Welcome to our October Newsletter. As I type, our 2023 festival is but 3 weeks away! We do have a few tickets left for sale, so it's not too late if you want to come along. The schedule is now available for you to have a look at - if you like the look of what you see, get in quick! 

Every year at our Festival we have our AGM. If you can't make it in person, we ask that as a HarmonicaUK member you please complete our Proxy Vote form. If we don't get enough votes for the committee members, we then have to hold another vote a few weeks later, so it's important that we get as many proxy votes in as possible before the AGM happens. 

You will find all the relevant paperwork (such as committee member profiles) on our AGM Documents page. Once you've had a look there, please go to the Proxy Vote Form and complete it - it's a really quick job, fill in your name, email, and address, and then a couple of clicks on the resolutions - of course we request that you support the Committee and vote for both resolutions. If you have any questions about the process or any of the resolutions please get in touch with our secretary - [email protected].

The eagle-eyed among you will spot in the AGM paperwork that I'm stepping down as Chair of HarmonicaUK at this festival. I've got a lot of personal commitments which have colluded to leave me with nowhere near enough spare time to give to the role of Chair. I took on the role of Chair a year ago when Pete Hewitt stepped down, and in that last year the Committee have together run two successful live events, weekly Zoom coffee mornings almost every week, our always popular monthly Zoom open mic sessions, and the hugely successful bi-monthly Saturday Session Workshops (special thanks to Dave and Suzy for organising and hosting the open mic and Saturday sessions!) We have also worked hard behind the scenes making sure that we are fully compliant, and as safe as possible from cyber-threats, by moving most of our IT systems and data onto a new Google Workspace, including harmonica.uk email addresses for all trustees and volunteers. 

I'm really proud of what the Committee and volunteers have all achieved in the last 12 months, I've been very fortunate to work with such a fantastic group of people that give their time and energy freely to support HarmonicaUK and the harmonica community. Although I'm stepping down as Chair, I'm not leaving completely, I will be remaining on the Committee with the less time demanding role of Webmaster. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of the HarmonicaUK Committee and volunteers for their help and support over this last year. In particular I'd like to thank and congratulate Dave Colclough for agreeing to take on the role of Chair of HarmonicaUK - Good luck Dave!

Finally, don't forget to log in tomorrow, Saturday 7th for our Zoom Open Mic at 5pm - pop along with a song at the ready or simply sit and listen in the comfort of your own home! The Open Mic is closely followed by our next Zoom Saturday Session with Adam Glasser, Saturday 14th October at 5pm, a Q&A session on Chromatic Harmonica that is not to be missed.

That's it for this month, I look forward to seeing some of you at Hillscourt at our festival, and hope that you all have a great October. Thanks in advance for your support with the proxy voting, it will enable the committee to continue their great work for harmonica for another year. 

Happy Harpin'


Barry Elms, Chair

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Newsdesk brings you a selection of items from the HarmonicaUK Newsdesk this month. Click "Read more..." to read the full news item.

HarmonicaUK 2023 Festival - last few tickets!
Our 2023 festival starts 3 weeks today! We have just a few tickets left for what promises to be a fantastic weekend of fun, music and all things harmonica! Featured artists: Rob Paparozzi, Adam Glasser, Beata Kossowska, Aidan Sheehan, and Cathal Johnson. Check out the link for the full weekend schedule. Read more...

Easy pop songs & things I wish I knew as a beginner!
Free lesson learning eleven songs with Liam Ward and five things he wish he knew as a beginner. Read more...

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Events this month - Read more and Zoom links on our Events page…

Harmonica UK - Open Mic Sat 7th October 5pm UK time
All levels, all styles, and a friendly atmosphere. You can also come and just listen in too.
Details here...

HarmonicaUK Friday Coffee Morning - Friday 13th October 11am UK Time
Join us on Zoom every Friday Morning 11am UK time for a chat about harmonicas, music and more! Meeting ID: 999 3719 8697 and Passcode: 178801.

Saturday Session with Adam Glasser - Sat 14th October at 5pm UK time
Informal Q and A session on chromatic harmonica. Details here...

HarmonicaUK Friday Coffee Morning - Friday 20th October 11am UK Time
Join us on Zoom every Friday Morning 11am UK time for a chat about harmonicas, music and more! Meeting ID: 999 3719 8697 and Passcode: 178801.

HarmonicaUK Festival 2023 - 27-29th October 2023
Our annual festival at Hillscourt Hotel near Birmingham, where we welcome Rob Paparozzi, Adam Glasser, Beata Kossowska, Aidan Sheehan, and Cathal Johnson. 
Festival 2023 details and tickets

Please note there will be no Coffee Morning on Friday 27th October as we'll all be at our 2023 Festival.

HarmonicaUK Friday Coffee Morning - Friday 3rd November 11am UK Time
Join us on Zoom every Friday Morning 11am UK time for a chat about harmonicas, music and more! Meeting ID: 999 3719 8697 and Passcode: 178801.

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