Cobweb News

What an incredible weekend we had celebrating our Silver Anniversary! It was amazing to see so many of you there supporting and getting involved, from even as far as Tasmania! Andy and I have been so grateful for your support and messages, thank you to you all.

A message from Tracy Reed:

If you’d like the celebrations to last even longer, you could take a look at our new ‘silver anniversary’ page
You’ll be able to watch the archive film that was shown during the weekend, and view our very first website.

In this weeks Cobweb News:
– A note from Andy
– Cobweb Orchestra Musical Book Club
– A concert from London – join in or listen to Trio Taliesin
– Cobweb Orchestra Virtual Concert Party

Completing a quarter of a century in style – a note from Andy
What an exhausting and fulfilling weekend of events we’ve just finished. It was lovely to meet up with friends old and new from all over the world; something that would probably not have been possible had the events all been held in one venue. We were joined by over 120 different people over the course of the weekend and played, (or at least experienced), a huge range of music, as well as enjoying many other entertainments, both live and recorded.

The main thing that was missing was the shared food which we usually relish on such occasions, but there seemed to be quite a bit of happy drinking going on at some of the sessions.

I’d like to say a huge “Thank you” to the other members of the organising committee and to Lorna for managing the spinning plates of enrolments, publicity, technology and front-of-house with such apparently effortless efficiency and charm.I have to say that I’ll miss Nikki’s Silver Trumpet which she’s produced on the 25th day of the last seven months, unless, that is she wants to start the countdown to the next milestone with occasional editions of the Golden Bassoon?

Most of the events were bespoke versions of other things we’ve learned to do under lockdown such as online concerts, musical book club, zoom chats and the virtual orchestra. These activities will continue and new ideas will be tried out in the next few weeks, so I’ll look forward to seeing you all again soon.
Best wishes,

Cobweb Orchestra Musical Book Club
Thursday 15th October, 6pm
£4 Members, £5 Non-Members
TO ENROL CLICK HEREThis book club sees us continuing to explore Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.5  – this time we’re looking at the fourth movement. We’ll continue to play along to a recording, so don’t forget your headphones!The link below will take you to where you need to download your part / score, but do get in touch if you need a hand. 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.We will continue to  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.

A concert from London – join in or listen to Trio Taliesin.
Thursday 5th November, 6pm


This is a live edition of our bi-weekly Musical Bookclub where, instead of playing along to a recording, we play along to Tara Clifford (Piano), Kirsten Wilson (Violin) and Alice Jones (Cello) as they perform Beethoven’s Triple Concerto via Zoom.

The orchestral parts will be played on a second piano by Catherine Herriott so we have a choice of joining in with our own orchestral parts (whilst on mute) or sitting back and enjoying the performance.”

To download your parts, please click here:

The price is £5 to cover the costs and if participants wish to make a further donation, it will be given in full to Trio Taliesin. This gives us all a chance to support young professional musicians whose incomes have been severely affected by the covid-19 pandemic.

Cobweb Virtual Concert Party
Saturday 7th November, 7pm

After the amazing success of the last few concert parties, we’ll be hosting another on Saturday 7th November. At this event, we’ll be premiering our CVO 4 piece, and we’re looking for performers! For those of you who prefer to be in the audience, this is just a note to put this in your diaries – enrolment will open next week.

Please let me or Andy know if you’d like to perform as soon as possible!

Finally, it’s a quick note to remind you about our AGM on the 22nd October at 8pm. To enrol, please click here

Best wishes,
Lorna Wright
Event Coordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

Posted by Tracy Reed