Cobweb News 6.4.18

I hope you’re all enjoying a lovely Easter break. There’s so many great events coming up over the next 6 weeks or so, so please do take a look and get enrolling!

In this weeks Cobweb News:
Sibelius Violin Concerto with Iona Brown
Middlesbrough Town Hall event
Schumann Cello Concerto with Tanya Anisimova
Any Budding Conductors?!
Cobweb Instrument Bank needs you

Sibelius Violin Concerto with Iona Brown
Saturday 28th April, 11-4pm
Wylam Institute, Church Rd, Wylam, NE41 8AP

Our good friend Iona Brown will play Sibelius’s Violin Concerto at Wylam on Saturday 28th April.This is the only concerto that Sibelius wrote, and it is symphonic in scope, with the solo violin and all sections of the orchestra being equal voices – so we would love to have a full orchestra to accompany her and be the best experience for everyone involved. Iona is a fantastic violinist and is a member of Royal Northern Sinfonia. We’re delighted that she is playing with us again on another study day as she has been such a great support to us many times before. She really is fantastic to work with so don’t miss out! The concerto is scored for solo violin, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, timpani and strings.
As it is a full day event, we will enjoy a shared lunch, please do feel free to contribute.

Click the link below to download the enrollment form
Enrolment form

Reopening of Middlesbrough Town Hall
Performance: Friday 11th May
Rehearsal:10 am – 3 pm
Concert: 4 pm
Rehearsal: Monday 7th May 7-9 pm

Many Cobweb players will have fond memories of events in this wonderful building before it was closed for refurbishment and will now have to opportunity in being involved in one of the first events after its re-opening.
We will form an adult orchestra to play alongside children from Middlesbrough in a performance of Elgar’s “Wand of Youth” suite no. 2. Elgar conducted the LSO in this piece in the same building in 1909. A visit which is commemorated in the stained glass window naming all the distinguished musicians who have played there.

The performance, because it involves children, is an early evening one, with a rehearsal during the day, but we are hoping some people might be able to juggle their daytime commitments to be there.
Also, players who can only make the performance will still be welcome if they are able to attend a rehearsal on the preceding Monday. The Billingham group have kindly suspended their usual session so that players be there if they wish.
Click the link below to download the enrollment form
Enrollment form

Schumann Cello Concerto with Tanya Anisimova
Sunday 20th May, 2-6pm
Eldon Community Centre, 2 Main Rd, Eldon, Bishop Auckland, DL14 8XB

American-Russian cellist Tanya Anisimova and Andy Jackson will work with us on the Schumann Cello Concerto. Tanya is also performing at Ushaw College on the previous evening, so you can make a weekend of it.

The work is scored for solo cello, two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, two horns, two trumpets, timpani, and strings so we’re looking for a full orchestra to accompany Tanya for the afternoon to enjoy this mysterious work.

You can have a look at the music in advance at the link below:,_Op.129_(Schumann,_Robert)

The enrollment form can be found here:
Enrollment form

Any Budding Conductors?!
In early June (Sunday 3rd), if there is enough interest, we will be running a Conductors’ Day. We haven’t done one of these for quite a while, and developing the skills of conductors who can lead Cobweb events in the future is an important part of what we do. So, if there’s anyone out there who would love to have a go at trying to impose order on a motley collection of orchestral players, you’ll need to get in touch with Andy ( to let him know that you are interested. When we have enough conductors to make a day of it, we’ll see if we can raise an orchestra too. Participants in previous conductors’ events are welcome to put themselves forward.

Cobweb Instrument Bank Needs You
You probably all know what a wonderful resource our Cobweb Instrument Bank is, and how many people it’s helped. Although it is normally very well stocked, we do have some gaps of the rare instruments in the bank. Do you have one of the following instruments you could either donate or loan (on whatever basis you decide) to the bank?
– Oboes
– Bassoons
– A Clarinets
Please do reply to me if so and I’ll put you in touch with the members who look after the bank.

That’s all for this week, I look forward to receiving your enrollments!

Best wishes,
Lorna Wright
Event Coordinator, Cobweb Orchestra