Founded some twenty years ago to encourage the love of serious music especially amongst the young, we provide live music in different genres performed by highly gifted professional artistes, many of whom have international recognition. Probably no other local venue provides such recitals on a regular basis throughout the year and at a very reasonable expense.
Why travel to London when this quality of musical satisfaction can be found so close to home?
Alasdair Beatson - Piano
Photo: Giorgia Bertazzi
Sunday 11 January 2015 • 3:00pm • £12
£12 in advance, or cash at the door.
Children 16 and under admitted free with accompanying adult. Students £3 (with ID card).
Amounts indicated are a suggested donation. If you are a tax payer a Gift Aid declaration would be appreciated.
Tickets are available from:
Guildford Tourist Information Centre
155 High Street
Tel: 01483 444 333
Pianist Alasdair Beatson is highly regarded as a distinctive and vibrant musician. Highlights of 2014 include a sixth solo Wigmore Recital on July 13th, performances of the complete Beethoven cello sonatas with Pieter Wispelwey, and chamber collaborations with such artists as Adrian Brendel, Philippe Graffin, Erich Höbarth, Henning Kraggerud, and Pekka Kuusisto. His recent CD of Mendelssohn piano music with SOMM Recordings received praise for highly sensitive playing of rare insight (Classic FM Magazine) and was awarded the ‘Outstanding’ accolade of International Record Review, and a new disc presenting the complete piano music of Ludwig Thuille was released in April 2013.
Recent concerts include appearances as soloist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, the Scottish Ensemble, and performances as soloist in Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotiques, conducted by George Benjamin, and Hindemith’s The Four Temperaments. As one of the most established chamber pianists of his generation, Alasdair works in a wide and varied repertoire with some of today’s finest musicians. Recent festival appearances include Aldeburgh, Bath Mozartfest, Music at Plush, Resonances (Belgium), Ernen (Switzerland), Delft and Oxford Chamber Music. A regular participant of IMS Prussia Cove, Alasdair was invited to join their touring groups in 2007 and 2011. He is Artistic Director of the chamber music festival Musique à Marsac.
Alasdair enjoys a regular association with the Scottish Ensemble. In addition to numerous chamber music projects, he returns in Autumn 2014 for a third tour as soloist, playing concertos of Mozart and Haydn.
Often attracted to less familiar repertoire, Alasdair’s approach to programming has been described as canny and uncompromising (Classical Source). His debut solo CD – the opus 1′s of Schumann, Brahms, Grieg and Berg – was released on SOMM Recordings in 2009 to critical acclaim. Other uncommon works explored include Debussy’s own arrangement for solo piano of his ballet Jeux, Fauré’s rarely performed Fantaisie for piano and orchestra, Hindemith’s Four Temperaments, the complete solo piano music of Ludwig Thuille, and piano trio arrangements of Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht and Janacek’s Kreutzer Sonata. Keen to collaborate directly with living composers, Alasdair has worked closely with George Benjamin, Harrison Birtwistle, Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Heinz Holliger.