Learn to Play Day & Winter Harmonica Festival

Presta Atención! The Latin Masters are coming to Brighton

Saturday 2nd February 2018, The Brunswick, Brighton & Hove, UK

Harpin’ By The Sea has become a pillar in the annual international harmonica music calendar and it’s right on your doorstep. Our winter festival and ‘learn to play’ day, takes place at The Brunswick in Hove (UK) and it’s a fabulous occasion. Harp Academy grown-ups often mention they’d like to give the harmonica a go. With a full day of workshops for all ability levels, this is the perfect way to get started.

Furthermore, our Beginners’ learn to play day is open to Junior harmonauts 8-15 yrs too. So you could combine it into a mums and chums, or dads and lads fun day! Hot food and drinks can be purchased on site and there’s free wifi too.

For our wider audience, this year’s theme is Latin harmonica style. Fede Vaz (Uruguay), Marcos Coll (Spain) and The Blackjacks are making their way to Brighton to entertain, educate, challenge and amaze all our guests at HBTS9 with their infectious rhythms and musical pyrotechnics. So turn up, dig it and tell ALL your friends;  tickets are going fast.

You can secure your ticket, with reduced rates for Junior players, through The Brunswick website here. You can also visit the HBTS dedicated website at www.harpinbythesea.com to preview our fantastic programme of workshops for all abilities, exclusive master classes with Richard Taylor, Fede Vaz and Marcos Coll, our list of guests artists and instructors, and find the answers to all your logistical needs.

Looking ahead to Spring Term 2019..

A Happy New Year to you all!
As we prepare for the new school term, we very much hope you will continue music making with us in 2019. For those who have already renewed their subscription, this is greatly appreciated – thank you once again.

If you still wish to secure your place for the spring term, there are two simple steps to follow. Firstly, if you didn’t already do so in the autumn, please click the Gold Harmonica at the side of our home page and register your child’s details. Secondly, we need you to renew or set up your ongoing lesson subscription. There has been no price increase for the new term.

If you pay termly, the subscription rate remains £71.50. Payment can be made by BACS, or through the Store menu above (no need to log in at any stage). We can also take your payment over the phone if you experience any difficulty. For monthly subscriptions, transfer a one-off £18.75 now for January, then set up a Standing Order with your online bank for the same amount to go out on 15th January, and 15th of each month ongoing. You can cancel your Standing Order at anytime. If you already pay by monthly Standing Order, just leave this ticking over. Further payment information, including our account details is available here. (more…)

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Well done Robbie!

Junior National Harmonica Champion 2018-19

Congratulations to Robbie Nicholls in Y6 at Goldstone Primary School, who came first in the rock and pop category at this year’s national harmonica festival music competition. Robbie played Apache by the Incredible Bongo Orchestra on his new Hohner Special 20 harmonica. The tune was heavily sampled in the 1980’s as a backdrop to the emerging hip-hop music craze in America.

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Robbie used the piece to show his skills in rhythm and melody playing, as well as improvising with great trill, wah-wah and vamping technique. He also threw in the theme from a famous Western movie, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, as demonstrated here.

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We are processing some video footage of Robbie’s performance and will publish this shortly. In the meantime, well done Robbie, congratulations to his proud family and thank you to all our colleagues at Goldstone Primary School, Hove.

Elm Grove Primary School

Wilkomnen, bienvenue, welcome!

We are delighted to welcome everyone at Elm Grove Primary School, Brighton, to our harmonica community.

From Tuesday 25th September, we will be operating a weekly lunchtime Harmonica Club with Richard Taylor.

If you attend Elm Grove and would like further details, click the Gold Harmonica here on our homepage. We’ll get back to you as soon as we’re free.