7th June 2012 - 12.30 Lunchtime Concert
David Massey, guitar
Prelude, Fugue, Allegro
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1760)
All in Twilight
Four pieces for guitar, written for Julian Bream
Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996)
William Walton (1902-1983)
David Massey, guitar
Since his initial success as a finalist in the 2006 BBC Young Musician competition, David has striven to constantly develop his music making and guitar playing, undertaking numerous solo recitals as well as concertos, chamber music and orchestral parts.
As a soloist he combines familiar pieces with less well-known masterpieces of the repertoire. He has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Sage Gateshead, King's Place, St George's Bristol, amongst others, and been praised for "intense and intimate" performances marked by a "remarkable energy and range of tone and dynamics". After hearing him play, Julian Bream praised his tone and sense of musical architecture.
He has an ongoing duo partnership with flautist Emily Andrews who gave the May 31st Music on Thursdays lunchtime concert here. Their partnership can be followed at www.andrewsmasseyduo.com. They were invited to this year's Tunnell Trust Blair Atholl showcase for young professional chamber groups. David studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Michael Lewin on the MMus course supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council which will focus on producing new arrangements and transcriptions for guitar.
His thirst for new challenges and experiences has led him to engage in the widest spectrum of musical activity available to a guitarist, performing in chamber formations, orchestral and opera parts, including related instruments such as the mandolin, banjo and ukulele, in everything from Mozart to Schoenberg, Gershwin and Bainbridge, as well as electric guitar including a concert of pieces by Frank Zappa as part of the Zappa at the Roundhouse festival 2010. 2011 saw premieres of new pieces for mandolin and harp by Martin Gaughan and guitar and bass clarinet by Scott Lygate.
David also fronts his own rock band, for which he writes the songs. There is no attempt at a fusion of the classical and rock/pop styles, although each discipline informs the other in sometimes surprising ways.