Cobweb News

We’re looking forward to our first live event on Sunday – we’ll let you know how it goes next week!

In this week’s Cobweb News:
TRIPLE FFF: The Music of Farrenc, Franck, and Fauré
Cobweb Composers and Arrangers Group News, May 2021

TRIPLE FFF: The Music of Farrenc, Franck, and Fauré – 
A discussion with Joe DaviesThursday 27th May, 7pm
On Zoom, £8/10Back by popular demand, Joe is bringing an exciting and intriguing discussion on French music on the 27th May.

This is what Joe says:

A triple French spectacular as we listen to the glorious music of Louise Farrenc (1804-1875), César Franck (1822-1890), and Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924). Why are French composers such good orchestrators? Why does French music go so quickly in and out of fashion? And what makes French music sound so… French?

**It turns out, you will want your instrument for the session! **
We’ll have the opportunity to play along with the Pavane by Faure. You can download your part from IMSLP – its very easy to find – only result under the ‘parts’ tab:,_Op.50_(Faur%C3%A9,_Gabriel)

To enrol, please click here.

Cobweb Composers and Arrangers Group, May 2021

We have had a very successful collaboration for the past few months and have come up with three pieces for Cobweb orchestras to tackle.
The first, Mission Improbable, grew out a 10/8 pattern suggested by one of the members. Hence the title! Nevertheless, the piece has turned out to be really challenging and exciting and we aim to finish it in July. We look forward to hearing what volunteers in the Cobweb Guinea Pig Orchestra think of it.
Last week, we began orchestrating the second movement from Mendelssohn’s 4th Organ Sonata. The organ score provides an ideal scenario for producing a rich and melodious orchestral version and this should also be ready in July.
Michael Cave has composed a delightful piece, Cobweb Miniature, so in all we have the ingredients for a very interesting study day once we can all meet again.
If anyone wants to join us, you will be most welcome. We are using free score writing software which has proved to be compatible with everyone’s devices and very easy to learn

Cobweb Timpani

We have an URGENT request: the orchestra owns three timpani which need to be relocated to a new “home” after the event at Dipton on May 23. If anyone can anyone offer a dry and safe space in which to store them, please contact me ASAP.

Sad News
We are sad to hear of the death of Ian Potts this week. Ian was Tebay’s conductor in the early days and many people have fond memories of working with him.  He passed away peacefully on Tuesday with family near him. We send our love and condolences to his family and friends.
Lorna Wright
Event Coordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

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