Kathleen Thomson - Harpist

This harpist is in great demand as an orchestral player and soloist throughout the UK, regularly performing with the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera (WNO), and having worked with the company for a number of years, she has accompanied many great singers including - Bryn Terfel, Lesley Garret, Jose Carreras and Rolando Villazon.

With her roots lying firmly in Wales, she has won many competitions including the Blue Riband at the National Eisteddfod, and the first prize at the World Harp Festival (Cardiff, 1992). With the aid of the Scholarships from the Welsh Arts Council she studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, and from 1995 - 1999 she attended the Aspen Music Festival, USA, performing with many eminent musicians, as well as broadcasting on national television.

Now back at home in her native country, she has performed throughout the UK and abroad working with orchestras such as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), the London Symphony Orchestra and the Gothenburg Opera.

As a soloist she is in great demand. She has performed Mozart's Flute & Harp Concerto with WNO / Carlo Rizzi at St David's Hall, Cardiff, as well as performing the work throughout the Midlands with the Orchestra of the Swan (with whom she is also Principal Harp). She frequently collaborates with other artists in various ensembles. She performs regularly with CBSO cellist David Powell with whom she formed '51 Strings', as well as working with other musicians to form collaborations for flute & harp and viola & harp. As an accompanist she works with many singers from the Opera Company.

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Kathleen Thomson - Harpist Repertoire

The following list is a guideline of music suitable for Wedding Services. Specific requests are welcome.
[* - Unsuitable for Civil Ceremonies]

Entrance of the Bride (Processional)

  • Air from The Water Music (Handel)
  • Barcarolle from The Tales of Hoffman (Offenbach)
  • Brian Baru’s March (Traditional – Ireland)
  • Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin (Wagner)
  • Canon (Pachelbel)
  • Cynghasail y Cymry (Edward Jones)
  • Flower Duet from Lakme (Delibes)
  • Greensleeves (Traditional)
  • Intermezzo from Cavalliera Rusticana (Mascagni)
  • Largo (Handel)
  • Llety’r Bugail (Eleri Owen)
  • St Anthony Chorale (Brahms)
  • Trumpet Tune (Purcell)
  • Trumpet Voluntary (Jeremiah Clarke)

Departure of the Bride & Groom (Recessional)

  • Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon (Handel)
  • Baroque Fanfare (Jean Joseph Mauret)
  • Bourrée (J.S.Bach)
  • Chanson de Matin (Elgar)
  • Choral Symphony : Ode to Joy (Beethoven)
  • Festival Rondo (‘Round O’) (Purcell)
  • Serch Hudol (John Thomas)
  • Toccata (Widor)
  • Trumpet Voluntary (Purcell)
  • Trumpet Voluntary (Jeremiah Clarke)
  • Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s
  • Dream (Mendelssohn)

Modern Suggestions for the Processional/Recessional:

  • Can’t Help Falling in Love
  • Fly me to the Moon
  • Somewhere, my Love (Theme from Dr. Zhivago)
  • Sunrise, Sunset from Fiddler on the Roof

Music During The Service & Signing Of The Register

  • All I Ask of You from Phantom (A. Webber)
  • Angels (Robbie Williams)
  • Arabesque No.1 (Debussy)
  • Ave Maria (Schubert) *
  • Bridal Lullaby (Theme from Howard’s End)
  • Can You Feel the Love Tonight from Lion King
  • Canon (Pachelbel)
  • Cavatina (Theme from The Deer Hunter)
  • Clair de Lune (Debussy)
  • Eternity (Robbie Williams)
  • Everything I do, I do it for You (Bryan Adams)
  • Heart Asks Pleasure First, The (Music from the film The Piano - Michael Nyman)
  • Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring (J.S.Bach) *
  • La Source (Zabel OR Hasselmans)

 

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