Senior Clarsach competition open for entries

Coronavirus update: We have postponed this competition due to the COVID-19 situation. We will announce a new date ASAP. We regret that we are not currently accepting entries. Thank you for your understanding.

The prestigious Scottish Harp competition, the Princess Margaret of the Isles Memorial Prize for Senior Clàrsach (UK), is now open for entries. The competition is open to all players aged 18 and over. The competition recital will take place at Armadale Castle, Isle of Skye, on Saturday 13 June 2020 at 2pm. The winner will receive a prize of £2000 and the opportunity to perform at the 2021 Edinburgh International Harp Festival through a new collaboration with The Clarsach Society.

The lead adjudicator for this year’s competition is the internationally acclaimed clàrsach player Gillian Fleetwood. The panel will also include two local tutors.

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

How to enter

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 Patrick McDonald Collection; and a new composition (or compositions) by the candidate.

Please download the How to Enter form (right) for important further information. Deadline for entries is 25 April 2020.

About the competition

Now in its third year, the Princess Margaret of the Isles Memorial Prize for Senior Clàrsach is organised by Clan Donald Lands Trust (CDLT) as part of its programme of support of 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.  Read a news story about the 2019 competition and watch video highlights.

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