Harp Competitions

This page is for Harp classes of grades 1-8 standard.  For more advanced harpists, see United Kingdom Harp Competition.

The North London Festival would like to thank the UKHA – United Kingdom Harp Association for its generous sponsorship of the harp competitions at the North London Festival from 2022.
The Festival is very grateful to Salvi Music London for providing harps for competitors to use in all the harp competitions

This year’s adjudicators: Rachel Wick and Lucy Wakeford.

The harp competitions were held in North Bank Rooms , Muswell Hill Methodist Church, Pages Lane, Muswell Hill, London N10 1PP.

A quote from Erica about this year’s Harp Festival, “The North London Festival is one of the best organised festivals with the kindest people.

Classes are open to lever and pedal harpists, but entrants for any of the harp competitions should be studying or resident in the United Kingdom or Ireland and must provide the adjudicator with a clean copy of the music for each work to be performed.

In the recital classes, where a grade is specified, the own choice repertoire is not limited to pieces from graded exam syllabi but should be of equivalent standard.

If an entrant has been a pupil of the Adjudicator in the year prior to the Festival or is well-known to the Adjudicator, they should contact the Section Head before entering.

Harpists are eligible to enter some string competitions and may be interested in performing their own compositions. See String and Composition sections.

Harp chamber ensemble competitions will this year be combined with string chamber music competitions. Non-classical harpists should look at the folk music classes, 514 and 515. Both these competitions can be found in the Chamber Music, Ensemble and Folk Music Section.

Full details are in the Harp Section Syllabus (link on the right or below).

Click on the links below for information on how to apply or to apply online. The first time that you use the entry system, you will need to register. 

The closing date for harp classes is Friday 5th April 2024

How to apply Apply online

 See here some photos from 2024 harp competitions.

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