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A majestic Czech river, a throng of mischievous elves, an epic rowing journey, and several vividly-depicted insects

Harpist Louise Thomson is offering an enticing new recital proposal for 2023 and the 2023-2024 concert season.

The programme features some of the finest writing for harp in the 20th century, through to contemporary works by living composers. In a prominent selection of programmatic compositions, the audience is taken on a journey including a majestic Czech river, a throng of mischievous elves, an epic rowing journey, and several vividly-depicted insects.

This is just one of the varied selection of programmes on offer from Louise, which also includes her collaboration with the upper voices of the Corvus Consort, featuring music by Gustav Holst, Imogen Holst, Amy Beach and Hilary Campbell.

Louise’s 2023 programme opens with Time Spinner, Esther Swift’s evocative tribute to the soul and character of a late harp colleague, followed by Pierrick Houdy’s Sonata for Harp, written as a wedding gift for his wife, a talented harpist who he met whilst they were studying together at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris. After this comes Paul Patterson’s characterful portrayals of various insects in Bugs!, and the magnificent Légende by Henriette Renié, one of the foremost harp virtuosi of the early 20th century, a work based on the poem Les Elfes by Leconte de Lisle.

The second half opens with an arrangement of Bedřich Smetana’s The Moldau, originally a symphonic poem which charts the course of the Vltava river through the Czech countryside to Prague, followed by Crossing Waves, in which Andy Scott pays tribute to rower Roz Savage and her remarkable solo journey across the Atlantic. In Awuya, Sally Beamish takes inspiration from the genetic mutations of the African Sleeping Sickness and the scientific research combatting the disease, before a virtuosic finale based on a theme of Gregorian Chant for Easter: Rhapsodie by Marcel Grandjany, another French harp virtuoso of the 20th century, and star pupil of Henriette Renié.

Below is an outline of the whole programme, and please see this page for a full list of Louise’s artistic proposals.

New recital programme for 2023

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