We will be celebrating our new partnership with Irish distributeur Musikkon, at Blessington Music in November. Clíona Doris, Denise Kelly and Tristan Le Govic will be joining us to offer you a fantastic programme of courses and concerts! From perfecting your technique, to immersing yourself in Irish repertoire and even how to look after your harp, there is something for everyone, across all levels and from classical to traditional music – with a few surprises thrown in. Don’t miss all tutors in concert at the end, with a special focus on Irish composers from Clíona and Denise, and a new programme from Tristan – Dañs.
At the end of November, Camac is visiting Poitiers for the first time! Sylvie Bouchetière, Nikolaz Cadoret and Arnaud Roy will lead you through a fine range of concerts and workshops, from the unusual chamber combination of harp, flute and bassoon, to exploring harp amplification and sound processing. On Sunday, November 25th, there will also be an open ensemble rehearsal for students from the harp classes of the region – if this is you, you are welcome to join in, and you can obtain the sheet music in advance from Sylvie Bouchetière.
There will also be a large Camac exhibition, and the chance to have your Camac harp regulated free of charge (reservation required). For regulations, please contact Enric De Anciola directly using the dedicated form.
Vienna, classical music hub ever since the late eighteenth century, continues to be a city of music without compare. The unique Vienna State Opera and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra have been part of this tradition for the last 175 years. We’re very proud that the orchestra recently selected one of our Art Noveau Gold instruments to join them in their work.
On Sunday, December 16th and Monday, December 17th 2018, we are delighted to be co-organising, with Vienna Philharmonic co-principal harpist Anneleen Lenaerts, two Christmas harp days in Vienna. These are designed to be an open window on the Viennese Classical world, a special event to which we are particularly looking forward.
First of all, students have the chance to sign up to play for Anneleen in a masterclass, which will take place on Sunday from 10AM. The idea is that active masterclass participants also share the stage with Anneleen Lenaerts in the evening concert, also at the Mozarthaus Vienna. You can, of course, play a different piece in the concert to the one in the masterclass. To apply, please send a short video (one taken on a mobile phone is fine) of you playing your concert piece, to Helen at [email protected].
After the masterclass, Camac President, Jakez François, will give a conference on how Camac harps are made (4PM). Find out about the long French tradition of fine instrument-making, the innovations Camac has introduced to the traditional harp build over the years, and discuss with Jakez in person.
At 7PM, the young artists from the morning’s masterclass will perform, followed by Anneleen Lenaerts with solo harp repertoire on operatic and symphonic themes.
On Monday, December 17th, Charlotte Balzereit will give a class on orchestral audition excerpts. This is designed both for advanced students embarking on the audition circuit, and younger ones who are beginning to learn the repertoire. You need to have some excerpts prepared to performance standard, but it is up to you which ones, in order to make this class accessible to as many people as possible. You will also be able to ask Charlotte questions about the audition process. To register for this, please also send Helen an email with the excerpts you are going to bring.
In the afternoon, we are lucky to be able to offer course participants a private tour of the Vienna State Opera – before the perfect Christmas finale: Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel. Camac Harps have a limited number of tickets available to participants at a special price of 20€. Apart from the opera tickets, entry to all events is free of charge, with reservation required.
At the Mozarthaus Vienna, we will also have a special selection of some of our best instruments, available for you to try throughout the event.
Helen Leitner, Artist Relations Manager
The DHC 32 is a special point of focus in Ailie Robertson‘s concert at Borough New Music Series 12, 1PM on January 22nd, 2019. On the programme: Ailie’s own composition ‘Seven Sorrows’, for DHC 32, string quartet and electronics; ‘Fall’ by Kaija Saariaho; Josef Tal’s Concerto for Harp and Electronics; and a new work by Will Handysides.
‘Seven Sorrows’ was commissioned by New Voices, premiered on February 4th, 2018 in Glasgow, and is inspired by the Gaelic grief ritual of keening. The DHC is given three pedal chains on three splits; a bowed, wire-strung harp also features, as do archive sound recordings.
Winner of The Sofia International Composition Competition, the SCO iCompose Prize, and 2nd in the Oslo Grieg Competition, Ailie has received commissions, awards and residences from Creative Scotland, Enterprise Music Scotland, the CCA, Culture Ireland, Celtic Connections, EIFF, and CALQ Montreal. She was chosen for the 2016/17 RSNO Composer’s hub, awarded a BBC Performing Arts Fellowship and was winner of the ‘Achievement in New Music’ prize at the inaugural New Music Scotland Awards. She is one of the LPO Young Composers 2017-18, and is currently in the final year of her PhD in composition at Trinity Laban. She studies with Sam Hayden, Michael Finnissy – and Dominic Murcott, with whom we worked intensively with our MIDI concert harp.
On January 15th, Ailie will also direct another concert for Borough New Music, featuring Gabriella Dall’Olio’s class Trinity Laban. In line with Trinity’s ‘Venus Blazing’ special focus on women composers throughout 2018-19, this concert will include works by Hannah Lash, Mared Emlyn, Ailie Robertson, Anne Marie O’Farrell, Ada Gentile and Kirsty Devaney.
The long-established national competitions in London will take place, as ever, on the UK May bank holiday weekend: Sunday, May 5th and Monday, May 6th at North Bank House. We’re delighted to be welcoming Stephen Fitzpatrick and Emma Ramsdale to be our illustrious jury members. Stephen, British in origin, is now Principal Harpist at the Berlin Staatskapelle under Daniel Barenboim, and is also Professor of Harp at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Emma is an ABRSM diploma examiner, and has taught at Junior Guildhall and many schools during her teaching career, while also pursuing a busy performing schedule.
North London offers competitions for every age and stage, from grade 1 (ABRSM / Trinity syllabuses), to young professional. There are also the increasingly popular junior and senior chamber music classes. The Camac Harp Competition is open to pedal harpists of conservatoire standard and beyond, studying or resident in the UK / Republic of Ireland and aged up to 30.
We are very pleased that once again we can offer a great professional opportunity to the laureate of this competition, in the form of a paid lunchtime recital at the Proms at St Jude’s. Candidates should therefore be available for the scheduled concert date of Friday, June 21st 2019, at lunchtime in London NW11).
Registration is via the online form of the North London festival, which will be activated early in 2019. Meanwhile, you can prepare your programmes using the information in the competition flyer, and register your interest using this form. We will then let you know once registrations are open!
Closing date for applications: Monday, April 1st 2019
Any questions, contact Helen @ Camac!
We have long been principal sponsors of the International Harp Competition in Szeged, Hungary. Founded by Natalia Gorbunova in 2007, applications to the fifth edition are now open! The competition will take place between November 27 – December 1, 2019, at the Reök Palace in Szeged, and has three categories: U14, U19 and U25. It also has a new Artistic Director, with Anastasia Razvalyaeva taking over the reins.
All information, repertoire, rules, jury lists, downloadable flyer and the application form can be found on the competition’s webpage.