Hi again everyone, and a very warm welcome to our Summer newsletter, covering August and September.

I’m pleased to say that we are now writing a small item on our website each week with a summary of what was discussed during our coffee morning and any links listed which might be handy for your future reference. So far, we have had positive feedback, so I hope you continue to enjoy! Our very popular coffee morning is a chance to chat with fellow Harmonica enthusiasts of all ages, and anyone is welcome, non-players as well as players. Pop in and see what it’s all about, every Friday morning starting at 11 am. Links below

Maybe you might like to try your hand at playing in our open mic?! No matter if you play three notes or take five!! Everyone is supportive, friendly and we have lots of fun.

We have had lots of changes going on within HarmonicaUK and I would like to thank you for your patience in waiting for this newsletter. Also, October Festival details have gone live on our website, events page and social media! There are lots of announcements and surprises which will take place over the festival weekend but just take a look at the fantastic lineup of artists that we have performing for us this year! Places are limited, so I encourage you to book your place as soon as possible. All of us from the communications team look forward to seeing you there.

That’s all folks!!

Suzy

Suzy Colclough - Communications Manager

A message from the Vice-Chair

It's been a very busy couple of months at HarmonicaUK, we've been planning the October Festival, and have a great lineup of artists and workshop leaders. I'd encourage you all to book a place and come along, it's going to be a fantastic event. We have our annual AGM on the Friday evening, where we need as many members as possible to come along, as we have to have a minimum number of voters to be able to vote all the officers in etc.. Some of the committee are leaving due to retirement and personal circumstances, so we will be celebrating their contribution to HarmonicaUK, and also welcoming some new committee members. 

Notice of Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of HarmonicaUK (formerly National Harmonica League) will be held at 7pm on Friday 21st October 2022 at Hillscourt, Rose Hill, Lickey, Birmingham B45 8RS during our October Festival.

AGENDA

  • Welcome
  • Minutes of the previous AGM and matters arising
  • Reports and accounts
  • Proposed amendment(s) to the constitution
  • (Re)election of committee members: Richard Taylor, Phil Leiwy, Barbara Tate, Simon Joy, Barry Elms, Suzy Colclough
  • Member proposed resolutions
  • Any other business

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please appoint the Chair as your proxy by emailing [email protected] before 19th October 2022.

Please see www.harmonica.uk/pages/agm-documents for copies of papers for the AGM, including previous minutes, reports and accounts, draft amendments to the constitution, and brief profiles of existing and proposed committee members. In addition, there is a proxy voting form and a committee member nomination form.

There are at least three committee vacancies so please consider whether you would like to stand yourself or nominate someone to carry out this valuable work. The main committee meets online about 6 times per annum and you will also be part of a subcommittee. A minimum commitment of 2 hours per week is expected. We are also seeking helpers, so please express an interest if you have expertise in events management, digital technology, graphic design, education, youth work, outreach or administration. Contact [email protected] for an informal discussion.

I hope to see you at the October Festival,

Barry

Barry Elms - Vice-Chair

Have you discovered our Facebook group yet?

As well as our brilliant website, http://harmonica.uk, we also have a Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/harmonicaUK/

This is your community for all things harmonica. It’s your space to show off what you’re working on and ask for advice. We love your questions and interactions with other players all over the world.

You’ll find all the links to the weekly Friday coffee morning, monthly Saturday Open Mics and announcements to HarmonicaUK official events such as the October Festival and the Chromatic Weekend. 

We’d love to welcome you to our HarmonicaUK community. Come on in.

Louise

Louise Goodridge - Social Media Co-ordinator

Newsdesk

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

A Message From The Chair
Pete Hewitt is standing down as Chair of HarmonicaUK at the October Festival. Pete reflects on his time as Chair, and the exciting future ahead for HarmonicaUK. Read more...

Adam Glasser - Autumn Harmonica Workshops on Zoom Monday afternoons 5th September - 17th October
Adam Glasser will be running a new series of innovative Harmonica Workshop/Lectures on Monday afternoons up until the HarmonicaUK October Festival. Read more...

Sarah Saputri releases new single and video
Indonesian singer and harmonica player, Sarah Saputri, has released a new instrumental called " White Horse Kuningan". This is an instrumental music composition that combines harmonica, traditional Indonesian music, and is inspired by the beauty of flora, fauna, and nature in the Kuningan region of West Java. Read more...

Klingenthal harmonica festival from 13th-18th September 2022 Including Seydel OpenPlayers and all music enthusiasts will be attending the International Harmonica Live Festival to celebrate an exciting weekend again with many concerts in the live night and jam sessions! Read more...

Liam Ward's latest free lesson - What's going wrong with my harmonica
In Liam Wards latest free lesson, he talks about why your harp may be sounding bad and gives ideas of how you can fix it. A decent harp is not cheap and Liam gives some solutions to common problems. Read more...

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

Saturday Sessions Open Mic - 3rd September 5pm
Meeting ID: 935 1770 9842 and Passcode: 123666

Friday Coffee Morning – 9th September 11am
Join us on Zoom for a chat about harmonicas, music and more!
Meeting ID: 999 3719 8697 and Passcode: 178801

Friday Coffee Morning – 16th September 11am 
Join us on Zoom for a chat about harmonicas, music and more!
Meeting ID: 999 3719 8697 and Passcode: 178801

Friday Coffee Morning – 23rd September 11am
Join us on Zoom for a chat about harmonicas, music and more!
Meeting ID: 999 3719 8697 and Passcode: 178801

Friday Coffee Morning – 30th September 11am
Join us on Zoom for a chat about harmonicas, music and more!
Meeting ID: 999 3719 8697 and Passcode: 178801

HarmonicaUK October Festival
21-23 October 2022 at Hillscourt near Birmingham.
See the Festival Event Page for details and bookings.



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