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Welcome to the Georgian Harmony Association website! This organisation has been promoting Georgian folk music events since 1998.

This site was last updated on January 29th 2019.

“When we as Georgians open our mouths to sing, our eyes are already searching for other voices to join. Within our music- making, the separation, loneliness and isolation of our complex modern day existence has no place. Only our love belongs here. Through this cherished vein, we Georgians carry all that we hold dear. The bloodline of our ancestors. The heartbeat of our nation. The secrets of our immortality. It will be my honour to share our songs with you.”

Nana Mzhavanadze


For all enquiries please email Michael Bloom at : info[at] or tel. 01235 536563

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Peter Nasmyth's Georgian Calendar for 2019 with the theme "GEORGIA AND ITS TOWERS" is now available. It contains 12 beautiful pictures of the ancient defensive towers built in the Caucasus Mountain regions of Georgia. NB Only 3 left! To purchase please click HERE


MALKHAZ ERKVANIDZE will be leading another UK workshop tour in February 2019. Born in the central mountainous region of Imereti, Malkhaz grew up singing folk music in his family and with the legendary master-singer Benia Mikadze. On graduation from the Tbilisi State Conservatory in 1988, Malkhaz formed a folk ensemble "Anchiskhati" dedicated to promoting the nearly-forgotten polyphonic folk and chant traditions of pre-Communist Georgia. Malkhaz is currently director of the "Sakhioba Ensemble", which toured the UK in 2011, and consultant on sacred music to the Georgian Orthodox Patriarchate. Malkhaz will be teaching some of the beautiful sacred and secular songs from the 2000-year old polyphonic singing tradition of Georgia in the Caucasus Mountains.

Malkhaz's open workshops are:

SATURDAY 2nd FEBRUARY: Workshop at St Leonards Church Streatham High Road LONDON SW16 1HZ from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Cost £20. Organiser Xenia Davis tel: 07833 670266 email: xeniadavis[at]

SATURDAY 9th FEBRUARY: Workshop in STROUD, Gloucestershire from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Lansdown Hall, Stroud GL5 1BB. Tickets on door - £15 cash - arrive 9.15am to pay and settle in.

Also SATURDAY 9th FEBRUARY: Workshop in the Armoury Hall, Dean Rd, NEWNHAM ON SEVERN, Gloucestershire GL14 1AD from 2:30 to 5:30 pm. Arrive 2:15 pm to pay £15 cash on the door.
Organiser for both the above events: Eleanor Holliday tel: 01453 757723, email: eleanorholliday[at]

SUNDAY 10th FEBRUARY: Workshop at Halton Mill, Mill Lane, Halton, LANCASTER, Lancashire, LA2 6ND from 2:30 to 6:00 pm. For details of how to get there please go to:
Organiser: Beth de Lange. tel: 07837 671 988, email: beth[at]
Cost: £15 / £12. Booking ahead recommended - please contact Beth for account info. for a transfer.

THURSDAY 14th FEBRUARY: Workshop at New Road Baptist Church, Bonn Square, OXFORD, OX1 1LQ from 7:30 to 10:00 pm. (arrive from 7:15 pm.). Cost: £14 full / £12 concessions.
Bookings and enquiries to: Michael Bloom, tel. 01235 536563 / 07812 795750, email: michaelfbloom[at]

FRIDAY 15th FEBRUARY: The local choir "Fish from Oblivion" presents a workshop in Trinity Church, Mount Street, STAFFORD ST16 2BZ from 1:00 pm. to 7:00 pm. Apart from a possible sacred chant, no sight reading or score reading ability will be necessary - just the willingness to sing and participate. The event will be in memory of Camilla Kurti, a former member of the choir, whose legacy to Fish provides the funding for the workshop. Admission will therefore be free; we will invite donations to local charity Make Some Noise! - whose vision is that the lives of children and young people in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent will be significantly enhanced by high quality opportunities to make music. To reserve a place please email Neil Robinson at neilmediator[at] Tel. : 07976 216047 by 8th February if possible.

Approximate Timings will be (please feel free to come to either or both sessions):
12.20-1.00 - Arrivals and Coffee - please feel free to bring your lunch with you
1.00-4.00 - Workshop Part One
4.00- 5.00 - Pooled tea and cake - contributions welcome!
5.00-7.00 - Workshop Part Two

SATURDAY 16th FEBRUARY: Workshop at The Birchcliffe Centre, HEBDEN BRIDGE, Yorkshire HX7 8DN from 10am until 4pm. Cost £25 and £20 concession (low-income). Refreshments - juice, tea, coffee, biscuits will be included.
Contact Helen Curtis tel: 07903 074674 email: helencurtismusic[at]

SUNDAY 17th FEBRUARY: Workshop at 1F1, 25, Haddington Place, EDINBURGH EH7 4AF. from 11:00 am (arrive from 10:30) to 4:30pm. Self-selected sliding scale £20 - £40. Contact Fran Priest: email francescpriest[at] tel: 07919 478955.


Discover national music and culture of Georgia together with Nino Naneishvili and enseble "Ialoni"
27 APRIL - 6 MAY 2019 visiting Tbilisi-Samegrelo-Svaneti
Two different regions of Georgia, different landscapes and culture, different food and traditional songs. All together we can dive and discover and participate in the locals' life during our journey. Within the tour, our offer includes the trip with the girls' ensemble "Ialoni" and their leader, Nino Naneishvili to the capital of Georgia city Tbilisi and two miracule region West of Georgia - Samegrelo and Svaneti. During 10 days, you will get acquainted with the samples of the Georgian traditional music. You will be acquainted with local ethnophores, their everyday lives, their music, dances, rituals. You shall visit senior performers from these regions, the standing out singers, folk poets, dancers. Together with your hosts and hostesses, you will learn to prepare the local traditional dishes, you shall be able to feel the bliss of the mornings as well as that of the presence of "Ialoni". Have you ever dreamed to wake up with the beautiful Georgian songs? Here where your dream will come true! For further details please contact : Ninonaneishvili[at]

THE POSTERS BELOW REFER TO 2018 HOLIDAYS. They are likely to be repeated in 2019 - watch this space for details or contact the organisers at the addresses given in the posters.



It is my sad duty to inform you that David Tugwell, musical director of the Torola and Skotebi Georgian choirs in Edinburgh, died on April 11th 2017. David was an immensely talented musician as well as a warm friend to all who knew him. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends, members of his choirs and all those who love Georgian singing.

However I am pleased to be able to inform you that, following the sad death of Gigi Garakanidze in 2012 at the tragically early age of 30, his choir MTIEBI and youth choir AMER-IMERI are still going strong and developing new material, led by his wife Magda (Kevlishvili) and other choir members. His father Edisher was one of the first teachers to bring Georgian singing to this country, and it was he who introduced many of the songs we now sing. Tragically, Edisher died in a road accident in Georgia in 1998 together with his wife Nino and daughter Marika. Gigi was the only survivor but was badly injured, and this may well have contributed to his early death. After recovering in 1999 he re-formed Mtiebi with members of Edisher's youth choir Amer-Imeri as well as some of the older members of the original choir, and put into effect Edisher's vision of a folk theatre with songs sung in the context of the scenarios in which they are used in Georgia. Gigi came to the UK several times, both with Mtiebi and alone, and some of you may have seen their excellent performances or attended one of his workshops. Gigi and Magda's son Ilia was born on Christmas Day, December 25th, 2011. He is doing well and already seems to have inherited the family's musical talent.

Gigi had not only a deep knowledge of Georgian song but a gentle and open spirit. He will be greatly missed both personally and for his great contribution to Georgian singing in Georgia and abroad. Here is a picture of Gigi and Magda taken when my wife Eliso and I visited them in September 2011, shortly before Ilia was born.


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(The GEORGIAN HARMONY ASSOCIATION was started by Michael Bloom in 1998, following Edisher Garakanidze's tragic death. This website is dedicated to Edisher's memory.)

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