Allan Neave / guitar
Allan Neave studied classical guitar at the then RSAMD, RNCM and finally with the Great Spanish master – José Tomas in Alicante. Since this time he has been a regular guest at many of the world’s leading musical festivals including the Edinburgh International, St Magnus, Cheltenham, Lorient, Iserlohn International Guitar Festivals, as well as performances at Tartan Week, New York in 2012. He is a regular guest at many of the worlds leading musical events and has worked with many influential musicians including Nikita Koshkin, David Fennessy, Hans Werner Henze, Gordon McPherson and Stephen Dodgson.
To date, his career has been an eclectic one, from recording his acclaimed debut CD in 1997 to the emotional journey of ‘The Island Tapes’, South American tours both in solo and with new music group Psappha, an East Coast tour of Australia with SCO Principal flautist Alison Mitchell and a farewell concert with Tetra Guitar Quartet in Germany 2015. Past highlights have included many performances of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with some of the UK’s leading ensembles – Royal Scottish National Orchestra/ Northern Sinfonia/ Scottish Chamber Orchestra. In 2011 he collaborated with Scottish Bard – Don Paterson, recording the soundtrack for a film documentary about the late great Scottish painter, John Bellany.
During his 30 year career, Allan was the Artistic Director of the Dundee International Guitar Festival for over 20 years and since 2010 has led RCS’s ‘ Big Guitar Weekend’ a winter event for all matters guitar! In 2000, he received the Scotland on Sunday Glenfiddich ® Spirit of Scotland Award for Music; these awards were set up to recognise individuals who lead the way in Scottish culture. He was also awarded his Professorship from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for contribution to the musical landscape of our country.
Allan is currently Head of Guitar and Harp at RCS, he plays Michael Gee guitars and is a D’Addario, New York sponsored artist.
‘Around the World in 80 minutes’:
Works including Bach, Sor, Ponce, Barrios, Lauro & Takemitsu
‘Ancient to Modern’:
Works including Dowland, Scarlatti, Fennessy, Paterson, Dyens
THE ISLAND TAPES: CELTIC MUSIC TO SCOTTISH ARCHIVE FILM
“A very important recording.” – Living Tradition Magazine
“A magical musical tour “- Stornoway Gazette
“Heart rendingly successful” – Akustik Gitarre (Germany)
“Fantastically played music” – Folker (Germany)
CARMEN – TETRA Guitar Quartet
Works by Stephen Goss, Manuel de Falla, Enrique Granados and Igor Stravinsky
DETOURS – PSAPPHA
Works by Gordon McPherson including guitar concerto Born of Funk and The Fear of Failing
FRIENDS IN STRANGE PLACES – by Gordon McPherson
THE BALDRAGON DUO
Celtic/Jazz crossover album with jazz virtuoso Don Paterson
THE ISLE IS FULL OF NOISES
New Scottish music for solo guitar by Edward McGuire, Alasdair Nicolson, Thomas Wilson and Peter Maxwell Davies