Sean Shibe shed show

Sean Shibe

Sean Shibe

Sean came to the shed to play a preview of his Aldeburgh concert and CD recording last year. His programme was interesting as usual, starting with Forlorn Hope by Dowland and ending with Nocturnal by Britten, with Malcolm Arnold and Walton in between.

I had the chance to talk to him about his work as a New Generation artist with BBC radio 3, his attitude to competitions, and his idea of a good programme .
This was a welcome opportunity to catch up with Sean, whom I have known since he was a 13 year old in NYGE.
I was also present at his outstanding performance in London when he won the Royal Overseas League competition, ahead of an oboist, a singer and a pianist.

Here is a link to his Youtube channel where he shares his often individual view on the world and some fine performances, and here is our interview in the shed.


Fabio Zanon plays on the Benjamin Britten Centenary Day

Wigmore Hall 22 November 2013 – 1:00pm

Zanon at Wigmore Hall

Fabio Zanon plays

Peter Philips
  • Chromatica Pavana
  • Galliard

Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in E flat BWV998 (guitar version in D major)


Nocturnal after John Dowland Op. 70

  • Danza española No. 10
  • Danza española No. 4
  • La maja de Goya from Tonadillas en un estilo antiguo
Sérgio Assad
  • From Aquarelle:
    • Valseana, No. 2
    • Preludio e tocatina, No. 3

About this concert

Hailed by Classical Guitar as ‘one of the true stars of the 21st century’, the renowned Brazilian guitarist Fabio Zanon returns to Wigmore Hall to play Benjamin Britten’s seminal Nocturnal, written exactly fifty years ago.

His programme includes favourite works by Bach and Granados, and Sergio Assad’s virtuosic depiction of watercolour technique, Aquarelle.

NYGE 2013

On the final leg of my summer school/teaching junket, it’s yet another acronym but one that many are familiar with – the National Youth Guitar Ensemble, which I have been conducting since 2005 when arranger and 19thC guitar supremo Chris Susans stepped down in order to be administrator.
NYGE poster

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Belated birthday greetings to Julian Bream (I know you have probably all heard this already)

With Britten and Bream celebrating anniversaries, there has been a bit of a frenzy on the broadcasting front.

So it was refreshing to listen to the programme “Come Heavy Sleep” on  BBC3 which combined both anniversarians with insight, largely owing to the sympathetic interviewer, guitarist Tom McKinney.
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Free mp3 of recently discovered Britten, unheard since 1937

Roman Wall Blues  was written to be performed as part of W.H. Auden’s radio play, Hadrian’s Wall, which was aired from Newcastle on 25 November 1937. The original broadcast, like much live radio at the time, does not survive, but the script does: Continue reading

Goss Triple, Orpheus Sinfonia Grand Finale, July 11th 2013

This is a bit late, but Steve Goss, guitar composer hero has a performance of his Triple Concerto for Sax, Cello, Piano and Orchestra tomorrow at the Cadogan Hall, London SW1x 9DQ.
It is written for the Orpheus Sinfonia, of which he has been composer-in-residence and this concert also features Beethoven’s 9th.
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