Spanish Rhapsody with Maria Vega Dancer will be at the lovely Chipping Norton Theatre on Sept 5th! An added bonus for guitar fans - guitars, and pre-concert talk by luthier Paul Fischer. Tickets available now from Chipping Norton Theatre box office. https://youtu.be/9i-h_E9iLD8
Today is Valentine's Day in China ! Here's a new live video with beautiful sound for you to enjoy (click on the link below) from Beijing's National Concert Hall ! The cellist is Jian Wang, and the music is of course, Elgar. http://ncpa-classic.cntv.cn/2012/06/07/VIDE1339076346532911.shtml #elgar#lovesong
The 2019 Changsha International Guitar Festival finished last night ! Here's the results of the open competition : 1st Place: Johan Smith (Switzerland) 2nd Place: Mu Huai-cong (China) 3rd Place: Lazhar Cherouana (France) 4th Place: Yang Zhe-lin (China) 5th Place: Liang Jie-min (Taiwan) 6th Place: Tian Xiang-yu (China) Rodrigo Prize Winner: Johan Smith (with kind thanks to the Victoria and Joaquín Rodrigo Foundation) Congratulations to all ! Thanks too, for those who entered the composition competition. First prize in the composition competition was awarded to Cristiano Porqueddu for his guitar solo "The Fire Rite". An honourable mention to Cameron O'Connor for his piece "Perturbation Variations". Special thanks to Prof. Joel Hoffman, Professor Emeritus of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, and Prof.Kenneth Kwan from Xinghai Conservatoire for judging this years composition competition.
Wonderful to take part in the Concert de Paris last night. It was an amazing feeling in the Champs de Mars on Bastille Day with the National Orchestra of France. https://mobile.france.tv/spectacles-et-culture/opera-et-musique-classique/1036051-xuefei-yang-l-orchestre-national-de-france-adagio.html
The rehearsal before the concert was just a few bars from Aranjuez. Tonight’s Bastille Day concert is in the Champs de Mars at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. It will be broadcast live on France 2. Looking forward to the concert, and also the big firework display afterwards! #BastilleDay #ConcertdeParis #Paris
I’m giving master classes at the Greenwich International Guitar Festival at The Old Royal Naval College in London today. A beautiful venue in an historic part of London. I’m playing a recital here tomorrow (Friday) evening at 7.30pm. More info here : http://www.greenwichguitarfestival.com/gallery
It was exhilarating to play at the Cheltenham Festival in front of a large audience in the beautiful Town Hall with the wonderful Maria Vega Dancer. In a complete contrast of setting, play solo later that day in an elegant Regency drawing room in Imperial Square. The intimacy of the guitar was presented fully in this type of setting as I could focus on the nuances of the music. The audience sat very close and gave me the feeling of playing in a 19th century salon. Both very enjoyable in different ways. The Spanish Rhapsody tour will continue in the Cotswolds with a concert on Sept 5 in the beautiful The Theatre Chipping Norton. I'll be playing guitars by the Cotswold's own luthier - the renowned Paul Fischer, who will also give a pre-concert talk.
It’s fun last night. On the way to Cheltenham now. Tomorrow 11am Spanish Rhapsody again with @mariavegadancer at the Cheltenham Town Hall for the #cheltmusicfest https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/music/whats-on/2019/spanish-rhapsody/ #whatsoncheltenham #guitarconcert#spanishdance#cheltenhamtownhall #cheltham
It's Spanish Rhapsody week with Maria Vega Dancer ! Kino-Teatr in Hastings on Thursday; & Cheltenham Music Festival on Saturday. Take a look at this video for a sneak preview of Spanish Rhapsody, made using clips from a national TV broadcast of a concert we gave in the very grand Hongzhou theatre in China last year. The more intimate settings of the Kino Teatr & Cheltenham town hall will only add to the excitement & spectacle of the concert. This is one of my most enjoyed projects. Come along if you are around ! https://youtu.be/9i-h_E9iLD8 Askonas Holt #chelthenhammusicfestival