Harp & Clarsach Syllabus 2024

Entries open 01/01/2024 and close 28/02/2024

Harp adjudication will be on Saturday 18th May 2024 at Reigate Park Church, Park Lane East, Reigate, Surrey.

Adjudicator: Tomos Xerri

Tomos XerriWelsh harpist Tomos Xerri has performed in concert halls worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral performer. Highlights include performing Saariaho’s Fall for solo harp alongside contemporary dancers at the Barbican Theatre, and most recently performing Ravel’s Introduction & Allegro and Debussy’s Danses with Britten Sinfonia. Since graduating he has given solo performances at the Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, and the 1901 Arts Club, and has performed as a concerto soloist with orchestras across the UK.

He has had the honour of performing solo for members of the Royal Family including Her Majesty the Queen, and in 2018 was invited to represent Arts Council England with a solo performance at Downing Street. Tomos has been a prizewinner at international competitions including winning First Medal at the UFAM International Harp Competition in Paris and Second Prize at the International Harp Festival in
Caernarfon. After winning a place on the Philharmonia Orchestra Instrumental Fellowship Programme, Tomos is now enjoying a busy freelance orchestral career performing with all the major London orchestras, often as guest principal harp.

Tomos hopes to inspire a younger generation of harpists by giving masterclasses (recently at the Gower Festival) and with his busy private teaching practice, and as harp teacher at Charterhouse School and Sevenoaks School. Born in Cardiff, Tomos attended the Junior course of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and was a chorister at Llandaff Cathedral before being awarded a Major Music Scholarship to Eton College. He studied with Gabriella Dall’Olio at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance where he graduated with First Class Honours and completed his Master of Music course with Distinction, winning the John Marson Prize for an outstanding musician.

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Rules

A copy of the music must be provided for the adjudicator for all performances. If a photocopy is provided it will be destroyed after use and not returned.

Enquiries about entering the Harp and Clarsach section should be emailed to: harps.rrmdf@gmail.com.

The Robert Bouffler Music Trust can help with the cost of an accompanist! The Trust will consider requests for mini-grants of up to £35. Please note that grants are intended to support families of limited means. If you live or go to school in East Surrey/Tandridge, and would like to apply for a mini-grant up to £35, email the Trust’s Hon. Secretary at barbara@rbmt.org.uk, giving your address, school attended, the Section/Class you are entering, and the name and email address of your accompanist (as the Trust will pay them directly).

Harp & Clarsach Classes

400 SOLO Grades 1 & 2
Own choice of one piece from any standard examination syllabus or one piece appropriate to the standard of that grade.
Fee £5.00

401 SOLO Grades 3 & 4
Own choice of one piece from any standard examination syllabus or one piece appropriate to the standard of that grade.
Fee £5.00

402 Dress up to complement your piece
Dress in character to complement your piece. Any choice of piece. Any standard. Age 11 yrs and under. See regulation 19.
Fee £5.00
11 and younger
Up to 4 mins

403 Non-Competitive Class
Any age, adult or child, any standard. Own choice of one piece. The performer will receive an adjudicator’s comment.
Fee £5.00
Up to 4 mins

404 SOLO Grades 5 & 6
Own choice of one piece from any standard examination syllabus or one piece appropriate to the standard of that grade.
Fee £6.00

405 SOLO Grades 7 & 8
Own choice of one piece from any standard examination syllabus or one piece appropriate to the standard of that grade.
Fee £6.50

406 RECITAL Age 14 years and under
Own choice of 2 or 3 contrasting pieces.
Please note Regulations 11 & 19.
Fee £8.50
14 and younger
Up to 10 mins

407 RECITAL Age 15 years and over
Own choice of 2 or 3 contrasting pieces. Please note Regulation 11. See Regulation 19.
Fee £9.00
15 and older
Up to 14 mins

408 Duet/Trio for Harps Year 7 and under
Own choice of piece(s). See regulation 19.
Fee £6.50 per group
Group of 2 to 3 people
Year 7 and under
Up to 4 mins

409 Duet/Trio for Harps Year 8 and over
Own choice of piece(s). See regulation 19.
Fee £7.00 per group
Group of 2 to 3 people
Year 8 and over
Up to 4 mins

410 Duet for one Harp with instrument or voice (year 7 and under)
Own choice of piece(s). See regulation 19.
Fee £6.50 per group
Group of 2 people
Year 7 and under
Up to 4 mins

411 Duet for one Harp with instrument or voice (year 8 and over)
Own choice of piece(s). See regulation 19.
Fee £7.00 per group
Group of 2 people
Year 8 and over
Up to 4 mins

412 Ensemble
For two or more harps plus other instruments and/or voices, or four or more harps only. Own choice of piece(s) up to 6 minutes.
Fee £13.50 per group
Group of a minimum of 3 people
Up to 6 mins

413 Ensemble for Fun!
An opportunity to join an ensemble of harps and clarsachs to play a piece together. The music will be sent to you in advance.
Fee £0.00

Concerto Competition
For Concerto entries, please see our Concerto Competition section that will be held on 21st and 22nd March 2024.

Entries for the Festival close on 28 February 2024 (enter here). Please ensure your entry is submitted in time!