Because of Covid-19, The North London Festival has had to cancel the live harp competitions we’ve sponsored for over a decade in London. BUT! We still want to provide an opportunity for harp students and young professionals.
We are therefore putting the competitions online. Closing date for entries: May 22nd, 2020. All information about set repertoire, and how to enter, can be downloaded (see link to the right).
A big thank-you goes to the United Kingdom Harp Association for their very generous special prize, open to contestants in ALL categories!
We look forward to receiving your entries!
Artist Relations Manager
Miriam Overlach and Heather Downie will be guest artists at the 7th Camac Sweden Harp Days, organised by Ismahni Björkman and the Danderyds Kulturskola. With Miriam, harpists in Sweden can explore classical and contemporary/avant-garde music; and with Heather, Scottish traditional music – all at the highest level. Camac France CEO Eric Piron will also be in attendance with an exhibition of the latest new instruments to leave our workshops in Mouzeil.
Danderyds Kulturskola – Noragårdsvägen 27, 182 34 Danderyd
+46 736 620 401 – Kansli: +46 8-568 910 96
Rave Harps, our partners in Singapore and Malaysia, are holding their September celebrations online this year. You can book tickets to watch Isabelle Moretti give eight hours of masterclasses, on September 12 and 13 2020. These will be followed by a Q&A session with Isabelle Moretti, and an online concert of the winners of the Rave Harps Prestige Award.
Rave Harps – ticket shop
Ireland – one of the harp’s most famous homes – has held an October National Harp Day for many years. This will take place on October 17th, celebrating the incredible Irish harp tradition throughout the land.
Elsewhere, the virtuoso concert harpist Alexander Boldachev has been inspired by Ireland, and quite a bit more besides. He has a new idea: World Harp Day.
The pedal harp now also has a history of at least 300 years to its name, and one effect of the Corona crisis is that Alexander has found himself with time to think about this. “Many of us cannot be much on stage at the moment”, he says, “but it will take more than a virus to conquer music.
All over the world, musicians have been highlighting music’s importance and power in so many fantastic, inspiring ways. I’ve been directly inspired by this in itself, and it also got me thinking more about the harp in this time of crisis. Our instrument can do so many things; it’s not seen as all that portable, but compared to most other polyphonic instruments it’s incredibly portable. I’ve just been taking my harp through Switzerland on trains, walking…and playing for people in many different locations.
Following these reflections about the harp’s versatility, I decided to organise World Harp Day to raise awareness of the harp as an instrument. UNESCO and the United Nations are already informed, and waiting for the proof that the harp community is huge – and connected!”
Speaking of unity: we are happy to be joining our colleagues in harp making to support Alexander in the launch of his new venture. There are several ways you can take part in World Harp Day. Post a video of yourself and your harp on social media, #worldharpday. You can also apply to take part in the 24-hour marathon livestream. Keep an eye on Alexander’s site and networks for further developments.
Thursday, November 26, 19:30 CET
Online recital: www.youtube.com/c/CamacHarpsOfficial
Our series of classical harp recitals, broadcast on YouTube, will begin with Marcel Cara. A scholar of the Académie des Beaux-Arts and of the Société Générale, Marcel graduated recently from Isabelle Moretti’s class in Paris and is widely-recognised as one of the most talented harpists of his generation.
Helen Leitner, Artist Relations Manager
Anna Dunwoodie’s next Zoom Room Harp Chat will be with Camac President, Jakez François, from 5-8PM NZ time on December 2nd. This is your chance to see inside the Camac factory without even leaving your house!