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

Sunday Oct 20
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Suggestions from players for their favourite solos within the orchestra repertoire has created the following wonderful programme for a day’s playing at Eldon.
Rossini Overture to William Tell (solo cello: Mary Rawson)
Tchaikovsky Andante from 5th symphony (solo horns: Jenny Gibb, Sue Baker)
Puccini E lucevan le stelle from Tosca (solo clarinet: Liz Charles)
Schubert Andante from 9th symphony (solo oboe: Elizabeth Simms)
Rachmaninov Slow movement from 2nd symphony (clarinet solo: Tracy Reed)
We have the soloists – now we need an orchestra to join them. All the pieces are for full symphony orchestra and everyone will be kept busy the whole day. 
There are some wonderful featured passages for other instruments too. The Rossini alone needs 4 more cellos plus 2 double basses and has significant solos for flute, cor anglais and trumpet. Tchaikovsky’s Andante has important clarinet and bassoon parts and trombones are essential for the Schubert.
To enrol online, please click here
To download a paper copy, please click here
Cobweb Orchestra Study Day with composer, arranger and conductor Roland Fudge @ Stainton Village Hall,
Nov 9 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
A day with composer, arranger and conductor Roland Fudge
Many Cobweb players have already had the pleasure of being conducted by Roland, who leads the Tebay group. Here is a chance to join him for a workshop exploring some of his compositions and arrangements.
Here are a few words by Roland about the event.
“In countless situations I have relished the challenge of composing and arranging music for ensembles with varying instrumental combinations and degrees of playing ability. My “Earth Dwellers” has, consequently, been
performed in several versions; perhaps we will have time to do all five movements and experience the organic flow. I always seek to write music that is life-enhancing for the listener and the player; clever but not impenetrable; you can judge for yourselves!
Grieg’s Peer Gynt and Elegiac Melodies need no introduction – gorgeous music, even with a few minor adaptations, where essential, by Fudge.”
Cobweb Orchestra Autumn Residential at Shepherd’s Dene @ Shepherd's Dene
Nov 30 @ 10:00 am – Dec 1 @ 4:00 pm

Hi Everyone,
I hope all of you have enjoyed your Summer break, Autumn seems to have come around very quickly.
As is the Cobweb custom, at the end of November we will be returning to Shepherds Dene for our annual Autumn Residential.
For those of you who have not been before, the weekend offers a mix of orchestra playing alongside fun Saturday evening entertainment, good food and general merriment amidst the setting of the stunning Arts and Crafts designed house with its beautiful gardens and countryside near to Riding Mill.
This residential only has room for a smallish orchestra so to avoid disappointment please book your place by the 4th of October, whether you wish to come for the whole weekend as a resident or just come for one or both days without staying. Consideration will have to be made so the orchestra can be balanced.
Best wishes,


For more information, to enrol and place a deposit, please download the form here – please note, cheques should be made payable to The Cobweb Orchestra.

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 (