Events Diary

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

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

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If you ever have space in your car and would be happy to share your journey to an event with another Cobwebber, The Cobwebs Car Sharing Link tells you which lifts are available and if any are needed.
Disclaimer: Please be aware that this form is not private, so any contact information you give here is visible to everyone. Alternatively, if you enrol in advance, the online enrolment form for each event allows you to ‘click’ to offer a lift.

Don’t worry if there isn’t an enrolment form yet, as they will be available nearer to the event. 

Cobweb Orchestra in Concert as part of the Brundibar Festival @ United Reform Church Jesmond
Feb 1 @ 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Saturday 1st February
United Reformed Church, Tankerville Terrace, Jesmond, NE2 3AE

Rehearsal 9.30 am -12.30 pm. Performance 1.00 – 2.00 pm

Cobweb Orchestra will be performing a concert as part of the Brundibar Festival at the United Reform Church in Jesmond. Programme to include Dohnanyi’s “Festive Overture” and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with soloists Alexandra Raikhlina (violin) Liubov Ulybysheva.(cello) and Yoshie Kawamura (piano)

To enrol for the Brundibar Festival concert online, please click here.
To enrol for the Brundibar Festival with a paper copy, please download one here

Tickets to the concert are £5/£8 and are now available by clicking here.

Cobweb Orchestra Study Day: Elgar Cello Concerto with Gemma Kost (Cello) @ St George's Church,
Mar 1 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join Andy Jackson and Gemma Kost (cello) for a study day on Elgar’s Cello Concerto, as well as other Elgar works throughout the afternoon. We look forward to visit the new Morpeth group venue and hope many of you can join us to explore a much loved work and composer with the amazing Gemma Kost.


Please don’t forget a music stand.

Teas/Coffees will be available, please don’t forget your small donation!

Parts will be available on the day, but can be downloaded for the Cello concerto here:,_Op.85_(Elgar,_Edward)

Participation Fee for Players

Members of the Cobweb Orchestra £ 12.50

Non-members                      £ 17.00

Students in Full Time Education – half the above prices

Payment can be made by cheque to the address below or by BACs

A/c: 65560297      Sort Code: 08-92-99      Payee ref: ELGAR/your surname

To enrol please return the attached form by email or post to:

Lorna Wright, Cobweb Events, 5 Valeside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 9LA

To enrol online please click here
To download a paper copy please click here


Cobweb Orchestra Study Day: Strauss Aus Italien with Matthias Lichtenfeld @ Haxby Memorial Hall
Mar 21 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join Matthias Lichtenfeld as he conducts a study day on the tone poem Aus Italien on Saturday 21st March in Haxby, York.

Matthias would like to introduce himself to Cobwebs:

Hi, I’m Matthias Lichtenfeld, conductor and viola player from Germany, living now in Durham. At Durham University I started a PhD and am involved in teaching conducting with the composer and module leader James Weeks.

Coming from Munich and loving Italy (its only some hours on the other side of the Alps) I thought Richard Strauss’s first tone poem “From Italy” would be a brilliant piece to experience. The four movements illustrate in a wonderful way the variety of Strauss’s early composition style of “program symphonic” and you can hear already his path to his great character pieces of his later years.

As conductor it is a pleasure to create the great variety of sounds of this piece together with the orchestra and discover the amazingly rich harmonics throughout the four very different movements.

I’m looking very much forward to going on this journey through Italy with the sounds of Richard Strauss together with the Cobweb Orchestra

See you all in March, best musical wishes, Matthias

To download an enrolment form, please click here

To enrol online, please click here

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

Spring Residential at Sedbergh School

5pm Friday 3rd to 4pm Sunday 5th April

This will be our 14th Sedbergh Residential Weekend which is the Cobweb Orchestra’s biggest event of the year.  Traditionally, it is full of orchestral playing but people still find time to eat, socialise and squeeze in the odd bit of ensemble playing.

There is always an interesting and extensive repertoire to work at during the weekend with a variety of tutors and special guests to ensure we get the most out of the chosen pieces.

We change and refine the timetable within the basic pattern every year so each weekend is unique, but our aim of playing as much orchestral music as we can in a limited time to the very best of our ability remains.

Accommodation at Sedbergh is in one of the boarding houses with plenty of single or shared rooms available. You can choose to be a resident with all meals provided or a non-resident with some or no meals. This year we have the option of use of a larger dining room, so can accommodate all those who wish to take meals whether they are resident or not.

This year sorry – but the prices have had to increase due to changes to Sedbergh who are now charging us VAT as well as its normal increases.

Prices are £190 (shared) or £197.50 (single) for 2 nights full board. Meals for non-residents – lunch £16.50 (S or S); dinner £21.50 (F or S); music £9/£33/ £28 (F or S or S). Non resident (all meals exc b/fast + music all days) £146

If you would like to have more information about the Sedbergh Residential please do get in touch by email or by phone 07905684537.


BOOKING . . . If you would like to be part of the 2020 Sedbergh Residential please complete the booking form downloadable here OR book on-line by clicking here and return with a non-refundable £30pp deposit by SUNDAY 2ND of FEBRUARY.  The Sedbergh Residential is always a very popular event so please return your booking form early to avoid disappointment.


Haydn Symphonies Project – part 15 @ Eldon Community Centre
Apr 25 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join us for the next instalment of the Haydn Symphonies Project with Peter Wood.


More info to follow.

Cobweb Orchestra 25th Anniversary Weekend @ Stanley Community Centre
Oct 3 @ 12:30 pm – Oct 4 @ 6:00 pm

Join us for our 25th anniversary celebrations!

More info to follow.

Shepherds Dene Residential @ Shepherd's Dene
Nov 28 @ 10:30 am – Nov 29 @ 4:00 pm

More info to follow.