Sunday 1st September 2019
St Michael and All Angels Church,
Adbaston, ST20 0QE
Introduction and Variations Fernando Sor (1778-1839)
on a theme by Mozart op. 9
Five Preludes Heitor Villa Lobos (1887 -1959)
Anpao Laura Snowden (b. 1989)
Vals op 8 no. 4 Agustín Barrios (1885-1944)
L’étoile et la Rose Laura Snowden (b.1989)
Sonatina op 52, no 1 Lennox Berkeley (1903 – 1989)
III Rondo : Allegro ma non troppo
Introduction et Caprice op. 23 Giulio Regondi (1822-1872)
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). 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, Guitar Foundation of America, Uppsala International Guitar Festival, Long Island 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 and Gary Ryan.