Events Diary

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Sep
1
Sat
Wylam Non Residential Weekend @ Wylam Institute
Sep 1 @ 10:00 am – Sep 2 @ 4:00 pm

Our Wylam non-residential weekend (1st and 2nd September) this year will be devoted to music by Mozart. We are incredibly fortunate to be joined by Royal Northern Sinfonia’s bassoon player extraordinaire Stephen Reay, who will coach wind players in the glorious Serenade for 13 instruments k.361, and by Aurora strings violinist Jo Montgomery and ex-BBC NOW violist Chrissie Slater who will lead (mainly) string players in the equally glorious Sinfonia Concertante.

Here’s the timetable. Please note that, unlike most Cobweb events, there are some sessions on both mornings that are for sections of the orchestra rather than for everybody. The idea is that players who are not involved in morning sessions will arrive for lunch at 12.30 so that everyone can be together for eating and socialising, which will be followed by afternoon sessions (and an evening one on the Saturday) for full orchestra.

All players are welcome to sign up for however much or little of the weekend that they can manage. Each session concentrates on specific aspects of Mozart’s compositions. Please note that Mozart’s original scoring for many of these works is light on wind and brass. The notes below* should help you see how you can get the most out of the weekend.

Saturday 1st September

10.30 am – 12.30 pm Mainly wind (and lower strings). This morning session will be devoted to the Serenade for 13 wind instruments K 361. It is, simply, the most elegant and sublime music.

12.30 – 1.30 Shared lunch. String players who are playing in the afternoon come along early to join in.

1.30 – 5.00 (with a teatime break). Two symphonies (nos. 39 and 35 “Haffner”) and a concerto (for bassoon).

5.00 – 5.30 Cocktails in the garden

5.30 – 6.30 Evening meal. Either bring a picnic or visit one of the local pubs which do food (it might be a good idea to let them know you’re coming and might be in a bit pushed for time)

6.30 – 8.30 Overtures. All the favourites, Magic Flute, Seraglio, Figaro, etc. and maybe another concerto.
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Sunday 2nd September 

10.30 am – 12.30 pm Strings only. This morning session will be a string sectional working on the Sinfonia Concertante K 364. I imagine this piece needs no introduction. It is, again, utterly sublime. We might also find time for some stylistic details in the overtures and symphonies we’ve been looking at.

12.30 – 1.15 Shared lunch. Wind and brass players who are playing in the afternoon come along early to join in.

1.15 – 2.45 Strings + wind. Putting together Sinfonia concertante. Another look at the “Haffner” Symphony.

2.45 – 3.00 Cup of tea

3.00 – 3.30 Play through Overture to Marriage of Figaro and Sinfonia concertante.

*How all the instruments will be used:

Upper strings – involved in everything except the Saturday morning session
Lower strings – fully involved in all sessions. Playing bassoon and contra bassoon parts for the Saturday morning session
Wind and brass – involved in all sessions except Sunday morning (strings only)
Special arrangements for wind and brass where Mozart did not originally write parts for you:

Flutes will sometimes play oboe parts
Clarinets will sometimes play oboe or horn parts
Bassoons will play cello parts in a couple of pieces
Trumpets will sometimes play horn parts
Trombones will play bassoon, horn or bass parts

I’m afraid there will only be parts for percussion in the overtures and symphonies.

You can find an enrolment form here, please note, the costs for this event are complicated, so please do read that section carefully or just ask.

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Sep
15
Sat
Cobweb Orchestra AGM @ Heaton Community Centre
Sep 15 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
This event is FREE so please do come along!
The next AGM will be held on Saturday 15th September at Heaton Community Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne. It will take place at 1pm during a workshop day starting at 10am, when we will be playing Elgar’s wonderful Enigma Variations, with a play through at the end of the day.
Please do sign up now, as we need a quorum of 25 people at least, and it is good for the members to come together to hear about the progress of the organisation and plans for the future. We will have a shared lunch and the usual fund raising activities.
Please note that our Chairman Dave Woods is retiring from the Board at this meeting so there is a vacancy for trustee. Anyone who is interested in standing, with experience and skills which would help the trustees, please contact me, Ruth Tanner, Secretary to the Trustees, (roo.tanner@gmail.com) by 10th September.

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Sep
30
Sun
Study Day: Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with Fenella Humphreys @ TBC likely Eldon
Sep 30 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
 Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto Sunday 30th September 2-6 pm venue TBC
We’re incredibly fortunate to have secured services of the wonderful Fenella Humphreys (Fenella Humphreys – about), who will play Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto with us in an afternoon workshop. It’s always a pleasure to accompany brilliant soloists and this concerto has great parts for the whole orchestra.  Enrolment form and more details to follow.
Members £17
Non Members £20
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Oct
21
Sun
Haydn Symphonies Project part 9 @ Wylam Institute
Oct 21 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join Peter Wood for the latest instalment of the Haydn Symphonies Project!

 

More details to follow.

 

 

 

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Oct
28
Sun
Cello Day at Dalston @ Dalston Victory Hall
Oct 28 @ 10:00 am – 8:30 pm
Cello day at Dalston
Due to a kind bequest from the husband of Pam, who used to play cello at the Dalston group, we are able to put on a rather unusual event which brings together several of Pam’s interests – working with young people, making things happen in Cumbria and playing the cello.
The excellent young cellist Neil Sild, who recently played the Elgar Cello concerto with us at Middlesbrough Town Hall will be performing the Haydn Cello Concerto, conducted by the ever popular Joe Davies.
The morning will be devoted to a workshop just for cellists, but, of course, we will need an orchestra for the concerto, so the afternoon and evening session will run just like a normal Cobweb study day followed by and informal performance.
Venue: Dalston Victory Hall
Times:
10.00 -12.30 Cello workshop. 
12.30 -13.30 Lunch for morning and afternoon participants
13.30 – 17.30 Rehearse Haydn cello concerto + Rossini’s “William Tell” overture
17.30 – 18.30 Evening meal break 
18.30 – 20.30 Performance
Repertoire: We’re still working on the repertoire for the cello workshop, and details will be posted soon.
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Nov
4
Sun
Cobweb Orchestra in Concert @ The Bowes Museum,
Nov 4 @ 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Concert: All Mozart programme @ Bowes Museum.
Rehearsal: 1-5 pm
Concert: 6 pm
A chance to perform sublime music in beautiful surroundings and to accompany wonderful soloists Jo Montgomery (violin) and Chrissie Slater (viola) in the Sinfonia Concertante for violin, viola and orchestra.
Also playing the overture to The Marriage of Figaro, “Eine kleine Nachtmusik” (orchestral arranagement by Andy Jackson) and symphony no. 35 in D major, the “Haffner”.
The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham DL12 8NP
Cost to participants: Members: £12.50. Non members £17
Tickets for the concert: £11 (£10 concessions) available from The Bowes Museum Reception
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Dec
1
Sat
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.

 

 

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Jan
12
Sat
Haydn Symphonies Project part 10 @ TBC. near York
Jan 12 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join Peter Wood in the latest instalment of the Haydn Symphonies Project.

 

More details to follow.

 

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