Cobweb News

We had a wonderful day in Askham; thank you to all of you who attended and a special well done to Tracy for playing the Mozart Clarinet Concerto so beautifully!

In this week’s Cobweb News
‘New World’ Symphony Study Day in Middlesbrough this Sunday
A message from the Dipton Group for Thursday 22 July
A few sentences from Andy Jackson about the Summer programme, with enrolment links

New World Symphony Study Day
Sunday 25th July, 2-6pm
Pineapple Black Arts venue,
Hill Street Centre,
Cost £12/15

We’re welcoming you to join us in working on Dvorak’s New World Symphony No.9 in a new arts centre.
You can have a look at your part in advance by downloading the music here:,_Op.95_(Dvo%C5%99%C3%A1k,_Anton%C3%ADn)
We still need to know who is coming in advance, so please  sign up as soon as possible so we know we’ve got a viable orchestra attending.

A message from the Dipton Group for Thursday 22 July

Calling all string players (particularly violins and violas)! The Dipton Cobweb Group is going to be rather short of upper strings this week.
Of course, in true Cobweb fashion, wind and brass players are welcome too.
It would be lovely to see anyone who is going to be otherwise twiddling their thumbs on Thursday evening 7.15 – 9.00pm, at Dipton Community Centre.
If you are available and would like to join us and our great conductor Greg Pullen, please email Lesley Wearmouth:

A few sentences from Andy about the Summer programme
It has been wonderful to start meeting up and playing music again over the last few weeks and, as we have no intention of stopping just because the holiday season is upon us, here is a quick run-down on what’s happening between now and the Autumn.

1) This Sunday (25th July), we’re going to Middlesbrough to play through Dvorak’s Symphony no. 9 “From the New World”. We already have plenty of players signed up for this event, but we have booked a huge venue and can still fit in anyone else who fancies getting to grips with this superb work.

2) August kicks off on Sunday 7th with an Al Fresco Concert Party and Picnic at Summerhill Pavilion in Newcastle. The idea is similar to the Zoom Concert parties we ran throughout lockdown: anybody who would like to entertain others lets me know, and I will put together a programme consisting of several short items (solos, duets, small ensembles, recitations, demonstrations, etc.). Of course, it will be unlike the Zoom events in that we will all be in the same space at the same time and will be able to socialise (in a responsible fashion) and eat our picnics on the bowling green.

Another difference from what we’ve been doing over the last year is that we’ll be able to play together. Once I know who intends coming along, I’ll find some music that should work and we can entertain the residents of Summerhill Terrace. Obviously, as this is intended as an outside event, if the weather looks like being unhelpful, we might have to alter things, or even cancel, but I thought it was worth a try.

Enrol for Summerhill here.

3) On Sunday 22nd August, we have a Guinea Pig Orchestra event at Eldon (near Bishop Auckland). The GPO hasn’t convened for a while, but the basic idea is that players come together to allow themselves to be experimented on.

The Composers’ and Arrangers’ Group have been busy during lockdown creating new pieces for us to play when we were back to live events again, and this is the first opportunity to try them out. It’s always good to have a wide spread of instruments and as near as possible a full orchestra for the GPO, so please consider signing up, even if you’ve not been involved before.

Enrol for GPO here.

4) Finally, we round off the Summer programme with a resumption of Peter Woods’ Haydn Project on Saturday 28th August, ticking a few more symphonies off the list at Wylam Institute. Hopefully, we’ll be able to continue playing through the Autumn and conclude this huge undertaking sometime in 2022. More information is available on the website. 

Enrolment forms for the first three events are in this newsletter, so please sign up soon to make planning as smooth as possible.

I’ll be looking forward to seeing you at some of the above.


Lorna Wright
Event Coordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

Posted by Tracy Reed