Cobweb News 4: 29.01.14

Dear all,
I’m looking forward to seeing now quite a lot of you on Saturday for the Grieg Piano Concerto! It really is going to be lovely. Are there any bassoonists, basses or trumpeters out there who wish to join us to polish up the balance?
Timings are 11-4pm, at Salvation Army Parish Church, Front Street, Sherburn Hill, DH6 1PA.
Do remember to bring your music stand and contribute to the shared lunch if you wish.
**Upcoming Events – there’s a few so please read right to the bottom!**
Beethoven Symphony No.5 with Anthony Sargent
Saturday 7th February, 1.30 – 7pm, Sage Gateshead, Gateshead, NE8 2JR
Have you ever wanted to have a go at arguably the most famous piece of music ever written? Now you can! Join General Director Anthony Sargent to go through this wonderful symphony. More information and booking can be found here:
Please do let me know when you have booked on so we know for music.
We are still looking for some flutes, trumpets and trombones for this day – don’t be put off brass, we’re playing Purcell’s Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary too!
There will be a rehearsal for this one the evening before, Friday 6th February at Sage Gateshead, 7-9pm. It really is only for the people intending to join us on the Saturday. More information will be distributed about this soon.
Saturday 21st February, 11-4pm
Tebay Methodist Church Hall, Tebay, Penrith, CA10 3XG
Members: £8.00
Non Members: £11.00
Last year’s sight reading day at Eldon was astonishing: Instead of the dozen or so players I was expecting, the hall was full and we managed to play the most extraordinary range of music, picking up skills and sharing tips about how best to approach music players may never have seen or heard before.
Sight reading is all about access – being able to make sense of dots on a page means that 50 or 60 people playing different instruments can sit down in the same room and, as long as they all have appropriate music in front of them (no mean feat), within minutes start to produce music of great complexity.
It is a skill mainly acquired through endless practice, but there are techniques which can help you to become better at it, and we will explore some of as we work through an extensive repertoire.
As with most aspects of music making, however skilled you may be, you can always get better. So, although the main purpose of this study day to build confidence for players who are relatively new to (or recently returning to) orchestral playing, it will also give more experienced players a good work out.

Sunday 1st March, 2-6pm
Eldon Community Centre, Eldon, DL14 8XB
GPO Plays ‘Northern Hills’
Once again we are asking you to volunteer to take part in the Guinea Pig Orchestra (GPO) to support the C&A Group in developing new music.
For the past few months members of the C&A Group have been working on a Composition Project. Their task is to develop a suite of pieces inspired by a scene which has been named “Northern Hills”. We have reached a stage where draft pieces need to be tested with a live orchestra.
In the light of that experience composers will be able to do further work on their pieces and bring them back for another session later this year.
If you possibly can, please enrol for the GPO. Your help will be invaluable and you will experience music of quite a varied character.
Please note that enrolment for the GPO is free of charge. C&A members who are bringing compositions will be asked to pay a small fee of £5.
**Concert playing opportunity**
On Sunday 8th March, the York group are inviting you to join them to play in their concert at York St. John University. The concert itself is taking place at 6.30pm, and there will be rehearsals beforehand.
Do pencil this date in your diaries, and more information, including repertoire will be available soon.
That’s all for this week, looking forward to Saturday!
Best wishes,