Check out YolanDA’s Band Jam on Saturday 23rd Feb at 10.20am on CBeebies, becasue you’ll see somebody you recognise on TV. Yes it’s our very own Will Wilde! He’s in the studio demonstrating the harmonica and sounding really cool! Catch him in the trailer below at the 37 second mark.
Wilkomnen, bienvenue, welcome!
We are delighted to welcome everyone at Eastbrook Primary Academy, Southwick, to our harmonica community.
From Wednesday 6th February, we will be operating weekly afternoon harmonica lessons with Richard Taylor.
If you attend Eastbrook and would like further details, just click the Gold Harmonica here on our homepage, and select the Free Taster option.
Quite a few Harp Academy grown-ups have mentioned a national TV advertisement for a well-known insurance broker, which features a hound dog playing blues guitar and a tom cat playing the blues harmonica. It’s great to see our favourite instrument enjoying some airtime.
‘Have you seen the ad?’, we’re frequently asked. Well, yes we have. And we hope you can keep a secret. That’s Harp Academy’s very own Will Wilde playing the harmonica track.
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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.
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.
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.