Covid-19 Policies and Procedures – update July 2021

Update on COVID procedures

As you know, all of the legally binding restrictions on our rehearsals and events have been
withdrawn. However, we must exercise caution in view of the rapidly rising number of COVID cases,
particularly in our region. The Trustees believe that abandoning our precautions now would leave
many members feeling unable to attend our events. The Cobweb core ethos is inclusivity, and we
are proud of the spirit of community and togetherness that pervades all we do.

So, for the time being, most of our current precautions will remain in place. Some specific processes and measures
may be modified slightly at the discretion of event organising teams, but always erring on the side of
caution. Full details are below. Please read this carefully, and we hope you will continue to enjoy playing together while feeling safe.

Michael Cave
On behalf of Cobweb Orchestra Trustees
22 July 2021


Cobweb Orchestra: COVID procedures in step 4

Event planning: weekly rehearsals and open events should still be managed by a team comprising a participant manager, venue liaison officer and COVID monitor. The “Cobweb event checklist”
spreadsheet has been revised to show the responsibilities of each team member. This should be used to plan an open event, or to restart weekly rehearsal groups that have not already restarted. The team now has some discretion regarding certain procedures that were previously mandatory, based on local circumstances. For weekly rehearsals, teams are expected to consult their members regarding these procedures, and, if there is doubt, they should err on the side of caution. Nominated Trustees continue to oversee plans for weekly rehearsals.

Social distancing: all attendees have an absolute right to maintain 2m social distancing. This must be respected by all other attendees. Event planners must therefore continue to calculate the
maximum capacity, based on 2m distancing, for each venue, and limit the number of attendees accordingly. It is expected that, in general, players will still sit 2m apart as we have done up to now.
However, if two or more players wish and agree to sit closer together, eg to form a “desk” in the string section, this is acceptable as it does not adversely affect other players.

Attendance register: the participant manager will continue to keep a register of attendees for test and trace purposes (this may change on August 16). In general, for weekly rehearsals, the need for players to book in advance of attending is no longer mandatory. The exception to this is where the number of attendees could be close to, or more than, the calculated capacity. In these
circumstances, pre-registration is needed and the team will decide how this is managed. Open events require pre-registration with Lorna, as before.

Seating plan and named seats: this is still recommended but only obligatory when the number of attendees is close to capacity. The organising team has discretion to plan a system suitable to local
needs. This will usually include a member of the team arriving early to set out seats in advance.

Ventilation and breaks: the current procedure mandates cycles of 45 minutes playing followed by 15 minute breaks, during which the room is emptied and doors and windows are opened. This remains the recommended procedure, and must be applied when the attendance is close to capacity. However, organising teams may adjust this routine depending on individual circumstances, such as venue size, the number of players present and the feasibility of leaving doors and windows open while playing. During ventilation breaks players should leave the room, but may stay indoors if there is adequate space elsewhere in the venue.

Masks: all members are very strongly urged to wear a mask while indoors except when playing. This is not mandatory, but it provides extra protection to those around you, and so is very much in
keeping with the Cobweb community spirit.

Shared surfaces: the risk of spreading the virus by this method is very low. Sheet music provided by the music leaders or from the music library may be used. Electronic payment of subscriptions is still best, but cash payments are acceptable. However, good hand hygiene while sharing surfaces is essential. Players should still bring their own refreshments rather than sharing kitchen facilities.

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Cobweb News

We had a wonderful day in Askham; thank you to all of you who attended and a special well done to Tracy for playing the Mozart Clarinet Concerto so beautifully!

In this week’s Cobweb News
‘New World’ Symphony Study Day in Middlesbrough this Sunday
A message from the Dipton Group for Thursday 22 July
A few sentences from Andy Jackson about the Summer programme, with enrolment links

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Cobweb News

In this week’s Cobweb News:
Mozart Day
New World Symphony Study Day, Middlesbrough
Guinea Pig Orchestra date

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Cobweb News

We had a lovely celebration for ‘Make Music Day’, looking back at our online efforts over the last year and hearing some great performances and demonstrations from Cobwebbers. Congratulations to everyone who took part and a special thanks to Emma for recapping our CVO journey.

Our friend Iona Brown (violin) is doing a recital with David Murray on Sunday at 3pm and there are still tickets left to view it live as well as live-streamed. Iona is donating her fee to  For more information and tickets, please visit: Dyad – The Globe (

In this week’s Cobweb News:
Mozart Day – Saturday 17th July
Words from The Chair of the trustees
York Group Update
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‘Make Music Day’ celebration – Monday 21 June, 7 p.m.

We’re inviting you to join us to celebrate International Make Music Day on Monday 21st June at 7 p.m.

This might be our last online event (ever / for a while…), to take a look back at how we’ve managed to keep playing and engaging with orchestral music over the last year or so.

There’ll be both live and recorded performances, a review of the 6 performances by the Cobweb Virtual Orchestra, and a chance to play along to Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture. You can find the music here:,_Op.26_(Mendelssohn,_Felix)

Please sign up by clicking here (and let us know if you have any items you’d like to perform), and you will be sent a link to the Zoom event.

We hope to see you there!

Best wishes,
Andy and Lorna
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Cobweb News

In this week’s Cobweb News:
Cobweb Musical Book Club – this Thursday
Make Music Day Concert Event
Live Event in Spennymoor (a few spaces left!)
Dates for your Diary
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Cobweb News

We had a great session with Joe Davies last week discussing French music and hearing some really interesting examples. Thank you to Joe for another really informative session – we hope to see him in person soon.

We told you of Ian Potts’ passing a few weeks ago and the Tebay members who knew him have put together some lovely memories which you can read here.

We’ve got a little break in events now, but these are activities later this month to give you time to think about getting involved.

In this week’s Cobweb News:
Cobweb Musical Book Club
Make Music Day Concert Event
Live Event in Spennymoor

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Cobweb News

It was really very lovely to see people again last Sunday. We enjoyed a fantastic afternoon remembering how to play our instruments and everyone did great. Because the event was such a success, we are now planning several more in-person events in the not too far future – More information below. Before that, we have a really wonderful event with Joe Davies tomorrow – don’t miss it –  sign up before 5pm!

In this week’s Cobweb News:
TRIPLE FFF: The Music of Farrenc, Franck, and Fauré – A discussion with Joe Davies – 27th May
Live Event at St. Paul’s Centre, Spennymoor – 26th June

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Cobweb News

We’re looking forward to our first live event on Sunday – we’ll let you know how it goes next week!

In this week’s Cobweb News:
TRIPLE FFF: The Music of Farrenc, Franck, and Fauré
Cobweb Composers and Arrangers Group News, May 2021

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Cobweb News

Now that we are beginning to come out of lockdown, some of the local groups will be starting up again in the next few weeks. If you haven’t heard from them already, group secretaries will soon be in touch to decide on the best way forward for your group. We hope that by September, we will be back to regular weekly activity across the whole region.

This week’s Cobweb News:
TRIPLE FFF: The Music of Farrenc, Franck, and Fauré 
A discussion with Joe Davies

Thursday 27th May, 7pm
On Zoom, £4/5

Back by popular demand, Joe is bringing an exciting and intriguing discussion on French music on the 27th May. You won’t need your instruments for this one, just enjoy the music! This is what Joe says:

A triple French spectacular as we listen to the glorious music of Louise Farrenc (1804-1875), César Franck (1822-1890), and Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924). Why are French composers such good orchestrators? Why does French music go so quickly in and out of fashion? And what makes French music sound so… French?

To enrol, please click here.

Lorna Wright
Event Coordinator, Cobweb Orchestra
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