Hello everyone,

Shaping HarmonicaUK’s future 

Happy New Year! Welcome to our January newsletter. As a member of HarmonicaUK you will have noticed some significant changes to the organisation recently. Our Website and Newsdesk have a fresh new look. Harmonica World magazine has undergone a professional upgrade and, backstage, our membership process and infrastructure have had a thorough overhaul. 

We still have some housekeeping to complete, but HarmonicaUK is now ready to write its next chapter as a charity. Expanding our membership, in particular by supporting diversity of harmonica interest, is our goal. To achieve this, we have to identify initiatives that HarmonicaUK can support through outreach, promoting harmonica learning and enjoyment at every level. 

It’s a wide brief, but already we are working with prisoners, developing a harmonica for breathing programme, and supporting our younger learners. We now need to draw on the expertise of existing members to help drive these projects forwards and identify other ways in which HarmonicaUK can be of use to the community at large. Creativity, inclusivity and kindness are at the forefront of this mission.

To help shape HarmonicaUK’s future purpose through outreach, an open forum will take place on Zoom on Sunday 20th March 2022, 10.30am-Noon, hosted by Richard Taylor and Laina Freeman. Log-in details will be communicated nearer the time. The forum is open to anyone interested in helping with our existing projects, which we will profile at the meeting, and to anyone with suggestions for new outreach initiatives nationally or in their local community.

We look forward to welcoming you on Sunday 20th March 2022 and hearing your ideas. In the meantime, if you already have inspiration you’d like to share, please email us at:

Richard Taylor – [email protected]
Laina Freeman – [email protected]

With kind regards,

Richard

Richard Taylor - Head of Outreach

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

Do you have a spare hour to support the Harmonica Community? HarmonicaUK would love too hear from you if you have as little as an hour a month to spare to help support your harmonica community. We are looking for people to help with:

  • Newsdesk - writing articles etc
  • Social Media
  • Web site
  • Events (online and in-person)
  • or any other skills you have to offer

If you would like to get involved with the vibrant, friendly and fun group of folks behind your favourite harmonica charity then please get in touch with us by email to: [email protected] or Read more...

The Adam Glasser Septet will be playing South African jazz at East Side Jazz Club in London 4th January 2022 Read more...

Blues harp player and singer Mat Walklate and guitarist and singer Alex Haynes, both well known blues artists, have been working on a project bringing British blues into new territory. The result is some of the best blues music of recent times. Read more... 

Liam Ward Music - January Gigs - Read more...

Events this month

Friday Coffee Morning – 7th January 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 - January Open Mic - 8th January 5pm
Keep your New Year's resolution of playing more harmonica by coming along to the HarmonicaUK open mic. Whether you are new to playing harmonica or you’re a seasoned performer, you are very welcome. You can also come and just listen in too. Hosted by Sammy Boy Wilkinson. Read more...
Use the Zoom Link, or Meeting ID: 935 1770 9842 and Passcode: 123666

Friday Coffee Morning – 14th January 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

Friday Coffee Morning – 21st January 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 – 28th January 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

Have you got a harmonica story? Upcoming gigs? Single or album release?  
Newsdesk can help spread the word for you with our members
Please contact us at [email protected]  
HarmonicaUK - Registered Charity no. 1131484 (England & Wales)

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