NHL - International Festival

August 16th - 18th, 2019 Hartpury College Campus, Gloucester, 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, H2018 will be another unmissable event in Bristol with Rob Paparozzi, Susan Souter, Eddie Martin, Martin Brinsford and Mirek Salmon.

This, as always, will be a fantastic weekend with workshops, contests, shops, and an International Gala Concert. Once again the festival will be held at the very popular Folk House in Bristol with its concert room, licensed café and workshop rooms, the one drawback being its many levels and tight staircases which make it very difficult or impossible for anyone with physical disabilities.

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; Viola Barends, Ben Bouman, 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 link just above to go to the desired area of the page.

It is time to book up your tickets and accommodation before the best gets taken. Remember, that previously the concert was a sell-out and some people who did not book in advance did not get in.

Introductory Video

... to the H2018 Festival Concert!

Artists

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Programme

The programme can be read or downloaded here.

Friday 26th October

Folk House

  • Informal meet and greet night from about 7pm.
  • All help is greatly appreciated to ensure the festival runs as smoothly as possible so we hope as many members as possible will join us earlier to help set up the venue for the weekend activities, we will be there from early evening. Please contact David Hambley if you can help in anyway.
  • The Annual General Meeting will take place in the Music Room at 8pm. The move to a Registered Charity has increased the number of members required to be present to achieve a quorum to a greater number than we used to achieve. Any NHL member who cannot attend the AGM who would like to provide a proxy vote should contact the Secretary, David Hambley. We need your support. Dave will provide the background and answer any questions.

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Please note, there is an error in the AGM agenda in Harmonica World on page 3, column 2. We have forgotten to increment the year. It should, of course, read '[1] Minutes of the 2017 AGM' and '[5] Members proposed resolutions - if any - to be sent to the Secretary by 12th October 2018'.

  • Following the AGM, at about 8:30pm, there will be jams in the Folk House - a blues jam with Ben Bouman and the Marbletones and a free play session for chromatic players with backing tracks.
  • Come and enjoy the night, and meet the committee.

Saturday 27th October

Folk House

  • Doors open at 9.15am.
  • The contest will take place in the main hall on the Saturday, starting at 9:45am, contestants in the hall for 9:30am please. Contest forms can be found here.
  • There will be the usual wide range of workshops running through the day to provide invaluable information on all aspects of harmonica playing. Details can be found in the programme.
  • There will harmonica manufacturers with all the harmonica wares you need as well as the opportunity to pick up a bargain in the lunchtime auction.
  • The Saturday evening concert, which starts at 7:30pm and runs until 11pm, features NHL members and well-known artists Rob Paparozzi, Susan Souter, Eddie Martin, Martin Brinsford and Mirek Salmon.
  • Sunday 28th October

    Folk House

    • Doors open for worshops commencing at 9:00am.
    • Workshops continue on Sunday morning as well as a contest in the Hall specifically for local Bristol and district children.
    • A Sunday afternoon concert follows where members, children and artists can all join in and perform.

    Note:

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


    Workshops

    We have three 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 26 workshops and 3 sessions covering these topics.

    The workshop programme for 2018 is currently being developed so may be subject to change, however, here are the latest drafts of the Saturday workshop schedule and the Sunday workshop schedule. Finalised details of the workshops will be included in the October/November issue of Harmonica World, due for publication in the first week of October.

    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.

    H2018 Workshop Overview (contents are subject to change without notice)

    (Workshop duration is 1 hour)

    Music Room

    Room 2/3

    Craft Room

    Concert Hall

    Friday evening

    8:00pm

    NHL Committee

    AGM meeting for all NHL members, commencing at 8:00 pm sharp.

    9:00pm

    Susan Sauter, Dave Taylor and Chris Collis in the café

    Chromatic Playing Session

    Chromatic.

    Ben Bouman and the Marbletones

    Diatonic Jam

    Diatonic

    Saturday morning

    09:20am

    Viola Barends

    Harmonica Ensemble Playing.

    Chromatic mainly but Diatonic, Tremolo and Orchestral also welcome.

    Dave Taylor

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

    Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo

    Hugh Barnet

    Learn the basics of playing melodies and improvising along to the Blues. For Beginners.

    Diatonic

    Concert Hall - Contest

    Solo Chromatic class.

    Chromatic

    10:30am

    Viola Barends

    Harmonica Ensemble Playing.

    Chromatic mainly but Diatonic, Tremolo and Orchestral also welcome.

    Giles Robson and Honeyboy Amps

    'Everything Little Walter' - Mic/Amplification workshop.

    Chromatic, Diatonic

    Neil Warren

    Chromatic Harmonica Blues: it’s easier than you might think. Good for Diatonic converts and existing Chromatic players.

    Concert Hall - Contest

    Solo Jazz class.

    Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo

    11:40am

    Viola Barends

    Harmonica Ensemble Playing.

    Chromatic mainly but Diatonic, Tremolo and Orchestral also welcome.

    Ben Bouman

    Using the Blues scale, root notes, and chord tones to improvise in different positions.

    Diatonic

    Ben Hewlett

    Blues - Sonnyboy Williamson workshop on ‘All My Love in Vain’. All levels welcome.

    Diatonic

    Concert Hall - Contest

    Group classes.

    Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo, Orchestral

    12:40pm

    Contest Rehearsal

    Contest Rehearsal

    Concert Hall - Auction

    Keith Parker conducts the auction.

    Saturday afternoon

    1:40pm

    Rob Paparozzi

    Tools for transitioning between both instruments plus Studio tips. Different from Rob's other workshop.

    Chromatic, Diatonic

    Mirek Salmon

    Accordina, Bandoneon demonstration and learning easy tango tunes

    Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo

    Lee Sankey

    Achieving Big Impacts From Micro Timing Shifts. Exploring how subtle changes in timing of one note can have a dramatic effect on a phrase or groove. Diatonic workshop but Chromatic and Tremolo players are also welcome.

    Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo

    Concert Hall - Contest

    Solo Diatonic Melodic class.

    Diatonic, Tremolo

    2:50pm

    Adam Glasser

    Bring your questions for Adam to answer - everything Chromatic.

    Martin Brinsford and Paul Burgess

    Traditional Dance Tunes from around the World.

    Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo

    Liam Ward

    Modern Blues Harp song study using grooves and solos from Liam's new album.

    Diatonic

    Concert Hall - Contest

    Solo Diatonic Blues & Rock class.

    Diatonic, Tremolo

    4:00pm

    Susan Sauter

    Let’s study a new Chromatic Classical piece with Yvonne Yang on piano. Different from Susan's other workshop

    Chromatic

    Eddie Martin

    May be in Concert Hall - Songwriting with harmonica - using harmonica to write themes and grooves as a basis for songwriting.

    Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo

    Ed Hopwood

    Incorporating other instruments into your harmonica playing and improving rhythm and groove.

    Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo

    Concert Hall - Contest or Eddie Martin

    Solo Diatonic Blues & Rock class or, if finished, Eddie Martin workshop.

    Diatonic

    5:00pm

    Neil Warren

    Traditional Irish Music Session - Café or outside.

    Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo

    Concert Hall - Contest results and prizegiving

    7:30pm for 7:45

    Concert Hall - Saturday Evening Concert

    Sunday morning

    9:20am

    Viola Barends

    Studying with the computer for all players.

    Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo, Orchestral

    Keith Parker

    How to create a performance covering all aspects of how to successfully perform in front of an audience.

    Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo

    Bertram Becher

    Customising, reed physics and maintenance.

    Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo

    Adam Glasser

    Contemporary Chromatic Jazz focused on Stevie Wonder, Larry Adler and Toots Thielemans.

    Chromatic

    10:30am

    Viola Barends

    Basic improvising for all players.

    Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo

    Ben Bouman and Marble Amps

    Amplification workshop.

    Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo

    Tony Perry

    How to play with better dynamics, spaces, phrasing, tension/release.

    Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo

    Rob Paparozzi

    Tools for transitioning between both instruments plus Studio tips. Different from Rob's other workshop.

    Chromatic, Diatonic

    11:40am

    Susan Sauter

    Let’s study a new Chromatic Classical piece with Yvonne Yang on piano. Different from Susan's other workshop.

    Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo

    Brendan Power

    Latest mad inventions. Slipsliders and Overblow Boosters.

    Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo

    Gerry Ezard

    How to get that Pro Sound.

    Chromatic, Diatonic

    Eddie Martin

    Q&ersand;A on Eddie's harmonica work, live and recorded – questions invited on rack harmonica/one man band/studio skills/songwriting.

    Diatonic

    12:45pm

    Ed Hopwood

    Bluegrass/old-time/blues session.

    Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo

    Spare

    Closed

    Concert Hall - Local Schools Contest

    Sunday Afternoon

    1:15pm

    Closed

    Closed

    Closed

    Concert Hall - Local Schools Contest Prizegiving

    1:30pm

    Concert Hall - Open Concert

    3:30pm

    End of Festival Clean-up of Concert Hall

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    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

    Retailers

    Steve Proctor of Sutherland (Hohner) and Howard Johnson from Suzuki should be showing their product range. All this is in the upstairs shopping rooms.

    Seydel will be present in force again and their room will have a full product display as well as their repair clinic, where you can check the state of your harmonica with Lars Seifert, Dr Bertram Becher and Jamie Dolan.

    Auction

    Our Auctioneer will lead the very successful lunchtime auction on Saturday, so bring your cash or cheque books and pick up a bargain.

    If you have any CDs, music or equipment etc. which you would like to donate for the auction, you can always email Bren Hewlett in advance to let him know. We need your money to run events like this, so dig deep.


    Venue and Location

    The 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.

    About Hartpury

    Hartpury is a great location. It is easy to get to being adjacent the M5 motorway; it has a handy railway station on the main west coast line and has Bristol and Birmingham airports relatively close.