Cobweb News 5: 10.2.15

Dear all,
What a wonderful start to the year we’ve had! A brilliant month of concertos was rounded off brilliantly with Alison Gill playing Grieg’s Piano Concerto – well done to all those who battled through the snow! And then yesterday an amazing 55 players turned out to explore Beethoven Symphony No.5 with Sage Gateshead General Director Anthony Sargent. Cobwebs presented him with a honorary membership celebrating his upcoming departure from his role at Sage Gateshead. I’ve attached some photos of this moment and the Grieg day for those of you haven’t seen them already.
And if that wasn’t enough – we were also in the news last week! Do check out the article here:
**Upcoming Events**
Saturday 14th February
Dipton Community Centre, Dipton, DH9 9DR
Free (with donations to the Musician’s Benevolent Fund)
See Malcolm’s message below about this event:

Dear friends,
As many of you may know, we’re planning an afternoon at Dipton (2-6pm on Saturday 14th, Valentine’s Day) to remember Martin Wilkinson – we’ll be playing some English music, and his enormous collection of music will be available in return for donations to the Musicians Benevolent Fund (anything not good enough for us may have to go to the Sinfonia!). Please come along with some food to share, any awful jokes we could post up on a board, and of course your memories. In view of his love of Sunderland AFC (“nil desperandum”!), it has been suggested that a red+white dress code might be appropriate…Malcolm Toft

Please do let me know if you’re planning to attend, even if you’re a CCO member who will be staying on, we need to know because of the music. Don’t forget a music stand!
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.

Enrolment form is available from the event webpage.
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. Enrolment form is available from the event webpage.
Cobweb Orchestra in Concert – Jon Brigg
Sunday 8th March, Rehearsal 2-5.30, Concert 6.30pm
The Chapel, York St. John University Campus, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York YO31 7EX
Members: £10.00
Non-Members: £13.00
Students in Full time Education: half the above prices
We warmly welcome you to come and join the York Cobweb group in a concert performance of Schubert’s Symphony No.4, composed when Schubert was only 19 years old and not premiered until more than two decades after his death, and Peter Warlock’s popular Capriol Suite, based on tunes in Thoinot Arbeau’s Orchésographie, a manual of Renaissance dances. Students from York St. John University will also be performing, so there will also be a chance to sit back and listen!
Normal concert dress applies and once again, please bring a music stand.
Enrolment form and Concert poster are on the event webpage – please do spread the word!
That’s all for this week, do get in touch enrolling for events, I look forward to seeing you soon.
Best wishes,
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