you all and thanks for all your continued support. We hope to hold another concert in the near future, so please do send an email if you think you’re interested in performing!

In this weeks Cobweb News:
Cobweb Orchestra Musical Book Club – this Thursday!
Playing at Home – A message from Andy
The Recording Project

Cobweb Orchestra Musical Book Club – this Thursday!
Thursday 6th August, 6pm
Members £4, Non Members £5

Please note, even if you have been part of the Book Club before, you do still need to sign up every time!

We are continuing to welcome any Cobweb player to join the Musical Book Club, even if you haven’t already been part of it. Next week’s Book Club will see us continuing to explore one of our favourites: The last movement of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony. The parts and score all match in the Brietkopf and Hartel 1863 edition, so we’ll use that available on imslp and no marking up should be required.

Symphony No.7, Op.92 (Beethoven, Ludwig van) – IMSLP: Free Sheet Music PDF Download

We are also delighted to have a few volunteers that will showcase particular examples throughout the discussion.
We will meet on Zoom, which works on all computers, tablets and smart phones. You don’t need to have any special programmes or apps on your device to make it work, you just follow a link which will be sent to you from Lorna the day before the meeting.

Again, we will be inviting players to stay on the Zoom call longer to join a ‘breakout room’ to allow a chance for members to catch up with one another. Please let me know in advance if there’s particular people you’d like to catch up with and I’ll match you together! Andy is likely to use this feature throughout the session to link up similar instruments or passages of music.

PLAYING AT HOME – A message from Andy about continuing to make music during lockdown.

Dear players

In spite of hopes that live amateur music making of some sort might have been permitted during August, it’s now looking as though it will be some time before Cobwebs will be able to meet in the real world and we will have to continue to rely on technology to continue group music-making after a fashion.

Since our last live event in 14th March, 136 of you have engaged with the activities we have initiated, primarily the Virtual Orchestra, the Virtual Concerts and the Music Bookclub. Thank you for joining in and for your financial support which enables us to organise them. Thank you, too, for all the letters you have sent to Lorna and me saying how much you are enjoying the online programme. We are aware that it is no substitute for the real thing, but you have said that it is giving you reasons to continue playing and learning about music and that you have enjoyed getting together with other players, some old friends, some new.

Hopefully, the current programme will continue, but I wonder if there are other possibilities for communal virtual music-making that we are not exploring at the moment. It would be good to hear ideas from other people, so I’m proposing setting up a Zoom discussion group under the banner “Playing at Home”.

The group wouldn’t need to be large, but it would be good if there was a spread of players of different instruments from different geographical areas.

If you’re interested in taking part in this discussion, please sign up to the “Playing at Home” group by clicking this link here. Once we have a viable group, I will try to find a date and time to meet which suits the majority. Of course, it would be wonderful if, by the time we convene, the name could be changed to “Playing Away”, but until we’re allowed to do that, let’s make sure that we’re making the most of the resources that are available to us.



The Recording Project

The Cobweb Orchestra is often contacted by composers, both professional and amateur, asking if we would be interested in playing their music.

This is difficult enough to organise in normal times, and at the moment, of course, it is impossible to put on concert performances.

However, we could help composers to realise their orchestral scores using live instrumentalists by making recordings. There are many music editing programmes available which can be downloaded at no cost and then used to assemble performances in much the same way as you might do in a recording studio. Naturally, the quality of sound is a bit compromised as not all of us have expensive microphones and soundproofed rooms in our homes, but as you’ll know if you’ve watched any of our “Virtual Orchestra” performances, the results can be quite presentable. This project however would be just audio, no video required.

If you would be happy to contribute your expertise to this enterprise, please add your name and instrument(s) here so that we will know who to come to when composers specify a string quartet or a crumhorn solo.


That’s all for this week, CVO is coming very soon – watch this space!

Best wishes,
Lorna Wright
Event Coordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

Posted by Tracy Reed