Hello everyone,

Welcome to our first monthly newsletter which will compliment our new quarterly hardcopy Magazine. This 12 month trial will hopefully be more sustainable for the editorial team. Additionally, this is a greener option and a lot more of the moment for news within the world of harmonica.

So what’s changing? From January we will be communicating with you via the magazine and newsletters 16 times per year, up from just 6 magazines per year. In addition to the 4 hard copy magazines we will continue with the accessible and electronic ISSUU versions of the magazine.

I am thrilled to announce that Barry Elms is now Head of Communications/Vice-Chair. Dave Colclough will step us as Editor on the 1/12. These are exciting changes as we explore ways to be more inclusive. I would like to wish Barry and Dave good luck as I know they will continue to bring positive change to HarmonicaUK.

Don’t forget that we have a members only forum on our new website Harmonica.uk - please make use of this new member facility communicate with other members around the UK and Worldwide.

At the time of writing, we are about to start our plans for a Chromatic Weekend for next June. You will notice that I haven’t used the word virtual! Our plans are for some sort of hybrid weekend. Watch this space.

As I close I would like to thank all of team HarmonicaUK - our President, VP, Patrons, Ambassadors, Committee and Helpers - for all their help this year. I am sure 2021 will be remembered for change being the only constant.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.

Pete

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

Past Chair Roger Trobridge has accepted the role of Patron for HarmonicaUK, and also received a lifetime achievement award. Read more...

Paul Gillings, who many of you will know from our festivals, has been signed to Bad Monkey Records. Read more...

Shirish Swami has recorded a moving cover of Brothers in Arms using chromatic and diatonic harmonicas. Read more...

Aidan Sheehan is working with Mind in Hereford offering harmonica workshops for people dealing with a range of mental health issues. Read more...

Events this month

Saturday Session - Rachelle Plas - 27th November 5pm
Join Rachelle to hear about her vision as one of HarmonicaUK's new Ambassadors, as well as a diatonic harmonica workshop. Read more...
Use the Zoom Link, or Meeting ID: 935 1770 9842 and Passcode: 123666

Friday Coffee Morning - 3rd December 11am
Join us on Zoom for a chat about harmonicas, music and more! Read more... 
Use the Zoom Link, or Meeting ID: 999 3719 8697 and Passcode: 178801

Friday Coffee Morning - 10th December 11am
Join us on Zoom for a chat about harmonicas, music and more! Read more... 
Use the Zoom Link, or Meeting ID: 999 3719 8697 and Passcode: 178801

Saturday Session - Christmas Open Mic - 11th December 5pm
This is your opportunity to come along to play or listen to some festive tunes! Non-seasonal songs are welcome too. Hosted by Sam-ta Boy Wilkinson. Read more...
Use the Zoom Link, or Meeting ID: 935 1770 9842 and Passcode: 123666

Friday Coffee Morning - 17th December 11am
Join us on Zoom for a chat about harmonicas, music and more! Read more... 
Use the Zoom Link, or Meeting ID: 999 3719 8697 and Passcode: 17880

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