Between March 21st - 22nd, we will be in Onex, Switzerland, for a harp weekend with François Pernel and the association Harpes en Coeur. François has composed a Stabat Mater inspired by the music of Gershwin and Bernstein, for: counter-tenor and tenor solo, harp solo, a choir of twelve lever harps and four flutes. The rehearsals are well underway, with the classes of Elise Estavoyer, Sylvie Laville, and Alessia Lepori. The world premier of the Stabat Mater will take place at the Église du Christ-Roi, 6 chemin de l’épargne, 1213 Petit-Lancy, at 5PM on March 22nd.
Throughout the weekend's rehearsals and courses there will also be a Camac exhibition, and the chance to have your Camac harp regulated for free. For regulation bookings and exhibition enquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are organizing a new lever harp competition, at home in our native Brittany - Dasson an Delenn. It is open to student harpists under the age of twenty-one, and of all nationalities. The competition repertoire features set works and free choice at all levels - but should all be of Breton inspiration, be it traditional Breton music, music composed by Breton composers, or Breton arrangements for the harp. Note the .bzh on the end of the competition website address, www.dassonandelenn.bzh. This means "Breizh", "Brittany" in Breton: we had to apply for this www., and we're very proud to have been accepted.
The competition will take place on May 23rd and 24th, 2014, and applications are open from January 5th. There are four categories, from beginner to young professional standard. There's no minimum age for any category, and you are also allowed to enter multiple categories. Regarding the age limit, you should be no older than twenty-one on the day the competition begins. All works should be performed from memory.
The number of places is necessarily limited and the earlier you apply, the better your chances of being accepted. If you are more used to working towards a closing date, here it is important to note the opening one! Applications may be submitted online from January 5th, 2015.
We are very grateful to our partners in this project for their support: the Conservatoire de musique et de danse de Pontivy Communauté, Savarez Strings, the Pontivy Communauté and the Conseil Général du Morbihan.
All information, as well as online application, is available on the competition site. If you have trouble deciphering it, as we've done this one in French only, don't hesitate to send an email to email@example.com and we will be glad to help you in English. You can also download the competition brochure below.
Grégory Cappoen has just released his debut CD: Du crépsucule à l'aurore, From Dusk to Dawn. It's a very personal musical journey, all original compositions. The disc also weaves a lightly chronological path through Grégory's own life, beginning with works he wrote a decade ago, and continuing from there. "The album is called "From Dusk to Dawn", Grégory explains, "because the time between the evening and the morning can be conducive to introspection and reflection. When I talk about this CD, I often describe a meditative pause, an internal journey", and reflecting back on one's own experience. That is because each composition is connected to an important moment in my own life.
Speaking of Janet Harbison - here's a great short video portrait about her, her work, and the Irish Harp Centre. Hear about music therapy, playing East Limerick polkas in China - and, in retrospect, the huge Brian Boru festival (or "absolutely mighty party", as Janet says) that took place in August. AND - at 9'10 - the story of how Janet and Joël Garnier designed her dream harp.
Créativ' Harp, the francophone Swiss association led by Céline Gay des Combes and Elodie Wulliens, is holding an Irish Harp Weekend in Vevey, in the late autumn. Janet Harbison, doyenne of the Irish harp and our inspiration for the harp we named after her, will hold a course of group lever harp masterclasses between November 7th - 9th.
Students will also have the chance to share the stage with Janet, forming a harp orchestra to accompany her at the course closing concert in Clé-de Voûte, November 9th at 5PM.
Janet and harp orchestras are no strangers to each other - her ensemble The Irish Harp Orchestra is famous throughout the world, so you couldn't ask for a better ensemble-playing chance.
If the thought of performing in concert with Janet Harbison makes you feel thrilled but also - well, terrified, don't panic. The course is suitable for all levels, and the part you play in the final concert is guaranteed to be one you will also enjoy!
The deadline for inscriptions is September 15th, 2014. Download the application form below for more information.
Applications are now invited for the 7th Camac Lever Harp Trophy, as part of the Festival Interceltique de Lorient. This famous festival takes place every summer: this year, it starts on August 1st, and the Camac Trophy will be on the final day - August 10th - at 3PM.
The competition is open to all, has no age limit, the closing date is July 20th - and the first prize is an Aziliz harp!
To apply, please download the forms below. Good luck!
On the subject of articles in other publications, Jakez is interviewed in Didier Saimpaul's lever harp magazine, Harpes Mag. This interview is about our levers, which we are proud to say are the choice of independent artisan harp makers all over the world.