Newsletter 37 / Cobwebs Summer Programme

Well, the Prom weekend was something of a success and it was a great thrill to perform with Catherine Bott, who was delightful company as well as being a wonderful singer. She complimented the orchestra on how well we accompanied, especially that we actually listened to her, which is not always the case with professional orchestras. I’ve already heard a recording of the concert made by hospital radio and I think we sound fantastic.
There are a few Cobweb events taking place over the coming weeks (for instance in Gateshead on Saturday 4th August and in Middlesbrough on Saturday 11th August) which I’d like to encourage you to come to and tell all your friends about. Some of the events, such as the Intermediate Orchestra sessions, are particularly aimed at people who play an instrument, but may not have an orchestra in which to play it. If anyone of your acquaintance is in this unfortunate position, let them know about Cobwebs.
There is also a meeting of the Guinea Pig Orchestra, and we are putting on a few concerts, including one at Durham Cathedral on August 24th , which David Hutton has kindly agreed to organise and conduct as Liz and I will both be in Tuscany at the time. Then, in early September, a small group of players have been invited back to play at the Weardale Festival.
A completely new venture this year is the TUTTI orchestra. The idea is that absolutely anyone who wants to, whether they can play an instrument or not, should become part of an instant orchestra (as big as possible) giving a short, completely unrehearsed performance in a public place. The inaugural appearance of this new ensemble will be in Middlesbrough Centre Square to round off the Community Music Day we are running at the Town Hall.
Finally, once most people are back from their holidays, there is a very unusual event which would benefit from a small orchestra. For several months I have been working with staff and students from Newcastle University Linguistics Department and students from Tyneside secondary schools on a project snappily entitled “Setting language research to music”. It is now reaching its (possibly) final stage (well, it is research so there’s no knowing what might happen after), which entails a performance at The Sage Gateshead on Tuesday 11th September.
Please look at the newsletter for details of all these events and put them in your diary if you are interested.
Liz will start sending out enrolment forms shortly.
Newsletter 37

Posted by Liz Carlile