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 in 2002 and 2023.
First Round — Sunday 30th April 2023
Two contrasting pieces to be performed. Time limit 15 mins
Final — Monday 1 May 2023
Short recital programme of 1–3 pieces to be performed. Time limit 20 mins
Second Prize – £200 and a paid recital opportunity at the 2023 Harp On Wight Festival
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 2022.)
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 Head 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 .
Every entrant will receive a written adjudication sheet and a certificate of participation.
The closing date will be Friday 7th April 2023.
Download a copy of the harp syllabus – 2023 Harp Syllabus
Enter online via the link below or contact Keziah Thomas — email: email@example.com – Closing Date – tbc
Please click on the link below for how to apply. The first time that you use the entry system, you will need to register.
Looking for junior categories? – click Harps
For details of the 2020 competition, please click on the link below.
Until 2021, CAMAC Harps sponsored the harp competitions of the North London Festival.
We had to cancel our harp competitions in London in May 2020 because of the Covid-19 crisis – but offered a video competition instead. This is the first time we have run such a contest, and it went viral in more than one sense of the word! With over 170 entries across the board, we have been thrilled by the response. Huge thanks go to our jurors, Caryl Thomas and Sally Pryce, who have certainly been kept busy!
Camac Competition 2020
First Prize: Llywelyn Ifan Jones
Second Prize: Lise Vandersmissen
Third Prize: Clara Gatti Comini
Commendation: Clara Garde
UKHA Prize: Aimee Lam
Click the ‘Read More’ button below to see a video of performances from the 2019 Camac Harp Competition, together with an interview with Helen Leitner, the then festival section head for harps.