Cobweb News 6.6.18

Well done to those brave people who had a go at conducting on Sunday. You were all fantastic and it was nice for us to play such varied repertoire in one day! Thanks again to all those who supported the event.

In this week’s Cobweb News:
Tchaikovsky 6th Symphony “Pathetique” in concert 
Cobwebs’ Summer Programme – a note from Andy


Cobweb Orchestra in Concert
Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony “Pathetique” conducted by Andy Jackson
Saturday 16th June, Rehearsal 11 am – 4 pm. Presentation 5 pm.
Acomb Methodist Church, 40A Front St, York, YO24 3BX
Cost for players: Members £12.50, Non-members £17

**For this work to be played at it’s best we really need flutes, oboes, violas, double basses, and trombones and tuba, which have a particularly prominent role in this symphony.**

Following a successful study day last December and some extensive work on this fabulous composition at our recent Sedbergh Residential weekend, we have decided to go public with it and present a concert performance in York. The concert will be on Saturday 16th June, with Rehearsal 11 am – 4 pm. Presentation 5 pm.
Cost to audience – Free. (There will be a bucket collection, and you will be invited to pay what you think it’s worth)
It’s really important we get a good sized orchestra to perform this amazing work, so please do sign up quickly so we know you’re coming! The enrolment form can be found here.
Parts are available to have a look at in advance here

Cobwebs’ Summer Programme Note

It’s getting to the time of year when I try to make sure that there are some musical activities to keep you playing during the long gap between mid July, when most of the regular groups stop for the Summer break, and mid September when (all being well) they start up again.

This year we have three events – two concerts and our regular Wylam non-residential weekend.

The first concert is in Newcastle at Summerhill Pavillion. As last year, a wedding party (not the same one) has kindly agreed to let us use the marquee erected for their celebrations, which means that we have a space in which to play on Sunday 29th July come rain or shine. The audience is invited to bring food to eat either before the concert or whilst listening to a repertoire with a continental flavour (Bizet, Rossini, Edith Piaf, that sort of thing).
Some of you will remember that last years’ Musical Picnic was a little wet, but this time around, I’m sure it will be a beautiful Summer’s afternoon and our audience will sit in the sun and wallow in the gorgeous sound we produce.

Then, on Saturday 11th August , we visit St. Oswald’s Church in Ravenstonedale for an event with a more English theme. So expect music by Vaughan-Williams, Elgar, Purcell and Dowland, amongst others. This event is for all players of all instruments, but the venue is quite small and the size of the orchestra may need to be restricted. Enrolment will be on a strictly “first come” basis for each section, so please fill in the form quickly.
**Because of the enrolment process for this one, the enrolment form is already available and can be found here.**

Our Wylam non-residential weekend (1st and 2nd September) this year will be devoted to music by Mozart. We are incredibly fortunate to be joined by Royal Northern Sinfonia’s bassoon player extraordinaire Stephen Reay, who will coach wind players in the glorious Serenade for 13 instruments k.361, and by Aurora strings violinist Jo Montgomery and ex-BBC NOW violist Chrissie Slater who will lead (mainly) string players in the equally glorious Sinfonia Concertante.  The rather complicated timetable for the weekend will be ready in a few weeks, but, for the time being, get the dates in your diary if you want to take part in this special event.

N.b. Flautists and trombonists – you may know that there are not a lots of parts for your beautiful instruments in the above works, but you’re very welcome to join in by being honorary oboes and bassoons. We will also be playing other music by Mozart which does include you.

I hope that you’re able to join us for some of the above. Don’t forget to let Lorna know by filling in the enrolment forms as soon as they are available. I’ll look forward to seeing you.


That’s all for this week, please do get signing up for the Tchaikovsky concert, it’ll sound fabulous if we have every part covered!

Best wishes,
Event Coordinator, Cobweb Orchestra