Musical entertainment continues

Classical guitarist Simon Thacker performs in Ramsey next week

Classical guitarist Simon Thacker performs in Ramsey next week

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Culture vultures in the north will continue to be well catered for in 2014 with the continuation of the Ramsey Music Society concert series.

The tail-end of 2013 saw some entertaining and full-house performances from the likes of Jordanian Karim Said and acclaimed harpist to the royals Clare Jones, as well as flute and harp player Joshua Batty.

Next up, and back at Ramsey Grammar School’s West Building is international guitarist Simon Thacker.

The skilful six-stringer is performing on Monday (January 13) evening, with a repertoire to include JS Bach’s mighty Chaconne, music from the Etudes by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Spanish romantic music by Joaquin Malats and Manual de Falla’s Homenaje.

The Arts Council-supported show is free to attend for students, everyone else can pick up a £10 ticket on the door.

Thacker, who is head of classical guitar at Edinburgh Napier University and Stevenson College, is renowned as an ‘inter-cultural’ musician, as passionate about Segovia and jazz as he is about Indian music and classical contemporary, and has performed in the USA, Spain, France, Malta, Cuba and Belgium.

He has been nominated for a Royal Philharmonic Society award, and was a winner of the 50th Park Lane Group Young Artists awards. In 2009 he was appointed Fellow in Music at the University of Aberdeen, and has performed live on BBC Radio 3 and Cuban TV.

The society’s next concert sees the visit to Ramsey of viola and violin talent Matthew Jones, playing with pianist Annabel Thwaite on February 10.

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