This is the only weekly group which meets in the daytime and it attracts players of all levels of experience who manage to make themselves free for a couple of hours on a Wednesday afternoon.

Averaging between 30-40 participants, with most instruments represented, the ensemble is usually of symphony orchestra proportions and is happy to tackle almost anything from the orchestral repertoire of the last 250 years, such as Grieg, Dvorak, Holst, Mendelssohn, Chabrier, Malcolm Arnold and even Nielsen’s monumental 2nd Symphony ‘The Four Temperaments’. Another feature of this group are visits from guest soloist and conductors, including the Italian soprano Barbara Gentili. ‘Virtual Play Alongs’ were enjoyed on Zoom in 2021, with Andy using cards to show rehearsal marks and bar numbers!


Leader Andy Jackson
Telephone: 0788 0346145
Time Wednesday
1 pm – 3 pm
Venue St Matthew’s Hall
11 Summerhill
Winchester Terrace
Newcastle upon Tyne

Please note: There is no on site parking but nearby free parking can be found within 5-10 mins walk, and large instruments can be dropped off prior to parking.

Spring Term Dates 2022

First rehearsal Wednesday 12 January
Half term break Wednesday 23 February
Last rehearsal Wednesday 30 March

Summer Term Dates 2022

First rehearsal Wednesday 27 April
Half term break Wednesday 15 June
Last rehearsal Wednesday 13 July

 Please note – Wednesday 25th May

Instead of meeting at St Matthews, we will move just along the road to Hawthorn Primary School to spend time with children who are learning to play instruments as part of the ‘In Harmony’ outreach project run by Sage Gateshead. We will chat to them and play music with them, possibly some Dvorak with simplified parts for the young players. The project is run by Lorna, who you all know, and here are a few words from her about her hopes for the day:

“The overall aim I’m seeing for the workshop is that the children gain an understanding that they don’t have to be a professional musician in order to continue playing music, and seeing that life-long love of music without it necessarily being a job. I think the aim for Cobweb Orchestra players is to share this knowledge and have a really different and valuable experience with some young people!”

As this is a different type of session, we realise not everyone may wish to participate, and we will not be charging players for this week. An extra week is being added to the term so that we still have our full number of sessions.

Fees preferably paid by bank transfer
Weekly £5 for members, £6.50 for non-members (Termly payments: 10% discount)
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Important safety information – Covid-19

Please read: COVID update – 23 Februray 2022


For any queries, please contact Christine Ball:
Tel. 0790 5684537

Group Trustees

Catherine Preston (Richard Stanp, Emma Pearson, Judith Greene, Bill Rigby, Sue Baker)

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