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17 June 2024
Alison Smith: Incandescent

Alison Smith (guitar)

Incandescent has two meanings, one being an intense glow, which can generate colours and secondly being full of high emotion and passion. Beethoven described the guitar as “an orchestra at your fingertips” because of the many different colours that can be achieved when playing it. The CD displays the guitar's abundant colours and nuances and is highly expressive. This CD will be sure to delight listeners with it's enchanting mix of well known guitar works and new compositions.


Isaac Albéniz: Asturlas (Leyenda)

David Cottam: Caprice for Maša

Mauro Giuliani: Variations on a Theme by Handel 'Harmonius Blacksmith,' Op.107

Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata for solo violin No.2 in A minor, BWV 1003

III. Andante

IV. Allegro


Francisco Tárrega: Estudio sombre un tema de 'La traviata' de Verdi

Gary Ryan: Lough Caragh


William Lovelady

Incantation No.1

Incantation No.2

Incantation No.6

Incantation No.7 'Donegal'


Johann Kaspar Mertz: Fantasie Hongroise, Op.65 No.1


Recorded in Pump Cottage, Morchard Bishop, UK on 28th June, 23rd July & October 24th-25th 2013
Guitar by Christopher Dean
Booklet Design: DMS Limited
Recording Engineering & Production: Mike Gluyas
Total Time: 64.59
Release Date: December 2016

Alison Smith (guitar)The highly acclaimed British born classical guitarist Alison Smith has been described as one of the most exciting and lyrical guitarists to emerge in recent years. She delights audiences with her fluid technique and expressive playing, performing nationwide and in Europe. Her previous CDs, entitled Recuerdos and Incandescent, have been highly successful. She has recently been engaged by Willowhayne Records to become one of their artists and Poético is her first CD under their label.

In 1995 Alison graduated with honours from Trinity College of Music, London (Trinity Laban). She was awarded the Grace Wylie Thesis Prize, a college scholarship and a scholarship from the Mary Datchelor Trust to enable her to pursue her Post-Graduate studies. She studied guitar with Gilbert Biberian and Nicola Hall, and Piano with Raymond Banning. In July 1997 she was awarded a Distinction in the Post-Graduate Performance Certificate. Alison taught guitar and coached chamber music at the The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama) from 2002–2008 and lectured on Techniques of Teaching for the BMus course. She has given performances and talks as a guest artist at Plymouth University and is now the University's appointed Classical Guitar tutor for the BA Hons. music course.

Alison has been supported in her playing career with awards from The Tillet Trust and Oppenheim John-Downes Memorial Trust. Engagements include the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Norfolk Symphony Orchestra’s Thirty Year Anniversary Celebration, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James’ Piccadilly, The Bolivar Hall, The Michael Tippett Centre, Queens Theatre, Barnstaple, Dartington, Exeter Cathedral, Edward King House at Lincoln Cathedral, The University of Dundee, Chateau le Risdoux in the Ardennes, St Martin Kirche, Nortorf, Germany, Kedleston Hall and Saltram House for The National Trust and Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery International Concert Series. She has broadcast on national Radio including BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Scotland. Alison has performed at numerous classical guitar festivals including the Prussia Cove Guitar Seminar, The Garcia Biberian International Summer School, the Exeter Guitar Summer School, The Ards International Guitar Festival, Belfast and was guest soloist at The West Lothian Guitarfest. Alison has played at eight International Guitar Festivals of Great Britain where she received great critical acclaim. She is Director of the Cawsand Bay Guitarfest 2019, a new exciting classical guitar weekend with Alison Smith, Craig Ogden, and the Eden Stell Guitar Duo.

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