A competition to compose a solo harpsichord piece has been launched by the Horniman Museum and Gardens in South London to celebrate the opening of their new keyboard instrument display and restoration project.

The winning composition will receive its premiere at the launch of the new display, entitled At Home with Music, which will take place in January 2014. The piece will be performed on a 1772 Jacob Kirckman harpsichord, and the winner will also receive £1000.

Entries to the competition must be approximately four minutes long, and musicians must be aged 35 and under to enter. The deadline for applicants is 1 October 2013.

Deputy keeper of the Horniman’s musical instrument collection Mimi Waitzman says, ‘We are delighted to offer young composers an opportunity to get acquainted with the sound world of the harpsichord, to create within it, and to have their piece publicly performed on an historic instrument.’

Full details about the competition can be found at www.horniman.ac.uk/composition

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