Harpist Louise Thomson looks forward to her performance in collaboration with presenter Polly Ives on 26 July at St David’s Hall, Cardiff, as part of the World Harp Congress 2022.
Louise and Polly will present a musical storytelling session for children and their families, featuring a new musical version of the book ‘Mixed’ based on the original book written and illustrated by Arree Chung. The music is composed for harp by Paul Rissmann as part of a new commissions project by Concerteenies thanks to an Arts Council England grant in 2021. Aimed at children between 2 and 7, ‘Mixed’ carries an important message of acceptance and unity through its story of the Reds, the Yellows, and the Blues…
All special in their own ways, all living in harmony — until one day, a Red says Reds are the best! and starts a colour kerfuffle. When the colours decide to separate, is there anything that can change their minds? A Yellow, a Blue, and a never-before-seen colour might just save the day in this inspiring book about colour, tolerance, and embracing differences.
Founded in 1981, the World Harp Congress has taken place in a different city around the world every three years since the late ’80s, until the Coronavirus pandemic forced the Congress to be cancelled in 2020 and 2021. At last, WHC 2022 will go ahead in Cardiff, an “intensive but fun-filled week of recitals, concerts, lectures, masterclasses and workshops, all celebrating the versatility and ingenuity of the harp”.