Next weekend is Big Guitar Weekend, Scotland’s guitar event of the year. Housed in the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (map here) and directed by Allan Neave, it comprises courses, master classes and concerts.
The artists involved can be seen on the event’s dedicated website. Those involved include, Paul Galbraith, Pavel Steidl and Haddington’s own Malcolm MacFarlane. You can see a photo-stream of some of the people and places involved here.
Sadly, I’m going to miss most of this as I’ll be preparing for the launch of this:
The attendant website, www.loveburns.co.uk goes live on 5 Nov.
Guitarists in the Edinburgh/Lothians area may be interested in this year’s Edinburgh International Guitar Festival, run by my friend and colleague, Mike McGeary. Amongst other things, the weekend (23/24 Sept) features two recitals in Duddingston Kirk (map here) – both of which are open to the public:
Friday 23 Sept at 19:30 – Sean Shibe (2011 Gold Medalist in ROSL Annual Music Competition) – read a crit where The Herald’s Michael Tumelty explains how Sean ‘turned him on to classical guitar’
Saturday 24 Sept at 19:30 – Allan Neave, Lecturer in Guitar at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
During the day of Saturday 24, Allan will be running a workshop and masterclass.
You can see/download details of all the above here: Festival Brochure 2011
Guitar Festivals seem to be in the air. Look here for details of Big Guitar Weekend 2010. Suffice to say that John Williams is one of the guests! Also featured are Pavel Steidl and Tommy Emannuel. There are also interesting looking fringe events. Director, Allan Neave, is also to appear as a soloist at the Edinburgh International Guitar Festival.
As part of the Edinburgh International Guitar Festival, Allan Neave is to give a recital at 7:30 on Friday 1st October in Duddingston Kirk (click for map). The programme includes works by Bach, Koshkin, Dyens, Falla, Barrios and Albeniz. Tickets (£8/£5) are available on the door, from Academy of Music & Sound (click for map), 1 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2HY, Phone: 0131 656 0600 or from the organiser, Mike McGeary on 07884 007 240.
Having seen Allan play a few times, I can confidently recommend this recital!
Here is pdf for those who wish to pass on info to friends/colleagues etc.
Allan Neave Recital
See you there.