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. 

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

Wylam Non Residential Weekend
Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th August
Wylam Institute, Front St., Wylam, NE42 5DQ

Cobwebs play Carmen

No, not just the Torreadors song – the whole opera.
How come? Well, seven professional singers from London-based Rogue Opera (click on this link find out how wonderful they are Rogue Opera)- are travelling up to join us at the Wylam non-residential weekend on 24/25 August.

We will work alongside them on the arias, preludes, choruses, interludes and dances, gradually putting together a complete (though slightly shortened) version of Bizet’s masterpiece.

Cobwebs has never done anything remotely like this before and I hope it’s something that will appeal to lots of you. Carmen contains some of the best-know melodies and most sparkling orchestral music in the whole operatic repertoire, but the weekend won’t be entirely devoted to Bizet – each singer will also be performing solo items by other composers so that there will plenty of variety to keep you all entertained.
Details on lunches and other food arrangements will be finalised shortly, but please do enrol so we know you’re coming.

The weekend will be split into 5 sessions as follows:
Saturday morning 10.30-1pm
Saturday afternoon 2 – 4.30pm
Saturday evening 6.30-9pm

Sunday morning 10.30-1pm
Sunday afternoon 2-4.30pm

Participation Fee for Players
Members of the Cobweb Orchestra £6 p/session or £25 for the whole weekend
Non-members £8 p/session or £35 for the whole weekend
Students in Full Time Education – half the above prices

Payment can be made by cheque to the address below
5 Valeside, Throckley, Newcastle upon Tyne
or by BACs A/c: 65560297 Sort Code: 08-92-99 Payee ref: WYLAM/your surname


To sign up online, please use the link here.

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

The event will take place in Haxby Memorial Hall from 11.00 until 16.00, with a play-through for friends and family at 15.00.

This rehearsal is open to all interested players, whether or not they play regularly in the Cobweb Orchestra, so please encourage your friends to come along. This is a wonderful opportunity to play one of the great romantic symphonies of the late 19th century – great tunes with a grand Tchaikovsky finale – not to be missed! We will be guided through this work by Patrick Burnett, musical director of the York group.


You can download your own part if you wish from Petrucci:

B flat parts are available for clarinets and trumpets

Travelling from the North East or Cumbria

If you are coming from the North East or Cumbria, you will find the venue in Haxby, which is north of York, easy to access by car or public transport.

By car:

Haxby is close to the Ring Road and is readily accessible from the A1(M) and A59, or alternatively via the A19. Parking is relatively plentiful at the venue.

Satnav: Haxby Memorial Hall, 16 The Village, Haxby, York. YO32 3HT

By public transport:

Trains between York and the North of England are frequent and rapid. The No.1 bus service runs from York Station directly to Haxby village − a 10 to 15 minute journey. Get off by the parade of shops and then simply cross the road to the Memorial Hall (


There will be a ‘bring and share’ lunch so please bring a contribution if you would like to get involved. There is a supermarket opposite the venue, so you can buy something there if you need to. Please remember to check the Cobweb food hygiene guidelines ( There is a kitchen with a fridge for storing chilled food, and tea and coffee will be available for players.

Please download a poster to advertise the event: Tchaikovsky 5 poster

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: TCHAI5/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 using the online link, please click here

To download a paper version of the enrolment form, please download one here.

Cobweb Orchestra AGM @ St Paul’s Community Centre
Sep 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Preliminary Notice of Annual General Meeting of the Cobweb Orchestra 2019
This is to inform the membership of the AGM of the Cobweb Orchestra which will be held
on September 21st 2019 at around 1pm
at St. Paul’s Centre, St. Paul’s Church, Spennymoor, County Durham DL 16 7SG
The main event of the day will be a workshop on Brahms Symphony no. 1, led by Andy, which we hope you will all come along to enjoy
Ruth Tanner, Secretary to the Trustees

To register your attendance for the AGM, please complete the online form here

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.

It would be good to have the same musicians involved in the recording who attended the workshop on 3 August, but it is not essential if 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:
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, 9 am-1 pm #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, 9 am – 6 pm #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.”
Cobweb Orchestra in Hove @ Bishop Hannington Church
Oct 5 all-day


(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.

Cobweb players will be joined by local players to have a go at Mahler’s Symphony no. 1 in a study day, with a public presentation to finish, at
Bishop Hannington Church
East Sussex
The timetable for the day will be as follows:

Workshops: 10 am – 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm

Shared lunch in the adjacent church lounge

Informal performance: 5.30 – 7 pm

Please sign up as soon as you can so we know how much music to provide.

Please bring a music stand.

Participation Fee for Players

Members of the Cobweb Orchestra: £ 15.00

Non-members: £ 20.00

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: BRIGHTON/your surname

For advice on travel or  accommodation, please contact Stephanie Cant: 
For further information or to enrol, please contact:Christine Ball:
To enrol online, please click here
To download an enrolment form, please click here 
Haydn Symphonies Project part 13 @ Dipton Community Cenre
Oct 12 @ 11:30 am – 4:30 pm

Join Peter Wood in the next instalment of the Haydn Symphonies Project – more info to follow.

Cobweb Orchestra Study Day: A Concerto within a Symphony @ Eldon Community Centre
Oct 20 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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.
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.

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.

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.

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 (