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Hay Music: Laura Snowden - Guitar
Saturday, 18 January 2020 at 7.30pm
Hay Music: Laura Snowden - Guitar

Hailed a ‘string sensation’ by BBC Music Magazine, British-French guitarist and composer Laura Snowden is acclaimed for her ‘poise and intensity’ (Guardian) and playing of ‘extraordinary depth’ (Strings, Classical Music Magazine).

Fernando Sor: Introduction and Variations on a theme by Mozart Op 9
Heitor Villa Lobos: Five Preludes
Laura Snowden: Anpao
Agustín Barrios: Vals Op 8, No 4
Laura Snowden: L’étoile et la Rose
Lennox Berkeley: Sonatina Op 52, No 1
Giulio Regondi: Introduction et Caprice op. 23

The first guitarist to graduate from the Yehudi Menuhin School, made possible by the Rolling Stones, she was invited by guitarist Julian Bream to premiere his latest commissions at Wigmore Hall in 2015 and 2017. Laura’s international appearances have since built rapidly, with festival debuts across Europe, China and the US, as well as concerto debuts with Norrköping Symphony Orchestra and Münchener Kammerorchester, and a recording of Lisa Streich’s guitar concerto Augenlider with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester.

Described by Classical Guitar Magazine as ‘linking guitar’s past, present and future’, Laura’s eclectic musical output has ranged from producing arrangements for Noah and the Whale frontman Charlie Fink to giving dozens of world premieres by composers including Julian Anderson, Errollyn Wallen and Olli Mustonen. She has also collaborated closely with her folk band Tir Eolas, appearing with them at Shakespeare’s Globe at the invitation of guitarist John Williams. As a composer, Laura’s music has been performed at Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall and Sadlers Wells, commissioned by the Park Lane Group, Birmingham Symphony Hall and International Guitar Foundation, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Scotland and Hong Kong Radio 4.

Laura currently teaches at the Yehudi Menuhin School and has given classes alongside performances at venues including the Royal College of Music, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Birmingham Conservatoire, Brussels Conservatoire, Uppsala International Guitar Festival, Altamira Hong Kong International Guitar Symposium, the Volterra Project in Italy and the Guitar and Lute Festival in Sweden.

Laura’s principal teachers have been Julian Bream, Richard Wright (Royal College of Music and Yehudi Menuhin School) and Gary Ryan (Royal College of Music). Her guitar was made by Christopher Dean.

'A poignant, mesmerising show....held the Wigmore Hall rapt' (The Guardian).
'Classical guitar's new champion' (Strings, Classical Music Magazine).
​‘…a true musician whose interpretative capabilities are profound and exciting’ (Classical Guitar Magazine).

Pre-concert Supper in Richard Booth’s Bookshop Café at 6.00 pm for those attending concert. £15. Purchase ticket with concert ticket.

Note: This event takes place at Richard Booth's Bookshop, Hay-on-Wye.
Tickets sold by Richard Booth's Bookshop on behalf of Hay Music.

Price: £12.50 
Under 18:Free 
Why not join Hay Music for a light supper, consisting of items selected from Richard Booth's café menu? Available 90 minutes before the performance.

Supper Vegetarian option£15.00