Events Diary

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If you have any queries or if you’d like any further information, please contact our events coordinator:
Lorna Wright: events@cobweborchestra.org.uk

Jul
20
Sat
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.

Peter says:

The 12th session of the Haydn Symphonies project will be held at Newbiggin on Lune village hall (near Tebay) on Saturday 20 July 2019 from 11.00 am until 4.00 pm. with a shared lunch.  We have now looked at 61 symphonies and in this session I am hoping to look at the following symphonies –  42, 52. 55 (The Schoolmaster), 66, 67 and 68.  These symphonies are scored for the usual strings, oboes and horns but from now on we also to see bassoons with independent parts as regular instruments in the orchestra so it would be great if some of our bassoon players could join us (the 13th session which will be held in October sees flutes become regular instruments in the orchestra!).  There are no trumpets or timps in these symphonies but as usual flutes and clarinets are welcome to join us to cover other parts and oboe parts transposed for Bb clarinets will be available.   The preparation of parts for this project is time consuming and it would be appreciated if enrolment forms could be returned as soon as possible so that I know how many parts I need to prepare and to give me time to fill any holes we may have in the orchestra.  I look forward to seeing you all at Newbiggin on Lune.

Members £12.50
Non Members £17.00
Students in full time education, half the above prices.
Please don’t forget a music stand.

Feel free to join us in a shared lunch.

To enrol using the online enrolment form please click here

 

Jul
21
Sun
Cabaret – Waterfront Festival, Hartlepool @ Hartlepool
Jul 21 @ 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

If anyone is visiting Hartlepool this Sunday for the Waterfront Festival, you might like to listen to the Cobweb Cabaret Ensemble on the main stage at 2 pm.

Jul
28
Sun
Cobweb Orchestra Musical Picnic @ Summerhill Pavillion
Jul 28 @ 12:00 pm – 6:30 pm

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

With complete disregard for the weather, we will play beautiful music from the European Fringe – Bohemia (Dvorak and Smetana) Norway (Grieg) Hungary (Kodaly and Liszt) and Poland (Wieniaski and Chopin) at our annual Musical Picnic at Summerhill Pavilion in Newcastle. 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.

Everyone, from any of our weekly groups, or none, is welcome to join us. The size of the orchestra will have to be limited to the numbers of players who can fit into the Pavilion in case of rain, wind, hail, etc., so please book straight away to secure your place.

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

To sign up using the online enrolment form please click here

To enrol using a paper form please download one here

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Aug
3
Sat
Cobweb Orchestra #ustoo workshop @ Bowes Museum
Aug 3 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
This will feature as part of The Bowes Museum’s 2019 Autumn Exhibition: Guido Reni, The Power & The Virtue.

The project has come up at quite short notice and the first session is only a few weeks away, but I hope some of you are interested and can make yourselves available for one or both of the sessions described below. It would be good to have the same musicians involved in the workshop and the recording, but it is not essential it you are not free on both dates.
Unlike most Cobweb events, it is free to take part in this, and there is even a budget for travel expenses if you are coming from a long way away.
If you would like to participate, or have any questions, please contact me (andy.jackson0@talk21.com).
What is a soundscape?
This is what sound artist and composer Rupert Philbrick says about it:
Arts education and training company Changing Relations is developing #ustoo – a nod to the #metoo movement’s intention to give voice to those with hidden experiences of abuse.

I will create a 30 minute digital soundscape that melds together classical, experimental and electronic music. Cobweb players will have 2 opportunities to contribute to the project (details below) and then have their work listened to by 1000’s of visitors at The Bowes Museum. 
Saturday 3rd August, 9am-1pm #ustoo workshop @ The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
This is a first opportunity to flesh out my early compositional ideas and will involve musical games and exercises to develop alternative orchestral textures, as well as recording a series of samples & snapshots of the morning’s work.
 
Sunday 22nd September, 9am – 6pm #ustoo recording @ Coquetdale Music Trust, Thropton
The day will be spent in a professional recording studio in a beautifully converted church in Northumberland working with sound engineer Ian Stephenson recording the final compositions for the soundscape. 
 
It is hoped that the soundscape will contribute towards a growing movement that looks to confront issues around Domestic Abuse.”
Aug
10
Sat
Cobweb Orchestra Sight Reading Day @ Furness Hall, Billingham, TS23 3HB
Aug 10 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

SIGHT READING – an essential skill

It is incomprehensible that anything as complex as the orchestral repertoire could have developed without the invention of notation and the ability of a small percentage of people able to make sense of all the dots, lines, symbols, and words in any number of languages.
I guess that most people reading this in Lorna’s newsletter or on the Cobweb Orchestra website are already in that small and (nowadays) self-selecting percentage, but how many of you have ever actually been taught you to do this? Most players are just expected to pick it up as part of the process of learning to play an instrument, and their ability to read is often limited to their own instrument.
How many of you feel so competent that you could play absolutely anything put in front of you that you wouldn’t benefit from some time devoted to honing your sight-reading skills?
What I’m really saying is that this study day on Saturday 10th August in Billingham, is for absolutely everyone from beginner to people who have played in orchestras and ensembles their whole lives. As well as exploring techniques to aid efficient sight reading, you will play a vast and varied repertoire in a huge range of styles. I have raided the Cobweb Library and will come with boxes full of pieces from baroque to contemporary with a smattering of pop, jazz, folk and film music to keep you engaged.
Here’s what satisfied customers to previous Cobweb Sight Reading Days have to say:
“How do you react when a new piece of music appears on your stand?  Are you excited or anxious?  Do you worry about getting lost, or missing a key change? On Andy Jackson’s sight-reading day you will thoroughly enjoy learning the tricks of the trade:
•    what to look for when that new piece lands
•    how to use effectively the little time you have before playing
•    how you need to watch the conductor, and what to look for when you do.
We often remind each other of the many practical tips we gleaned, which made such an impact on our playing.”
Bronwen and Tim – ‘Cello section, Tyneside Group
“In January 2016 I heard about a Cobweb study day at Newbiggin on Lune ,run by Andy Jackson about sight reading music.
 
Not having attended a study day before, I ventured there with trepidation. I need not have worried as learning new techniques among a group of friendly musicians was both challenging and fun. It inspired me to do more study days and residentials and attempt to put into practice what I had learnt . 
 
So don’t miss out
 
Give it a go !”

Ron – Trumpet, Dalston Group

To sign up using the online enrolment form please click here
To sign up using the paper form, please download one here
Aug
24
Sat
Wylam non-residential weekend @ Wylam Institute
Aug 24 @ 10:00 am – Aug 25 @ 6:00 pm

More info to follow.

Sep
7
Sat
Cobweb Orchestra Study Day: Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 with Patrick Burnett @ Haxby Memorial Hall
Sep 7 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

More info to follow.

Sep
21
Sat
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.

Sep
22
Sun
Cobweb Orchestra #ustoo recording @ Coquetdale Music Trust, Thropton
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

This will feature as part of The Bowes Museum’s 2019 Autumn Exhibition: Guido Reni, The Power & The Virtue.

The project has come up at quite short notice and the first session is only a few weeks away, but I hope some of you are interested and can make yourselves available for one or both of the sessions described below. It would be good to have the same musicians involved in the workshop and the recording, but it is not essential it you are not free on both dates.
Unlike most Cobweb events, it is free to take part in this, and there is even a budget for travel expenses if you are coming from a long way away.
If you would like to participate, or have any questions, please contact me (andy.jackson0@talk21.com).
What is a soundscape?
This is what sound artist and composer Rupert Philbrick says about it:

Arts education and training company Changing Relations is developing #ustoo – a nod to the #metoo movement’s intention to give voice to those with hidden experiences of abuse.

I will create a 30 minute digital soundscape that melds together classical, experimental and electronic music. Cobweb players will have 2 opportunities to contribute to the project (details below) and then have their work listened to by 1000’s of visitors at The Bowes Museum. 
Saturday 3rd August, 9am-1pm #ustoo workshop @ The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
This is a first opportunity to flesh out my early compositional ideas and will involve musical games and exercises to develop alternative orchestral textures, as well as recording a series of samples & snapshots of the morning’s work.
 
Sunday 22nd September, 9am – 6pm #ustoo recording @ Coquetdale Music Trust, Thropton
The day will be spent in a professional recording studio in a beautifully converted church in Northumberland working with sound engineer Ian Stephenson recording the final compositions for the soundscape. 
 
It is hoped that the soundscape will contribute towards a growing movement that looks to confront issues around Domestic Abuse.”
Oct
5
Sat
Cobweb Orchestra in Brighton @ Bishop Hannington Church,
Oct 5 all-day

A COBWEB EVENT IN BRIGHTON (Coinciding with the 24th anniversary of the start of Cobwebs!)

Many Cobweb players know Stephanie Cant (pianist, cellist, composer, conductor) who has always been a tremendous supporter of our orchestra. Stephanie now lives in Brighton where there is a lot of orchestral activity, but nothing like Cobwebs and she would like players in the area to experience a Cobweb-style open access event.

As she writes: “Here is a chance to demonstrate the vitality and originality of Cobwebs within a conurbation of over 273,000 people!”. She also mentions the “warmth and generosity” of the community at Bishop Hannington Church, Hove, where the event would be hosted.
For this to work well, it would be good to have a group of regular Cobweb players who fancy a trip to the South coast to form the nucleus of an orchestra. They would then be joined by local players, hopefully enough to have a go at Mahler’s Symphony no. 1 in a study day with a low-key public presentation to finish.
When we’ve held events like this in the past (not for a long time now) players have often combined the trip with visiting friends and relatives or having a holiday.

Now is the time to contact Christine (christine.ball1208@live.co.uk) who is coordinating the event from up here, or Stephanie (stephaniecant@btinternet.com) who lives in Brighton and will be advising on travel, accommodation and other details from down there. More details to follow.

Oct
20
Sun
Cobweb Orchestra Study Day: A Concerto within a Symphony @ tbc.
Oct 20 all-day
Concerto within a symphony – join Cobweb soloists for a wonderfully varied selection of passages from orchestral works featuring their instruments. The day will include music by Puccini, Rossini, Mahler,  Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Rachmaninov and more.
Nov
30
Sat
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.

Jan
19
Sun
Cobweb Orchestra in Concert @ Bowes Museum
Jan 19 all-day

Concert at Bowes Museum to accompany an exhibition of paintings by the Guido Reni (1575-1642). The programme will feature works arranged for the modern orchestra, but based on choral and instrumental music from Reni’s era – Allegri’s “Miserere”, Gabrielli’s “Canzona”, “Capriol Suite” by Peter Warlock and Respighi’s “Ancient Airs and Dances”

 

More info to follow.

Feb
1
Sat
Cobweb Orchestra in Concert as part of the Brundibar Festival @ United Reform Church Jesmond
Feb 1 all-day
Concert as part of the Brundibar Festival (Brundibár Arts Festival) – United Reform Church Jesmond. Programme to include Beethoven Triple Concerto with soloists Alexandra Raikhlina (violin) Liubov Ulybysheva.(cello) and Yoshie Kawamura (piano)

 

More info to follow.

Apr
3
Fri
Sedbergh Residential Weekend @ Sedbergh School
Apr 3 – Apr 5 all-day

The ever-popular mix of big orchestral works, unexpected musical encounters and fun. For further information, contact Christine Ball (christine.ball1208@live.co.uk)