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Some Regional Meets Now Zooming

Some regional get togethers have been transformed into Zoom Events. If you are a regular attendee, you will get an email about this. Please ask organisers or check the online events page if you would like to join in.

New Listing of Teachers and Resources

We asked our tutors from recent and cancelled events to provide information about tuition and resources they offer to help you on your musical journey. These are either online or UK based. You can see what they are offering here.

Halsway Manor Dulcimer Week Cancelled

The event in May has been cancelled and Halsway is closed until at least June 1st. We understand they hope to ask the same tutors back next year. Please check with Halsway Manor’s website for more information.

Nonsuch Annual Weekend 2020 Postponed

After discussion with Denstone College and with the rest of the Nonsuch committee, we have decided to postpone this year’s Annual Weekend in October. 

Although it may seem soon to be making this decision, we had a few reasons:

  • Our contract with Denstone has increasing cancellation fees, with more than half being due if we wait till after April to cancel. Our club cannot afford to lose this amount of money;
  • We wanted to make a decision before there were commitments not only by us, but also by our tutors, on advance air fares especially;
  • With an uncertain future at present, asking members to commit to booking an event in the next few months (most of our bookings are usually made by the end of June) seems unreasonable.

We have said ‘postponed’ rather than ‘cancelled’ because Denstone have offered to let us carry our non-refundable deposit over to 2021, and have booked us in for the equivalent weekend next year: October 22nd – 26th (Friday – Tuesday).  Hilary has already written to our tutors and asked them if it will be possible for them to come back in 2021 – we had a great line-up and we were really excited for this year’s event.

We still need Dulcimer music in 2020!

We are starting to explore with our 2020 tutors, and others, offering some programs for Nonsuch members during the year, using online technology such as Facebook live, Skype or Zoom. Many tutors such as Dizzi, Mark Alan Wade, Erin Mae and Steve Eulberg already do this. Karen Mueller is keen to come next year and has set up online workshops and lessons. More to follow on this, and all ideas welcome via email or Facebook.

Lastly, we do need to have a Nonsuch AGM during the year, with at least 15 members present – perhaps a one-day session around September if feasible. Something to look forward to …