‘Sea Change’ launches at the Aldeburgh Festival

My voyage to commission a new repertoire for the guitar was launched on June 9th during the opening weekend at the Aldeburgh Festival.

Read reviews of the concert here:

Financial TimesThe TelegraphThe Irish Times

Having lived aboard ‘Concord’ on the River Alde for two weeks prior to the concert I had begun to feel like some figure from a George Crabbe poem. It is a fascinating river full of contrasts and the weather created challenging conditions in which to prepare for the concert.

I had planned to give the concert, step aboard and sail away, a gesture, as the Financial Times commented, that would be a step beyond taking a bow and walking into the wings. My plans were thwarted by unseasonably heavy weather and a sleepless night before the concert as conditions worsened into a severe gale, eventually forcing me to run upriver and take ‘Concord’ to safety.

The concert itself, however, was a success and two world premieres written for me by Jonathan Dove and Elspeth Brooke were added to the cargo of new music that I have taken aboard at Aldeburgh in recent months.

‘Concord’ has returned to her home waters for the moment while I make repairs, prepare her for the voyage North to Orkney and the St Magnus Festival and give a series of other concerts not connected with ‘Sea Change’.

The launch of ‘Sea Change’ marks the beginning of a new repertoire uninfluenced by the Spanish traditions that dominate so much guitar music.

I have always believed that the guitar could have a different voice. It’s a belief that inspired my first album Shapes of Sleep, recorded at Snape Maltings in 2006. Click here to listen, click here to read critical acclaim for the album and click here to buy a copy

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