Cobweb News

In this weeks Cobweb News:
– Cobwebs play Carmen
– Haydn Symphonies Project – part 12
– Cobweb Musical Picnic

Cobwebs play Carmen
No, not just the Torreadors song – the whole opera.
How come? Well, seven professional singers from London-based Rogue Opera (click on this link find out how wonderful they are –  Rogue Opera – are travelling up to join us at the Wylam non-residential weekend on 24/25 August. We will work alongside them on the arias, preludes, choruses, interludes and dances, gradually putting together a complete (though slightly shortened) version of Bizet’s masterpiece.
Cobwebs has never done anything remotely like this before and so we hope it’s something that will appeal to lots of you. Carmen contains some of the best-know melodies and most sparkling orchestral music in the whole operatic repertoire, but the weekend won’t be entirely devoted to Bizet – each singer will also be performing solo items by other composers so that there will plenty of variety to keep you all entertained. The enrolment form will be out shortly, but please make a notes of the dates so that you don’t miss this unique opportunity.
Now a request:
If you’re able to offer a singer or two somewhere to sleep (and possibly something to eat) for the nights of Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th August, please get in touch with Andy (

Haydn Symphonies Project part 12 with Peter Wood
Saturday 20th July
Newbiggin on Lune Village Hall
Newbiggin-On-Lune, Kirkby Stephen CA17 4NT

Members £12.50
Non Members £17.00
Students in full time education, half the above prices.

The 12th session of the Haydn Symphonies project will be held at Newbiggin on Lune village hall (near Tebay) on Saturday 20 July 2019 from 11.00 am until 4.00 pm. with a shared lunch.  We have now looked at 61 symphonies and in this session I am hoping to look at the following symphonies –  42, 52. 55 (The Schoolmaster), 66, 67 and 68.  These symphonies are scored for the usual strings, oboes and horns but from now on we also to see bassoons with independent parts as regular instruments in the orchestra so it would be great if some of our bassoon players could join us (the 13th session which will be held in October sees flutes become regular instruments in the orchestra!).  There are no no trumpets or timps in these symphonies but as usual flutes and clarinets are welcome to join us to cover other parts and oboe parts transposed for Bb clarinets will be available.   The preparation of parts for this project is time consuming and it would be appreciated if enrolment forms could be returned as soon as possible to know how many parts are needed and to give time to fill any holes we may have in the orchestra.  Please don’t forget a music stand and feel free to join us in a shared lunch.

To sign up using the online enrolment form, please click here
To sign up using the paper form, please download it here

Cobweb Musical Picnic – a note from Andy & Christine
Most Cobwebs groups are now finished for the summer, but at Tyneside (Summerhill) we still have one more session to go! Next week Wednesday 17th July at 1 pm. Come along if you’re already experiencing withdrawal symptoms, or if you want to get a head start on rehearsing pieces for the picnic, or if you just want to play! We have a wonderful orchestra signed up for the Musical Picnic at Summerhill Pavilion on Sunday 28th July, but we could squeeze in a couple more upper strings if anybody is still interested. If you can’t, or don’t want to play, but have a couple of hours free at teatime, why not bring along a snack and listen to some glorious music. Please note that parking is limited at Summerhill, best to take public transport if you can or car share. Hope to see you there!

For more information and to help spread the word, please see the poster here
To sign up using the online enrolment form, please click here
To download a paper enrolment form, please click here

Posted by Tracy Reed