Coronavirus: A new message from John Bond, on behalf of the Trustees

John Bond, the Chair of our Trustees, is coordinating the orchestra’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic on behalf of Trustees. It would be extremely helpful to Andy and Lorna if you do not overload them with queries that they are not currently in a position to answer. 

Please read John’s letter below, or click here to download the letter.

If you have any queries, please email:

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Cobweb News

We hope you are all safe and well during this most peculiar time. Lots of you are keeping in touch with us via Facebook but we want to assure you that we’ll keep sending out messages to you all throughout too. Obviously there’s no events to report, so below are a few messages to you all, and a few things that could keep you occupied! Please do feel free to email Lorna Wright with suggestions to be included in future newsletters:
In this news post:
A message from Andy Jackson
A message from Brian Tanner
Find out what Michael Betteridge, our one-time composer-in-residence has been doing
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Coronavirus cancels Cobwebs (for now)

Following today’s news, we have had to make the sad decision to cancel all Cobweb activities (groups, events and the Sedbergh residential) – with immediate effect and for the foreseeable future. We all love music but the priority has to be keeping safe.

For those of you who have already paid in advance, trustees will advise on reimbursements at a later date.

Please click here to read a message from John Bond, Chair of the Trustees

Thank you to all of our players for your support.

Here are a few suggested activities to help you to keep busy: listening to edifying music, singing while cleaning out the cupboards and shed, tapping rhythms with spoons on the kitchen pots and pans, practising scales and arpeggios so you’ll be even better at sight reading for when we start up again…

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Cobweb Chamber Orchestra

Here is the chamber orchestra rehearsing in Wylam for a summer concert on 12 July.

Players were probably sitting further apart than usual but still keeping up the Cobweb spirit.

It will be an exciting programme with music by:

Respighi, Mozart, Magnard, Burgmuller and Krommer.

The venue for the concert is still to be confirmed, but put the date in your diary now!

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Cobweb News

Events are going ahead as planned until further notice. We’d still love to see you at our event in York on the 21st March.

In this weeks Cobweb News:
Cobweb Orchestra Study Day – 21st March
A message from Andy

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A message from John Bond, on behalf of the Cobwebs Trustees:

As Chair of the Cobwebs Trustees, I am writing in response to the Coronavirus Outbreak. It is looking increasingly clear from my reading of the scientific evidence that the Coronavirus Outbreak may be more serious than the previous virus scares of SARS and bird ‘flu. It is, therefore, highly likely that there will be a significant increase in the occurrence of the disease in the UK in the next few weeks. Infection by the virus can present with relatively mild symptoms, and people may be unaware that they are carrying the disease. It would therefore be prudent as individuals if we were to take the following actions so that Cobweb Events are not implicated in any wider spread of the disease:

  1. Those who returning from overseas trips should stay away from Cobweb Groups and Events for at least 7 days after their return and should follow the Government advice below before attending Cobweb Groups and Events
  2. Anyone who has cold or flu symptoms – fever, headache, muscle pain, cough – should also stay away from Cobweb Groups and Events for at least 14 days after the symptoms have ceased.
  3. We should suspend shared lunches and the provision of unwrapped biscuits and other food at Cobweb Groups and events. We will just all have to bring our own.
  4. Finally, we should attempt to control our friendly contact greetings by avoiding hugs and handshakes etc.

The Government has already proposed some of these restrictions and in the interests of everyone’s health it would be good practice to follow these recommendations. Government guidance can be found by clicking the link below:

Coronavirus: Government Guidance

We will be monitoring the changing situation and, if necessary, will be in touch again about our activities in the light of any updated Government advice.

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Cobweb News

During the half term break, why not consider signing up for our residential at Sedbergh? A huge amount of people have signed up, but there are still a few beds free and space for day visitors. If you’ve never been before, have a serious think about it. The reason so many people go is that it’s such fun! More information can be found here.
Please check the website to see if your groups or events are going ahead in case of bad weather – wherever possible we will contact people but the website is a good port of call.

Finally, more and more people are successfully teaming up and car-sharing to events, so thank you! If you never have before, do consider it. It’s environmentally friendly, and you’ll get to know other Cobweb players better.

In this weeks Cobweb News:
Cobweb Orchestra Study Day in Morpeth: Elgar Cello Concerto with Gemma Kost
Cobweb Chamber Orchestra – a message from Andy

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