Ian Watt Concert
Ian Watt one of Scotland's foremost young classical guitarists, was the highlight of our inaugural meeting at the Aberdeen Northern Hotel on Tuesday 15th November 2005.
It was not without some trepidation that the committee of the NESCGS met at Aberdeen's Northern Hotel for the first meeting of the NESCGS so lovingly conceived over the previous three months. The advertising campaign had gone according to plan. Innovative ideas had been put into action. We were not disappointed!
The Boardroom at the hotel was laid out and ideally lit for the event. Our guest artist for the night, the young Ian Watt, arrived early to warm up and get the sound of the room. This instantly likeable young man displayed calmness and confidence far beyond his years and mixed easily with the committee members and arriving guests. And, much to our relief, the guests did come in welcome numbers. An audience of 40 was the final tally!
After a few words from the chairman, Ian began the first half of his concert. This was a very likeable set of guitar standards including Tarrega's Recuerdos de la Alhambra and Granados' Spanish Dance No. 5, which he played with grace and command. A short break allowed guests to mingle and be refreshed before we were treated to a second half which included works by Giuliani through to Andrew York. The Giuliani (Opus 15 – Allegro) was a particular hit with me as it was the reason for me buying my very first classical guitar record in 1970 by Julian Bream (and I could play the piece fairly well back then too!?).
Young Ian's first concert for the society was a big success and he was made the honorary 1st member of the society. His playing talents and his obvious enthusiasm for the guitar in a 14 year old was inspiring for all concerned. We look forward to seeing him at future meetings and we will all watch and encourage his career with special interest.
The meeting was also a great success for the society as we signed up 8 new members. The buzz on the night was great with support for the initiatives coming from teachers and players alike. This was a great start to the society and bodes well for the future.
Chairman - NESCGS