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.
‘Concerteenies: Harp’, a unique and highly-engaging musical experience for very young children (0-4 year olds), combines well-loved harp repertoire with creative story-telling, alongside movement and singing.
Louise and Polly have already collaborated on numerous education projects, engaging thousands of young children, with an approach focusing on the power of classical music to inspire creativity, confidence and linguistic development among young children. They plan to develop a whole series of Story Concerts with Harp for 0-4 year olds, including recording, videos and resource packs.
Polly Ives is a pioneering story-telling musician, who is passionate about making musical stories accessible to all and about using music to develop speech and language. She has previously worked with Julia Donaldson, presenting her stories including The Gruffalo’s Child and Zog with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
The World Harp Congress is an intensive week of recitals, concerts, lectures, masterclasses and workshops, all celebrating the versatility and ingenuity of the harp. This year, harpists and harp enthusiasts from around the world will converge of Cardiff for the Congress’s fourteenth edition taking place from 24th–30th July 2020.
Louise and Polly’s performance will take place at 11.30am on Tuesday 28th July, on the Level 3 Stage at St David’s Hall, Cardiff.