Sedbergh Residential Weekend, March 28th – 30th

Sedbergh Residential Weekend is approaching very quickly and I’m forwarding a letter from Andy telling you a little bit about what is planned as well as a timetable of events.
bed-linen is provided but you need to bring your own towel
to bring your own drinks (both soft and alcoholic); tea and coffee are available at mealtimes and the planned breaks, but may not be readily available during the evening
the swimming pool will be open for us early on both Saturday and Sunday mornings
to bring your concert dress (black bottom, white top and waistcoat) for the end-of-weekend concert
If you want to come to Sedbergh, as either a resident or a day visitor, let me know as soon as possible. If you’re not sure how to enrol or what the cost wil be, or have any other questions, please ring me on 01642873973 or 07914 956786 or email me on the address above.
Enrolment Form Sedbergh 2008
From Andy
9th Spring residential weekend
Friday 28th – Sunday 30th March 2008
Is it that time again already? The last year has been a bit breathless but maybe the relaxed atmosphere of Sedbergh School will give us time to mull over everything we’ve achieved since becoming an independent charity and dream up some interesting opportunities for the future.
If you are one of the hundreds of players I have met who are new to Cobwebs over the last few months, it would be wonderful to see some of you at Sedbergh and get to know you a little better.
You don’t have to come for the whole weekend, and it doesn’t matter if you haven‘t already enrolled; we welcome people for any of the sessions (see attached enrolment form). Cocktails and dinner are quite early on Saturday, so even if you need to head off home afterwards, you can still enjoy this highlight of the social calendar.
Our guest conductor for the weekend is Laurence Perkins and he’ll be encouraging us to play the Saint-Saens “Organ” symphony and Beethoven’s 7th. There’ll, as ever, be surprise items too, (including pieces for each section to play) and a chance to run through Mahler’s 1st symphony (though we won’t be attempting this in the end-of-weekend concert).
Other “firsts” are an illustrated lecture on Handel by Brian Tanner and “Tutors’ surgeries” where anyone can book in a few minutes with section leaders and conductors to discuss the weekend’s repertoire or wider issues about your playing.
The highlight of the weekend is always the Saturday evening concert party, and I like to have some idea of who is performing what before we get there, so if you do have any items, please let me know by scribbling on the bottom of your enrolment form or dropping me a line ( Remember that you don’t have to be note-perfect to play and that whilst serious endeavour is appreciated, so too is anything which raises a smile.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Andy Jackson
Friday 28th March
5.00 p.m. Onwards. Arrive and book into accommodation
6.30-7.30 p.m. Dinner
7.45-9.45 p.m. Full orchestra rehearsal: introduction to the weekend’s repertoire
Saturday 29th March
8.00 – 9.00 a.m. Breakfast.
9.45 – 11.15 a.m. Cobweb callisthenics – an orchestral warm up.
11.15 – 11.30 a.m. Coffee break.
11.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. Full orchestra rehearsal – a closer look at the main pieces
1.00 – 2.00 p.m. Lunch
2.00 – 3.30 p.m. Large ensemble session – music for strings, wind and brass.
3.30 – 3.45 p.m. Tea break.
3.45 – 4.45 p.m. “Mahler for tea“. A run through the 1st symphony.
4.45 – 6.00 p.m. Lecture. “Friderich Handel: A most modern entrepreneur” by Prof. Brian Tanner AND
5.00- 6.00 p.m. “Tutors’ surgeries” – a chance to consult conductors and section leaders.
6.00 – 6.30 p.m. Pre-dinner drinks.
6.30 – 7.30 p.m. Dinner
8.00 p.m. Concert party
Sunday 30th March
8.00 – 9.00 a.m. Breakfast.
9.00 – 9.45 a.m. “CPR” – some advice from Richard Best
9.45 – 11.15 a.m. Sunday Supplement – diverting start to the day’s music making
11.15 – 11.30 a.m. Coffee break
11.30 a.m.- 1.00 p.m. Sectional rehearsals with tutors from the Leaders’ Group
1.00 – 2.00 p.m. Lunch
2.30 – 4.00 p.m. Prepare concert items
4.00 p.m. Tea break
4.15 p.m. End-of-weekend concert
6.00 p.m. Home

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