Cobweb News

We’re fast approaching the end of the year, with lots of exciting events happening in our 25th anniversary year. Do check out Andy’s message below for more details. A little closer, there’s still space for anyone wanting to attend the event this weekend with Tebay leader Roland Fudge.

In this weeks Cobweb News:
A day with composer, arranger and conductor Roland Fudge – this weekend!
A note from Andy Jackson
Shepherds Dene – a reminder
Cobweb Orchestra Tuscany Trip – an opportunity for upper string players

Posted by Tracy Reed

A study day next weekend 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.

Saturday 9 November 2019, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Stainton Village Hall,
CA11 0EP.
Cost: £12.50 for Cobweb members / £17
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.”
To enrol using the online enrolment form, please click here
To download a paper copy, please click here
Posted by Tracy Reed

Baroque Cabaret

Soprano Valentina Marghinotti performed with players from the Cobweb Orchestra on Saturday at Bowes Museum at the preview of the new exhibition The Power and the Virtue: Guido Reni’s Death of Lucretia. Click here to go to a video which includes us playing.

In addition to the exhibition, you can listen to a soundscape, ‘Us Too’, produced by arts and education training company Changing Relations, with interviews from people affected by domestic abuse, accompanied by music recently recorded by Cobwebs. The music was created by local artist Rupert Philbrick, and a live performance will take place in Durham (possibly in the Palace Green Library) on Sunday 24th November.

Please click here to read more about the exhibition and related events. 

There’ll also be another Cobweb concert at Bowes Museum on 19 January 2020 to accompany the Reni exhibition.

Posted by Tracy Reed

A Cobweb Orchestra Ensemble

Players from the Cobweb Orchestra will be joined by soprano Valentina Marghinotti as they rehearse arias from operas by Handel, Mozart, Bellini and Rossini next Friday at Bowes Museum.

They will be performing later in the evening at the preview of the new exhibition The Power and the Virtue: Guido Reni’s Death of Lucretia.

Unfortunately tickets are not available for the general public, but you can click here to read more about the exhibition and related events. 

Posted by Tracy Reed

Cobweb News

In this weeks Cobweb News:
A Concerto within a Symphony – this weekend!
Shepherds Dene Residential
A day with composer, arranger and conductor Roland Fudge

Continue reading →

Posted by Tracy Reed

Cobweb News

Hove event feedback
“Thank you for welcoming me to cobwebs on Saturday. I am very tempted to launch into a string of superlatives and hyperbole in trying to describe the day’s  impact on me, but I’ll just say that I very much enjoyed it. I learned so much about  bass playing, orchestras, reading a score…the list goes on. All extremely life-enhancing! What a brilliant project Cobwebs is. You are all great teachers and communicators.”
Shepherds Dene Residential
For all those wishing to sign up to Shepherds Dene who haven’t yet done so, please could you let Anita know as soon as possible if you are coming as we need a certain number of players for the event to go ahead. For a reminder of the information, and to access the deposit form, please see here.
More in this weeks Cobweb News:
Haydn Symphonies Project – this weekend! 
Concerto within a Symphony Study Day  Continue reading →
Posted by Tracy Reed

Cobwebs on tour… Mahler in Hove


On Saturday 5th October (the 24th anniversary of the start of Cobwebs), a contingent of the orchestra travelled all the way to Hove in East Sussex to play Mahler’s Symphony No. 1. It was a lovely day, with local players joining us to experience a typical Cobweb open access event. Thanks to everyone who turned up to play, and to the audience members who supported the orchestra by listening to our presentation at the end of the day.

Special thanks also to: our conductor, Andy Jackson, for his musical direction, Christine Ball for all of the organisation, everyone at Bishop Hannington Church, who even served teas and coffees to keep us going, and Stephanie Cant, for initiating the idea.

It was yet another hugely successful event. Where next…?

Posted by Tracy Reed
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