Future Blend Project

July 5, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

rom all entries, ten (10) compositions will be selected for performance, which will be premiered at the 2nd Hidden Gem Concert, in January 2017, 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 £150. The top five (5) finalists chosen by audience votes, the patrons and director of the project, will win the opportunity to have their compositions published free of charge by PoppyHarp Publishing. This decision is based on the quality of the composition and their professionalism throughout the project.

Eligibility of Applications:

The Future Blend Project 2016 / 2017 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All submitted pieces must be new works, unpublished and unperformed.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 no entry fee.

Submission Procedure:

To submit your entry, please send your piece along with a short biography to the following fbarsby@poppyharp.com. You can also submit your entry through the Future Blend Website. www.futureblendproject.co.uk

– upload of the PDF score
– a short biography of the composer in English
– optional: a computer simulation of the piece (mp3, 128 kbps+)
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.

​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 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 September 11th 2016, 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 2017.
The winner of the audience vote at the concert will win the Future Blend Project Collaboration Award 2017 and a cash prize of £150.
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 2017 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.

Application deadline: September 1st, 2016, 12pm
Additional Information:

All additional questions regarding the competition may be addressed to:

Fran Barsby