UK Thereminisation! (Brits - do you fancy a get-together?)

Posted: 6/1/2006 5:48:20 AM

From: Perth, UK

Joined: 5/17/2005

Yes - sounds like a plan!

I'll need to do a bit of juggling with my schedule for next month, but unless something unexpected happens with work, then I'll be there.

I'll be coming down from Perth early that morning, so I hope the venue supplies strong coffee!

Posted: 6/1/2006 10:15:32 AM
Charlie D

From: England

Joined: 2/28/2005

I can't make the 7th of July. . . . :(
Posted: 6/1/2006 11:07:34 AM

From: germany

Joined: 8/16/2005

for me it would be too much of a journey to visit london for only one evening.
but if there will be some bigger event, like a weekend, in the future, i am willing to cross the channel for that. (for i want to come back to england for a long time now...)
Posted: 6/1/2006 1:29:23 PM

From: bristol, England

Joined: 3/18/2006

i cant travel to london on a friday just 4 1 evening. if it was a saturday i would be possable.
Posted: 6/1/2006 3:45:36 PM

From: Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, UK

Joined: 10/5/2005

Uh-huh. Pretty much as I anticipated so far.

Current version of the plan is - I'm going anyway. It's been decades since I went to a concert, and this sounds fun. Anyone that wants to tag along is welcome. :-)

Meantime, let's and hold fast see what other options arise. With a bit of luck maybe there will be an open air music festival with a theremin or two this summer.
Posted: 6/2/2006 6:04:09 AM

From: bristol, England

Joined: 3/18/2006

what bout the aston court orange music open air festable. there was a theremin there last year.

might not be one this year or maby theres more.

probaly to far for most pps but im going so tell me if u are
Posted: 6/2/2006 8:33:20 AM

From: Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, UK

Joined: 10/5/2005

Thanks for the tip-off, Zakiman.

Here's a link for it..

Bristol. 22nd+23rd July. (Weekend)

I see no mention of theremins on their site, so I have emailed them to ask if there will be one this year.

Also it seems Eggstock, up in Leicester, Saturday June 24th will have a theremin presence if anyone is interested.

And on a personal note - for some reason Watford Council has discontinued the Rainbow Festival, so no local open air gigs in walking distance for me this year.


Posted: 6/9/2006 6:58:47 AM

From: Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, UK

Joined: 10/5/2005

Well, it’s time to get a little bit more serious about this. I have received a response from the proprietor of the Musical Museum. But before I get to that there are a couple of things that need covering.

[b]My Credentials[/b]

This is not intended to be boastful, but, as Charlie pointed out by reminding us that I organised the Happy Birthday Theremin World surprise, an important factor in a successful event is having confidence in the organisation, so a relevant question is – Why me?

I have a history of organising things. It started off when I married my wife. In the Hindu tradition, the Groom’s family fund and organise the wedding. In my family’s tradition that responsibility falls to the Bride’s family. So we ended up doing it all ourselves. This involved three ceremonies (Civic, Christian and Hindu) in three locations and two sets of caterers for the festivities - all on the same day. Despite a few setbacks – i.e. being let down by the florist and the car hire company at very short notice – it all went without a hitch.

On the Internet I have organised a good few things based around Freemasonry. (Please, if you harbour negative opinions about Freemasonry, go discuss them on a Masonic forum, not here.) I published an eZine with a readership of about a thousand. This led to co-administering a mailing list of a similar size, which led to arranging a holiday travelling half-way across Canada for myself and my family, staying with members of the mailing list, and to raising thousands of pounds for charity by selling lapel pins (in the days before eBay and Pay-Pal) and to arranging a number of get-togethers and social events with led to my being the founding master of Internet Lodge, the world’s first internet based Masonic Lodge, and arranging a diary of successful events for my year in office. Since then the lodge has gone on to organise group holidays in Florida and the Netherlands, as well as the usual events and meetings expected of a Masonic Lodge.

In short, I have a fair history of organising events and things of one form or another and they have all been successful.

Also, when it comes to the business side of things, I have a secret weapon – my wife. You don’t get to be Customer Service Auditor for Europe, the Middle East and South Africa for a major multinational without knowing your stuff. She was known as “The Rottweiler,” but not to her face! Currently she works for a charity, extracting bad debts from Local Government. They don’t stand a chance.

[b]How I Work[/b]

My successes have all been about teamwork. I believe in utilising the best and most effective tools for the job, and that means people. Namely You!

The key principles are Total Information, Full Involvement and Shared Responsibility.

Total Information means working completely in the open. When there are setbacks, and there will be, we will all know about them as soon as possible and in as much detail as possible. This gives us the best possible opportunity to resolve them as quickly and easily as possible.

Full Involvement means you are a part of the team, not a customer who just has to make a payment and then sits back to enjoy the show. Not everyone will have an active role to play, but as part of the team it will be up to you to see ways of helping, to identify potential problems and to suggest solutions.

Shared Responsibility means not waiting to be told what to do. It means being proactive, offering to do things without being asked and then doing them without needing to be reminded. If you are going to do something towards the event, then you are responsible for getting it done. No excuses!

[b]The Musical Museum[/b]

I received a very positive response from Richard Cole, the proprietor.

The bad news is that Musaire’s theremin is irreparable. It does not work. :-( He does own a second Musaire theremin, which he has restored to working condi
Posted: 6/9/2006 8:05:02 AM

From: Perth, UK

Joined: 5/17/2005

Gordon - your credentials certainly justify you organising the event, and I am quite happy for you to do. It is great news that the Mr Cole is interested in supporting such a venture - the backing of enterprises such as the Museum (or any of the retailers I've mentioned before) would certainly help to take an event beyond an ad-hoc meeting in a pub.

I have no major problem with it being held near you, as I make monthly trips to London with work, so could schedule a visit to fit in. I realise that not everyone living at a distance from the capital is in such a position, though it is fair to say that London is more accessible than anywhere else in the country, so your suggestion of a longer workshop may make the trip more essential.

Ready, willing & able to volunteer my services if they are of any use (website design, sound engineering, dogsbody).

Posted: 6/11/2006 4:50:42 PM

From: Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, UK

Joined: 10/5/2005


Thank you very much for your reply. Sorry I did not respond immediately - I am just recovering from a nasty little virus. It has given me time to think about your kind offer.

My thought is that, popular as Theremin World is, I think this thread is reaching only a minority of British thereminists and I don't want to start spamming people to create interest.

There are quite a few Brit thereminist's websites - I keep bumping into them, but there is not a central information point for British theremin activity. That would be useful. I have an idea for a website.

[b]The UK Thereminist Register[/b]

This would be a place that British Thereminists could place profiles of themselves, indicating their availability for TV work or studio work, concert work etc, their locality, their website and so on, and also a place where they could announce gigs, new CDs and so on.

Nothing fancy, just a clean, neat little site. It should have an RSS feed.

I notice that is available, which would seem appropriate.

At its most basic the site could sit on blogspot or similar, I suppose, and I'd be happy to stump up for the URL - they seem to be quite cheap these days - but I'd like to hear your thoughts on low-cost or no-cost hosting.

This would provide a useful service to pro or semipro thereminists in publicising their activities, and to amateurs in providing the means to find other local thereminists, and to hear about gigs etc. It would also give us the opportunity to generate interest in the idea of the UK Theremin Workshop, by providing a well targeted means to promote it.

What do you think?


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