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Camac Harp Competition and North London Festival of Music

  • 01 May 2016
  • 02 May 2016
  • North Bank House in Muswell Hill, London
Thank you for your continued support of the Camac sponsored harp competition and classes at the North London Festival of Music, Drama and Dance. We are extremely grateful to Camac Harps for their help and support in developing this weekend over the past decade and more. As well as covering all of the costs for this weekend the company very generously brings over harps from Paris for those competitors who are unable to bring their own instruments to perform on. I am delighted to announce that in addition to this they are going to put on an exhibition of their harps as well.

This year the dates are Sunday 1st May 2016 and Monday 2nd May. The venue is once again the wonderful North Bank House in Muswell Hill, London and the adjudicators are to be Eira Lynn Jones and Marie Leenhardt. We are extremely pleased to be able to announce that the overall winner of the Camac Harp Competition will once again be invited to perform at the Proms at St Judes series in June 2016. Please note that the terms of the UKHA prize have changed slightly from previous years, the prizes that are on offer for 2016 are detailed below:
First Prize - £500 + paid recital opportunity on 28 June 2016, 12.45-1.45pm, Proms at St Jude’s, Central Square, NW11 7AH. Candidates should be available for the concert date
Second Prize - £200
Third Prize - £100
UKHA Prize - for the best performance of a work by a UK composer played in any round of the competition.

Candidates need to prepare for 2 rounds as follows:
First Round - Sunday 1 May 2016 
Two contrasting pieces to be performed
Time limit: 15 mins
Final - Monday 2 May 2016
Short recital programme of 1-3 pieces with no repeats from the 1st Round  
Time limit: 20 mins

The entry fee is £30 and harpists should be of conservatoire standard or beyond, studying or resident in the United Kingdom or Ireland. The age limit is 30 and candidates must provide a clean copy of the music prepared for the Adjudicators. Please note that the closing date is Monday 22nd March and the entry form can be found on the website: http://www.northlondonfestival.org.uk/
The graded harp classes are to be adjudicated by Eira Lynn Jones and are on Monday 2nd May from 9.00 am. This year we  have added 2 study classes and an extra ensemble class.

For Classes G01-G04 all pieces performed to be from current ABRSM or TCL grade lists
G01 RECITAL CLASS (any age, Grade 1-2)

G02 RECITAL CLASS (any age, Grade 3-4)
G03 RECITAL CLASS (any age, Grade 5-6)
G04 RECITAL CLASS (any age, Grade 7-8)
G05 STUDY CLASS (13 and under) Any harp study
G06 STUDY CLASS (18 and under) Any harp study
G07 CHAMBER ENSEMBLE (13 and under)
G08 CHAMBER ENSEMBLE (18 and under)

For full details of these classes please check the website http://www.northlondonfestival.org.uk/ Please note that you are not able to play a piece in more than one class.

As ever there will be refreshments available, if anybody would like to offer their help with door monitoring, cake baking, sandwich making or tea pouring please do get in touch! I am also delighted that Alexander Rider has come on board to help with the organisation of the weekend. This has meant a change in email address so that we can both access any mail that comes through. Please do send any correspondence about  the festival to northlondonharps@gmail.comfrom now on.

Paper copies of this information will be sent to all conservatoires and music schools this week. If any of you would like a paper version please do let me know and I can easily pop one in the post. I am really looking forward to the classes this year and I do hope to see as many of you as possible on the May Bank Holiday Weekend.

All the very best,

Helen Sharp

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