National Harmonica League - Chromatic Weekend

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NHL - Chromatic Weekend, June 21-22, 2014

Hillscourt, Rednal, Birmingham, UK.

The NHL Chromatic Weekend will be held over the weekend of 21-22 June 2014 at an exciting new location.

The Venue

Hillscourt is a delightful venue located in leafy South Birmingham, near to Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. It not only offers conference facilities but also has 55 en-suite bedrooms. It is situated within 25 acres of pretty gardens and is directly next door to the Lickey Hills from which there are breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

For more information on the venue click here.

Course Details

Registration will be from 9.00am on 21 June with the programme commencing at 9.45am. There will be 4 workshops running in parallel on Saturday with 2 sessions before lunch and 2 sessions after lunch, followed by an evening concert. Sunday will begin in a similar manner but with informal performances on Sunday afternoon and the weekend will draw to a close around 4.30pm.

The programme will include many familiar names including Chris Collis and Gerry Ezard leading 'Playing with the Band', Adam Glasser leading 'Jazz and Improvisation' and Viola Barends nurturing beginners and more experienced players wanting to develop new skills. Additional workshops will include masterclasses, advanced techniques and harmonica maintenance. There will be a full stage amplification set-up and advice on microphone technique and equipment.

A more detailed programme schedule will be available here in due course. This will be subject to change. Meanwhile, the advertising flier can be viewed by clicking here.

As usual, music and backing tracks will be provided in advance for a range of abilities. This will be distributed electronically in April to give ample time for practice before the event itself. Please state at the time of booking if you don't have access to email.

We are pleased to be supported by Seydel, Hohner and Suzuki Europe.


Feedback from the last Chromatic Weekend was very positive and here are a few of the comments.

  • "Thank you for another great weekend - again. Fantastic organisation and preparation."
  • "Very enjoyable, friendly, very interesting and got many tips and ideas. There's always something new to learn."
  • "I enjoyed greatly and learned a lot in this weekend. Everyone was very friendly and I received a lot of advice."
  • "Music in advance was great to get me playing chromatic again and made me get enthused about it. The weekend has been a blast!"
  • "I found the tutors very helpful and encouraging and the other participants very supportive."
  • "In view of the wide range of abilities, genre preferences and individual expectations, I cannot see how the programme could have been improved. A great achievement!"
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed the whole course - interesting, entertaining, educational and helpful."

Travel Details

Hillscourt is just 5 minutes drive from the M42 Junction 1 or the M5 Junction 4, and 30 minutes from Birmingham City Centre. There is ample free parking. If you prefer to travel by train then take the cross city line from Birmingham New Street to Longbridge Train Station and then it is a 5 minute drive to Hillscourt. The local taxi firm is Roundabout Cars contactable on 0121 4531234 or 0121 4531313. If you arrive on Saturday morning between 8.30 and 9.30 call 07900 926031 to be picked up by an NHL member (Hilvert Scheper).

The venue address is: Hillscourt, Rose Hill, Rednal, Birmingham, B45 8RS, United Kingdom, Tel 0121 457 6100. For directions click here.

Book Your Place

Places are limited so don't delay, especially if you would like on-site accommodation. Rooms reserved for course participants will also be open to the public from 1st March onwards.

The basic weekend package includes Saturday and Sunday workshops, Saturday evening concert and Sunday informal performances. A sandwich buffet is included on both days but the Saturday evening two-course meal is an optional extra. Food can be ordered from the bar, if needed, on Friday evening between 18:00 and 21:00. Single or double en-suite rooms can be booked for Friday and/or Saturday night and include full English breakfast.

Why not take advantage of our special discounted rate for non-playing partners? As well as listening to the concert and informal performances, they can enjoy the pretty gardens, venture into the Lickey Hills, play a round of golf adjacent to the hotel, or take the train into Birmingham and visit some cultural sites!

Please complete the on-line booking form here. Payment can be by cheque, bank transfer or PayPal - details are provided below. If you are paying by bank transfer, please be sure to email David Hambley to let him have details and the amount so that we can track the payment.


  • If paying by cheque, please make it out payable to the NHL and post to David Hambley, contact details below the PayPal table.
  • If paying by bank transfer, pay into the NHL bank account, sort code 30-93-17, account number 01908198 and please be sure to email David Hambley to let him have details
  • If paying by PayPal please click the 'Add to Cart' button from the table, below, which corresponds to your choice. One tick signifying one of that item and two ticks, two of that item.
  • If you do not see the combination you want in the PayPal table, please contact David Hambley for a PayPal invoice or price for your payment.
  • If the non-playing partner does not wish to have the sandwich buffet on Saturday and/or Sunday, again, please contact David Hambley for a PayPal invoice or price for your payment.
Weekend Package Weekend Package - non-playing partner Saturday two course evening meal Single Room - Friday Single Room - Saturday Double Room - Friday Double Room - Saturday Total Cost PayPal
✓✓         £175.00
✓✓       £242.50
✓✓     £310.00

Further details and information from:

David Hambley
7 Ingleborough Way
PR25 4ZS

Tel: 01772 461974
Mob: 07757 215047

View details of the Chromatic Weekend 2012

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