Clarsach competition 2022: invitation to enter

Posted on: 26th January 2022

We regret that this year’s competition will no longer take place due to external issues beyond our control. All those who registered have been contacted. We hope to run the competition again in the future. 

The 2022 Princess Margaret of the Isles Memorial Prize for Senior Clàrsach (UK) is now open for entries. The competition is open to all clàrsach (Scottish harp) players aged 18 and over.

The competition recital will take place at Armadale Castle on Saturday 4 June 2022.

The winner will receive a prize of £2000 and the opportunity to perform at the 2023 Edinburgh International Harp Festival through a collaboration with The Clarsach Society. There are two additional composition prizes of £250. Each finalist will receive an appearance fee of £1000.

The lead adjudicator for this year’s competition is the acclaimed Scottish harpist Charlotte Petersen. The panel will also include two local tutors.

Competition performances will be streamed on Armadale Castle’s social media channels and a film made available online.

How to enter

Please register by 20 March by completing our short online form. After registration we will send you a link for uploading your files. Registration does not commit you to entering the competition.

Candidates should prepare a 20 minute recital. The recital should include: a variety of Scottish styles, traditional and contemporary; candidate’s own arrangement of a piece from The Angus Fraser Collection;  and a new composition (or compositions) by the candidate.

Please download the Entry Guidelines from this page for important further information. Deadline for audio files submission is 20 April 2022.

About the competition

The Princess Margaret of the Isles Memorial Prize for Senior Clàrsach is organised by the Clan Donald Lands Trust (CDLT) as part of its programme supporting the Gaelic performing arts. The prize is named after Princess Margaret of Scotland, the daughter of King Robert II and the wife of John, Lord of the Isles, who was a great patron of the arts.

The annual competition was launched in 2018. Read a news story about the 2021 competition which was held online due to Covid-19. You can watch videos of previous competitions on our Vimeo channel and on Facebook. The 2020 competition did not take place due to Covid-19 restrictions.

CDLT would like to thank donors for supporting the competition, and our partners Scotland’s Music and the Edinburgh Harp Festival.