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* 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 2022.


A panel will listen to the videos and up to 30 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.

*applicants must be under 22 on the 28th July 2022

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