NHL - Chromatic Weekend

June 20th - 21st, 2020 at Hillscourt, Rednal, Birmingham, B45 8RS, UK.

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Hillscourt, B45 8RS is a delightful venue located in leafy South Birmingham, near to Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. It not only offers conference facilities but also has 55 en-suite bedrooms. It is situated within 25 acres of pretty gardens and is directly next door to the Lickey Hills from which there are breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

Travel Details

Hillscourt is just 5 minutes drive from the M42 Junction 1 or the M5 Junction 4, and 30 minutes from Birmingham City Centre. There is ample free parking. If you prefer to travel by train then take the cross city line from Birmingham New Street to Longbridge Train Station and then it is a 5 minute drive to Hillscourt. The local taxi firm is Roundabout Cars contactable on 0800 7835789 or 01245 4531234.

Book Your Place

Places are limited so don't delay, especially if you would like on-site accommodation. Rooms reserved for course participants will also be open to the public from 1st March onwards.

The basic weekend package includes Saturday and Sunday workshops, Saturday evening concert and Sunday informal performances. A sandwich buffet is included on both days but the Saturday evening two-course meal is an optional extra. Food can be ordered from the bar on Friday night between 6:00pm and 9:00pm - the bar remains open until midnight. Single or double en-suite rooms can be booked for Friday and/or Saturday and Sunday nights and includes full English breakfast.

Why not take advantage of our special discounted rate for non-playing partners? As well as listening to the concert and informal performances, they can enjoy the pretty gardens, venture into the Lickey Hills, play a round of golf adjacent to the hotel, or take the train into Birmingham and visit some cultural sites!

Further details and information from:

David Hambley
7 Ingleborough Way
LEYLAND, Lancashire, PR25 4ZS


Feedback from previous Chromatic Weekends at Hillscourt have been very positive and here are a few of the comments from the 2016 Chromatic Weekend.

  • Great outcome for the hard work of organising committee.
  • Magic. What a great weekend. Lots of friendly people and very approachable tutors.
  • An inspiring weekend with excellent guidance and gentle approach to us participants.
  • Brilliant.
  • Another fantastic effort by the tutors and the organising team.
  • Very enjoyable weekend. 1st class tutors. Would like you to consider pre course book/CD form as previous years. (Costing?) Thought the auctioneer was brilliant.
  • Excellent event. Especially the sound system was great. Well done Hilvert.
  • Very well organised weekend.
  • Well ran all weekend. Please run ”Using Computer to Improve Playing” next year as I was in another class.
  • Brilliant! Really enjoyed the entire weekend including the great company of my fellow players including jam sessions in the bar till late.
  • As a visitor enjoyed very much. I have even bought a Harmonica! Hope to see you next year. Met some good friends.
  • Thanks for another enjoyable and rewarding weekend.
  • Well Organised.
  • Great workshops.
  • For 2017 – Theory of music for advanced.
  • Great weekend.
  • Very good. Thanks.
  • Excellent weekend. Thanks to the organisers and the top class tutors and musicians taking the sessions. World class.
  • Very Enjoyable. It ran very smoothly
  • Very pleased with the group lessons.
  • Excellent. Well organised. Gets better every year. Best Saturday concert yet.
  • Loved it all.
  • Set List

    We have selected and prepared sheet music and tab for the Set List of music that there will be opportunities to play from during the weekend in addition to the workshops you will attend. There will also be scores for the accompanying orchestral harmonica (chord, bass, etc) parts and if required please request them and a link to them will be sent to you.

    To download a pdf sheet music (with tab) of the tune just click on it, download it from your browser or print it. If you wish to hear an MP3 of the tune just click that link to download in a similar way.

    This is the promotional video for 2017.

    Workshop Leaders/Musicians

    Educational Bursary

    A part or full training bursary may be available to eligible applicants who can demonstrate that they meet specific criteria. Further details can be found by clicking here for a pdf version or here for an editable MS Word version.

    Course Needs

    Please let us know your details and any special needs by clicking the following link for the Booking Form.

    Course Details

    The Programme

    How to Pay