Image: Suzy holding a harmonica outside in front of red flowers

Hi everyone, welcome to our May newsletter!

I’m going to keep my part reasonably short as there are lots of exciting announcements to be made by our Chair, Barry Elms! What I am going to share with you is how amazing our Chromatic Weekend was! 

We had fantastic feedback from all who attended. People were thanking the team as they got up to play in the Sunday delegates concert. Huge shout out to every single person in the events team who put in months of work to ensure we have, and can enjoy, these weekends together.

We were treated to a show with first class sound and lighting by our production manager, Pete Hewitt and his trusty gopher, Barry!!🤣  The ambience was fantastic and had lots of energy! 

There was an ensemble project, directed by Hilvert Sheper, who managed to get around 10 of us all playing two tunes which we learnt in about 3 1/2 hours!! 

Our artists, Isabella, Phil and Paddy were second to none, they provided us with the truly stunning Saturday evening concert as well as informative and fun workshops! We seriously cannot thank everyone involved enough, including our members who attended and made the whole weekend very special indeed.

Anyone who was unable to attend our Saturday Session Workshop with Sam Spranger will be able to find the complete recording in the members only section on our website, which also includes material provided to us from Sam to accompany the session - the video will be edited and published in the next couple of weeks. 

Our next Saturday Session is with Ben Hewlett on June 24th, 5pm UK time. It will cover improvisation on all types of Harmonicas in the key of C and is suitable for all levels, so we very much look forward to that one! 

Check out our website for all information of forthcoming events, gigs, courses and much more. 

Before I sign off I'd like to welcome Lee Franks to the communications team, he is doing a sterling job with social media for us. Finally, book quickly for our October festival when tickets become available and keep reading on for the exciting announcements from Barry.

Until the next time,


Suzy Colclough, Communications Manager

P.S. Don’t forget our Open Mic on Zoom - link here 
This month will be on Sat May 13th at 5pm UK time due to the coronation the week before.

Image: Barry playing harmonica with a microphone

As we enter May, after a fantastic Chromatic Weekend near Birmingham, realisation is dawning on the HarmonicaUK events team that our main festival is now less than 6 months away! 

First though, the Chromatic Weekend - I'd like to echo Suzy and thank the events team, artists and workshop leaders for putting on a world-class event. I was busy gophering all weekend for production manager Pete Hewitt (he runs a tight ship!), so unfortunately didn't make it to any workshops, but everyone I spoke to had enjoyed them very much. We were treated to two top-notch concerts, by the weekend artists, and also the delegates. Thanks also to all our members who came along and supported the event. 

If you haven't already made a note in your diary, pop in the weekend of 27-29th October later this year for the HarmonicaUK Festival 2023! It's looking to be a fantastic weekend already, we have Rob Paparozzi from New York, our own Adam Glasser, and Sarah Saputri from Indonesia lined up so far. There will be more details in the Summer edition of Harmonica World magazine, which is heading towards print very soon.

Speaking of magazines and events, I'm pleased to announce that Dave Colclough, the current editor of Harmonica World, has accepted a change in role on the Committee - as of the Chromatic Weekend, Dave has taken on the role of Vice-Chair of HarmonicaUK. He will also be taking on the role of Events Manager, so he will be looking after the planning of the coming Festival in October. Dave has done a fantastic job as editor, and I'd like to wish him good luck in his new roles!

This of course, leaves the role of Editor of Harmonica World vacant - but not for long! I'm happy to announce that our Ambassador Sam Spranger will be joining the HarmonicaUK Committee in the role of Editor. I'd like to wish Sam good luck in his new role! Dave and Sam will be co-editing the next issue of Harmonica World to ensure a smooth changeover.

As we edge towards the summer, HarmonicaUK is in a great position with lots of great people volunteering their time to put on great events, in person and online, and provide all our members with newsletters and top-quality magazines. We are a few people short though. We are currently looking to fill the following roles:

  • Advertising co-ordinator - quarterly check-in with advertisers about new adverts for the magazine. Works with advertisers, the editorial team and treasurer.
  • Communications writer - working as part of the comms team, preparing articles for the website and social media
  • Membership secretary - working with the treasurer and our membership system to make sure all membership records are up to date when payments are made.

If you have some spare time and would like to support our charity in supporting the harmonica community, please get in touch with [email protected]

Have a great May everyone, don't forget to check out the events below, it would be great to see you at a coffee morning or at the Open Mic. 

Until next time, happy harping!


Barry Elms
Chair, HarmonicaUK

Image: Newsdesk header, Microphone and harmonicas on a wooden table

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

What is Paddy Richter?
Free lesson from Liam Ward & the chance to win a harmonica

Sorarmonica Duo: Barber - Adagio Op.11
Beautiful music to watch free

Free Lesson - Blow bends vs Overblow
What’s the difference? With Liam Ward

Read about these items and more on our Newsdesk page...

Image: Events Header, hand holding up a harmonica

Events this month - Read more and Zoom links on our Events Page

HarmonicaUK Friday Coffee Morning - Friday 5th May 11am BST
Join us on Zoom for a chat every Friday Morning 11am UK time to talk about harmonicas, music and more! Meeting ID: 999 3719 8697 and Passcode: 178801

HarmonicaUK Friday Coffee Morning - Friday 12th May 11am BST
Come and join us every week on Friday mornings at 11am UK time. Meeting ID: 999 3719 8697 and Passcode: 178801

HarmonicaUK Open Mic - Sat 13th May 5pm UK time 
Join us for our monthly Open Mic on Zoom. Whether you're new to playing harmonica or a seasoned performer, you are very welcome. Details here...

HarmonicaUK Friday Coffee Morning - Friday 19th May 11am BST
Come and join us every week on Friday mornings at 11am UK time. Meeting ID: 999 3719 8697 and Passcode: 178801

HarmonicaUK Friday Coffee Morning - Friday 26th May 11am BST
Come and join us every week on Friday mornings at 11am UK time. Meeting ID: 999 3719 8697 and Passcode: 178801

HarmonicaUK Festival 2023 - 27-29th October 2023
Hillscourt, Rednal, Birmingham, B45 8RS

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