Cobweb News 21.6.18

A huge well done to those of you that played in the concert last weekend, I hear that it was a very successful day, and that there was a good and appreciative audience. Thanks to Sue and Jim for all their hard work in making the day happen and of course to Andy for leading the day. 

In this weeks Cobweb News
Morpeth End of Term Informal Performance
Haydn Symphonies Project – part 9

Cobweb Orchestra Musical Picnic
Cobweb Orchestra Performance –  Music for a Summer’s Evening

Morpeth End of Term Informal Performance
Tuesday 10th July, 7.30pm – 9.30 pm
St James Community Centre, Well Way, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 1BN

Why not join the Morpeth group for their end of term performance? You can either go as an audience member or of course a player! Laura says that Oboe/Horns/Trumpets are especially welcome but anyone is free to join!
Their repertoire includes:
Boyce Symphony 4
Dvorak Slavonic Dance No.8
Hobbs Bonny and Bobby
Shield Overture to Rosina
Coats Dambusters March
Plus others… 

Contact Laura on laura_reavley@hotmail.com for more details. 

Haydn Symphonies Project – part 9
Saturday 14th July
11-4pm
Eldon Community Centre, 2 Main Rd, Eldon, Bishop Auckland DL14 8XB
Members £12.50/Non Members £17

Join Peter Wood for the latest instalment of the Haydn Symphonies Project. 
He says:
With 45 Haydn symphonies now behind us we are going to clear another batch before the Summer break.  The 9th Haydn Project day will be held at Eldon Community Centre on Saturday July 14 from 11.00 until 4.00.  The Symphonies we will be looking at are: 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 in October (venue and date to be confirmed shortly).  The enrolment form is attached and I look forward to seeing you all at Eldon for the next step in this marathon journey. 

Please note, that tea/coffee and cake will be available at Eldon but not lunches this time (she's on holiday!) so please bring your own lunch!

The enrolment form can be found here

Cobweb Orchestra Musical Picnic
Sunday 29th July
Summerhill Pavillion, Winchester Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 6EH 
Members £12.50/Non Members £17

Rehearsal 12-4. 
Audience to arrive with picnics from 4 pm
Performance 5-6.30 pm

As last year, we'll be performing under the giant marquee, so come rain or shine we'll host a musical picnic of largely music from Europe, featuring composers such as Bizet, Rossini, Verdi, Chabrier, Delibes, Edith Piaf. The audience are invited to bring food to eat either before the concert and enjoy an afternoon of music. The audience will be invited to pay what you think it's worth.
The enrolment form with more information can be found here


Cobweb Orchestra Performance –  Music for a Summer’s Evening
Saturday 11th August,
St Oswald's Church, Ravenstonedale, Kirkby Stephen CA17
Members £12.50/Non Members £17
Rehearsal 1-5pm, Concert at 6pm

Join us for a concert with an English theme. Expect music by Vaughan-Williams, Elgar, Purcell and Dowland, amongst others. This event is for all players of all instruments, but the venue is quite small and the size of the orchestra may need to be restricted. Enrolment will be on a strictly "first come" basis for each section, so please fill in the form quickly.  

Cost to audience – Free. (There will be a bucket collection, and listeners will be invited to pay what they think it’s worth)
Dress – usual Cobweb concert dress, black bottoms, white top/shirt with a waistcoat and / or neckwear.

The enrolment form can be found here

That's all for this week, four great sounding events I think! Hope to hear from you all soon. 
 

Best wishes,
Lorna
 
Event Co-ordinator, Cobweb Orchestra
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Cobweb News 13.6.18

I hope you've had a lovely week. We've been putting some final plans in for the rest of this term, so do take a look at our website and below for more information.

In this weeks Cobweb News
– Tchaikovsky 6th Symphony “Pathetique” in concert – tomorrow!

 Cobweb Orchestra Musical Picnic

Cobweb Orchestra in Concert
Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony “Pathetique” conducted by Andy Jackson
Saturday 16th June, Rehearsal 11 am – 4 pm. Presentation 5 pm. 
Acomb Methodist Church, 40A Front St, York, YO24 3BX
Cost for players: Members £12.50, Non-members £17 

It's not too late to sign up, please email me, the enrolment form can be found here
Parts are available to have a look at in advance here

A few words from Sue and Jim about the Tchaikovsky event:
 
1. We are delighted to see that a fantastic orchestra has enrolled for the Tchaikovsky 6 study day and teatime concert in York on Saturday 16 June. Players are still welcome to sign up – on a work like this we can always do with more strings, but Andy would also especially welcome another trombone.
 
2. Parking is relatively limited at the venue so we suggest that people coming with large instruments or in minibuses/shared cars should get in touch (suehoggett@gmail.com) and we will reserve parking places for as many of you as we can. Alternatively, there is a free public car park at Morrison's Supermarket, which is about 10 minutes walk from the Church.

3. If you are using SatNav, the postcode for the Church is YO24 3BX. If anyone needs any additional help regarding travel, for example how to get from the Station, please get in touch
 
4. Since this is a concert day, there will NOT be a 'bring and share' lunch so you should bring your own food. If needed, Acomb village is close by with shops, supermarkets and cafes. There is a kitchen with a fridge, and tea and coffee will be available for players. If anyone felt like making a cake, it might be nice to have some with a cup of tea in the break before the rehearsal, hopefully outside in the small garden if the weather is fine!
 
5. The Cobweb concert dress is black bottoms and a white top/shirt with a waistcoat and/or colourful scarf/tie.
 
6. Please bring your friends, family, neighbours and colleagues – and anyone else who would like to come – to the free concert. If you are coming from the North East or Cumbria, they could spend a lovely day looking around York and then come and join us at 5 pm for the concert. After 3pm, there will be additional parking in Acomb Library car park, which is just a few steps away from the Church.
 
Looking forward to seeing everyone for what promises to be a great day!

Cobweb Orchestra Musical Picnic
Sunday 29th July
Summerhill Pavillion, Winchester Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 6EH 
Members £12/Non Members £17

Rehearsal 12-4. 
Audience to arrive with picnics from 4 pm
Performance 5-6.30 pm

As last year, we'll be performing under the giant marquee, so come rain or shine we'll host a musical picnic of largely music from Europe, featuring composers such as Bizet, Rossini, Verdi, Chabrier, Delibes, Edith Piaf. The audience are invited to bring food to eat either before the concert and enjoy an afternoon of music. The audience will be invited to pay what you think it's worth.
The enrolment form with more information can be found here:

That's all for this week, I hope the concert goes well tomorrow, I'm sure you'll all be great. Thanks to Sue and Jim for all their hard work on it.
 

Best wishes,
Lorna
 
Event Coordinator, Cobweb Orchestra
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Successful charity concerts in June

The Elvaston Ensemble (Chrissie, Anita, Tracy and Rye) had their very own concert in St Mary’s Church in Shincliffe to raise money for Ludworth Cobwebs and the ‘If U Care Share Foundation’. It was an enjoyable evening in a lovely setting.

Elvet Methodist Church presented a concert at Ushaw College in aid of Global Care Street Children in Guatemala City. British Flute Society winner Michael Cave performed very beautiful flute music and was also joined by fellow Cobwebbers, Chrissie Macgregor on flute and Tracy Reed on clarinet. The Cabaret Ensemble with Andy Jackson added their usual entertaining mix of music to the programme. The audience were also treated to prosecco and strawberries.

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Cobweb News 6.6.18

Well done to those brave people who had a go at conducting on Sunday. You were all fantastic and it was nice for us to play such varied repertoire in one day! Thanks again to all those who supported the event. 

In this week's Cobweb News:
Tchaikovsky 6th Symphony “Pathetique” in concert 
Cobwebs' Summer Programme – a note from Andy

Cobweb Orchestra in Concert
Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony “Pathetique” conducted by Andy Jackson
Saturday 16th June, Rehearsal 11 am – 4 pm. Presentation 5 pm. 
Acomb Methodist Church, 40A Front St, York, YO24 3BX
Cost for players: Members £12.50, Non-members £17 

**For this work to be played at it's best we really need flutes, oboes, violas, double basses, and trombones and tuba, which have a particularly prominent role in this symphony.**

Following a successful study day last December and some extensive work on this fabulous composition at our recent Sedbergh Residential weekend, we have decided to go public with it and present a concert performance in York. The concert will be on Saturday 16th June, with Rehearsal 11 am – 4 pm. Presentation 5 pm. 
  Cost to audience – Free. (There will be a bucket collection, and you will be invited to pay what you think it's worth)
It's really important we get a good sized orchestra to perform this amazing work, so please do sign up quickly so we know you're coming! The enrolment form can be found here
Parts are available to have a look at in advance here

Cobwebs' Summer Programme Note

It's getting to the time of year when I try to make sure that there are some musical activities to keep you playing during the long gap between mid July, when most of the regular groups stop for the Summer break, and mid September when (all being well) they start up again.

This year we have three events – two concerts and our regular Wylam non-residential weekend.

The first concert is in Newcastle at Summerhill Pavillion. As last year, a wedding party (not the same one) has kindly agreed to let us use the marquee erected for their celebrations, which means that we have a space in which to play on Sunday 29th July come rain or shine. The audience is invited to bring food to eat either before the concert or whilst listening to a repertoire with a continental flavour (Bizet, Rossini, Edith Piaf, that sort of thing). 
Some of you will remember that last years' Musical Picnic was a little wet, but this time around, I'm sure it will be a beautiful Summer's afternoon and our audience will sit in the sun and wallow in the gorgeous sound we produce.

Then, on Saturday 11th August , we visit St. Oswald's Church in Ravenstonedale for an event with a more English theme. So expect music by Vaughan-Williams, Elgar, Purcell and Dowland, amongst others. This event is for all players of all instruments, but the venue is quite small and the size of the orchestra may need to be restricted. Enrolment will be on a strictly "first come" basis for each section, so please fill in the form quickly.  
**Because of the enrolment process for this one, the enrolment form is already available and can be found here.**

Our Wylam non-residential weekend (1st and 2nd September) this year will be devoted to music by Mozart. We are incredibly fortunate to be joined by Royal Northern Sinfonia's bassoon player extraordinaire Stephen Reay, who will coach wind players in the glorious Serenade for 13 instruments k.361, and by Aurora strings violinist Jo Montgomery and ex-BBC NOW violist Chrissie Slater who will lead (mainly) string players in the equally glorious Sinfonia Concertante.  The rather complicated timetable for the weekend will be ready in a few weeks, but, for the time being, get the dates in your diary if you want to take part in this special event. 

N.b. Flautists and trombonists – you may know that there are not a lots of parts for your beautiful instruments in the above works, but you're very welcome to join in by being honorary oboes and bassoons. We will also be playing other music by Mozart which does include you.

I hope that you're able to join us for some of the above. Don't forget to let Lorna know by filling in the enrolment forms as soon as they are available. I'll look forward to seeing you.

Andy  

That's all for this week, please do get signing up for the Tchaikovsky concert, it'll sound fabulous if we have every part covered! 

 
Best wishes,
Lorna
 
Event Coordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

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Cobweb News 2.6.18


I hope you had a lovely half term and you're looking forward to the rest of the Summer term – it's going so fast! 

In this weeks Cobweb News:
Conductors Day – it's tomorrow but there's still time to sign up!
Tchaikovsky 6th Symphony “Pathetique” in concert 
Other Cobweb performances

Guinea Pig Orchestra – Conductors Day
Sunday 3rd June, 11-4pm
Shadforth Village Hall, South Side, Durham DH6 1LL
Pay What You Think its Worth

Join Andy Jackson and the latest batch of budding conductors and become a part of the Guinea Pig Orchestra, allowing yourself to be tried and tested on! **We could particularly do with some more upper string players** 

Our 5 brave conductors need a supportive orchestra to practice with so please do come along for a really relaxed play through of pieces from the Cobweb Library. Repertoire to include: Elgar – Wand of Youth (March) and Kirby – Sunrise from Northumbrian Sketchbook, Mendelssonhn – Hebrides, Verdi – Overture to Nabucco and Holst – 1st Suite in Eb. 

We’ll enjoy a shared lunch on this day too, so please feel free to contribute.This event will be a Pay What you Think It’s Worth event, so bring along your loose change/notes and pay at the end based on how much you enjoyed the day. 

Don’t forget a music stand,  and please do reply to this email to let me know you're coming along!

Cobweb Orchestra in Concert
Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony “Pathetique” conducted by Andy Jackson
Saturday 16th June, Rehearsal 11 am – 4 pm. Presentation 5 pm. 
Acomb Methodist Church, 40A Front St, York, YO24 3BX
Cost for players: Members £12.50, Non-members £17 

Following a successful study day last December and some extensive work on this fabulous composition at our recent Sedbergh Residential weekend, we have decided to go public with it and present a concert performance in York. The concert will be on Saturday 16th June, with Rehearsal 11 am – 4 pm. Presentation 5 pm. 
  Cost to audience – Free. (There will be a bucket collection, and you will be invited to pay what you think it's worth)
It's really important we get a good sized orchestra to perform this amazing work, so please do sign up quickly so we know you're coming! The enrolment form can be found here. 
Parts are available to have a look at in advance here

Other Cobweb Performances
Please view our website to find out how to get tickets for the following upcoming concerts: 
https://cobweborchestra.org.uk/events/performances/ 
 

Elvaston Ensemble (wind quartet)

Friday 8 June, 7 pm, St Mary’s Church, Shincliffe, Durham. DH1 2ND

Please help raise funds for The Cobweb Orchestra’s Ludworth group, which is conducted by The Elvaston Ensemble’s clarinettist, Tracy Reed. We will also be supporting the 'If U Care Share Foundation’. Music will range from Classical pieces by Handel, J C Bach, Elgar and Debussy, to folk tunes, sea shanties and blues. 

Music for a Midsummer's Evening
Cobweb Cabaret Ensemble 

Flute music featuring Michael Cave, with Chrissie Macgregor and Tracy Reed, accompanied by Jennifer Reid 

Vocalist Eddie Gratton, accompanied by George Hetherington

Saturday 9 June, 7.30 pm, Ushaw College

This is another charity concert, presented by Elvet Methodist Church, in aid of Global Care Street Children in Guatemala City. The ticket includes a glass of Prosecco plus strawberries and cream.

Cobweb Chamber Orchestra

Saturday 7 July, 6 pm, Ushaw College

The programme will include Beethoven’s ‘Overture to Prometheus’,  Mendelssohn’s ‘Italian’ symphony, the ‘Furiant’ from Dvorak’s ‘Czech Suite’, and the Cello Concerto by Saint-Saens.


I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow at the Conductors Day.
 
Best wishes,
Lorna
 
Event Coordinator, Cobweb Orchestra
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Cobweb News 25.05.18

Firstly, thank you all so much for your cooperation in the GDPR new list forming process. I haven’t replied to your emails (as there were around 250 of you) but I’m delighted so many of you have chosen to stay with us, and if you recieve this, you’ve done the right thing! I’m sure there will be people who missed out, so please forward this, and ask them to sign up at this link: http://eepurl.com/dvRqbP. Continue reading →

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Cobweb News 16.05.18

What a fantastic weekend we had! Firstly, a huge congratulations to those who played in the reopening of the Middlesbrough Town Hall event on Friday, I heard it was fantastic, and really well received by the very large audience! Below is a great pic of you all. Then Peter Wood’s Haydn Symphonies project reached it’s halfway point on Sunday, thanks to all those who are supporting the days, and thank you to Peter for all his hard work and knowledge. Continue reading →

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Quick notice about this weekend

A full Cobweb News will follow this week but at the moment we don’t have an orchestra that would do justice to Tanya joining us for the Schumann Cello Concerto day this Sunday at Eldon. We’re particularly short of upper strings and woodwind. Please let me know as soon as possible if you are intending on attending so we can work out if we have a feasible orchestra to run with.

The enrolment form can be found here.

Best wishes,
Lorna

Event Coordinator, Cobweb Orchestra

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Cobweb News 02.05.18

What a fantastic event playing the Siblelius Violin concerto with Iona we had at the weekend, thanks to all of you who came along. I was impressed to hear the play through went very well! There’s lots more coming up this month that there’s still time to sign up to, so please do take a look below: Continue reading →

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Cobweb News 25.4.18

I hope you’ve had a nice few weeks and are ready to get back into a great term of events we have lined up for you! I heard that Sedbergh was a fantastic success, thanks to Christine and everyone who helped out. I’ve tried to keep this weeks news short, so please do read it, and keep an eye on the website for further updates. Continue reading →

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