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Around the World

Although the harp is really synonymous with the music of France, I really aim to show that there is so much more to the instrument than that. In this programme I explore music from all around the British Isles, through Europe, to music from as far afield as Brazil.
Included in the programme is a piece that was originally written for piano, Debussy’s La Soiree dans Grenade. I love the challenge of finding exceptional music and arranging/making it work for harp. In the Debussy, the main challenge was making the chromatic nature of the composition work on an instrument that really doesn’t lend itself to chromaticism! I really feel it was worth the effort though, as the harp adds a completely different dimension to the soundscape and a very different expressive quality to the piano.

Mikhail Glinka – Nocturne
Nino Rota – Sarabanda e Toccata
Dalwyn Henshall – Three Welsh Dances
Benjamin Britten – Suite for Harp op. 83
Manuel De Falla, arr. Grandjany – Spanish Dance no.1 from the opera La Vida Breve
Claude Debussy – Estampes no. 2, La Soirée Dans La Grenade
Egberto Gismonti – Maracatu
Sergiu Natra – Sonatina
Mary Ann Kennedy – Cruit Gun Cheis Ceall Gun Aba
Pat Metheny – Letter from Home
Marcel Grandjany – Rhapsodie
Further proposals
Louise Thomson Harp
New recital programme for 2023
Louise Thomson (harp)
"Eastern Pictures"
Corvus Consort, Louise Thomson (harp), Louise Thomson (harp) and the Corvus Consort (vocal ensemble)
Classical Showpieces
Louise Thomson (harp)
Contemporary Harp
Louise Thomson (harp)
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