Events Diary

Study Day: Sibelius Violin Concerto with Iona Brown @ Wylam Institute
Apr 28 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join Iona Brown (violin) and Andy Jackson in a day playing the Sibelius Violin Concerto. The day will run 11-4pm at Wylam Institute.

This is the only concerto that Sibelius wrote, and it is symphonic in scope, with the solo violin and all sections of the orchestra being equal voices – so we would love to have a full orchestra to accompany Iona and be the best experience for everyone involved.

The concerto is scored for solo violin, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, timpani and strings.

Iona is a fantastic violinist and is a member of Royal Northern Sinfonia. We’re delighted that she is playing with us again on another study day as she has been such a great support to us many times before. She really is fantastic to work with so don’t miss out!

As it is a full day event, we will enjoy a shared lunch, please do feel free to contribute.

Please don’t forget to bring a music stand.

Participation Fee for Players
In line with the new fees structure, the prices are as follows:
Members £17
Non Members £20
Students in full-time education half the prices stated above Click the link below to download the enrollment form
Enrolment form

Cobweb Orchestra Performance at the Re-opening of Middlesbrough Town Hall @ Middlesbrough Town Hall
May 11 all-day


Friday 11th May
Rehearsal:10 am – 3 pm
Concert: 4 pm

Rehearsal: Monday 7th May 7-9 pm


Many Cobweb players will have fond memories of events in this wonderful building before it was closed for refurbishment and will now have to opportunity in being involved in one of the first events after its re-opening.

We will form an adult orchestra to play alongside children from Middlesbrough in a performance of Elgar’s “Wand of Youth” suite no. 2.

Elgar conducted the LSO in this piece in the same building in 1909. A visit which is commemorated in the stained glass window naming all the distinguished musicians who have played there.

The performance, because it involves children, is an early evening one, with a rehearsal during the day, but we are hoping some people might be able to juggle their daytime commitments to be there.

Also, players who can only make the performance will still be welcome if they are able to attend a rehearsal on the preceding Monday. The Billingham group have kindly suspended their usual session so that players be there if they wish.

Click the link below to download the enrolment form
Enrolment form

Haydn Symphonies Project part 8 @ Dalston Victory Hall
May 13 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join Peter Wood for the 8th instalment of the Haydn Symphonies Project.

We will be looking at symphonies 28, 38, 58, 35 and 59 (Fire).

For these symphonies we are back to scoring for strings, bassoons, 2 horns and 2 oboes. As usual other instruments are welcome but unfortunately there will be no transposed parts available.

Study Day: Schumann Cello Concerto with Tanya Anisimova @ Eldon Community Centre
May 20 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

American-Russian cellist Tanya Anisimova and Andy Jackson will work with us on the Schumann Cello Concerto. Tanya is also performing at Ushaw College on the previous evening, so you can make a weekend of it.

The work is scored for solo cello, two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, two horns, two trumpets, timpani, and strings so we’re looking for a full orchestra to accompany Tanya for the afternoon to enjoy this mysterious work.

You can have a look at the music in advance at the link below:,_Op.129_(Schumann,_Robert)

The enrollment form can be found here:
Enrollment form

Further message/information from Carol Haynes:
Tanya Anisimova UK mini tour
Tanya Anisimova will be performing solo cello recitals in Wensleydale and Durham and also making her London debut recital with cello and piano in London in May.
We are also arranging a masterclass and cello workshop day in addition to the Cobwebs study day on Schumann’s cello concerto.
Here are the the full list if concerts/events you might be interested in … it would be great to see Cobweb members at some and also really helpful if you could help spread the word.

12th May – Solo recital in Wensleydale at 7.30pm. Including works by Zoltan Kodaly, JS Bach, Marin Marais and Tanya Anisimova.

And for cellists …
12th May (morning) – Cello Masterclass in Carperby Hall in Wensleydale. There are four places for participating cellists. Tanya is a really amazingly perceptive and encouraging teacher and this is an unusual opportunity for anyone feeling ready to take part in a masterclass (you don’t have to be conservatoire standard but comfortable playing in front of others).
13th May – Day Cello Workshop – with a focus on ensemble playing and improvisation. (roughly grade 5+)
Cellists do you fancy a cello weekend in Wensleydale for the three events on 12/13 May.  If  you need accommodation suggestions or are interested in taking part in the masterclass or workshop contact Carol Haynes as soon as possible.

19th May – Solo Recital at Ushaw College Chapel, Durham (the same programme as May 12th concert above)

20th May – Schumann’s Concerto with Cobwebs Orchestra at Eldon Community Centre as part of a study day on the concerto. See:

26th May – Recital at St James Piccadilly in London at 730pm with pianist Daniel Grimwood – details and tickets here:
Daniel is a friend of Cobwebs and played Field’s 7th Piano Concerto with Cobweb Chamber Orchestra last October.
If you are near London or know anyone who might be interested please spread the word.
If you have any questions or are interested in the cello activities you can contact Carol Haynes via  via:

Cobweb Orchestra in Concert Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony “Pathetique” conducted by Andy Jackson. @ TBC. near York
Jun 16 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
On Saturday 16th June, Cobweb Orchestra will perform a concert of Tchaikovsky’s 6th symphony the “Pathetique” conducted by Andy Jackson. York (venue TBD) Rehearsal 11 am – 4 pm. Presentation 5 pm. 
Cost for players: Members £15, Non-members £19.50 
Cost to audience – Free. (There will be a bucket collection, and you will be invited to pay what you think it’s worth)
Following a successful study day last December and some extensive work on this fabulous composition at our recent Sedbergh Residential weekend, we have decided to go public with it and present a concert performance in York.
More details to follow nearer the time.
Cobweb Orchestra Musical Picnic @ Summerhill Pavilion
Jul 29 all-day

More info to follow.

Autumn Residential at Shepherd’s Dene @ Shepherds Dene
Dec 1 @ 10:00 am – Dec 2 @ 5:00 pm

In the past we have stayed at Ridley Hall, but due to its closure in 2017 we now go to Shepherd’s Dene. This weekend is a mix of full orchestral sessions and chamber music sessions which you can organise yourself. Players generously put out their own music to create a temporary library.