We had to cancel our competitions in London this May because of the Covid-19 crisis – but offered a video competition instead. This is the first time we have run such a contest, and it went viral in more than one sense of the word!With over 170 entries across the board, we have been thrilled by the response. Huge thanks go to our jurors, Caryl Thomas and Sally Pryce, who have certainly been kept busy!Without further ado, here are the results:
Camac Competition 2020
First Prize: Llywelyn Ifan Jones
Second Prize: Lise Vandersmissen
Third Prize: Clara Gatti Comini
Commendation: Clara Garde
UKHA Prize: Aimee Lam
This is a major award for harpists sponsored by the French harp makers Camac. It is open to harpists of conservatoire standard or beyond studying or resident in the United Kingdom or Ireland up to 30 years of age. Candidates must provide the adjudicator with a clean copy of the music for each work to be performed. The prizes were to be as follows:
First Prize – £500 plus a paid lunchtime recital opportunity on Friday 3rd July 2020, as part of Proms at St Jude’s, Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church, Central Square, W11 7AG. Candidates should be available for the concert date.
Second Prize – £200
Third Prize – £100
UKHA Special Prize
The first round was to be on Sunday 24th May and the final on Monday 25th May 2020 at North Bank House, Pages Lane, Muswell Hill, N10 1PP
The video below shows performances from the 2019 Camac Harp Competition, together with an interview with Helen Leitner, the festival section head for harps.