Cobweb News

We had a fantastic event last Sunday with Peter Wood with another in the series of the Haydn Symphonies Project. We’re up to Symphony No. 91 now, and we are in discussion as to how we can celebrate the project conclusion soon. Watch this space!

In this week’s Cobweb News:
A short message from Andy
Brundibar Festival Performance
Dvorak Symphony No. 8 with Joe Davies

A short message from Andy

Dear players,

How different from this time last year: At least we’re now allowed to play together in the same room and we’re even planning with some confidence for our first public concert in nearly two years. 

It’s at the United Reformed Church, Jesmond on Sunday 23rd January. If you don’t have time to attend the rehearsals and join in the concert, why not come along to hear your colleagues play wonderful music by Dvorak, Vorisek and Wertheim?

I hope this can be the start of the Cobweb Orchestra programme returning to something like it used to be, with a varied weekend programme of workshops, concerts and even residentials – yes, Sedbergh is back on the agenda during the Easter vacation and I’ve already started planning the cocktail menu.

I hope to see everybody once things get going again in 2022, but in the meantime, wishing you a joyful Christmas and a healthy New Year.


Brundibar Festival Concert
Sunday 16th January (rehearsal) and Sunday 23rd January (Concert)
Rehearsal: 2-6pm at Dipton Community Centre
Concert: 6pm, Jesmond URC, Burdon Terrace, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE2 3AE (there will be a rehearsal on the day between 2-5pm)
To enrol for Brundibar, please click here.

We are delighted to be collaborating with Sasha and the Brundibar Festival again early next year, and you are all invited to participate in our first concert for a long time! The rehearsal will be on Sunday 16th January, 2-6pm and the concert is on Sunday 23rd January. There will be a rehearsal on the day between 2-5pm and the concert is at 6pm and will last for around 1hr. We need to put forward a balanced orchestra for this event, so please sign up quickly to secure a place. There are still spaces for bassoonists, double bassists, violists and violin 1s!  

As this is a charity event, we won’t be charging our normal rate but the costs are to cover our small admin charge and rehearsal venue hire so it will be £5 for members, £6.50 for non-members. Many of you like to support Sasha and the festival, so you will be able to donate to the festival on the day.

All music will be provided and the repertoire for the concert is as follows:
Rosy Wertheim – Overture
Dvorak – Romance for Violin and Orchestra (soloist Alexandra Raikhlina)
Vorisek – Symphony in D
Encore: Furiant from Dvorak’s Czech Suite

Dvorak Symphony No. 8 with Joe Davies – a date for your diary!
Saturday 19th February, 11-4pm
Venue tbc

We are delighted to welcome Joe back to work with us – in real life this time! He’s going to take us through the much loved Dvorak Symphony No. 8 – and this is what he has to say on it:
Dvorak’s Eighth Symphony is the composer’s ultimate tribute to his native Bohemia. From the opening soaring Cello melody, the symphony sings from the rolling hills of Bohemia. One of Dvorak’s personal favourites, this is a work that orchestras love to perform.
Don’t miss this chance to play this amazing piece! Put the date in your diary now, and more information and enrolment will open after Christmas.

That’s all for now, it’s just left for me to wish you a very Happy Christmas, and all best wishes for the New Year. Have a relaxing break, and stay safe.

Lorna Wright
Event Coordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

Posted by Tracy Reed