Royal Albert Hall 10 March 2017
:: February 18th, 2017 ::
Look forward to playing a lunchtime recital as part of the Love Classical series at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 10 March at 12.30pm.
6 Hands – UK Tour
:: February 18th, 2017 ::
6 Hands’ 15 date tour of the UK commences on 23 February at Turner Sims Concert Hall in Southampton with the final date in Frant, Kent on 30 June. Full details of all the venues can be found on the diary page.
The Light on the Edge
:: February 17th, 2017 ::
A great day recording Philip Houghton’s The Light on the Edge with John Williams, Thomas Carroll, Lucy Wakeford, Laurence Ungless and David Holmes at RAK Studios.
RCM visit to Granada
:: December 19th, 2016 ::
In December 2016, in partnership with my luthier of 15 years Stephen Hill, we arranged a cultural tour for a group of the Royal College of Music guitar students around Southern Spain, visiting Ronda, Granada, the Alhambra Palace, Los Olivos (Segovia’s hauntingly beautiful hill top home overlooking the sea) and Stephen’s workshop, both in La Herradura. Along the way we met many wonderful people including Paco Seco and his wife Lucy at the Ronda Guitar House and staged two concerts for the RCM guitarists. We also ate the most fantastic food, saw flamenco performed in its proper home, marvelled at the beauty of the landscape and laughed a lot. Thanks to Haydn Bateman, Jack Hancher, Alex Hart, Eirian Lewis and Nelly Von Alven who were great company and a credit to the RCM, and most of all to my good friend Stephen Hill, who was an incredible host and tour guide (and is now officially an RCM legend).
China, November 2017
:: December 5th, 2016 ::
Great to perform and teach in China at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou.
6 Hands at Pizza Express Jazz Club
:: September 12th, 2016 ::
A fantastic three nights performing with John Williams and John Etheridge at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in London.
6 Hands – with John Williams and John Etheridge
:: June 23rd, 2016 ::
June and July saw the first performances of 6 Hands with John Williams and John Etheridge. It was an amazing experience to perform with them and to meet with Julian Bream after our concert in Gillingham Dorset. The concerts mark a series of further dates running through 2016 and 2017, details of which can be found on my diary page.
Zender’s Winterreise – Britten Sinfonia, Barbican Arts Centre
:: May 9th, 2016 ::
It was a great experience to perform Zender’s Winterreise with the Britten Sinfonia at the Barbican in May. I have always loved the Barbican and spent many happy times there as a junior at the Guildhall School of Music.
Premiere of Kerry Tales – Royal Albert Hall
:: May 1st, 2016 ::
Berkshire Maestros gave a very fine first performance of my new guitar ensemble piece, Kerry Tales, at the Royal Albert Hall. The work consists of three movements inspired by the landscape and music of County Kerry in Ireland.
Gevelsberg Guitar Festival 2016
:: March 24th, 2016 ::
It was a great privilege to be appointed as the Artistic Director of the 2016 Gevelsberg International Guitar Festival in Germany and I have just returned from an inspiring week of playing, teaching and great company. We were treated to wonderful concerts from Antigoni Goni, Liying Zhu and Pavel Steidl and had many memorable and funny moments in the now legendary cellar of the Musikschule in the company of Hans -Werner Huppertz. Looking forward to 2017!