Cobweb News

We have the Musical Picnic this weekend, so please do pop along if you’re free. You can find the information here. Don’t forget the really exciting opportunity to take part in a soundscape workshop/recording. Please note, there’s no enrolment for this one – just contact Andy directly at to take part. You also don’t have to make both dates, you can just do one. For a reminder of the information, please click here

In this weeks Cobweb News

Sight Reading Day
Wylam Non Residential Weekend

Lumiere’s Got Talent: Take Part in a New Artwork

Cobweb Sight Reading Day with Andy Jackson
Saturday 10 August
Furness Hall, Marsh House Sports and Community Centre,
Marsh House Avenue, Billingham, TS23 3HB

SIGHT READING – an essential skill

It is incomprehensible that anything as complex as the orchestral repertoire could have developed without the invention of notation and the ability of a small percentage of people able to make sense of all the dots, lines, symbols, and words in any number of languages.

How many of you feel so competent that you could play absolutely anything put in front of you that you wouldn’t benefit from some time devoted to honing your sight-reading skills?

The study day on Saturday 10th August in Billingham is for absolutely everyone from beginner to people who have played in orchestras and ensembles their whole lives. As well as exploring techniques to aid efficient sight reading, you will play a vast and varied repertoire in a huge range of styles. The Cobweb Library has been raided; there will be boxes full of pieces from Baroque to contemporary with a smattering of pop, jazz, folk and film music to keep you engaged.

On Andy Jackson’s sight-reading day you will thoroughly enjoy learning the tricks of the trade:
•    what to look for when that new piece lands
•    how to use effectively the little time you have before playing
•    how you need to watch the conductor, and what to look for when you do.

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

Wylam Non Residential Weekend
Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th August
Wylam Institute, Front Street, Wylam. NE42 5DQ

Cobwebs play Carmen

No, not just the Torreadors song – the whole opera.
How come? Well, seven professional singers from London-based Rogue Opera – are travelling up to join us at the Wylam non-residential weekend on 24/25 August. Click on this link find out how wonderful they are: Rogue Opera

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! 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 everyone entertained.

Details on lunches and other food arrangements will be finalised shortly, but please do enrol so we know you’re coming.

The weekend will be split into 5 sessions as follows:
Saturday morning 10.30-1 pm
Saturday afternoon 2 – 4.30 pm
Saturday evening 6.30-9 pm

Sunday morning 10.30-1 pm
Sunday afternoon 2-4.30 pm

Participation Fee for Players
Members of the Cobweb Orchestra: £6 p/session or £25 for the whole weekend
Non-members: £8 p/session or £35 for the whole weekend
Students in Full Time Education: half the above prices

To sign up online please click here
To sign up using a paper form please download it here

Lumiere’s Got Talent: Take Part in a New Artwork
Calling pianists of all ages! This is your chance to perform as part of a spectacular, new installation at Lumiere’s 10th anniversary edition in Durham. For more information, and how to apply, please click the link below.

Posted by Tracy Reed