Cobweb News 8 – 2013

Dear All,
Our concert last Saturday in Carlisle with Iona Brown (soloist) and Chris Griffiths (conductor) was wonderful. We had an orchestra of just over 50 players AND an audience of similar size! Iona was stunning in the Bruch violin concerto and Chris’ conducting was as great as ever. We are so lucky to have friends like Iona and Chris, and others from Northern Sinfonia, who are happy to work with us.
We’ll see Chris again on 1st June for a study day on Schumann’s 2nd symphony, at Haxby, York. Check the events page of the website for more details. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we see Iona again too.
Coming Up . . .
Your last chance to play (for a while at least) . . .
The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky
Sunday 3rd March
11am – 4pm
Appleby Public Hall

We’ve still got room for lots more players for this final study day. It would be brilliant to have 5 flutes and 8 horns and 2 contra bassoons and. . . The numbers of players returning for another go at this great work really does demonstrate how good the previous 3 study days have been.
We’re hoping to make this final day the biggest and the best so do sign up and experience a day to remember. An enrolment form can be downloaded from the website.
A 60th Birthday Celebration – Saturday 23rd March, 1pm – 6pm
Richmond Town Hall

This is a rather special and different study day from the norm. Alexe Finlay, who plays 2nd violin with the Teesside Cobweb Orchestra and at lots of events, is celebrating her 60th birthday by sponsoring this event. In doing so, Alexe has created a fantastic fund-raising opportunity for the organisation.
I hope that lots of you will accept Alexe’s invitation to come and help celebrate her 60th birthday and support The Cobweb Orchestra. The enrolment form for this event can be downloaded from the website.
Chamber Orchestra Residential – Friday 5th July (6pm) – Sunday 7th July (4pm)
Blackton Grange, Baldersdale

You may remember that the possibility of this residential was advertised and interested players were asked to email Andy. I’m delighted to say that the response has been so good that we have now booked the venue. The places for wind players have all been snapped up but we still have a very small number of places for string players.
If you are a string player and wish to take part in what will be a fantastic weekend, playing music written for a perfectly formed chamber orchestra please email Andy for more details:
Places are available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis so don’t delay in contacting Andy.
A number of items have been left at events recently:
Glasses – transparent green tinged plastic frame, found in one of Andy’s waistcoat pockets, possibly left there after the Verdi Requiem concert?
Black Music Stand – sturdy stand with brand name ‘On-Stage Stands’ on one leg, left at the Tithe Barn, Carlisle last Saturday (23.2.13)
Black Music Stand Case – with brand name ‘On-Stage Stands’, left at the Tithe Barn, Carlisle last Saturday. This bag may belong to the above stand but it’s a really tight fit so may belong to another stand.
Violin Shoulder Rest – Willi Wolf shoulder rest, left at The Sage Gateshead after the Hall 2 concert (10.2.13)
Please do get in touch if any of these items are yours and I can arrange getting them back to their owners.
That’s all for this week. Don’t forget to sign up for the final RITE OF SPRING study day.

Posted by Sue Baker