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  • 14 Jan 2016 2:30 PM | Alex Rider (Administrator)

    Join the young harpist Anna Quiroga for a rare performance of the Concerto for harp and electronics, by Israeli composer Josef Tal. As part of the concert series ‘From the Soundhouse’, the performance will be hosted by Michael Oliva, on Monday 15th February at the Royal College of Music in London.  It will also be the opening event of the Harp Week at the RCM, organized by head of harp, Ieuan Jones.

    This will be one of the very few performances of the Concerto, which was premiered in UK by the world renowned harpist Nicanor Zabaleta, to whom it was dedicated in 1972. The concerto is one of Tal’s first works with electronic music, with the aim of exploring a combination between one of the oldest instruments in history and the avant-garde.

    About Anna: Anna Quiroga is an award-winning harpist who has recently graduated from a Masters Degree in Performance at the Royal College of Music, studying with Ieuan Jones, Rachel Masters and Daphne Boden. She has been generously supported by the Stanley Picker Award and the Agustí Pedro i Pons Foundation Scholarship. She is currently studying an Artist Diploma course in Solo Performance at the RCM and is being kindly supported by the Leverhulme Award and the charity Talent Unlimited.

    For further information you can contact Anna at annaquirogaharp@icloud.com

    Book your ticket at: http://www.rcm.ac.uk/events/listings/details/?id=822254

  • 14 Jan 2016 2:21 PM | Alex Rider (Administrator)

    Generously supported by Pilgrim Harps, the Croydon Performing Arts Festival, invites you to enter the classes taking place for harp this year. These will take place on the morning of Sunday 24th April at Royal Russell School, Coombe Lane,

    Croydon CR9 5BX. Performers have the opportunity to be adjudicated by Ruth Faber, the eminent teacher and harpist.There are opportunities for harpists at all levels and also the CPAF Concerto Competition: a must for the serious student. The closing date for entries is 20th February 2016.

    For a Syllabus and full details, visit:


  • 30 Nov 2015 4:37 PM | Lauren Scott

    Led by flautist Kirsty Hetherington and harpist Sarah Goss, this course is a unique opportunity to work closely with a chamber music partner on some of the most beautiful repertoire written for this duo combination. Throughout the day the flautists will work separately with Kirsty and the harpists with Sarah on instrument-specific technical and musical issues before pairing up in the evening for chamber music sessions. In addition there will be:
    • A Saturday early evening recital by Kirsty and Sarah
    • An informal end of course concert to showcase the weekend’s work
    • An Alexander Technique class with teacher Patrick Gundry-White
    • Optional morning yoga classes with Sarah to get the day started
    Aimed at adult amateurs and aspiring players of all ages, you can apply to come on this course as an existing flute & harp duo or as an individual performer. If applying as an individual you will be matched with an appropriate chamber music partner who could become a friend for life!
    The course will be held at Whaley Hall, Reservoir Rd, Whaley Bridge, High Peak SK23 7BL.
    There will also be free time to explore the beautiful surroundings with some of the Peak District’s most famous hills and valleys within striking distance, so we are offering the option to bring along a non-participating partner to share this with.
    The residential course is fully-catered and accommodation is in twin or single bedrooms with shared bathrooms.
    The cost is £230 for the weekend. Non-participating observers may attend for £175.


    Flute and Harp Course for web and emailing.pdf

  • 27 Oct 2015 11:28 AM | Alex Rider (Administrator)

    Harp students are once again invited to attain their highest standard at next year's Bromley Festival of Music and Speech. The current syllabus is now published online at www.bromleyfestival.org , and includes opportunities for harpists of every level, from beginners' classes to advanced recital programmes. The harp section will take place at Bromley High School on Sunday 6th March 2016, and will be ably adjudicated by Imogen Barford, head of harp at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Deadline for application is 19th January 2016.

  • 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)


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