Our 13th Sedbergh Residential

Another fantastic weekend, with our largest orchestra ever at Sedbergh, playing Dvorak’s Symphony no. 7, Mendelssohn’s ‘Ruy Blas’ Overture, Rimsky-Korsakov’s ‘A Russian Easter Overture’, Smetana’s ‘Hakon Jarl’ and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with soloists from Trio Taliesin, who also treated us to a recital of Ravel and Shostakovich (very early on Sunday morning!) We are grateful to Peter Fisher, who stepped in at short notice on violin due to unforeseen circumstances.

Other highlights included a ‘midnight choir’ conducted by Andy Jackson after a visit to the pub, a concert party, an opportunity for everyone to play a second instrument, a Klezmer music session led by Peter Wood, and a lecture by Stephanie Robinson about the composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, which included excerpts from the beautiful clarinet quintet performed by Tracy Reed, with Tara Clifford on piano and Alice Jones on cello.

Thanks to everyone for their hard work to make the weekend such a success: Andy Jackson for everything musical, Christine Ball for organising the accommodation, the welcoming committee, Barbara Griffin and Graham Jarritt for the music library, the team serving teas and coffees, everyone who made delicious cakes, and all of the players.

Please come next year!

P.S. If you’d like the chance to play your second instrument in an orchestra again, please visit the Ludworth group on a Tuesday evening. You may see some familiar faces as there are already some Cobwebbers who go along with something else, so there’s also always someone who can offer a bit of friendly advice.

Posted by Tracy Reed