United Kingdom Harp Competition

This page is for the UK Harp Competition.  For harpists of Grades 1-8 standard, see the Harp Competitions.

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

First Round — Sunday 5 May 2024

Two contrasting pieces to be performed. Time limit 15 mins

Final — Monday 6 May 2024

Short recital programme of 1–3 pieces to be performed. Time limit 20 mins

Adjudicators: Rachel Wick and Lucy Wakeford

First Prize – £500, and a recital at Salvi London

Second Prize – £200

Third Prize – £100

The Festival is very grateful to Sioned Williams, the UKHA President, who has donated the Sioned Williams Harp Prize:

£100 will be awarded to a competitor in the United Kingdom Harp Competition who has shown a particular flair for interesting programming and/or excellent presentation.

Entry Fee: £35

Harpists should be of conservatoire standard or beyond, studying or resident in the United Kingdom or Ireland. Age limit: 30 (This is the age on 1st September 2023.).  For juniors, see the general Harp page.

This competition is open to lever and pedal harpists.

Repertoire from the first round should not be repeated in the final round. It is acceptable however, to play different movement/s from a piece played in the first round.

In the final, entrants are invited to verbally introduce the programme.

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 Administrator before entering.

Entrants must provide the adjudicator with a clean copy of the music for each work to be performed.

As in previous years, these competitions will be in North Bank Rooms, Muswell Hill Methodist Church, Pages Lane, London N10 1PP .

For full details see the harp section syllabus via the link to the right or below.

Enter online via the link below or contact Keziah Thomas — email: harpsnlf@outlook.com

Closing date – Friday 5 April 2024

Please click on the link below for how to apply.  The first time that you use the entry system, you will need to register.

How to apply Apply online

Looking for junior categories? – click here

For details of the 2020 competition, please click on the link below.

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