Andy Scott’s harp work Crossing Waves provides the title track for a new solo album by leading harpist Keziah Thomas.
The CD Crossing Waves was released this month, with concerts taking place in Bath and Bristol on 27 May to launch the CD. The recording mainly comprises previously unrecorded works by British composers including Malcolm Arnold, Sally Beamish, Huw Watkins and Benjamin Britten as well as the Andy Scott commission.
The composition Crossing Waves was commissioned by Keziah Thomas for her debut Carnegie Hall recital in 2010. The work was inspired by the exploits of Roz Savage, who rowed solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 2005. The eight minute piece breaks down into three main sections: The first reflects the apprehension and excitement at the start of a daunting journey, navigating sudden changes in weather, and at times relaxing into a regular rhythm; The second section represents stillness, calm, isolation and beauty mid-ocean; The final section displays a sudden release of energy and optimism, knowing that the final leg of the journey is underway an inner strength prevails.
Described by the New York Concert Review as ‘Stupendous…totally original and engaging’, British harpist Keziah Thomas enjoys a reputation of a lively and exciting concert artist. She has appeared in major venues and festivals throughout the world, including a solo tour of Japan for Aoyama Harps, and performances at World Harp Congresses in Geneva, Dublin and Amsterdam. Keziah was the winner of the 2003 London Harp Competition, the 2008 Camac Harp Competition and the 2011 Contemporary Record Society Performing Artists Competition.
The sheet music for Crossing Waves is published by Astute Music
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