I am very excited to welcome you to my new website! Here you will find all sorts of information about my varied musical activities, together with details of past and future projects.
This is the first time that the many different facets of my musical life have been brought together – and my hope is that those who know me from one aspect will now get a broader picture of who I am, what else I do and how and why I do it! If you would like any more information on my activities check out the Notes by Alasdair page or get in touch, and if you’ve been to one of my recent performances then please take a moment to fill in the feedback page – you can even send in your photos!
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notes from Alasdair
November 20th, 2012
Here’s the trailer video for Scott’s new album which had me playing all sorts of extreme percussion including machetes and a chisel!read more >
October 20th, 2012
There are certain aspects of being an orchestral musician which can appear baffling to an outsider especially the collective sense of humour. A fair amount of this is based in orchestral “traditions” – responses to comments, events or musical moments – which have been passed down the generations of players and while each orchestra might have its own set of these there are several which seem to be common to most orchestras.read more >
October 20th, 2012
It’s a happy coincidence that in the 250th year since Benjamin Franklin invented the Armonica I have been having all sorts of new musical experiences with mine. In addition to several films and recording sessions with bands earlier in the year, July had the premiere of George Benjamin’s Opera Written on Skin, where the glass harmonica represents an Angel who sidesteps between the present and the past.read more >
July 27th, 2012
January 13th 2012 7.20 p.m. Just about to go onstage in Hong Kong City Hall for a concert with my friends in the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. Head full of script and a few cantonese phrases learnt by rote. You have to get the pronunciation just right or the meaning can change from perfect politeness to extreme rudeness!read more >