Angelic evening promised as Eisteddfod-winning harpist joins new vocal ensemble at arts festival

Corvus Louise Thomson Photo: Sara Porter

A new addition to the Church Stretton Arts Festival program this year is to pair Eisteddfod-winning harpist Louise Thomson with the innovative and versatile new vocal ensemble the Corvus Consort.

And they will present what is described as a rich and varied program in the atmospheric setting of St Laurence’s Church, Church Stretton, on Friday July 29 at 7.30pm.

Joan Arnfield, who chairs the festival, said: “In addition to a selection of works by Gustav and Imogen Holst, we will hear other pieces made specifically for this unusual combination of harp and upper voices.

“Combine that sound with the beautiful acoustics of St. Lawrence Church, and the result should be positively angelic!”

Superior Voices of Corvus. Photo: Alessandro Tear

Louise Thomson is a versatile and experienced musician, whose playing has taken her to prestigious concert halls across the UK, including the Royal Albert Hall, St David’s Hall in Cardiff and Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.

She has performed with some of the country’s most respected ensembles, including the Hallé Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra.

Corvus Consort is a vocal ensemble founded and directed by Freddie Crowley, which performs in a wide variety of genres and styles, ranging from the Renaissance to the present day, and boasts a range of instrumental collaborations.

Further information and tickets can be obtained by visiting Those without internet access can obtain tickets from the Church Stretton Library on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in June and July between 10am and 12pm and at most Festival events. The Arts Festival information line is 07436 958499.

Ring and Ride transportation is available free of charge for all events, including coffee house concerts and organ recitals; please telephone: ‘Ring and Ride’ 01694 720025.

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