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Title: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Bob Ellis on May 31, 2019, 09:32:52 AM
No sooner have we finished a very successful Melodeons in Wensleydale 2019 than we are planning for 2020! The dates are fixed (24-26 April 2020) and the line-up of tutors has been finalised. We have John Kirkpatrick, Hazel Askew, Steve Dumpleton and Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne, all of whom are virtuoso players and very good tutors, so we are looking forward eagerly to next year. Good weather has also been booked, although it cannot be guaranteed - what are the odds on glorious weather for three Melodeons in Wensleydale weekends in a row?

As usual, bookings won't open until 1 November, but people might like to start booking their accommodation earlier. We have reserved all the rooms in the Fountain Hotel, so please mention if you book there that you are booking for Melodeons in Wensleydale. We need to take all the rooms there to ensure that the evening sessions can take place without disturbing other guests. If you are staying on for Sunday night as well, the hotel will book you into the rooms directly above the session room so that we can have a Sunday night session, as we did this year.

Please spread the word and we look forward to seeing many of you in Hawes in 2020.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on May 31, 2019, 10:43:34 AM
Good heavens, that's a stunning line up of tutors.
Congratulations Bob and team...…
Might have to dust off my passport  ::)
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Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Julian S on May 31, 2019, 11:59:04 AM
Sounds like another trip to Wensleydale is obligatory for me ! Excellent tutors...

J

Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: playandteach on May 31, 2019, 02:21:49 PM
Yes, hoping to come back. Just got a resurgence of my mystery throat reaction, too much playing probably. But I'll hope to put that to rest, and as I so much enjoyed this year's one I wouldn't want to miss it next year.
Can't wait to see the intended workshops. Doesn't sound like there'll be a GC one from the line up.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Phil Howard on June 01, 2019, 09:32:14 AM
Doesn't sound like there'll be a GC one from the line up.

With the weather already booked (thanks Bob!), we can have an unofficial G/C session outside at the end of Saturday afternoon without even imposing on one of the "spaces" ;-)

Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Julian S on June 01, 2019, 11:28:46 AM
Yay - booked Hotel already. Must remember to pack the sun tan cream as the heatwave has been organised   >:E

J
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Winston Smith on June 01, 2019, 11:40:48 AM
This sounds like a truly wonderful weekend, and the line-up of tutors must surely be unsurpassed!
Please Bob, could you tell me (as my feeble brain cannot recall what happened this year) will attending the Saturday evening Tutor's Concert be restricted to paying participants in MIW?
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Nigel on June 01, 2019, 01:00:47 PM
Another great bunch of Tutors. We booked our flat before we left Hawes! Get in there.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on June 01, 2019, 01:23:13 PM
Right..... presume this is the pub recommended in Bob's first post?
http://www.fountainhawes.co.uk/

Also, please can someone give me a rough timescale of the event...….
i.e. start Friday, a 'meet' or session? ….end sunday evening?
etc. etc.
Just so I have a rough plan of it all.
ta
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Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Nigel on June 01, 2019, 01:34:39 PM
please can someone give me a rough timescale of the event...….
Friday afternoon-informal session in pub
Friday evening - informal session in venue followed by informal session in pub
Saturday day - workshops
Saturday evening - Tutor Concert followed by informal session in pub
Sunday day - workshops
Sunday evening - informal session in pub
In spare time, have a play on boxes from Acorn, Wesson, Gibb stores and buy one!
We arrived on Thursday to soak up the atmosphere of this lovely village. We left on Monday - knackered.     
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on June 01, 2019, 01:38:13 PM
Great, thanks Nigel.
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Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: brianread on June 01, 2019, 02:13:13 PM
This sounds like a truly wonderful weekend, and the line-up of tutors must surely be unsurpassed!
Please Bob, could you tell me (as my feeble brain cannot recall what happened this year) will attending the Saturday evening Tutor's Concert be restricted to paying participants in MIW?

Concert is part of the weekend fee - you can purchase extra tickets for partners etc.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: brianread on June 01, 2019, 02:14:19 PM
Right..... presume this is the pub recommended in Bob's first post?
http://www.fountainhawes.co.uk/

yes.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on June 01, 2019, 02:16:17 PM
thanks Brian.....
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Bob Ellis on June 01, 2019, 11:40:59 PM
This sounds like a truly wonderful weekend, and the line-up of tutors must surely be unsurpassed!
Please Bob, could you tell me (as my feeble brain cannot recall what happened this year) will attending the Saturday evening Tutor's Concert be restricted to paying participants in MIW?

It would be lovely to be able to open up the Saturday evening concert to a wider audience, but the concert hall only holds around 100 people and is filled to capacity with course members and their partners plus a few members of the museum staff and the local community who contribute to the event. There just isn't room for anybody else. Sorry!
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Bob Ellis on June 01, 2019, 11:47:40 PM
Can't wait to see the intended workshops. Doesn't sound like there'll be a GC one from the line up.

Although the workshop topics have not yet been agreed, it is unlikely, as you surmised, that there will be a G/C workshop on offer from any of the main tutors. However, it is quite likely that one of the mini-workshops (80-minute sessions late on Saturday afternoon with different tutors) will cater for G/C aficionados. We did this in 2018 and it seemed to be well received. Watch this space or sign up to the mailing list on our website to be kept informed of further details.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: playandteach on June 08, 2019, 10:28:55 PM
Thanks to the courage gained at Wensleydale I found myself playing in public last night. I was accompanying students for the early evening (on piano) but they needed a break (we were supporting an art opening). It was quite noisy, so I sat down and played about a dozen tunes, even having to talk to guests while playing - couldn't they see I was concentrating? Of course I had music there, and most things were in A minor, but still. Thanks Wensleydale (and Pascale especially).
Looking forward to playing with Heartshaped next week. Still hankering after that Castagnari 1914 that I tried from Pete of Acorn of course. But I'd have to sell everything else first.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Lin Erica on June 29, 2019, 10:03:33 AM
Hi
Calling all lady melodeon players.  I have provisionally booked the last remaining room at Fountain Hotel for 2020.  It is a twin bed room, and I would like to ask if another lady player would like to share with me,  to go halves with.   :|||:  They will hold the room until they get the next booking, so if anyone is interested please get in touch or message me
Lin

This is now sorted  :|||:  The room is booked  :|||:
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Phil Howard on October 18, 2019, 09:43:41 AM
Although the workshop topics have not yet been agreed, it is unlikely, as you surmised, that there will be a G/C workshop on offer from any of the main tutors. However, it is quite likely that one of the mini-workshops (80-minute sessions late on Saturday afternoon with different tutors) will cater for G/C aficionados. We did this in 2018 and it seemed to be well received. Watch this space or sign up to the mailing list on our website to be kept informed of further details.

Just took a look and lo! there are workshop details up on the website (https://melodeonsinwensleydale.org.uk/workshops-2020/)

And Bob has done it again: I want to go to all of them!
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on October 18, 2019, 11:50:26 AM
ooooh some juicy workshops there!
I've never been before, so am not sure of the etiquette.
Do I sign up somewhere now or make choices on arrival?
Q
looking forward to this!
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Phil Howard on October 18, 2019, 02:20:50 PM
Bookings open at the start of November and you apply for your preferences when you book.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on October 18, 2019, 03:55:02 PM
Ah right, thanks Phil
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Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Andy Next Tune on October 18, 2019, 03:57:35 PM
There were still a couple of larger rooms available at the Fountain when I called to book earlier today.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Julian S on November 01, 2019, 07:37:13 AM
And I note that bookings are now open !
Looking forward to some great workshops and meeting up with old (and new) friends, at a wonderful Spring event.

Julian
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: brianread on November 01, 2019, 07:54:06 AM
Please note that the early bookers may have got an email which mentions "May 2019" in the subject.  Sorry about that, my mistake, corrected now. Your booking is secure. >:( >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Tufty on November 01, 2019, 08:02:13 AM
Just booked!
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on November 01, 2019, 08:05:15 AM
Yep, just booked as well.
My confirmatory email says April.
Wow, a trip Ooop North for me then  (:)
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Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Alan Morley on November 01, 2019, 09:30:09 AM
Surprised that no-one posted a link to the event...

https://melodeonsinwensleydale.org.uk/

By the way - the website give the dates as Friday 24th April - Saturday 26th April - Sunday 26th April
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: brianread on November 01, 2019, 10:15:56 AM
Surprised that no-one posted a link to the event...

https://melodeonsinwensleydale.org.uk/

By the way - the website give the dates as Friday 24th April - Saturday 26th April - Sunday 26th April

Thanks for posting the link, I like to give the ones who are on our mailing list a small advantage before making it public, although it usually leaks out in a few hours!

Also thanks for the heads up on the dates - you can look at these things for hours and still not spot the obvious blunders!!
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Bob Ellis on November 01, 2019, 10:40:28 AM
We have already received a flurry of bookings and the most popular workshops are filling up fast, so don't leave it too long before booking if you want to be sure of obtaining places on your first choice workshops.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Daz Barry on November 01, 2019, 02:14:19 PM
All booked and so looking forward to the weekend.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Bob Ellis on November 01, 2019, 09:48:31 PM
53 people have booked places so far and three of the workshops now have only a couple of places left on them, so you'll need to be quick if you want to guarantee places on your first choice workshops. Those who have booked today should receive confirmation of their choices in the next few days.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: playandteach on November 01, 2019, 10:55:01 PM
Signed up now too. Hoping to get first choices of course. Really enjoyed it this year - sparkling stuff from some of my heros.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: David A on November 02, 2019, 09:31:13 AM
Booked.
Now I need to decide whether to stay at the CMC caravan site that is only a short walk away or at Bainbridge Ings that is less crowded, has glorious views but is further away.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Lin Erica on November 05, 2019, 11:18:23 AM
Hi  This is my first time at Melodeons in Wensleydale.  Having paid for a place, should we receive an acknowledgement??? 
 :|||:  ???
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Rob Lands on November 05, 2019, 12:25:27 PM
I got an email back with instructions of how to pay on the cheque/bank transfer route.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Lin Erica on November 05, 2019, 03:09:00 PM
I got an email back with instructions of how to pay on the cheque/bank transfer route.

thanks for replying.  I already did pay via Paypal and received an acknowledgment from them, just not from Melodeons in Wensleydale.  Being ultra cautious I spose  ;D
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Tufty on November 05, 2019, 04:28:44 PM
I did the same (Paypal) and understand that we will get confirmations of places on workshops soon(ish), next week?
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Bob Ellis on November 06, 2019, 12:01:40 AM
Sorry for the delay. A couple of workshops are proving very popular, so I have contacted the relevant tutors to ask the maximum numbers they are comfortable about taking in their workshops. I am awaiting a response from one of them, after which we will be able to confirm workshop choices.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on November 06, 2019, 08:07:23 AM
Thanks for the update Bob.
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Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Lin Erica on November 06, 2019, 07:37:02 PM
yes, thanks for the update