Harpist Louise Thomson looks forward to her upcoming performance in collaboration with Polly Ives at St David’s Hall, Cardiff, as part of the World Harp Congress 2020. At the time of writing, the WHC hopes that all events will still go ahead (Covid-19).
Louise and Polly will be presenting their own musical version of the well-loved children’s story Tiddler, the Story-telling Fish written by award-winning author Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, which forms part of their ongoing ‘Concerteenies: Harp’ project. The beautifully rhythmic and descriptive words are intertwined with music by Smetana, McKay, Tchaikovsky, Tournier, Fauré and Gershwin. This special underwater journey also involves bubbles, scarves, fabrics, toy-fish, watery lighting and percussion along the way.
This exciting new collaboration, born out of a shared enthusiasm for the lesser-known and rarely-performed repertoire for choir and harp, and for the wonderful, rich and varied programmes of music it offers, can now be booked for 2020, 2020-21 and, indeed, the seasons beyond.
The singers are all young professionals in the early stages of their singing careers, including alumni choral scholars of Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, Royal Holloway and Manchester universities, as well as London conservatoires. Members of the group have sung with the Tallis Scholars, Tenebrae, BBC Singers, SANSARA, I Fagiolini, Siglo de Oro, Genesis Sixteen, echo choir, Carice Singers, and the choirs of Merton, Queen’s, Christ Church and New Colleges, Oxford. The New Oxford Consort is directed by its founder, Freddie Crowley, a recent Music graduate of Merton College, Oxford.
“[The New Oxford Consort’s debut concert] was a great occasion, for all sorts of reasons. I much admired the shaping of the programme, the quality of the performance and the exciting promise which the evening showed – both in terms of the Consort as a whole, and Freddie’s abilities as its director and guiding spirit… It was a truly memorable evening.” Dame Janet Ritterman
Harpist Louise Thomson – a Making Music Recommended Artist for the season 2018-2019 – is delighted to perform a lyrical lunchtime selection of music, including pieces by Debussy and Tchaikovsky, in the Bridgewater Hall’s free ‘A Little Bite Music’ series this summer. Her recital, in the foyer of the hall, is at 12.30pm on Friday 7th July.
Tomorrow evening (Sat 24 September at 7:30 pm), Louise Thomson performs William Alywn’s pastoral harp concerto ‘Lyra Angelica’, with the Amaretti Chamber Orchestra in Cheshire.