Ludworth – Armistice Day Centenary

The Royal British Legion Women’s Section and other Ludworth residents had been planning a Remembrance service for the Armistice Day centenary. Dave, who runs the Community Centre where the new Ludworth group meets on a Tuesday evening, had set his heart on having a bugler to play the Last Post.

This was something that hadn’t happened in Ludworth for as long as anyone could remember, but everyone he contacted was playing elsewhere, so he started to talk about it to the Cobweb French horn player…who was eventually persuaded to find a cornet, and learn how to play it.

Here she is, helping to make Ludworth’s Remembrance service very special.

Posted by Tracy Reed

Culture Meet 2018

Some of our trustees will be representing Cobwebs at the annual conference of the Culture Durham Meet 2018 on Thursday 22nd November from 1.30pm until 6pm at the World Heritage Site, Durham Cathedral and at Durham University’s Palace Green Library.

Please read further information about Culture Durham. Look for the Cobweb logo here!

Posted by Tracy Reed

Cobweb News 5.11.18

It was a wonderful concert at Bowes museum. Congratulations to all who took part.

In this weeks Cobweb News:
Elgar Symphony No.2
Shepherds Dene

200 Club winners

Study Day: Elgar Symphony No.2 with Mark Edwards
Sunday 18th November
2-6pm
Fishburn Youth and Community Centre, Butterwick Road, Fishburn, Stockton-on-Tees TS21 4ED
Members £12.50
Non Members £17
Join Mark Edwards for an epic study day on Elgar’s Symphony No. 2. Mark is currently studying at the Royal Northern College of Music for a Diploma in Conducting, which involves him working as assistant conductor for the BBC Philharmonic and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. As part of the course, he’ll be working on Elgar’s Symphony No.2 in a masterclass with Sir Mark Elder. He invites you to work with him on this amazing piece for a large scale orchestra. Please download an enrolment form here. The music is not yet in the Cobweb Library. We will be printing a small set but any help is gratefully received, so we’d be so grateful if you could print your own part (and let us know that you’re doing so). Please find it here: Elgar’s Symphony No.2

Shepherds Dene Residential
1st-2nd December

Riding Mill NE44 6AF
The Shepherds Dene autumn residential is a fully programmed weekend of orchestral music, but
there are generous meal breaks that give time to socialise, relax, go for walks in the beautiful
grounds or get together in small groups and play any music you might decide to bring with you.
We’ve had a great response so far, but there is still room for a few more people either to
stay or as day visitors. For those of you who have signed up it is now time to firm up your
booking and pay the balance if you’ve paid a deposit or the full amount if you haven’t paid a
deposit. All of the information you need is on the booking form which can be found here.
200 Club winners are as follows:
September

1st H Kelly £25
2nd R Best £12
3rd B Haston £8
October
1st G Perkins £25
2nd G Kay £12
3rd D Greves £8
Anyone wanting to sign up to the 200 club still can. Information can be found here and the standing order form can be found here.
That’s all for now, I hope you have a lovely and safe Bonfire night if you’re out and about.
Best wishes,
Lorna
Posted by Tracy Reed

Cobweb News 2.11.18

A new Cobweb?

Yes, it is happening in Ludworth! The Ludworth Group has received a grant of £3,550 from the Durham Community Foundation. This generous grant will help the group to grow, to attract new players from South East Durham and beyond to come and enjoy making music. The group focuses on music for less experienced players, although everyone is welcome. You may have been playing with Cobwebs for a while and wonder if you dare ask “what does that mean?” or “what is the conductor doing…?” This is your chance! We enjoy a range of music from classical to popular, and pieces written by Cobwebbers past and present.

Day: Tuesdays during term time
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Place: Ludworth Community Centre, Durham. DH6 1NF (Only about 7 miles from Durham!)
Leader: Tracy Reed
Contacttracy.reed@cobweborchestra.org.uk
Informationhttps://cobweborchestra.org.uk/groups/ludworth

A new player recently commented: “I don’t know whether I added anything to the performance, but the performance added something to my life”. Please click here to read more about the group from a Ludworth player.

We’re also looking forward to Saturday ‘taster’ sessions, so please tell everyone you know, even if they may have never even played in an orchestra before!

Beginners’ Day: Saturday 19 January 2019, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Ludworth Community Centre
Improvers’ Day: Saturday 11 May 2019, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Ludworth Community Centre
Concert: Saturday 13 July 2019, 7.30 p.m. – 9.30 p.m., Shadforth Church

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

    

Posted by Tracy Reed

Cobweb News 19.10.18

I hope you’ve all had a good week, it’s so nice to see your group’s updates on Facebook – thank you to those that post!

Again, lots to say this week – do read all the way down if you can. Continue reading →

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Cobweb News 11.10.18

I hope you've all had a good week. There's so much going on over the next few weeks, so please do take a look below and get enrolling! 
In this weeks Cobweb News
Haydn Symphonies Project – part 9
Cello Day at Dalston – orchestral players needed!
Revival of the Baroque Group
Shepherds Dene Residential 
Study Day: Elgar Symphony No. 2 with Mark Edwards 
Haydn Symphonies Project – part 9
Sunday 21st October
11-4pm
Wylam Institute, Church Rd, Wylam, NE41 8AU
Members £12.50/Non Members £17
**Transposed Bb parts available**
Peter has managed to get the oboe parts transposed for Bb clarinet, so if any clarinetists want to join this study day, they now can! We'd also love a few more upper strings and another horn player to join for this study day of Haydn. More info from Peter below:
With 45 Haydn symphonies now behind us the 9th Haydn Project day will be held at Wylam Institute on Sunday October 21 2018 from 11.00 until 4.00.  The Symphonies we will be looking at will include: 26 (Lamentation), 65, 44 (Mourning), 43 (Mercury) and 47 all of which are "Sturm und Drang" ("Storm and Stress’") symphonies written between 1768 and 1772. Haydn is now in his late 30's and is the Musical Director at the Esterházy court. These symphonies are scored for strings, oboes and horns.  This day will take us roughly to the half way point (which I think we have already celebrated a bit prematurely!) and the project will continue on 12 January 2019 in York.  The enrolment form is attached and I look forward to seeing you all at Wylam for the next step in this marathon journey. 
Please find attached the enrolment form here.
Study Day – Haydn Cello Concerto
Sunday 28th October
Dalston Victory Hall, Dalston, Carlisle, CA5 7QA
£5/6.50 for the afternoon and evening session with the orchestra 
£10/13 for the whole day for cellists
**Orchestral players needed**
This day as well as being a masterclass for cellists, is a normal (very cheap!) study day for Cobweb Orchestra, and we invite everyone to join us from 12.30pm to rehearse the fantastic Haydn Cello Concerto with Neil Sild (cello) and Joe Davies (conductor). We'll end the day with an informal performance of the work. Please do come and support this fantastic event, and don't miss the chance to work with these two young talents!
As well as Rossini’s “William Tell” overture the cellists will be working on the following in the morning session:
 “Hymnus” for 12 cellos by Julius Klengel and “Les prieres” for cello quartet by Luigi Forino
You can see the music here:
Hymnus for 12 Cellos, Op.57 (Klengel, Julius) – IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library: Free Public Domain Sheet Music
Les prières, Op.27 (Forino, Luigi) – IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library: Free Public Domain Sheet Music
And recordings here:
Julius Klengel – Hymnus für 12 Celli, op. 57 – Die 12 Cellisten der Deutschen Stiftung Musikleben
Luigi Forino – Preghiere per quattro violoncelli nr 3, op. 27 Polish Cello Quartet
Times:
10.00 -12.30 Cello workshop. 
12.30 -13.30 Lunch for morning and afternoon participants
13.30 – 17.30 Rehearse Haydn cello concerto + Rossini’s “William Tell” overture
17.30 – 18.30 Evening meal break 
18.30 – 20.30 Performance
Please sign up with the enrolment form here and any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. 
Revival of the Baroque Group. 
Sadly there has been a poor take up of the idea of a meeting at Andrew's on a Wednesday. Only two people responded positively. However, I have provisionally booked the hall at Dipton for Thursday October 25th at 7.15, the day the Dipton group is not there.
 Please do let me know (roo.tanner@gmail.com) if you would like to come, otherwise I will have to pay for an empty room!
I look forward to hearing from lots of string players, especially violins.. Ruth
Shepherds Dene Residential
1st – 2nd December
A reminder to send over your deposits to Anita by the 19th October! 
Original Message from Anita:
HI Everyone,
I hope you have all had a good summer enjoying the unusually warm weather.
For our ever popular Autumn Residential, we have again booked Shepherds Dene Retreat. The beautiful Edwardian country house, built in the ‘Arts and Crafts’ style, is set in 26 acres of gardens and woodland. The house features a large wood panelled entrance with wood burning stove (those of you who attended last year will know how wonderful it was sitting around it) and many original features in the sitting and dining rooms.
Space is limited with room for 33 residents and 10 non-residents so enrolments will be on a first come, first served basis bearing in mind that we have to keep a balanced orchestra.
Please can you have your deposits to me by the 19th October.
Best wishes,
Anita
More information can be found here and the deposit form can be found here
Study Day: Elgar Symphony No.2 with Mark Edwards
Sunday 18th November
2-6pm
Fishburn Youth and Community Centre, Butterwick Rd
Fishburn, Stockton-on-Tees TS21 4ED
Members £12.50
Non Members £17
Join Mark Edwards for an epic study day on Elgar’s Symphony No. 2. Mark is currently studying at the Royal Northern College of Music for a Diploma in Conducting, which involves him working as assistant conductor for the BBC Philharmonic and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic . As part of the course, he’ll be working on Elgar’s Symphony No.2 in a masterclass with Sir Mark Elder. He invites you to work with him on this amazing piece for a large scale orchestra.
The music is not yet in the Cobweb Library, so we’d be so grateful if you could print your own part (and let us know that you’re doing so). We will be printing a small set but any help is gratefully received.
The enrolment form can be found here
That's all this week, gosh there's so much going on! I hope to see you at an event soon.
 
Best wishes,
Lorna
_______________
Lorna Wright
Event Coordinator, Cobweb Orchestra
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Good news for Ludworth

The Ludworth Group is still growing, and we’d like to welcome more people to join us. We were originally advertised as a group for ‘beginners’, but would now like to think of ourselves as a ‘training’ orchestra. Most players who come along already know how to make notes on their instrument, while others are Cobwebbers who are practising a different instrument. It’s an ideal opportunity for musicians to play in an ensemble, and to try different pieces of music, including some from the orchestral repertoire. Please go to the Ludworth Group page to see what we are doing, and feel free to contact me with any queries or suggestions.

As well as our usual weekly meetings, we will be having some additional Saturday ‘taster sessions’  for new and beginner players next year, leading to a summer concert on 13 July at Shadforth Church. We want to pass on our love of music to as many people as we can, and hopefully also inspire the next generation.

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.

Posted by Tracy Reed

Cobweb News 02.10.18

Dear all,

Wow! What an amazing day we had on Sunday with Fenella Humphreys! 'Possibly the best study day in the history of Cobwebs,' we really had a fantastic afternoon which such a talented player. If you want to catch her in action, you can this weekend in Cumbria: https://www.oldlaundrytheatre.co.uk/event/the-peter-cropper-concert/. Thanks to Fenella, Andy and Carol for such a fantastic day. 
A shout out to all you violinists – the Dipton group need you! A few of their regular players are on holiday and they're a bit short. 7.15pm on Thursdays at Dipton community Centre. 

In this weeks Cobweb News:
Revival of Baroque group
Haydn Symphonies Project part 9
Study Day 28th October – Haydn Cello Concerto

Revival of Baroque group
– message from Ruth Tanner
For various reasons the Baroque Group has not met for some time. We are hoping to revive the group however, and Andrew Cottrell has kindly agreed to host a session at his house in Killingworth on a Wednesday evening in the second half of term. (Unfortunately one group meets each night of the week and Friday has its own issues, so we apologise to the Spennys on this occasion). Another possibility is to meet at Dipton on 25th October when the group there is on half term.  
We play music by Vivaldi, Bach and Handel with a smattering of the French Baroquies, but especially Vivaldi! Music is manuscript, ie it really is handwritten, but like most codes it is easily decipherable after a while. We are largely a string band, but those with oboes or flutes who would like to bring along concerti to share with us would be most welcome. Also Andrew advises that his music room would only take about 18 comfortably so book early to avoid disappointment!  Please contact Ruth Tanner on roo.tanner@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you
.   RT

Haydn Symphonies Project No.9
Sunday 21st October
11-4pm
Wylam Institute, Church Rd, Wylam, NE41 8AU
Members £12.50/Non Members £17
**more players needed!**

Join Peter Wood for the latest instalment of the Haydn Symphonies Project. 
He says:
Now everybody is back after the Summer break we are resuming our journey through Haydn's symphonies,  With 45 Haydn symphonies now behind us the 9th Haydn Project day will be held at Wylam Institute on Sunday October 21 2018 from 11.00 until 4.00.  The Symphonies we will be looking at will include: 26 (Lamentation), 65, 44 (Mourning), 43 (Mercury) and 47 all of which are "Sturm und Drang" ("Storm and Stress’") symphonies written between 1768 and 1772. Haydn is now in his late 30's and is the Musical Director at the Esterházy court. These symphonies are scored for strings, oboes and horns and bassoons would probably have supplemented the cellos and basses.  As usual flutes and clarinets are welcome to join us to play with oboes but please note the parts are written for instruments in C and transposed parts will not be available.  This day will take us roughly to the half way point (which I think we have already celebrated a bit prematurely!) and the project will continue on 12 January 2019 in York.  The enrolment form is attached and I look forward to seeing you all at Wylam for the next step in this marathon journey

Please find attached the enrolment form here.

Study Day – Haydn Cello Concerto
Sunday 28th October
Dalston Victory Hall, Dalston, Carlisle, CA5 7QA
£5/6.50 for the afternoon and evening session with the orchestra 
£10/13 for the whole day for cellists

This day as well as being a masterclass for cellists, is a normal (very cheap!) study day for Cobweb Orchestra, and we invite everyone to join us from 12.30pm to rehearse the fantastic Haydn Cello Concerto with Neil Sild (cello) and Joe Davies (conductor). We'll end the day with an informal performance of the work. Please do come and support this fantastic event. Here are the original details: 

Due to a kind bequest from the husband of Pam, who used to play cello at the Dalston group, we are able to put on a rather unusual event which brings together several of Pam’s interests – working with young people, making things happen in Cumbria and playing the cello. The excellent young cellist Neil Sild, who recently played the Elgar Cello concerto with us at Middlesbrough Town Hall will be performing the Haydn Cello Concerto, conducted by the ever popular Joe Davies. The morning will be devoted to a workshop just for cellists, but, of course, we will need an orchestra for the concerto, so the afternoon and evening session will run just like a normal Cobweb study day followed by and informal performance.

Times:
10.00 -12.30 Cello workshop. 
12.30 -13.30 Lunch for morning and afternoon participants
13.30 – 17.30 Rehearse Haydn cello concerto + Rossini’s “William Tell” overture
17.30 – 18.30 Evening meal break 
18.30 – 20.30 Performance

Please sign up with the enrolment form here and any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. 

That's all for this week, thanks again to everyone who came last weekend, I really really enjoyed it and I think you all did too. 
 

Best wishes,
Lorna
_______________
Lorna Wright
Event Coordinator, Cobweb Orchestra
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