Cobweb News

In this week’s Cobweb News
Live Recital with Helen Farrar – tomorrow night!
Working Composer – A “Proper Job”?
Live Recital with Peter Fisher
A Message from Andy

Live Recital with Helen Farrar
Thursday 25th March, 7pm

We haven’t had many chances recently to play really big works, but thanks to concert pianist Helen, we’re going to be able to tackle Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto no. 2 in a “Listen or play along” session on Thursday 25th March.
You can download your part here:

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Working Composer – A “Proper Job”?
Tuesday 30th March, 7pm
FREE, donations gratefully recieved

A “Proper Job”? – Today, with the plethora of media platforms we all indulge in, the expansion of communal creativity within our communities, the focus on social engagement through the arts (Cobweb!), the creation and application of music in all it’s various glorious incarnations has never been so plentiful. My name’s Bill Connor, I’m a Cobweb member and one of the many who earn their living out of creative musical engagement of all kinds….Fancy finding out how, what, where, why, etc….?
Working Composer – A “Proper Job”? come and join us Tuesday 30th March 7pm…
Enrol here.

Live Recital with Peter Fisher
Monday 12th April, 7pm

Many of you have enjoyed playing with the wonderful violinist Peter Fisher in the past and will jump at the chance to “Listen or Play” while he performs Ravel’s stunning “Tzigane” for us. Peter is a renowned exponent of the works of Fritz Kreisler and promises to include some of these ever popular pieces in his programme too.

To play along, you can download your part from imslp here: Tzigane (Ravel, Maurice) – IMSLP: Free Sheet Music PDF Download
and we find using headphones allows for the best sound quality.

To enrol, click here.

A Message from Andy
A few things you might like to try/do over the next few months…

1) Book club

Reading books and talking about them has always been a popular pastime, and even more so over the last year.

Cobwebs’ version of the book club started very much like its literary namesake and involved all the participants acquainting themselves with a piece of music which we then met to talk about for an hour.

After nearly a year of meeting, it has changed into something very different. We have adapted, and continue to adapt, to the opportunities that technology offers and now listen to and play along to recordings (often archive ones which can be fascinating) at the beginning and end of every session. In between, we chat, swap anecdotes, listen to what critics say about the music we’re exploring, and we seem to laugh a lot. We sometimes look at the life and personality of composers, and sometimes concentrate on the form and structure of the compositions. We don’t really look at things in huge depth, (there’s not really enough time), but we do occasionally get down to some interesting detail without being in any way academic.

We meet (roughly every two weeks) on a Thursday evening, and always welcome new members. The next one will be on Thursday 8th April – with more info to follow next week.

2) Tell a friend about Cobwebs.

Over the last year, we have been joined by people from all over this country and from abroad who would find it difficult to attend our live events because of the distances involved.

If you know people who might be interested in the orchestra, wherever they live, this would be a good time to persuade them to get involved as we are still running a range of activities activities online.

Who knows, they might decide to travel to play with us when we return to putting on live events.

You can also encourage friends to ‘like’ or ‘follow’ our new Facebook page which can be found here – we’d love to get to 100 likes by Easter!

3) Learn a new instrument.

One of the strengths of Cobwebs has always been the ability and willingness of players to plug holes in the orchestral sound by playing the parts of missing instruments either by transposing the part for their own instrument, or by acquiring and learning to play a different one.

Sometimes, whole sections of the orchestra are made up of players who originally joined playing something else.

Cobwebs possesses a bank of instruments and has at least one of most types which can be loaned out to members.

4) Think about repertoire

During lockdown, we have played (albeit remotely/on zoom/on mute) a huge range of music, but I’m aware that there are some parts of the orchestral repertoire that we’ve hardly visited at all recently.

I’m always on the lookout for suggestions of pieces that people would love to play. We can’t always do them for a variety of reasons (copyright, availability of parts, difficulty, etc.), but I keep a list and dip into it regularly for ideas, so please keep them coming.


That’s all for this week, looking forward to seeing you at an event soon.

Best wishes,
Lorna Wright
Event Coordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

Posted by Tracy Reed