Harmonica for lung health

Learn a new skill, strengthen your breath and have some fun.


You will learn to play some folk, country and blues music, as well as learning new breathing techniques and strengthen your breathing and coughing muscles.

The harmonica sessions are run by Chris Startup, who is also a Singing for Lung Health Practitioner and has been running lung health groups for more than six years.


What do you need?

You will need a C major diatonic 10 hole harmonica for the sessions!



The six weekly sessions will take place from 10:30 to 11:30am every Thursday, and we ask that you attend all six sessions if possible. 

We ask that if you've attended this course in the last 6 months you don't register again just yet. We want these sessions to be available to as many people as possible.

We understand your health may not allow this but ask you do your best and let us know if you can't attend.


The next set of sessions start on Thursday 21st March at 10.30am, but places are limited

Register here


On Friday 2nd February, the group had their moment in the spotlight when they were featured on ITV Meridian at the Harpin' by the Sea Festival in Hove. Harmonica for Lung Health Leader, Chris Startup, led a special workshop to help people with lung conditions work on their breathing techniques.
You can watch it here

Our sessions are designed to give you the opportunity to try something you may not have been able to try before. They may involve moderate exertion, so it is important that you consider your own physical well-being so you don't put yourself at risk  We encourage you to talk to your GP before attending to ensure the activity is right for you. Our practitioners are fully qualified to deliver on-line respiratory sessions and will encourage you to listen to your body, take regular breaks and always seek medical attention if you don't feel right. There is always a member of the team checking in with everyone during the sessions. If you would like more information about the activities on offer then please contact us at supportgroups@asthmaandlung.org.uk or call 0300 222 5800, option 4