Cobweb News

Happy New Year!

We hope you all had a lovely festive break and are feeling refreshed. We very much hope that on the horizon in the not too distant future is us getting back to playing in person, but for now, we have some great online events lined up for you.

In this weeks Cobweb News:
– A few words from our Creative Director
– Cobweb Orchestra Musical Book Club – this Thursday!
– Hints and tips for orchestral playing with Amy Yule, principal flute of the Hallé Orchestra
– Cobweb Orchestra Concert Party

A few words from our Creative Director

I’ve been working away at an uplifting message to kick off 2021, and I’m afraid this is the best I can do.

“Try not to Bb”

Whether you are or not, I hope to see many of you as soon as possible at our forthcoming Zoom events (details and enrolment forms below) starting THIS Thursday with a chance to play, listen to and chat about Mendelssohn’s masterpiece The Hebrides.

Happy New Year.

Andy Jackson

Cobweb Orchestra Musical Book Club
Thursday 7th January, 7-8pm (please note the new time)
Cost £4/5

Our first Book Club of 2021 kicks off with one of the best pieces ever written (in my opinion) Mendelssohn’s “The Hebrides” overture.

Join us as we discuss the piece and play along to a recording to learn more about it.

Parts can be found here:,_Op.26_(Mendelssohn,_Felix)

Hints and tips for orchestral playing with Amy Yule, principal flute of the Hallé Orchestra
**This is open to all orchestral players – not just for flautists!**
Monday 11th January 7-8 pm on Zoom
Cost £8/10

“Hints and tips for orchestral playing with Amy Yule, principal flute of the Hallé Orchestra”

We didn’t really know what to call this session as it’s a combination of workshop, demonstration, masterclass and seminar. “How to become a better orchestral player” was one suggestion “The pleasures and pitfalls of playing in an orchestra” was another.
Regardless of what we call it, what will happen is that Amy (who many Cobweb players will know from her time as principal flute of Royal Northern Sinfonia) will look in detail at some passages from Dvorak’s 7th symphony and explain how each instrument contributes to the desired effect. You can join in either by playing whilst muted, or (if you’re happy to demonstrate what you can do) by un-muting so that others can hear. Alternatively, you might wish to attend the session to ask a question, to join in the discussion, or purely as an observer.
Whatever you decide to do, you will get to spend an hour in Amy’s company and find out what makes her such a successful professional musician.

Cobweb Orchestra Concert Party
Saturday 16th January 7pm
Our first concert party of 2021 is on the 16th January at 7pm on Zoom!

If you’ve ever been thinking about performing, and you’d like to get those New Years resolutions off to a great start,  now is your chance to do so and we are looking for anyone and everyone who’d like to showcase something they’ve learnt or have been working on.

Please use the enrolment form here to register your interest in performing, or being part of the audience. As ever, it’s great to see so many of you offering your support.

And finally, you might be interested to know that there are 2 weeks left to be able to enjoy this series on Channel 4, where Daniel Barenboim marks Beethoven’s 250th birthday, through an extraordinary series of films from 1970, examining the life and music of the composer. Simply click the link below:
Barenboim on Beethoven: The Lost Tapes: Barenboim on Beethoven: The Lost Tapes – On Demand

Lorna Wright
Event Coordinator, Cobweb Orchestra