Events Diary

Please click on ‘categories’ below if you wish to search for events that are specifically participation, performance, or residential.

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Lorna Wright:

Cobweb Orchestra in Concert @ Gibside
May 26 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cobweb Orchestra will form a small 24 piece orchestra to perform in the beautiful orangery at Gibside. Enrolments will be taken on a first come first served basis, and we will look to balance the orchestra appropriately. Book early!

Rehearsal 10-12 in the Chapel

Performance outside in the Orangery 1-4pm (weather permitting) If the weather does not allow, the performance will be in the Chapel.

Final repertoire to be decided.

Normal Cobweb concert dress applies, black bottoms, white tops with waistcoats and/or neckwear.

For more information click here. 

Enrolment forms will be live next week.

Cobweb Orchestra Study Day with Brass Workshop @ Dalston Victory Hall
Jun 2 @ 10:30 am – 7:00 pm
Brass specialist Ben Chinery and conductor Andy Jackson
This is a day of three parts. In the morning, brass players (including horns) will work with Ben on ensemble technique and orchestral repertoire which particularly features brass instruments.
In the afternoon, strings and wind join in, rehearsing a programme which highlights the brass section. Music will include the “March to Scaffold” from Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique”, Schostakovich’s “A Festive Overture” and Ben’s own arrangement of Handel’s “Zadok the Priest”.
In the evening, there will be an informal performance of the music which has been studied through the day. Friends, relatives and other interested folk are invited to attend.
Costs for the workshops are between £6 and £17. Entry to the informal performance at 6.00 pm is FREE

10.30 -12.30 Brass workshop with Ben Chinery
12.30 -13.30 Shared Lunch (Afternoon participants are very welcome to join the shared lunch)
13.30 – 17.30 Rehearse full orchestra items
17:30 – 18.00 Break
18.00 – 19.00 Informal sharing performance

We will enjoy a shared lunch at this event, so please do feel free to contribute.

Please don’t forget to bring a music stand

Participation Fee for Players

£12.50/17 (Members/Non Members) for the whole day for brass players

£6/8 (Members/Non Members) for all other orchestral players playing in the afternoon session and informal sharing

Students in Full Time Education – half the above prices

No concert dress required for this, it will just be an informal sharing.

Cobweb Orchestra Study Day: Elgar Symphony No. 2 with Mark Edwards @ Wylam Institute
Jun 9 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Back by popular demand! Join Mark Edwards in developing what we learnt in the first go at Elgar Symphony No.2 last year, or come along and discover what a fantastic work it is. We need a big big orchestra to have another go at this one! This time, we’ll split the day up and run sectionals, so players can have a real chance to get to know the work in more depth.

10-12.30pm – Morning sectionals

12.30 – 1.30pm – Shared lunch

1.30-4pm – Afternoon tutti rehearsal (with a break)

4.30-5.30pm – Informal play through

More information to follow.

Ludworth Cobwebs (and friends) @ St. Cuthbert's Church, Shadforth
Jul 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The new Ludworth group hope they will be joined by more Cobweb friends for their very first concert performance! Everyone is welcome! There will be a rehearsal from 2-6 p.m. followed by the concert starting at 7.30 p.m. Further details about music coming soon.

Please contact Tracy Reed (Ludworth Group Leader) if there is anything you need to know:

Our project to develop The Cobweb Orchestra at Ludworth  has been funded by the E.ON Butterwick Moor Wind Farm Community Benefits Fund managed by County Durham Community Foundation.

Haydn Symphonies Project part 12 @ Newbiggin on Lune Public Hall
Jul 20 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join Peter Wood in the next instalment of the Haydn Symphonies Project, which will this time take place in Newbiggin on Lune.

More detailed info to follow.


Cobweb Orchestra Musical Picnic @ Summerhill Pavillion
Jul 28 @ 12:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Rehearsal 12-4.
Audience to arrive with picnics from 4 pm
Performance 5-6.30 pm

If it’s either lovely weather we’ll play outside, or we play inside with the windows open and the audience listen from the open-air foyer. The audience are invited to bring food to eat either before the concert and enjoy an afternoon of music.

Dress – usual Cobweb concert dress, black bottoms, white top/shirt with a waistcoat and / or neckwear.

Food: bring your own picnic, or share with friends

Parking: tricky, so come by public transport if possible

Please don’t forget to bring a music stand and pegs just in case.

Cost to audience – Free. (There will be a bucket collection, and they will be invited to pay what you think it’s worth) They don’t need a ticket as there will be no pre-sales. Just turn up early for a good place for your picnic blanket.

Participation Fee for Players

Members of the Cobweb Orchestra £ 12.50

Non-members                            £ 17.00

Students in Full Time Education – half the above prices


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Cobweb Orchestra Sight Reading Session @ Furness Hall, Marsh House Sports and Community Centre,
Aug 10 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

More info to follow.

Wylam non-residential weekend @ Wylam Institute
Aug 24 @ 10:00 am – Aug 25 @ 6:00 pm

More info to follow.

Cobweb Orchestra AGM @ St Paul’s Community Centre
Sep 21 all-day

**Please note the date change on this event, it will now be the 21st September**


Join us for our Annual General Meeting and Study Day.


More info to follow.

Cobweb Orchestra Autumn Residential at Shepherd’s Dene @ Shepherd's Dene
Nov 30 @ 10:00 am – Dec 1 @ 4:00 pm

More info to follow.