The festival and competition focus fully on new music and harpsichord, Prix Annelie de Man, the 6th edition will take place 29 November to 3 December 2023 in Orgelpark in Amsterdam and will offer a colourful program full of contemporary music, both from Dutch and international composers, rising stars and established names. The event will include several world premieres, Black Pencil as an ensemble in residence, a competition of young contemporary harpsichord pioneers, composer’s competition, a symposium about the instrument in the context of the 21st century and more!
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The Historical Keyboard Society of North America (HKSNA) is pleased to announce the 10th Mae and Irving Jurow International Harpsichord Competition,
to take place July 2-6, 2024 at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, Montréal (Quebec), Canada. Harpsichordists under age 35 at the time of the competition are eligible to enter. See attached program requirements and guidelines.
First Prize: $5000 (US); Second Prize: $2500 (US); Third Prize: $1500 (US); Jurow Prize: $750 (to be awarded to the most promising non-finalist). The first-prize winner will be invited by Clavecin en Concert to perform as soloist or featured harpsichordist in Montreal in 2025–2026.
Preliminary Round: Maria Luisa Baldassari (IT); Luc Beauséjour (CA); Leon Schelhase (ZA/US)
Semifinal and Final Rounds: Olivier Baumont (FR); Pieter-Jan Belder (NL); Elaine Funaro (US); Hank Knox (CA); Sonia Lee, chair (CA/US); Emlyn Ngai, ensemble music judge (US/CA)
The entry deadline is April 5, 2024 (preliminary qualification by video recording).
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The 2023 London International Exhibition of Early Music (LIFEM) returns to Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, London SE3 9RQ. from 8th-11th November. Associated evening concerts, held at the nearby church of St Michael & All Angels, this year range from a solo recital, by harpsichord virtuoso Jane Chapman to not one, but two orchestral programmes given by the OAE Experience Ensemble, and the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra with Erik Bosgraaf. Our festival opener on 8th November is provided by Ensemble Pampinea, winner of the 2022 LIFEM Young Ensemble Competition and our concert programme will be completed by organist William Whitehead, whose solo lunchtime recital on 9th November represents a festival first.
For further details and complete Diary of Events for 2023 see https://lifem.org/pages/tickets
The 39th Annual Conference on Music in 18th-Century Britain will take place on Friday 24th November 2023 at the Foundling Museum, London WC1N 1AZ. The Foundling Museum’s exhibition in the Handel Gallery in the Autumn will be focused on Handel’s Will.
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Following the success of the 2023 NGBE Development Day, BBC Radio 3, NCEM and the RCM are delighted to announce a second development workshop day to be held at the Royal College of Music on Sunday 4 February 2024 from 10.00-17.00. The day offers emerging professional ensembles the opportunity to be coached by RCM’s Head of Historical Performance Professor Ashley Solomon, and to find out more about the NGBE scheme with representatives of the partner organisations.
Applications are open to UK-based primarily instrumental baroque ensembles of between 3 and 6 players, performing repertoire between 1600-1800 using historically informed playing techniques, instruments, and stylistic conventions. Please note that places are limited.
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This prestigious and longstanding biennial competition takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, as part of York Early Music Festival on Saturday 13th July 2024. Recognised as a major international platform for emerging talent in the world of early music, the competition attracts musicians from all over the globe, offering an important boost to young professional careers with opportunities for performance, recording and broadcasting, and international exposure. Closing date for applications: Monday 15 January 2024, 23:59 GMT
For more details see; https://www.yorkcomp.ncem.co.uk/rules
The Rossini Conservatoire of Music organizes the XIX edition of the International Harpsichord Competition Gianni Gambi. The competition is open to all students of harpsichord and early keyboard instruments who are duly enrolled in courses of all levels during the academic year 2023-2024, as well as graduates of the academic year 2022-2023 from Italian conservatories and international higher music education institutions, without age restrictions. The Competition will be held at the Conservatoire of Music “G.Rossini” in Pesaro, Italy from the 14th – 16th March 2024.
Application deadline is the 23th February 2024. Applications for participation will be accepted up to a maximum of 25 . Full details avalaible at
The British Harpsichord Society is sad to report that the eminent harpsichord maker, Andrea Goble, has died, aged 91.
Andrea’s father, Robert – a protegé of Arnold Dolmetsch – founded the family firm, Robert Goble & Son, in the 1940s. The family played a pivotal role in the revival of early music in Britain, producing many hundreds of superbly crafted instruments. Andrea oversaw the vital transition to the production of historically-based harpsichords in the 1970s which was hugely successful, and his tireless work benefited many emerging players and instrument makers. His mother, Elizabeth, was an early pioneer of the harpsichord, and his son, Anthony, joined his father and grandfather as a third generation harpsichord maker.
A tribute to Andrea Goble will be appearing in an upcoming edition of Sounding Board magazine.
Andrea Goble (centre) in the late 1970s with father Robert, mother Elizabeth and son Anthony.