Events

We run a bustling programme of musical activities throughout the year. You can sign up for each event individually so you really can play in as much or as little as you like. All of our events are open to everyone, with members receiving reduced rates as indicated. When possible we very much appreciate advance enrolments so that we can ensure that there are adequate parts for everyone.

Events include:

  • Study Days that allow us to focus on substantial works in more depth. They often end with an informal play through that we share with our friends and family.
  • Soloist days give anyone the opportunity to play a concerto, or just part of a concerto, with a real orchestra. You may have a favourite piece that you have been playing along to a recording for years.
  • Conductor days when anyone who wants to can have a time on the podium and try out a baton.
  • Beginner or Intermediate Days, which are designed to support players who have only recently taken up their instrument or who might be new to orchestral playing. Many of our more advanced players often come along too so they can offer support and advice to newer players.
  • A ‘Big Play’ once a year, when all of our groups and leaders join together to play music based on a particular theme. This is your opportunity to play in a phenomenally big orchestra! We have played all Beethoven’s nine symphonies in one day!
  • Concerts are often preceded by a rehearsal, contained within the space of a single day, so you don’t need to commit to a rehearsal schedule beforehand. There are often opportunities to play through repertoire in Study Days or at one of our regular groups in advance if you’d like to be a little more prepared.

Preparing for a family event to encourage audience participation!

Costs

Members £12.50

£17 if event involves professionals

Non-members £17

£20 if event involves professionals

Reductions Bursaries

Guinea Pig Orchestra

The GPO is open to anyone of any ability and is always free to play in. It is a self selecting, ad hoc group of brave players who volunteer to be guinea pigs whenever Cobwebs needs to carry out controlled musical experiments. GPO sessions may be called to accompany soloists, to hone conducting skills, or for our composers & arrangers to try out a new pieces, but you never quite know what it’ll be next.

Shared meals

Shared meals happen fairly often at our larger events and are a good way to socialise. We want to continue to enjoy these, but to do so safely please view our Food Hygiene Guidance:

Food hygiene at Cobweb events

Photographs

We often take photographs for use in our marketing and publicity. You will be asked to indicate on our enrolment forms whether you give permission to be included in any photographs taken. You can also change your mind at any time.

Contact

If you’d like to receive further information about any of our events, please contact our events coordinator:
Lorna Wright: events@cobweborchestra.org.uk