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Women’s Voices

Corvus Consort (vocal ensemble) and Louise Thomson (harp)

Corvus Consort’s upper voices team up with harpist Louise Thomson under the direction of Freddie Crowley to present a selection of glorious music for upper voices and harp.

Throwing a particular spotlight on women’s voices – both vocal and compositional – the combined ensemble performs music by Imogen and Gustav Holst alongside talented living female composers.

Imogen Holst’s Welcome joy and welcome sorrow is a collection of six wonderfully characterful movements, including settings of poems by John Keats about the Devon countryside, while her father Gustav Holst’s renowned Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda exemplify both his fascination with ancient Hindu mythology and his championing of women’s voices and musical education for women as Director of Music at St Paul’s Girls’ School for nearly 30 years.

Louise Thomson Harp

This wonderful music from the Holst family is paired with four works for upper voices and harp by living composers Hilary Campbell, Olivia Sparkhall, Judith Weir and Gemma McGregor, all of which were first commissioned by pioneering music publisher Multitude of Voyces to mark International Women’s Day in 2019.

The programme also contains characterful music for unaccompanied voices by Amy Beach, and a beautiful work for solo harp by Esther Swift.

From summer 2024, music by Elizabeth Poston and Shruthi Rajasekar will also be added to the possibilities for this programme.

The programme below lasts approximately 60 minutes without interval.
A longer version can also be offered as a full-length concert with interval.

Imogen Holst – Welcome Joy and Welcome Sorrow
Hilary Campbell – Our endless day
Judith WeirWe sekyn here rest
Amy Beach – Three Flower Songs, Op. 31 (choir only)
Gustav Holst – Two Eastern Pictures
Esther Swift – Time Spinner (harp solo)
Gemma McGregor – Love was his meaning
Olivia Sparkhall – Lux aeterna
Gustav Holst – Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda: Third Group

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04/03/2024