Matt McAllister Concert
It was with considerable pleasure that the North East Scotland Classical Guitar Society welcomed Matt McAllister to Aberdeen. Matthew is a young player based in Glasgow and a graduate of RSAMD where he studies under our society's patron, Allen Neave. He was the subject of a young player's profile in the Classical Guitar Magazine in April 2007.
Matt's stage presence was immediately affable and relaxed which was welcomed by the audience. Matt's opening set was a blend of classical guitar favourites with a few what you might call cross-over prises from Ralph Towner. Always a sure hit with Asturias by Albeniz and Julia Florida by Barrios.The second half opened with the highlight for me, two works by John Dowland. Matt played these quite beautifully and evoked a special magic. He went on to bring new vitality to Farewell to Stromness and finished with some upbeat modern numbers, especially Andrew York's Sunburst. The audience of members and visitors were treated to a very accessible and enjoyable recital. His easy going approach was appreciated by the attendees. This was Matt's first concert for the society but it won't be his last.
Peter Stock NESCGS Chairman