Cobweb News 9 – 07.04.14

Dear All,
We had a splendid time in Sedbergh (despite the typical Cumbrian weather) for our annual residential. 48 players stayed at the school and another 17 dipped in and out throughout the weekend. Andy Jackson and Stephen Reay were our fantastic resident conductors; they were wonderful at guiding us through Mahler Symphony No. 5 and other works that the majority of us had not played before. All in all it was a great weekend – great music, company, food and drink. What more could one ask for . . .
Important information . . .
As many of you know I have resigned from being the Events Manager in order to do some travelling. For the next 3 months the person taking over my role is Lorna Wright. From now on please could you send all enrolment forms to:
Lorna Wright
146 Ellesmere Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Even though it has my address on the enrolment form for the BIG PLAY, please send your form to Lorna. Any forms just posted will be forwarded to her, so there is no need to panic if you’ve recently sent your form in.
You can still send emails to and Lorna will now reply to these.
Coming up . . .
Saturday 12th April – The Cobweb Chamber Orchestra in Concert
The Music Room, Preston Park Museum, TS18 3RH

Tickets are limited for this concert, so do get one in advance if you would like to hear and support the Cobweb Chamber Orchestra. Please phone Preston Park Museum 01642 527 375 to buy your ticket (£10/8)
Monday 21st April – The BIG PLAY
11.00am – 7.00pm
Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road TS1 2QJ

Don’t forget to enrol for this great event. We’ve a good size orchestra already but I know there are a lot of you intending to come who haven’t yet enrolled. Post your enrolment form with a cheque to the address above or email it and pay by BACs. It would be enormously helpful if players can enrol and pay in advance of the day. The enrolment form and further information is available on the website
Saturday 26th April – Sibelius Study Day with conductor Robin Osterley
1.30pm – 7.00pm
Northern Rock Foundation Hall, Sage Gateshead

Don’t miss this great event playing two fabulous works by Sibelius – Finlandia and the Symphony No. 1. More information about this super study day is available on the website
This event must be booked through the Sage Gateshead so if you are in the area why not drop into the Sage to purchase your ticket. Alternatively you can book by phone 0191 443 4661. Don’t forget that discounted tickets are available for Cobweb Members.
Please do email Lorna to let her know you’ve got a ticket or intend coming and getting your ticket on the day.
Dates for your diary . . .
Saturday 10th May – Shostakovich Symphony No 10 Study Day with Richard Howarth
11.00am – 4.30pm
Dalston Victory Hall, Dalston, Carlisle CA5 7QB
Saturday 17th May – Composers & Arrangers / Guinea Pig Orchestra
11.00am – 4.00pm
Eldon Community Centre, Eldon, Bishop Auckland
Saturday 24th May – Sibelius Violin Concerto Study Day with Jonathan Bloxham (conductor) and Mathieu van Bellen (soloist)
11.00am – 4.00pm
Dipton Community Centre
Finally . . .
This is my final Cobweb News as I pack my panniers. I have loved every minute of my time working for The Cobweb Orchestra – what an amazing organisation it is. I’ve made so many friends and never has a week gone by without some lovely emails from you. I know that I’m leaving my job in the very capable hands of Lorna while the trustees appoint a new Events Manager. Please continue to support the organisation. I look forward to catching up with lots of you on my return and playing my horn at rehearsals and events.
Farewell for a while,

Posted by Sue Baker