One of the musicians I most enjoy working with is the baroque violinist Sabine Stoffer; we play together in a group called Libro Primo. Our first album Fantasia Incantata has just been released for Digital Pre-Order over at the micro record label Veterum Musica that I run along with audio-wizard, Joseph Chesshyre.

Sabine and I have taken great pleasure in putting together this album (we oversaw almost every aspect ourselves) and we hope that the effect of our pernickety nuturing of the recorded sound and our style of performing passes easily into our listeners’ ears.


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On the 14th October I had the honour of being made a BBC Introducing Artist. I performed several theorbo pieces and enjoyed an extended interview with Sean Rafferty.

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I have greatly enjoyed Alex McCartney’s playing of these suites, with his lightness of touch in the faster movements, and sustained grace in the Sarabandes and Chaconne.
Margaret Rees, The Consort

Buy the album here.

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Alongside Alison McGillivray and Andrew Forbes, I’m running a multi-arts festival in Glasgow called Extrasensory:Music. It combines quality classical music making with artists, makers and entrepreneurs from many mediums. Performances run 9-11th September 2016 (and they’re all free).

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The first reviews for Elizabeth’s Lutes are beginning to trickle in:

“[A]n enchanting collection of fine performances of lute repertoire from a number of composers from the time of the court of Elizabeth I. Very enjoyable.”
Lark Reviews

“According to the programme notes, these pieces are notoriously tricky to play, although I wouldn’t have noticed that from Alex McCartney’s assured performance here. … Alex McCartney’s playing is sensitive and musical, and the recording picks up the sound of the lute very well.”
Andrew Benson-Wilson, Early Music Review

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As a result of my ‘Beginners Lute Course’ being so popular and in order to develop my own pedagogy further, I have decided to create an intermediate lute course. The course will consist of fifteen extended lessons; I will introduce longer pieces and go into more technical and musical detail using the same teaching structure that has been successful in the beginners course.
I am in the process of selecting and grading the pieces at the moment. If anyone (particularly a current subscriber) has any suggestions of how to improve on the current course, I would be grateful to hear from you.

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