NHL - International Festival

August 16th - 18th, 2019 Hartpury College Campus, Gloucester, GL19 3BE, UK.

Some photos from previous festivals can be seen, right.

This 2019 festival webpage will gradually evolve as more details, such as for the new venue and the artist names, become available.

           

Following, once again, the huge success of last year's festival, we have organised another event packed weekend for every type and style of harmonica player. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, H2019 will see an exciting change of venue. We will be moving to Hartpury College Campus, which is residentual (those who want to can stay in local B&Bs or camp on site) so the atmosphere will hopefully be more relaxed and hands-on. The artists so far signed up are Joe Powers, Will Pound, Palamino Bros and Liam Ward.

This will be an exciting weekend with the usual workshops, contests, shops and International Gala Concert but in a new and different setting. As mentioned it will be held at Hartpury College with its restaraunt, licensed bar until late, and more comfortable Workshop rooms. And it is disability friendly.

In addition to the artists headlining the concert there will be other well-known artists taking part in activities around the festival. Some of the artists who have have been recently are Brendan Power, Gerry Ezard, Ben Hewlett, Lee Sankey, Bertram Becher, Ed Hopwood, Keith Parker and others ...

This page shows the overall organisation of the festival with details of programme, artists, shops, location, accommodation and transport. Just click the tab above to go to the desired area of the page.

It will soon be time to book up your tickets and accommodation as our allocation of rooms will go on sale to the public in March.

Introductory Video

... to the H2018 Festival Concert!

Artists

Move cursor over image for details.

Liam Ward Liam Ward



Pricing and Payment

How to Pay

Payment by PayPal

Just click the appropriate PayPal button for each item, this will open a 'Your Shopping Cart' page. You can adjust the quantity there if you want to, for example, if you want 2 Saturday Evening Concert tickets, change the 'Quantity' and click 'Adjust'. After you have made your final selection, click 'Checkout' or if preferred, 'Checkout with PayPal'. If you have left the 'Your Shopping Cart' page, click 'View Cart' to return to it.

Please note, we anticipate that most people will be staying at Hartpury so will need to click the PayPal buttons for the Weekend and Saturday Night Concert, and for the desired accommodation, ie, the required buttons for Friday night, Saturday night or Sunday Night accommodation.

Please also note, Hartpury only has single rooms with en suite shower and toilet facilites, however, for couples attending we will be able to allocate adjacent or very close together rooms for them.

Payment by Cheque

You can pay by cheque by completing the application form and sending it with your cheque in £s, payable to the NHL, to David Hambley, 7 Ingleborough Way, Leyland, PR25 4ZS. Prices are as below in the PayPal table.

Ticket Reservation

you can reserve your tickets by contacting David Hambley so you can pay for them when you get to Hartpury.

Notes

  • The Weekend Day ticket gives entry to Hartpury for all the daytime activities/workshops/shops/videos etc., including watching the contest which takes place on Saturday, but not the Saturday evening concert
  • Concessions - NHL Members are entitled to pay for one additional family member/partner at the NHL Member rate.
  • Non-members please provide contact details (email adress, mobile number) so that you can be contacted to confirm receipt of your payment and told of arrangements for ticket (wristband) collection.
  • There is NO Contest entry fee this year to encourage entries of both NHL members and non-members. Contestants must also purchase a Weekend Day ticket.
  • Contestants - please visit Online Contest Form to let me know the details of the music you intend to play, or alternatively, please email David Hambley details of each contest class entered, Name of Piece; Composer; Arranger; and Accompaniment wanted - the Online Contest Form is easier. Contest rules and information are on the contest webpage

Important Note for Children (aged 17 and under) attending

Children need to be accompanied at all times by their responsible adult so must take accomodation off site as Hartpury only has single rooms.

Payment by Cheque

Payment can also be made by posting a cheque for the appropriate amount to David Hambley made out to the “National Harmonica League” or “NHL”, to the amount from the payment table below, in GBP.

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.

Item Cost PayPal
Weekend and Concert - Please Note, if, as is likely, you plan to stay at Hartpury you need to purchase your accommodation, below! Please select option for Member, Non-Member or Child. Member, £65, Non-Member £68, Child £33
Combined Weekend/Concert
Weekend Day (excluding the concert) - meals may be purchased at the Graze Restaurant.Please select option for Member, Non-Member or Child. Member, £45, Non-Member £47, Child £23
Weekend only excluding Concert
Saturday day player, including concert - meals may be purchased at the Graze Restaurant. Please select option for Member, Non-Member or Child. Please select option for Member, Non-Member or Child. Member, £45, Non-Member £48, Child £22
Saturday Workshops/Concert
Saturday day player only (excluding the concert) - meals may be purchased at the Graze Restaurant. Please select option for Member, Non-Member or Child. Member, £25, Non-Member £27, Child £13
Saturday Day Player
Saturday evening concert only. Please select option for Member, Non-Member or Child. Member, £20, Non-Member £22, Child £10
Saturday Evening Concert only.
Sunday day player - meals may be purchased at the Graze Restaurant. Please select option for Member, Non-Member or Child. Member, £20, Non-Member £22, Child £10
Sunday Day Player
Full Board Single Room, includes Evening, Breakfast and Midday Meals - Friday night £57.60
Full Board Single Room, includes includes Evening, Breakfast and Midday Meals - Saturday night £57.60
Full Board Single Room, includes Evening, Breakfast and Midday Meals - Sunday night £57.60

Campervans/Caravans/Camping - please note there are limited pitches available as there is a major equine event taking place that weekend. Meals are not included but are available at the Graze restaurant Breakfast: is £8.40, Lunch: £9.00 and Dinner: £10.20

Campervan/caravan/camping pitch - Friday night £18.00
Campervan/caravan/camping pitch - Saturday night £18.00
Campervan/caravan/camping pitch - Sunday night £18.00
Competition Entry - please note, there is no fee for entry to the contest to encourage entries None

Weekend Details

Programme

The programme can be read or downloaded here.

Friday 16th August

Hartpury College, GL19 3BE


Saturday 17th August

Hartpury College

Sunday 18th August

Hartpury College

Note:

The views of Workshop Leaders are their own and not the responsibility of the NHL.


Workshops

We have four rooms dedicated to workshops on Saturday day and Sunday morning. The workshop topics will include the usual wide range wide of subjects to help and inspire you all! These will be for players of all ages and styles from beginner through to advanced; tuition covering all styles of playing; diatonic; tremolo; chromatic; classical; blues; melodic; jazz; and harmonica repair and maintenance. There will be a total of 33 workshops and 3 sessions covering these topics.

The workshop programme for 2019 is currently being developed so may be subject to change, however, please see below for the latest version of the workshop schedule.

If you are a qualified workshop leader and would like to run/contribute to a workshop please talk as soon as possible to Ben Hewlett.

Workshop Overview (contents are subject to change without notice)

Please note: 'Earl Grey and the Biscuits' will be playing acoustic rock, jazz, folk, classical, blues, pop, Celtic, Latin, world music all day and will invite everyone to join them at any time on any instrument.

and also, Rick Edwards, our Blues Guitarist from the Friday jam session, will be playing blues all day and will invite everyone to join him at any time on any instrument.

(Workshop duration is 1 hour) Click the link for a downloadable version of the the 2019 Workshop schedule.

H2019 Festival Schedule Friday 16th August 2019

Time Legends Bar Red and Black Cafe
8:00pm-9:00

Lecture Room 1 - AGM

9:00- late

Blues Jam

Chromatic Jam


H2019 Festival Schedule Saturday 17th August 2019

Time Classroom 1/Live room Classroom 2/ Mainly Diatonic Lecture Hall 1/ Mainly Chromatic Lecture Hall 2/Live Music sessions room Lecture Hall 3
09:20-10:20

Dave Taylor

Welcome - especially for first-timers. A special chance for beginners to ask questions.

Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo, Orchestral

John Cook

Diatonic tinkerings under the hood.

Contest

Solo Chromatic class.

Chromatic

10:30-11:30

George Liddell

Rhythm & Reading.

Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo, Orchestral

Ben Hewlett

Blues - learn to play the Orange Blossom Special.

Diatonic

Davina Brazier

Playing rounds on harmonica - open to all. A great way to practice music in a fun environment.

Lee Sankey

Blues session - come and play!

Diatonic

Contest

Solo Jazz class.

Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo

11:40-12:40

Osamu Yoshie

TBC

The art of Tremolo playing discussed.

Tremolo

Liam Ward

Diatonic Workshop

Diatonic

Sam Spranger

Beginner's Theory

Chromatic

Will Pound

Folk Session - come and play!

Chromatic, Diatonic ,Tremolo, Orchestral

Contest

Group classes.

Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo, Orchestral

12:40-1:40 Lunch Time
1:40-2:40

Eva Hurt

Eastern European Folk Music for all levels and all harmonicas.

Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo, Orchestral

Ed Hopwood

Tongue Block Techniques for playing Old-Time Music.

Diatonic

Patrick Byrne

New sounds on Chromatic.

Chromatic mainly, but Diatonic, Tremolo, Orchestral also welcome.

Dave Taylor

Guitar and Piano Jam

Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo, Orchestral

Contest

Solo Diatonic Melodic class.

Diatonic, Tremolo

2:50-3:50

Palamino Bros

Orchestral play-a-long where the Palamino Bros play Bass and Chord harmonicas and the participants play the solo part.

Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo, Orchestral

Will Pound

Everything Folk.

Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo, Orchestral

Joe Powers

Chromatic mainly, but Diatonic, Tremolo, Orchestral also welcome.

Sam Spranger

Jam with Sam on Chromatic - come and play!

Chromatic

Contest

Solo Diatonic Blues & Rock class.

Diatonic, Tremolo

4:00-5:00

Shirish Swami

TBCLet's play Indian music on harmonica together.

Lee Sankey

Diatonic Workshop.

Diatonic

Tewkesbury Harmonica Group

Discussion, playing, Q&A.

Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo, Orchestral

Interview session

Stars of the weekend interview each other on stage.

Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo, Orchestral

Contest

5:00-5:30

Contest

Contest results and prizegiving.

7:30 pm for 7:45 until 10:30 ish Legends Bar - All-Star Concert

H2019 Festival Schedule Sunday 18th August 2019

Time Classroom 1/Live room Classroom 2/ Mainly Diatonic Lecture Hall 1/ Mainly Chromatic Lecture Hall 2/Live Music sessions room
09:20-10:20

John Cook

Chromatic Tinkerings under the hood.

Chromatic

Chris Collis and Pals

Tune session.

Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo, Orchestral

10:30-11:30

Eva Hurt

Playing in Trio or any sized ensembe - best practice.

Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo, Orchestral

Liam Ward

Diatonic Workshop.

Diatonic

Joe Powers

Chromatic mainly, but Diatonic, Tremolo, Orchestral also welcome.

Ed Hopwood

Bluegrass/Folk session - come and play!

Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo

11:40-12:40

Will Pound

Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo, Orchestral

Ben Hewlett

Blues - learn to play \magic Dick's 'Whammer Jammer'.

Diatonic

Sam Spranger

Jam with Sam on Diatonic.

Diatonic

12:40-1:30 ish

Palamino Bros

Orchestral play-a-long where the Palamino Bros play Bass and Chord harmonicas and the participants play the solo part.

Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo, Orchestral

Harmonica Question Time

Bring your questions for the panel to answer.

Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo, Orchestral

1:30pm Legends Bar - Open Concert
3:30pm

end of festival clean-up.


Contest

The NHL Player of the year contest in 4 solo classes (Chromatic, Jazz, Diatonic Melodic and Diatonic Blues & Rock) plus duo, trio, etc., classes takes place in the concert hall on the Saturday of the festival. Contestants - please visit Online Contest Form to let me know the details of the music you intend to play, or alternatively, please email David Hambley details of each contest class entered, Name of Piece; Composer; Arranger; and Accompaniment wanted - the Online Contest Form is easier.

Another alternative is to download a hard copy form. Click Festival Application form, for this including contest details, and Festival Information leaflet, with more details of the contest classes, can be downloaded by clicking these links.

The contest page gives more details, including rules and names of previous winners.

Adjudicator - we are fortunate to have an experienced adjudicator - David Beer - from the Federation of Festivals to officiate at the contest. He has a lot of experience of youth music and has been involved in a wide range of music styles, West End Theatre and touring productions. David has produced a 'Tips' sheet to give guidance in what is expected of contestants in the various classes. This can be downloaded from here. More details can be obtained from David Hambley.


Shops


Venue and Location

Hartpury College Campus, GL19 3BE

Park Street

Park Street

Our two and a half day festival will take place at the Hartpury College Campus near Gloucester, a sports and equine college with all the on site facilities needed for holding a successful festival.

Getting There - Hartpury College, GL19 3BE

Hartpury is a great and picturesque location in rolling countryside. It is easy to get to, being close to the M5 motorway; it has a handy Railway Station on the main west coast line; equally handy Bus and Coach Station; and has Bristol and Birmingham airports relatively close.

By car

Hartpury College is on the A417, 6 miles North West of Gloucester.

From the M5:

Leave at Junction 11 and follow the A40 towards Gloucester. At the first roundabout, turn towards Ross-on-Wye. At the third roundabout, take the A417 towards Ledbury. After leaving Maisemore, the College is signposted at the second turning on the left.

From the M5 north

Leave at Strensham Interchange, Junction 8, take the 2nd exit onto M50 heading to South Wales/Ross-on-Wye for 1.5 mile. Leave at Junction 1, and take the A38 exit to Malvern. Continue on the A38 until reaching the A438 Junction and turn right onto the A438 for 2.7 miles, turn left and continue for 0.4 miles after the B4211 has joined from the right then turn left onto the B4211 for 4.8 miles. Turn left onto A417 and turn right onto Corsend Rd in Hartpury for 1.8 miles then turn left after 0.5 miles. Turn right at the signpost for Hartpury College.

From the M50:

Leave at Junction 2 and follow the A417 south towards Gloucester to Hartpury. Continue for approximately 10 miles. The College is signposted to the right.

From London and the M4:

Leave the M4 at Junction 15 and follow the A419 towards Cirencester. At Cirencester the A419 becomes the A417. Follow the A417 towards Gloucester and the M5. At the roundabout at the Air Balloon pub, take the first exit towards Gloucester. Take the second exit at the next roundabout. At the next roundabout take the third exit (A40) towards Ross-on-Wye. Continue on the A40, heading straight on at the next two roundabouts. At the third roundabout, take the A417 towards Ledbury. After leaving Maisemore, the College is signposted at the second turning on the left.

By train or coach

The nearest train station and coach stations are in Gloucester. During the College's summer break there is no bus service from Gloucester to Hartpury. So we recommend for those arriving by train or coach Andy Cars taxi service in Gloucester. The cost from Gloucester to Hartpury is £12. Andy Cars can be reached on telephone 01452 523000 or Freephone 0800 9177945

If you wish to taxi-share we suggest that you let me, Dave Hambley know your expected arrival time by email and I will put you in touch with others, if any, who are willing to taxi-share.

We suggest meeting at The Regal (Wetherspoon), St. Aldate Street, located not far from both Gloucester Railway station and Gloucester Bus and Coach station.