Focus on Youth

The Focus on Youth platform is an integral part of the Congress, and is an opportunity for talented young harpists under the age of 22 (on the day of performance in Cardiff) to play in front of a panel of highly respected harpists who will give them feedback on their performance.

Applicants are requested to submit a recent video recording of 20-25 minutes of contrasting solo harp music, to include a work composed after 1960, together with two letters of recommendation from their teacher and their school, a photo and a short biography. All music on the recording should be performed from memory and the same repertoire must be played at the Congress in 2020.


A panel will listen to the videos and 25 harpists will be selected to perform during the Congress in Cardiff. Another three will be given a reserve place.


Financial help is available through the generosity of the Otake Foundation. Details will be made available to the successful applicants.

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