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 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 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!

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, just change the “Quantity” and click “Adjust”. After you have made your final selection, just 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

Programme

The programme can be read or downloaded here.

Friday 16th August

Hartpury College


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

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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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

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.