Hands Off 2009 - big news!

Posted: 2/25/2009 6:20:30 PM

From: Surrey, UK

Joined: 7/31/2007

Dear Fred

As a former Hands Off and Sonic Weekend attendee, I can assure you that anyone who comes with oscilloscopes, harmonic analysers and enthusiasm will find people to talk to, and will be making music (albeit 'experimental') before the end of day one.


Posted: 4/24/2009 4:40:08 AM

From: Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, UK

Joined: 10/5/2005


Twenty of us are going to take over a church hall and record an album in two days flat!

I know it sounds unlikely, but this will be the sixth such album I have been involved in and it works. And it is a whole load of fun - plenty of learning and socialisation to be had for all.

Lots of news...

[b]Dates[/b] Hands Off 2009 will be held on the 28th and 29th of August. (Friday and Saturday.)

[b]Cost[/b] £20 - That is [i]twenty[/i] UK pounds. This does not include accommodation.

[b]Venue[/b] All Saint's Church Hall, Croxley Green. We will be there from 9am to 7pm on both days.

Here (http://maps.google.com/maps?client=safari&q=WD3+3HJ&oe=UTF-8&ie=UTF8&split=0&ei=hHLxScmrF8S9-AbSwOS2Dw&layer=c&cbll=51.646292,-0.455804&panoid=iloz7FrRcwOnAAHRUilIBw&cbp=12,39.17133363701139,,0,1.9940103041732995&ll=51.649941,-0.459924&spn=0.007442,0.019183&z=16&iwloc=A) is the Google Maps street view of the venue.

[b]Hotel[/b] There is a Premier Inn within walking distance. link (http://www.premierinn.com/pti/hotelInformation.do?hotelId=24143)

[b]What to do now.[/b]

Email me. gordonc at theremin dot org dot uk.

Do not send me money yet. Do not book the hotel yet.

Tell me that you [i]are[/i] going to attend.

Tell me which nights you want a bed at the hotel. Thursday, Friday and/or Saturday. Tell me if you are coming alone or want accommodation for a partner/friend/family etc. Tell me if you are happy to share a room to bring the cost down.

Do be quick. There are only 20 places to fill, and starting on Monday I will be contacting my rather long list of people I know will be interested who don't necessarily follow the theremin world forums.

[b]What will happen next.[/b]

Once the 20 places are taken, we will try to negotiate a better deal with Premier Inn. Do not assume we will be successful - assume it will cost the amount quoted on the Premier Inn website. That way you will not be disappointed, and you may get a nice surprise.

When this is done I will contact you with details of how to pay by cheque or paypal.

Posted: 4/24/2009 2:05:11 PM

From: Derby UK

Joined: 2/17/2008

I would love to come but those dates clash with my main summer holiday....so no can do :-(
Hope you get sufficient interest (I'm sure you will), and look forward to hearing all about it.
Good luck
Posted: 4/25/2009 1:19:33 PM

From: Jax, FL

Joined: 2/14/2005

That sounds like a lot of fun. I don't know if I will be anywhere near Merrie Old England anytime soon, though.
Posted: 4/29/2009 6:53:46 AM

From: Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, UK

Joined: 10/5/2005

[i]Hope you get sufficient interest (I'm sure you will)[/i]

Indeed! I emailed a carefully selected bunch of my theremin contacts less than an hour ago, and 20% of the places have gone already.

Sorry you can't make it though. :-(

Diggy - I'm still holding out for you!

Posted: 5/1/2009 4:53:07 PM

From: Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, UK

Joined: 10/5/2005


Just over a third of the places are gone, and slightly more people again have let me know they are trying to clear their diaries or book leave to attend - if they all succeed that leaves only five places remaining.

If you're thinking of coming, don't hang about!

[update - 45 minutes later] theoretically only three places left - I now have two more on the "maybe" list.[/update]
Posted: 5/4/2009 10:48:46 AM

From: Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, UK

Joined: 10/5/2005

Almost two thirds gone. Getting very close to financial viability..

Exciting times.
Posted: 5/11/2009 11:55:46 AM

From: Perth, UK

Joined: 5/17/2005

Looking forward to this...


(or should that be U-LOT?)
Posted: 5/11/2009 3:46:19 PM

From: Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, UK

Joined: 10/5/2005

So am I!

The great news is that I now have enough definites to pay for the hall, so it WILL happen.

And there are enough probables to fill the remaining spaces more than twice over, so they are now on "first come, first served." (*)

I'll have more to say before the end of the month.

(*) I will still accept bookings from people who have not contacted me yet.
Posted: 5/27/2009 7:24:55 AM

From: Hillsborough, NC (USA)

Joined: 2/13/2005

Bumping this up to see if we can get more of you to register for this amazing event!

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