Cobweb News

We’re delighted that almost all of our groups are up and running again now, and remember, you’re all welcome at any of the groups – it’s great to have you back! We’ve got 2 events coming up in the next 2 weekends that there’s still space for if you’re interested; we’d love to see you.
In this week’s Cobweb News
Brahms Symphony No.4 with Patrick Burnett – this weekend!
A Different Approach to Mozart 40
Messages from The Trustees
Remembering Ian Potts

Brahms Symphony No.4 with Patrick Burnett
Saturday 18th September, 11-4pm
Haxby Memorial Hall, 16, The Village, Haxby, York, YO32 3HT

Please enrol here

Join York leader Patrick Burnett in an event looking at the amazing Brahms Symphony No.4. This is open to all players, not just those from York.

Although places are limited, we would particularly love to see more trumpet, trombone/bassoon and cello players!
Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 by  Johannes Brahms was the last of his symphonies, written in 1884. Donald Francis Tovey praises the work as “one of the greatest orchestral works since Beethoven” so don’t miss out on this day!
Although music will be provided at the event, if you want to have a look at the music before hand you can by clicking the link: Symphony No.4, Op.98 (Brahms, Johannes) – IMSLP: Free Sheet Music PDF Download


A Different Approach to Mozart 40
Sunday 26th September, 2-5pm
Dipton Jubilee Centre, Front Street (A692), Dipton, Co Durham DH9 9DR 

Please enrol here.

Places still available for all parts!

An explanation from Andy Jackson:
During lockdown, when the only way we were able to meet was via Zoom, a few Cobweb players signed up for “Music by Heart”. This was an attempt to learn a piece of music without the dots, and the piece we chose was Mozart’s wonderful Symphony no. 40 in G minor. I think it’s fair to say that some people found it easier than others, and a few decided that the project was not for them, but a handful of players are still engaged in trying to learn their own part in the hope that they will be able to play it as a member of a live ensemble. However, these dedicated memorizers do not constitute a full orchestra and we are looking for other players to join them in Dipton for an afternoon devoted to exploring Mozart’s 40th on Sunday 26 September.
If you’d like to learn any of it, even just a few bars before the day, that would be great, but if you just want to turn up and sight read through it, that would also be much appreciated, and it would mean that the “By Heart” players will have the support of an orchestra around them.
Although the original work is lightly scored, we have a Cobwebbed version which has parts for all players.

Parts available at
We will be using the Kalmus 1933-70 reprinted edition.

Messages from The Trustees

1. A.G.M.

The Annual General Meeting of the Cobweb Orchestra will take place on Saturday October 16th at 3pm by Zoom. Items will include reports from the Chair, the Creative Director and the Treasurer, plus election and re-election of trustees. We need a quorum of 30 for this meeting so please sign up and support your favourite orchestra!

We will be losing 2 of our trustees this year and so are seeking replacements. If you have an interest in serving as a trustee, please do get in touch with me to learn more about what it entails. Please note that we hope NOT to have to meet every month as we have done recently, but initially every 2 months and then back to quarterly as before.

2. Membership.

As the new term gets under way, please remember to pay your membership fees. At present we have only just over 100 members, and most of those who renew in September have not yet (quite reasonably!) done so. Also, a large number of those who usually pay in April have not done so. We very much hope you will wish to renew your affiliation with the orchestra. Please do so by renewing your membership- remember you will have to pay the full rate at sessions if you don’t!  Thanks very much and happy music-making!

Remembering Ian Potts
Monday, 20th September, 2021, at 11.00am
Appleby Cemetery, 8 Cross Croft, CA16 6HP
Afterwards at The HUB, Chapel Street, Appleby, CA18 6QR. 

Ian’s final laying to rest will be observed with a short ceremony at Appleby Cemetery. Regulations now  permit any number of people to gather at the grave site.  Children are welcome.  Ian asked that people dress in celebratory colours, rather than the usual black.  Flowers are not required, but one or two snowdrop or crocus bulbs could be scattered with the ashes, for the spring.

Afterwards, we plan to have lunch and recorded and live music at the HUB.  There will be a short service of remembrance first,  so also bring any stories or memories you have of Ian.
There is  a piano as well as a stage and a speaker.  All players would be welcome.  Play whatever music you like.  Ian had very eclectic taste.  Bring instruments if you play, or recorded music if you prefer. The Hub needs to have a reasonable idea of numbers, for the catering.  Please let Cricket Kemp know ASAP if you plan to attend this musical service of remembrance and farewell lunch at
Lorna Wright
Event Coordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

Posted by Tracy Reed