The Heritage Crafts Association is conducting a survey of the musical instrument making sector in the UK. Many musical instrument crafts are now classified as endangered on the HCA Red List of Endangered Crafts, and crafts deemed as currently viable are still facing serious issues, so gaining a deeper understanding of this area of work is a priority. We hope that the survey will enable us to implement future safeguarding structures to ensure these important skills are passed to the next generation. Detailed answers from musical instrument makers are very much appreciated, and the survey should take approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete. Please find the Endangered Musical Instrument Making Survey here: https://forms.gle/SGrzvJeXKn2qruuq8
Endangered Musical Instruments Symposium Findings from the survey will be presented at the online Symposium on Saturday 29 May, to which you are cordially invited. The event will present our initial findings on the state of British musical instrument making, seek feedback from makers and other interested individuals, and talk about what can be done to ensure a healthy future for these skills. It will feature a selection of speakers, performances, and even a film premiere, we hope that the event will be an invigorating representation of this exciting craft industry. The event is free to attend from 10.30am to 12.15pm, continuing from 2pm to 3.30pm, on the Zoom video conferencing platform, and attendees must register via Eventbrite using the link below. Please register here:https://endangeredmusicalinstruments.eventbrite.co.uk
Applications for 2021 are now open. Check out prixdeman.com for more details about the harpsichordists and composers competitions as well as the Ensemble Black Pencil Prize, what to prepare and how to submit your application. Deadline 1st August 2021. The semifinal and final rounds will take place during the Prix Annelie de Man, 1st-5th December 2021 at the Orgelpark, Amsterdam.
A new charity, Continuo Foundation will give grants which create work for freelance musicians and aims to draw upon innovative thinking and technology to help period-instrument ensembles improve long-term sustainability post-Covid-19. Under the enthusiastic patronage of Dame Emma Kirkby, Sir Roger Norrington and Rachel Podger and a team of professionals from music, business and media, Continuo has recently reached the first of many fundraising milestones, having raised £100,000 in just three months. It is now open for grant applications from professional UK-based period-instrument ensembles. Full details on how to apply are available on the Continuo website: www.continuofoundation.co.uk/grants
In response to Covid-19 the prestigious York competition for early music ensembles will move from July 2021 to 13 – 16 July 2022. Recognised as a major international platform for emerging talent, the competition takes place at the National Centre for Early Music as part of York Early Music Festival. For more details see https://www.yorkcomp.ncem.co.uk/
We are pleased to announce that the 15th edition of our e-magazine has been posted on the ‘Sounding Board’ page of our website, see https://www.harpsichord.org.uk/sounding-board/ where you will find a link to the file ready for you to read on screen or print out as you wish. This is a Special Edition, dedicated to the memory of Kenneth Gilbert with 39 contributions from friends, colleagues and past pupils from around the world
‘SHADOW JOURNEY’ the BHS recording of 21st Century Music for Harpsichord which includes the prize-winning pieces from our 10th Birthday Composition Competition. Full report in the ninth edition of SOUNDING BOARD. The CD has been released and can be purchased from Prima Facie via the following link: …..