Events Diary

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

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.

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

Ludworth Cobwebs (and friends) @ St. Cuthbert's Church, Shadforth
Jul 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The new Ludworth group hope they will be joined by more Cobweb friends for their very first concert performance! Everyone is welcome! There will be a rehearsal from 2-6 p.m. followed by the concert starting at 7.30 p.m. Further details about music coming soon.

Please contact Tracy Reed (Ludworth Group Leader) if there is anything you need to know:

Our project to develop The Cobweb Orchestra at Ludworth  has been funded by the E.ON Butterwick Moor Wind Farm Community Benefits Fund managed by County Durham Community Foundation.

Haydn Symphonies Project part 12 @ Newbiggin on Lune Public Hall
Jul 20 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join Peter Wood in the next instalment of the Haydn Symphonies Project, which will this time take place in Newbiggin on Lune.

More detailed info to follow.


Cobweb Orchestra Musical Picnic @ Summerhill Pavillion
Jul 28 @ 12:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Rehearsal 12-4.
Audience to arrive with picnics from 4 pm
Performance 5-6.30 pm

With complete disregard for the weather, we will play beautiful music from the European Fringe – Bohemia (Dvorak and Smetana) Norway (Grieg) Hungary (Kodaly and Liszt) and Poland (Wieniaski and Chopin) at our annual Musical Picnic at Summerhill Pavilion in Newcastle. If it’s either lovely weather we’ll play outside, or we play inside with the windows open and the audience listen from the open-air foyer. The audience are invited to bring food to eat either before the concert and enjoy an afternoon of music.

Everyone, from any of our weekly groups, or none, is welcome to join us. The size of the orchestra will have to be limited to the numbers of players who can fit into the Pavilion in case of rain, wind, hail, etc., so please book straight away to secure your place.

Dress – usual Cobweb concert dress, black bottoms, white top/shirt with a waistcoat and / or neckwear.

Food: bring your own picnic, or share with friends

Parking: tricky, so come by public transport if possible

Please don’t forget to bring a music stand and pegs just in case.

Cost to audience – Free. (There will be a bucket collection, and they will be invited to pay what you think it’s worth) They don’t need a ticket as there will be no pre-sales. Just turn up early for a good place for your picnic blanket.

Participation Fee for Players

Members of the Cobweb Orchestra £ 12.50

Non-members                            £ 17.00

Students in Full Time Education – half the above prices

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Cobweb Orchestra Sight Reading Session @ Furness Hall, Marsh House Sports and Community Centre,
Aug 10 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

More info to follow.

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

More info to follow.

Cobweb Orchestra AGM @ St Paul’s Community Centre
Sep 21 all-day

**Please note the date change on this event, it will now be the 21st September**


Join us for our Annual General Meeting and Study Day.


More info to follow.

Cobweb Orchestra in Brighton @ Bishop Hannington Church,
Oct 5 all-day

Yes, that’s Brighton near Hove on the Sussex Riviera, and this is how it’s come about:

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.
As she writes: “Here is a chance to demonstrate the vitality and originality of Cobwebs within a conurbation of over 273,000 people!”. She also mentions the “warmth and generosity” of the community at Bishop Hannington Church, Hove, where the event would be hosted.
For this to work well, it would be good to have a group of regular Cobweb players who fancy a trip to the South coast to form the nucleus of an orchestra. They would then be joined by local players, hopefully enough to have a go at Mahler’s Symphony no. 1 in a study day with a low-key public presentation to finish.

When we’ve held events like this in the past (not for a long time now) players have often combined the trip with visiting friends and relatives or having a holiday.

Now is the time to contact Christine ( who is coordinating the event from up here, or Stephanie ( who lives in Brighton and will be advising on travel, accommodation

and other details from down there.

More details to follow.

Cobweb Orchestra Study Day: A Concerto within a Symphony @ tbc.
Oct 20 all-day
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 2 all-day

Programme to include Beethoven Triple Concerto with soloists Alexandra Raikhlina (violin) 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 (