• 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.

  • Camac are delighted to be supporting Harpes Plurielles, which is taking place between November 13 – 15 at the Strasbourg Conservatoire. On the programme: Rossitza Milevska, Philippe Villa, Salomé Mokdad, Agnès Clément, Pierre-Michel Vigneau…in a fantastic selection of concerts and masterclasses across diverse musical styles.

    The Camac commercial team will also be present, with an exhibition highlighting the latest additions to our ranges: the Égérie and Odyssey harps. 

    Camac Égérie

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    Booking hotline: +33 (0)3 68 98 60 91

  • Under the artistic direction of Ghislaine Petit-Volta and Laurence Bancaud, the Collegium21 competition encourages even the youngest harpists to explore contemporary music. There are four levels from beginners to advanced conservatoire students, combine very new works / world premiers, with free-choice pieces. One special feature of the competition is its series of masterclasses prior to the contest, where students can work directly with the composers of the set works. Moreover, all the masterclasses are filmed and later published online.

    This year, Collegium21 has made a big effort to increase the accessibility of the competitions to international students: their website now also has an English version, with all the information you need to take part. Curious harpists should also explore the website of Collegium21’s sister association, Les Signes de L’Arc. They have also translated their excellent reference book – La Harpe aux XXe et XXIe siècles – into English, as Guide to the Contemporary Harp.

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