Last Summer I had some photos taken by the Academy’s photographer, Ken Dundas – they’re pretty good so they’re up now.
I’ve added to the Forthcoming Concerts page the details of, well… some forthcoming concerts. It seems that these first few months of 2011 will be busy.
Oh and I also added in a wee quote given by those nice EGTA guys to the quotes page re: a wee half recital I gave in England for their AGM.
As usual it’s been a while too long for me to have left the blog without a post. Aaaaaanyway I’ve just uploaded a new video to youtube which you can see here:
It’s just a wee video that’s part of a competition application I’ll be sending away this week. I’ve been doing a little bit of work for Scottish Opera working on the whole “A little bit of Figaro” thing, a small 20 minute reduction of the 3 and a half hour full work. We’re taking it around community centres, schools etc and it’s been really good fun so far.
I won a competition last week as well, the North East Classical Guitar Society Guitar Competition, it’s a wee RSAMD based thing that runs every year, so I’ll be playing in Aberdeen sometime next year. On Sunday I also performed in the pre-concert concert for Pavel Steidl in the Big Guitar Weekend in Glasgow, Playing the above Prelude and the complete “Fandango” Quintet by Luigi Boccherini with some colleagues from the Academy. There was a reviewer there from the Classical Guitar Magazine, so with luck there’ll be a review in there in the next 6 months or so.
That’s pretty much all I’ve been doing in the past wee while, if I remember something I’ll post it up here.
OK so I’ve finally uploaded some more videos to my youtube channel, but under a different channel – the other one will be unused from now on. You can view it here.
I stuck on some videos of the China visit of last year, too.
Hope you enjoy
Yeah so I played and got to the final and won 2nd prize which was a surprise but hey ho you know it’s all good. It’s a really nice festival though, and I had masterclasses with Alvaro Pierri and Dieter Kreidler. Kreidler was on the jury along with Dale Kavanagh, Stephan Hackl, Carlo Domeniconi, Jorge Cardoso and Michael Buchrainer. It’s odd though because in Switzerland the travel system is so easy to work out and in Scotland it’s not so.
Flights delayed as well, on both sides of the journey, so bit of a nightmare, but it’s a couple of weeks before I must play again so I think I can rest awhile.
I will add pictures when I get them off the internet. Actually I have just found some so here
is a link.
Ok. Now I sleep.
So for this Eindhoven thing we were told to send the Hall authorities 3 or 4 hi-res pictures for the promgramme. So we sent them 2. I think they are fine and we look shiny. e got them taken by the RSAMD photographer guy called Kenneth Dundas who I also took that photo that David Tennant often uses.
My gigs in St. Andrew’s university, and around the RSAMD all went well. I hope they were enjoyed.
Last Thursday I won the Chanterelle guitar prize, winning £200 of music vouchers.
I have a number of concerts coming in the next few weeks – 2 in Glasgow and one in the University hall of St. Andrew’s. Check the concerts page for more info.
I have uploaded a new video to youtube, another excerpt of my Summer recitals. This time it is a bit of Brazilian music, that of Heitor Villa-Lobos. His most famous works for guitar were probably the 5 Preludes, and this is no. 4.
So now I have the Walton Bagatelles nos 1 and 5 and this Prelude in the Videos page.
I realise that the point of a musical blog would seem to be so that you could post your own music but of course I can’t post pure audio which is a bit of a pain.
However I can put youtube videos of me onto this so here’s a taster.
We had two cameras recording me simultaneously, so I will have a better quality of video and sound when I get around to updating it.