Harmonica for lung health

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

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 11:30 am 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 we ask that you do your best and let us know if you cannot attend.

The next set of sessions start on Thursday Aug 29, 2024 at 10.30 am, but places are limited.

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.

On Friday 2 February 2024, the group had their moment in the spotlight when they were featured on ITV Meridian at the Harpin' by the Sea Festival in Hove. Chris Startup led a special workshop to help people with lung conditions work on their breathing techniques.

Please make sure you read our full guidelines for participating in our support group sessions before you join.