Classical tour takes in St John’s

Classical guitarist Ben Kearsley who is currently on tour.

Classical guitarist Ben Kearsley who is currently on tour.

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THE “vibrant and technically superb” classical guitarist Ben Kearsley is to perform a concert in St John’s Church, Forfar on Saturday, September 10 at 3 pm.

He is currently on tour performing 50 concerts this year, promoting his sixth C.D, Celia, which was released this year.

His tour ends in December with a concert at the Ateneo Theatre in Madrid, Spain and in 2012 he will be touring the world playing on cruise ships.

Ben began classical guitar with Norman Quinney and later with Ian Smith. Whilst at school he won The Young Musician Of The Year 1993 at James Gillepie’s High School and the Norman Quinney Prize for Classical Guitar. Performances at the Usher Hall and Queens Hall in Edinburgh took place during this time.

After five years of full time study in music (one year at Napier University and four years at Birmingham Conservatoire) Ben graduated from the Birmingham Conservatoire in 1998 with a BMus (Hons) 2:1

During this time he performed in master-classes for Alirio Diaz, Jose Tomas, David Russell, Roland Dyens, Nigel North and Carlos Bonell. Performances at the Adrian Bolt Hall, Birmingham Town Hall and Symphony Hall took place during this time.

During the 1990’s Ben attended many summer schools in Scotland, England, France and Belguim.

After studying Ben lived in La Paz, Bolivia and then Madrid, Spain. He taught guitar at the Conservatoirio De La Paz and performed at the British Embassy, Palacio Chico and Theatre Municipal.

He undertook his first tour in 2004 performing 20 concerts in Scotland and since then has toured the U.K. promoting his C.D.’s.

In 2008 Ben was signed to Shore Sounds Music record label and in 2009 completed a 40-date U.K. date tour to promote his C.D. “Tango En Skai”.

He has also spent the last 11 years teaching for Fife Council, the Conservatoiro De La Paz, the Loretto School and currently teaches at the Mansfield School of Music and Edinburgh University.

Tickets for the Forfar concert are available at the door on the day, priced at £5.