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, H2019 will see an exiting 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 Will Pound and Liam Ward.

This, will be an exiting 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 it's 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 link just 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!


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Liam Ward Liam Ward


The programme can be read or downloaded here.

Friday 16th August

Hartpury College

Saturday 17th August

Hartpury College

Sunday 18th August

Hartpury College


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


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)

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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.


Venue and Location

Hartpury College Campus

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.

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.