Summer Postcard Competition 2019

We’re all going on a summer holiday

It’s that time of the year again. We’ve enjoyed some great lessons, some splendid school performances and, of course, dressed up as pirates for the Players’ Stage at the Paddle Round the Pier beach festival. No doubt many of you have already packed up your toot boots and headed off on holiday. Don’t forget, you can take a harmonica virtually anywhere! And that’s exactly what we’d like you to do.

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Wherever you are this summer, ask your grown ups to take a photo of and your harmonica, email it to us by midnight on 31st August 2019 (with permission to publish the picture here on the Harp Academy website), and you could be the winner of a brand new harmonica. First prize is a Hohner Remaster (key of C) and pouch. Second prize is a Hohner Special 20 (key of C). And there are colourful Hohner Happy Harmonicas for our runners up. We’re really looking forward to seeing all your entries – get snapping!

Born To Be Wild

Will Wilde is making good progress

As you may know from our emails last week, we received news that Will Wilde was involved in a road traffic accident on Monday morning 24th July. Will was riding his motorbike between Horsham and Cowfold when the accident occurred.

Will was airlifted to hospital in Brighton, where he was kept under observation for the rest of the week. He sustained fractures to his neck, spine, ribs and wrist, but made excellent progress and was released from hospital on Friday 28th June. Fortunately Will is a seasoned biker and was wearing all the appropriate safety gear. He also keeps himself very fit ands is set to make a full recovery.

Unfortunately it does mean that Will is unable to teach harmonica for the rest of the summer term and we are currently in the process of reorganising his timetable. We do thank you for your understanding while this is being tackled, as it’s a huge task.

In the meantime Will sends his thanks for all your get well cards and kind wishes.

Paddle Round The Pier 2019 – Let’s Rock!

Summer harmonica fun for all the family…

Harp Academy children of all ages and ability are invited to join our annual blow out on the Performers’ Stage at this year’s Paddle Round The Pier festival on Hove Lawns, on Saturday 6th July, 1pm. This is a great opportunity to end our harmonica season by tooting in public and enjoying the wonderful activities on offer in the PRTP festival arena.

Entry is free for children, so bring your family and friends, and help us make a massive noise! We will rendezvous by the Peace Statue at 12.30pm on Hove Lawns and our dress code is Pirates of the Caribbean! There’ll be plenty of opportunity to play all your favourite pieces and create some extra special memories. Further details below..

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Sample Lesson – The Saints

Mardi Gras Harlequin Mask iI want to be in that number

It’s time to learn some fun jazz on the harmonica and here’s a song everybody will recognise. It’s called When The Saints Go Marching In and it’s from New Orleans, The song has a long name, so we’ll call it The Saints for short.

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The Saints started life as an American gospel hymn and it was sung quite slowly. But once the Jazz Bands of New Orleans got hold of it, they soon gave it some swing! (more…)

Luke Skyscraper & The Treble Alliance

Aren’t you a little short to be a Stormtrooper?

Here are some harmonauts enjoying their Star Wars session with Ben Jones…

Star Wars is always a favourite with our students, but there’s plenty more musical fun we get up to each week at Harp Academy.

If you’d like to learn the harmonica at school, click the Gold Harmonica across the screen and let us know. Otherwise email us through the Contact link in our main menu and we’ll be happy to help.