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The Hidden Gem Concert is held in the Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick, UK. The Hospital is an historic group of timber-framed buildings on Warwick High Street dating mainly from the late 14th Century clustered round the Norman gateway into the town with its 12th Century Chantry Chapel above it. For nearly 200 years it was home to Warwick’s medieval Guilds.In the reign of Queen Elizabeth I it became, under the patronage of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, a place of retirement for old warriors known as the Brethren. The Brethren and Master, who still live within the walls of the building, are a living legacy of almost 450 years of history. Every morning they meet in the Chapel and pray together the words their founder Robert Dudley set down. You can often see the Brethren in ceremonial uniform as they give tours through the buildings and gardens. These extraordinary medieval buildings, a living legacy to past times, are open to visitors and can be hired for civil ceremonies, receptions, dinners, parties and other events. www.lordleycester.com
The Hidden Gem Concert is an annual concert held on the first Saturday in January. (With exception of the saturday landing on the 1st or 2nd of January)
How do I submit a piece of music?
Composers submit their compositions under the guidlines found on the composers call page. This years deadline is 01/07/2017. There is not a limit to the amount of compositions that can be submitted per composer.
The winners of the Future Blend Project Best Collaboration Award is guarenteed a publishing deal with PoppyHarp Publishing and £250 shared between compsoer and harpist. The top 4 runners up are also awarded a publishing contract with PoppyHarp Publishing.
Is it just proffessional composers that can apply?
No! 'FBP' encourages all composition enthusiasts to apply. In 2015, Ben Parkinson-Atherton, a harp student that enjoyed composition won with his piece 'Foreign Halls'. In 2016, budding composer, Anthony Green won with his composition Ivory. You do not need any training or experience, the project is specially designed to help make your creation a reality! For help composing for the harp please visit our 'How to guide'. Equally if you have studied composition and are looking to compose for the harp this is the perfect project for a chance to work long term with a harpist.
There is no limit to the amount of submissions a composer can make each year. There is a one off payment of £5 which allows you to submit as many compositions as you wish for that year. This is non refundable and cannot be transfered between years.
Why must applicants be over 18 years old to apply?
Applicants must be over 18 and legally allowed to sign agreements regarding copyright and publishing themselves.
Why do we charge for submissions?
'FBP' is 100% donations funded. The money raised by submissions helps us to fund the World Premier Concert of the 10 finalists each year - The Hidden Gem Concert. Without these donations the project would not be possible.
Each year the Best Collaboration Award is voted for by the audience at the Hidden Gem Concert. The next top 4 pieces are then chosen by a pannel of judges.
Why do submissions have to be annonymous?
'FBP' judges all entries in a transparent and fair manner. There is no 'friendly judging' or bias, everyone’s work are judged the same.
I entered the competition in a previous year, can I reapply this year?
YES! There is no limit to the amount of submissions made per year or the amount of years you can apply.
When and where can I book a ticket for the Hidden Gem Concert?
Tickets for each Hidden Gem Concert go on sale in November prior to the concert in January.
How are the harpists paired with the composers?
Harpists vote for their top 3 pieces out of the finalists chosen by each years judges. The pieces are then distributed fairly between the harpists involved in each years project. These votes allow the harpists to be paired with the compositions that best suit their style and prefrences.
Who are the Judges?
The judges for the competition change each year but consist of a representitive from PoppyHarp Publishing, a composer and harpist.
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