You asked for us to include more instruments in our competitions so we are launching our first ever competition for voice and all instruments this September in Dulwich Village. Entries now open. No age limits. All styles of repertoire suitable for inclusion.
There are two classes with free choice of repertoire. Choose ONE piece within the time limit specified. The venue has an upright Kawai acoustic piano.
Calling all musicians! Join us for our first ever competition for voice and all instruments. Free choice of repertoire – pick your best piece to perform and receive feedback from our adjudicators. Medals will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Certificates for all competitors.
Adjudicated by Claire Harris.
Festival Director Lorraine Liyanage
Claire Harris is a graduate of the Royal College of Music, London, where she completed a Masters in Piano Accompaniment, graduating with distinction. During her studies she received many awards, including the Help Musicians UK Accompanist Prize, the Violette Szabo GC Memoriam Prize, the John and Marjorie Coultate Award and the Soirée d’Or Award, as well as being a post- graduate fellow of the New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women.
Claire has worked with professional soloists and ensembles across many disciplines, specialising in instrumental and vocal accompanying and chamber music. She was a tutor and accompanist at the New Zealand School of Music, and currently works as an accompanist at the Royal College of Music. She is a chamber music tutor at the Dartington International Summer School, in addition to performing with her own chamber ensembles and duos.
Claire is also committed to working with young musicians and is the pianist for the Guernsey Camerata, where she coaches and performs with a variety of young instrumental soloists.
As well as working with instrumentalists, Claire specialises in vocal and operatic repertoire and was recently Musical Director for a production of Don Pasquale, with Opera by Request, Toronto. She is also a repetiteur for the Academie de La Roche D’Hys, an annual operatic workshop in Burgundy, France.