Young Composer Award

The Young Composer Award is an annual competition based award issued by The Clarsach Society.

Composers aged between 16 & 25 years of age are invited to present an original piece of music lasting no longer than 15, and no less than 10 minutes, suitable for:
a) Solo Clarsach/Non-pedal harp
b) Clarsach/Non-pedal harp and up to 3 other instruments and/or voices

The award is £500 plus a premiere performance at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival.

Please note that the deadline for this competition has now passed!



Jessica Burton who won the 2015 Award received the Young Composer Award from Janette Bain, Vice Convener of the Clarsach Society, at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival in April. Jessica’s beautiful, contemporary piece was very inventive, moving deftly between time signatures, using the drums to great effect.  It is a piece that harpers can really get their teeth into – challenging and great fun.


Jessica Burton receiving the Young Composer Award

The Clarsach Society is most grateful to the Imlay Foundationwhose generous donation is supporting this Award.