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  • 27 Oct 2015 11:07 AM | Alex Rider (Administrator)

    The UKHA  Christmas party is always a highlight in our yearly calendar. Therefore, it is even more exciting to be able to offer our membership outside of the London area a new chance to join the fun! On Sunday 6 December, the UKHA will hold its first Cardiff Christmas party at the Radyr Golf Club (Drysgol Rd, Radyr, Cardiff CF15 8BS).

    Masterminded by our own Shelley Fairplay, there will be a young harpists' platform, minced pies and mulled wine, a recital set by outstanding young UK harpist Elinor Evans. The festivities will close with a celebrity interview with the renowned Welsh harpist and pedagogue, Meinir Heulyn.

    The London party will of course take place with the usual young harpists' platform (please contact Alex Rider if you are interested in playing), a recital by the wonderful Catherine Derrick (NLF Camac Competition 1st prize) and an evening to remember with Skaila Kanga. Full details can be found in your copy of Harp magazine and on our events page.  

  • 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. 

  • 27 Sep 2015 6:56 PM | Alex Rider (Administrator)

    Teaching is a vocation, a calling-- and one of the most important in the musical sphere. Therefore it is exciting news that Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, one of the UK's most important music colleges has announced a new and exciting course in pedagogy: The Teaching Musician.

    Trinity Laban says: "The Teaching Musician is a postgraduate programme for experienced music educators and leaders. From instrumental/vocal teachers to ensemble leaders, animateurs and community musicians, the programme offers opportunities to reflect, engage with theory and research, and develop new skills within a community of practice. Through a series of weekend short courses, an online community and distance learning, the programme’s flexible design aims to be compatible with working life. ''

    There are also exciting fellowships available which can reduce the costs for those wishing to enroll on this course.

    Interested in applying? Then please refer to the Trinity Laban website, trinitylaban.ac.uk/teachingmusician 
    +44 (0)20 8305 4379

  • 27 Sep 2015 6:48 PM | Alex Rider (Administrator)
    The 7th  International harpACademy Harp Competition will be held in Germany from 15th to the 20th March 2016. The 1st prize will  be €1000 and a concert. There are also other special prizes to compete for. Those interested in competing can find more information on the competition's website:

    This includes detailed terms and conditions of entry. Good Luck!!

  • 24 Aug 2015 9:40 AM | Alex Rider (Administrator)

    One of the most exciting new events on the UK scene is back for its second year. HARP ON WIGHT is a harp festival of breath- taking scope, and this year's packed programme includes workshops and performances by the outstanding lever harpist Kim Robertson; lecture recitals and workshops by multi-harp expert Mike Parker on improvisation and harp history; concert harp recitals by Keziah Thomas, Clara Garde and Zita Silva (jointly); talks and performances by leading US performer and leading harp therapist Christina Tourin...Phew! And that's not all!

    What are you waiting for? For more information and registration details please see harponwight.com 

  • 20 Aug 2015 6:29 PM | Alex Rider (Administrator)

    Holywell Music is delighted to announce that Remy Van Kesteren, Gold Medallist of the 9th USA International Harp Competition, will be giving a solo harp recital sponsored by Lyon & Healy Harps.

     The performance will take place on Monday 5th October 2015 at St John’s Smith Square, London

     Please Contact Allie or David at Holywell Music for details (tel:+44 (0) 20 7928 8451)


  • 20 Aug 2015 6:12 PM | Alex Rider (Administrator)

    fantastic opportunity for a harpist to perform for Catrin Finch, former harpist to the Prince of Wales, in a masterclass in Warwick on the 26th September 2015.  Catrin will be providing a 45 minute masterclass at the Lord Leycester Hospital at 2.30pm for an audience of our President Circle members.  The chosen student will perform a pre-prepared piece upon which Catrin will then provide her thoughts and guidance. 


    This is an opportunity not to be missed, audition is by the way of a video performance.  If you are interested in applying please email a video recording containing a spoken introduction about yourself as a player and your experience, and a short performance of a chosen work, to me on admin@armonico.org.uk.  The closing date for applications is midnight on Friday 28th August.


  • 20 Aug 2015 6:05 PM | Alex Rider (Administrator)

    One of the United Kingdom's leading harpists is set to head the harp department at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Eleanor Turner says  "I'm hugely excited about joining this department, and looking forward to the opening of the new building in 2017 and can't wait to welcome new students!"

    Prospective students are directed to www.bcu.ac.uk/conservatoire

  • 20 Aug 2015 6:01 PM | Alex Rider (Administrator)

    As part of this years Harp on Wight Festival , a competition is being held for young composers (under 21) to compose a new piece of music for solo harp. The theme is the sea, and the piece must not exceed four minutes in duration. There is a £200 prize for the winning entry and the winner will have his/her piece performed at this years Harp on Wight Festival. Entry forms are available from www.harponwight.com All entries must be received by Tuesday, 1st September. The competition is sponsored by Michelangelo's Restaurant, Ryde.  For further information please ring 01983-730930.

  • 28 Jul 2015 7:00 PM | Lauren Scott (Administrator)
    It will be of great interest and excitement to all that the World Harp Congress is to be held in the UK. Cardiff has been selected to host the WHC 2020. Look out for news on the programme and how to register in the coming year. Our congratulations to all those on the Cardiff team! The WHC 2017 will be held in Hong Kong.

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