As May begins, so does the Spring! Les Jeudis de la Harpe is also feeling joyful, with a concert by one of the most exciting members of the new generation of modern trad.
Kevin Le Pennec is the winner of 2019’s Camac Trophy at the Lorient Interceltic Festival, where he also won the audience prize. He combines his passion for traditional music and songs with modern harp arrangements. Thursday’s programme will explore the music of Brittany, Scotland and Ireland: full of song, dances, fused with pop and other influences, and emotionally deep and varied.
Together with his duo partner Morgane Grégory (another Lorient Trophy winner, in 2017!), Kevin has also just released a début album: Bisiad. Warmly recommended – you can get a flavour via its SoundCloud excerpts.
We look forward to welcoming you to Kevin’s concert: Thursday, May 6, at 19:30 CET on YouTube!
Helen Leitner, Artist Relations Manager
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.
You can now enter the International Prestige Awards, organised by Rave Harps, our partners in Singapore and Malaysia. The Prestige Awards are chamber music competitions, both for harp ensembles, and harp and other instruments. There’s a wealth of categories, from children aged under 6, to classes both for young professionals and adult amateurs.
If you’re resident in Singapore and Malaysia, the competition will be held live. If you are based elsewhere in the world, your entry will be live, online. While the jury watch in real time, candidates will perform via video call.
The closing date for entries is February 28th 2021, with an early bird discount for all entries received before the end of January. The live rounds, both in Singapore and on video call, will take place on July 18th.
Read more on the Camac blog!