Welcome to HarmonicaUK

Whether you've been playing the harmonica for a long time, or you've just picked one up, HarmonicaUK (formerly National Harmonica League) has something for you. We provide a forum for players, teachers, music therapists, collectors, harmonica repairers, manufacturers, and retailers. Membership starts from 20 GBP.

Although the focus is on UK, we do have members around the world. If you play Diatonic, Tremolo, Chromatic, Orchestral, Bass or Chord harmonicas, it's all about the harmonica so come and join us!

Getting started

One of the hardest things about learning the harmonica is how to get started. What harmonica should you buy? What resources are available? How do I find a teacher? Don't worry, HarmonicaUK is here to support you.

Our FAQ will get you on your way. If you're looking for a teacher, the Members' magazine (Harmonica World) has a list of tutors. You can also email Dick Powell (edu@harmonica.co.uk) who will point you in the right direction. If you have a general enquiry, then get in touch!


Find out more about becoming a HarmonicaUK member, or if you need to renew your membership.

Zoom Boom!

Since the start of the pandemic, we have been running weekly Zoom sessions for our members. Firstly there is the Friday Social at 11am lasting an hour for a relaxed chat with other harmonica players, totally free. Non-members are welcome too. Meeting ID: 999 8524 1071 Passcode: 632992

.... then on Saturdays we have the Zoom Lockdown Sessions - demos and workshops for players of all abilities. You can see what's coming up for the next few weeks. Videos and presentations are available from some of the previous sessions. Workshop leaders have included Jason Ricci, Adam Glasser, Richard Gjems, Will Wilde and Marcin Dyjak.

Latest news

The Lockdown Sessions continued with the monthly open mic. Thanks to everyone who participated and watched- there's some great talent out there! 


This week we welcome Rachelle Plas, who will be talking about how to improvise on the harmonica, and create a harmonica part using simple notes, rhythms and effects.

We are pleased to say that we are now able to offer members an audio version of Harmonica World. Find out more.

Download for free!


The April/May edition is jam-packed! There are features on Dennis Gruenling and Cy Leo. We also hear from Brendan Power and introduce the HarmonicaUK Exec Committee. There are other pieces from members including Dogfish Colclough who is helping us make our magazine more accessible. Also, album reviews, part three of the history of NHL/HarmonicaUK... and all the usual features. 

Not a member? Find out how to join us.

Many congratulations to Pete Hewitt

on becoming HarmonicaUK's new Chairman, taking over from Ben Hewlett after 8 years at the helm. Ben is now the Vice President of HarmonicaUK. All of us at HarmonicaUK wish them all the best in their new roles.

HarmonicaUK would like to thank all the artists and participants who made the VIRTUAL OCTOBER FESTIVAL a great success. The donations exceeded our expectation and will help artists who have lost their livelihood due to the pandemic. If you do have any feedback, then please email publicity@harmonica.co.uk. We'd really like to know what worked well, and what improvements can be made if we hold a future virtual event. Don't worry if you missed any sessions, most of the videos are now available on Festival Page.

You can relive the Virtual Chromatic Weekend! All workshop videos are now available.