Events Diary

Keep checking here to find out how to join in our virtual Cobweb events

Don’t forget to read the news to find out more about everything  we’re getting up to!

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.

Please click on ‘categories’ below if you wish to search for events that are specifically participation, performance, or residential. (Don’t worry if there isn’t an enrolment form yet, as they will be available nearer to the event).

Cobweb Orchestra Study Day @ Haxby Memorial Hall
Sep 27 @ 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Sunday 27th September
2.30 – 5.30pm
Haxby Memorial Hall, Haxby, YO32 3HT


We would advise that players check the current regulations based on the lockdown situation in their local area and consider these before making their decision about participation. Bear in mind that this may affect public transport, sharing lifts, etc.

The music for the day will be Schubert’s delightful Symphony no 6,”Little C major”:

It is written for chamber orchestra. Unfortunately there are no parts for trombones, though they would be welcome to come along and play bassoon parts.

Because of the small numbers allowed and the need for a balanced ensemble, the enrollments will be on a first come, desk by desk basis. There will also be a reserve list as people who book might find that they have to quarantine at short notice. The numbers of strings, wind and brass will be determined by aiming for a balanced orchestra within the upper limit of 25.

You will not be able to turn up unannounced on the day, and everyone attending will be sent a copy of the risk assessment and guidelines on how to enjoy playing whilst being safe. Lorna and Andy and some trustees will be there to make sure that everyone sticks to the instructions.

Sadly, you won’t be able to invite friends and relatives to come along and listen, but hopefully many of you will relish the chance to play again.

£12/16 (members/non-members)

To make payment, simply make a BACS transaction using the following details:
A/c: 65560297 Sort Code: 08-92-99 Reference: “HAXBY/your surname”.

If you need to send a cheque, please do send this addressed to ‘The Cobweb Orchestra’ to 5 Valeside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 9LA

Cobweb Orchestra Musical Book Club @ Zoom
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Musical Book Club
Thursday 1st October. 6.00 pm

After the successes of playing along to recordings last week, you asked for a) slower and b) Romantic so this week we’re going to be looking at Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5, Movement no. 2 Andante cantabile.

The parts have Bb versions for clarinet and trumpet and we’ll be playing along to Furtwangler conducting on You Tube.

The link below will take you to where you need to download your part / score, but do get in touch if you need a hand.

We will meet on Zoom, which works on all computers, tablets and smart phones. You don’t need to have any special programmes or apps on your device to make it work, you just follow a link which will be sent to you from Lorna before the meeting.

We will be continuing to invite players to stay on the Zoom call longer to join a ‘breakout room’ to allow a chance for members to catch up with one another. Please let me know in advance if there’s particular people you’d like to catch up with and I’ll match you together! Andy is likely to use this feature throughout the session to link up similar instruments or passages of music.

£4/5 (members/non-members)

To make payment, simply make a BACS transaction using the following details:
A/c: 65560297 Sort Code: 08-92-99 Reference: “BOOKCLUB10/your surname”.

If you need to send a cheque, please do send this addressed to ‘The Cobweb Orchestra’ to 5 Valeside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 9LA

Because of the difficulties of using Zoom for large groups, membership of the group will be limited to 25 people. However, unlike Cobweb events, where it is usually “Strictly first come on a desk by desk basis”, there is no limit to the numbers of any one instrument that can enrol, so if the first 25 attendees are all flautists and clarinettists, I’m sure that will lead to a very interesting, if slightly biased, discussion.

Cobweb Orchestra 25th Anniversary Weekend
Oct 3 – Oct 5 all-day

We will be celebrating our silver anniversary.

Please click here to see the flyer from the very first night!

Please go to our news to find out our ‘Silver Trumpet’ newsletters to read more about we have been doing in preparation for this special weekend.


Cobweb Orchestra 25th Anniversary – Silver Concert Party @ Zoom
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Inspired by the success of recent Virtual Concert Parties, we’re inviting all members old and new to join us in an extra special evening of entertainment. Everyone is invited to ‘dress up’ for the occasion in their concert waistcoats and to add a ‘silver shimmer’ to everything in view of their Zoom camera!

An enrolment form will be issued soon, but in the meantime, players please plot and prepare…do you have any ‘silver’ related pieces to play? Or anything which you can share which has a special ‘Cobwebs’ related memory? (whether that is 12 years or 12 months ago!) Subject to the updated guidelines, we especially encourage small groups, as well as soloists. All are welcome!


In Sedbergh residential style – cocktails or other celebratory glasses are encouraged as we’ll definitely be toasting 25 years of musical bliss!

Cobweb Orchestra 25th Anniversary – The Alternative Big Play @ Zoom
Oct 4 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

We’re planning a ‘live’ concerto performance in the afternoon. The professional soloist (details to be confirmed) will join us on Zoom, with their accompanist and we will provide the full orchestration remotely (the beauty of doing this at a distance, is that only WE know whether we’re playing the ‘right notes in the right order’?!!)

Exact times and details to be confirmed.

Cobweb Orchestra 25th Anniversary – An evening to reminisce @ Zoom
Oct 4 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

We’re hoping to commission a short film to encapsulate our last 25 years! A tall order, which can only be achieved by your support. We’re seeking archive materials which Howard Rocke will ‘triage’ before sending on to our film-maker. Howard explains

“As part of our Silver Anniversary weekend we plan to produce a digital record of Cobweb memories. Hopefully the end result will be a short film about the orchestra. There’s lots of material out there: posters, flyers, newsletters, recordings, videos, photos so the difficult bit will be deciding what to include. If you have anything that you think merits inclusion please select the ‘best bits’ and send them to me as soon as possible at It might be something that hasn’t been circulated before or just something you think would be suitable to include. If you have technical issues, let me know and i’ll find someone who can help!”

Cobweb Orchestra 25th Anniversary – Blow the Cobwebs Off Your Music Stand @ Zoom
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us on Zoom, exactly 25 years since the very first Cobweb event ‘…designed to encourage players who do not currently have an outlet for their talents to take their instrument out of its case again…’

That historic invitation is still as relevant today as it was 25 years ago. So help us mark this special anniversary by brushing any cobwebs off your own instrument cases/music stands to join us as we recreate the first ever Cobweb Orchestra rehearsal with a virtual scratch performance of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony!