Barbora Placha, director of Arpeggio, our partner in Prague, has been busy recently with the sponsorship of two events in the Czech republic. Firstly, we all greatly enjoyed the Prague Harp Festival, a collaboration with the Prague Conservatory and Music in the Heart of Prague. The festival programme succinctly presented of some of today's finest exponents of the harp's rich variety of styles: the classical virtuosity of Anneleen Lenaerts, Nikolaz Cadoret's exceptionally dynamic and creative lever harp playing, and Ben Creighton Griffiths - who many of you may remember as a child prodigy, now grown-up and making a name for himself as much as a jazz harpist as a concert artist. Arpeggio also held a harp exhibition, and Camac client service was represented by Enric, who regulated harps throughout the festival.
In addition to the magnificent CamacCam video snapshots of the festival, there are some better equally professional and beautiful photographs by Lukáš Jančin on Arpeggio's homepage.
Anneleen Lenaerts. Photo: Lukáš Jančin
Nikolaz Cadoret. Photo: Lukáš Jančin
Ben's foot. Photo: Lukáš Jančin
On November 29th, we are very happy to be back at Arpeggio's side for the First Music School Harp Competition, which will take place at Prague's Pálffy Palace at Malá Strana. Organized by the Biskupská Music School, twenty-two harpists between seven and twenty-six years of age will take part. They will have the chance to perform for an illustrious jury, including Barbora Pazourová from the Czech Philharmonic, Dagmar Platilová from the Prague Radio Symphony, Lydie Hartelová from the Prague Conservatory, A. Jahnová from Karlín Theater, and Mrs. Antalová from the Bratislava Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Arpeggio is offering a Bardic 27 harp as the first prize for the overall winner.
We wish all the young Czech and Moravian contestants the very best of luck. Toi toi toi!