Future Blend Project - Solo Harp Composition Competition

Eligibility of Applications:

The Future Blend Project 2017 / 2018 is open to all composers, regardless of age, sex or nationality.
All submitted pieces must be new works, unpublished and unperformed.
Each composer can submit as many compositions as they wish in their application.
Compositions by more than one composer are not eligible for application.
Length: up to 10 minutes (10:00)
Instrumentation: Harp solo only
There is a one off £5 entry fee. This is payable via the website www.futureblendproject.co.uk.

Aims and Objectives of the Competition:

From all entries, ten (10) compositions will be selected for performance, which will be premiered at the 3rd Hidden Gem Concert, in January 2018, in the Competition finals. Among these 10 finalists, a winner will be chosen by the vote of the audience, and the collaboration of composer and harpist of the winning piece will win a cash price of £250. The top five (4) runers up are chosen by this years judges; Dominic Sewell http://dominicsewell.co.uk Edmund, Edmund Jolliffe http://edmundjolliffe.com and Fran Barsby www.franbarsbyharpist.co.uk. This decision is based on the quality of the composition and their professionalism throughout the project. The winner of the Future Blend Best Collaboration award is awarded by audience votes.


1st prize
The Future Blend Project Best Collaboration 2018 - £250 Cash Prize and your work published free of charge by PoppyHarp Publishing. A performance of your piece at the Hidden Gem Concert 2018.
2nd Prize
A performance of your piece at the Hidden Gem Concert 2018 and your work published free of charge by PoppyHarp Publishing.
​3rd prize
A performance of your piece at the Hidden Gem Concert 2018
All pieces are also recorded professionally on the day of the concert.

​Selection Procedure:

The competition will be held in two rounds: preliminary selection of the compositions and the final concert – Competition Finals.
1) Preliminary selection of the works for the Competition Finals:
A distinguished international jury of harpists and composers will select ten (10) pieces out of the applications received for the Competition. These works shall be the Finalists in the competition.
The decision of the jury and the list of the pieces shortlisted for the finals shall be published by August 1st 2018, on the www.futureblendproject.co.uk website. Within a week following the publication of the list of finalists, composers will be paired with the a harpist to work with, throughout the project.

2) Competition Finals:
Ten (10) pieces chosen by the jury will be performed in January 2018.
The winner of the audience vote at the concert will win the Future Blend Project Collaboration Award 2018 and a cash prize of £250.
Five of the finalists will be selected by a jury and have their work published free of charge by PoppyHarp publishing.
All Finalists will have their pieces performed in the Competition Finals - the Hidden Gem Concert 2018 and will be audio and video recorded. These recordings will be used for promotional purposes, including making the recording available on the internet in its entirety.

Submission Procedure:

To submit your entry, please send your piece along with a short biography using the contact form below.

- upload an anonymous of the PDF score
- a short anonymous biography of the composer in English
- a computer simulation or audio file of the piece

Once you have submitted your piece please make sure you pay the £5 years subscription to the Future Blend Project by clicking the button below. If you do not pay your subscription your submission will not be valid.

Judging is blind, therefore composers must remove all identifying labels and printed names from all the above mentioned materials to assure anonymity before the judges.

1 Jul 2017
British Pound (GBP)