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Harpists: apply to be a featured young artist at the London Ear Festival 2016

27 Oct 2015 10:56 AM | Alex Rider (Administrator)

The London Ear Festival is a wonderful and vibrant dedicated to new music. They have devised a wonderful new opportunity for a young, advanced instrumentalist (including harpists). The details of the competitive entry are outlined below, as well as the terms and  conditions. Good luck!

The selected applicant will:


• To perform a solo recital of recent music, lasting up to 45 minutes, in the

presence of an invited audience of musically influential guests. This will be on

March 9th, 2016, in The Cello Factory, Waterloo.

• Participate in a concert by Uroboros Ensemble, playing alongside world-class

professionals, on March 13th, 2016, in The Warehouse, Waterloo.

• Be the subject of a short profile article in the festival book.Past Featured Young Performers have been subsequently engaged as soloists and ensemble members in later editions of London Ear.

Conditions and information

Applicants must be either UK citizens, or currently resident in the UK, and must be aged 25

or under on March 31st, 2016.

Applicants should either be embarking on a soloist/chamber music career, or be an

advanced, post graduate conservatoire student of the highest level,

Players of any standard orchestral/ensemble instrument, but not pianists, may apply.

Players of other instruments (e.g. accordion, guitar, etc) are welcome to apply, but should be aware that if selected they may be relied upon to suggest suitable pieces for the ensemble performance mentioned above.

Although this project is primarily concerned with unaccompanied performance, applicants may be supported in a minor role by one other instrument, but not piano. Music for a solo instrument and electronics may be included as long as the electronics is limited to a laptop computer and two channel output.

Auditions will last from 20 to 30 minutes per applicant, and players should ideally perform two contrasting solo pieces, of which one must have been composed after approximately 1980. It is acceptable to perform only one piece if it contains strongly contrasted materials.

Extracts from longer pieces are also acceptable.The closing date for applications is December 11th. Not all applicants will be called for audition. After evaluation of each application the panel will decide whether or not to call the applicant for audition. Auditions will be held in London, on various dates between 1st November and 20th December 2015. Applicants will be given a provisional audition date, which may be negotiable to minimise travel costs, etc. 

Email: admin@ukharp.net

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