Cobweb News

We’ve had two acts come forward to perform in the virtual concert on the 6th March, so there’s plenty of space for you if you’re still thinking about it! We’d love to hear from you.

There’s lots going on in the next few weeks. In the meantime, it would be great to see you at one or more of these events.

In this week’s Cobweb News
Cobweb Musical Book Club – this Thursday!
Live Recital with Alexandra Raikhlina
Was Beethoven Irish? A different look at Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony with Joe Davies

Cobweb Musical Book Club
Thursday 11th February, 7pm
For the next Musical Book Club, we’ll be revisiting Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, which we did at the first Bookclub before we worked out how to do it with the right mixture of playing and chatting and using vintage recording instead of Andy singing all the parts!You can download your parts here: Academic Festival Overture, Op.80 (Brahms, Johannes) – IMSLP: Free Sheet Music PDF Download and we recommend using headphones for the best sound quality.Live Recital with Alexandra Raikhlina
Thursday 25th February, 7pm
We are so delighted that Alexandra Raikhlina from Royal Northern Sinfonia will be performing Dvorak’s Romance with her accompanist Julia Kennard which you can either watch or play along with.

You can download your part here:,_Op.11_(Dvo%C5%99%C3%A1k,_Anton%C3%ADn) and don’t forget your headphones for optimum sound quality.

The zoom link will be sent to you the evening before the event, but please enrol as soon as possible to ensure you are sent the link. To enrol, please click here.

Enrol HERECobweb Virtual Orchestra’s next performance. Saturday 27th February at 5pm.

The CVO is going to try and put on a performance which is near to playing live as Zoom technology will allow.

We’ll be playing the overture to Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” with everyone playing at the same time to the same click track and recording of the music.

The visual element of this will be recorded live on Zoom with everybody muted.

However, as we are playing the piece simultaneously, everybody will record themselves (either by video, or audio only) and send the recording to Steve Messam who will then put the recordings together to re-create something like the performance we would have given if we’d all been in the same room at the same time.

The hope is that we will come up with a performance which looks, sounds and feels as close to live music as possible under current circumstances.

The resulting video will be shown on Youtube in the same way as our previous performances to a large an appreciative audience, no doubt.

We’re going to make this with the number of players we can fit onto a zoom screen (25) and will try to have a balanced orchestra, so sign up quickly by clicking here if you’d like to take part.

Further instructions will be sent once we know that we have a viable band.

Was Beethoven Irish? A different look at Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony
Monday 1st March, 7-8pm
Click HERE to enrol.

In 1813, the Napoleonic wars were raging across Europe; with the French Emperor still not defeated, millions across Europe were in desperate need of something to lift their spirits, and to give them hope that the greatest war ever seen could finally end. Beethoven, being Beethoven, entered the fray with something very unexpected….

Dust off your Irish reel book and wear your Beethoven wig proudly as we find out why Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony was the tune of its day. From an exploration of its Irish heritage to an analysis of the haunting (and surprisingly simple!) Second Movement, we answer, once and for all, whether Beethoven was really born in Germany.

Pieces to be performed: The Drunken Dubliner (parts to be sent on enrolment) and the Second Movement of Beethoven 7 which can be found here: 

To sign up for this event, please click here.

Lorna Wright
Event Coordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

Posted by Tracy Reed