Master in Classical Guitar Performance. University of Alicante (Spain).
This is the Blue Room in the city hall of Alicante.
Sandy and Phyllis were a wonderful couple.
They both passed away in 2011 and we will miss them dearly.
Although we knew Sandy and Phyllis for less than a decade, we grew very fond of them and we felt all along as if our friendship went many years back.
Year end pick (2012) in Gramophone Magazine
I am delighted that my latest recording "The Grandeur of the Baroque" was chosen as a year end pick for 2012 by the critics.
Máster en Interpretación de Guitarra Clásica 2014 - Universidad de Alicante
A new piece by Sergio Assad, in remembrance of Sandy Bolton.
"Sandy's Portrait" is the title of the piece.
The piece has three movements. The first movement is a prelude with an expansive warm melodie in the middle section. The second movement is a Passacaille based on Sandy's name. The last movement is a Toccata with a strong brasilian flavour, bright rhythms and also uses Sandy's theme as the main material.
I love the piece and I think that Sergio has written a work that will surely become an important part of our repertoire.
In January 2009 the fourth edition of the Honorary Prizes "David Russell" for young talented musicians took place at the Professional Conservatory of music in Vigo.
In the middle of a wintery storm, with strong winds and heavy rain, the auditorium of the conservatory was like an oasis in the desert, oblivious to the blizzard outside and filled with wonderful music. An unforgettable three day experience.
The third edition of the Honorary Prizes "David Russell" for young talented musicians took place in January 2008 at the Professional Conservatory of Music in Vigo.
These prizes have a double purpose. On one hand the idea is to inspire all the young players and value their work and, on the other, there is the humanitarian side of trying to help other people in need with the money collected from the inscription fees. (Photographs at the end of this article).
I would like to tell you about a concert I did last night.
At the moment I'm on tour sponsored by the British Council, the first half being solo recitals in the Philippines and Indonesia.
Yesterday's concert was the fourth of the trip, and it was on the island of Palawan, a long narrow island in the southwest extreme of the Philippine archipelago.
During September 2007, David started a position as artist in residence at the University of Arizona in Tucson (UofA), sponsored by the Sandy and Phyllis Bolton visiting artist fund.
John Gilbert hands
Both my parents are artists and have painted pictures all their lives.
While we were children in Menorca we had an art gallery and the sale of paintings was our living.
The art gallery
Photographer Barry Beckett sent me a couple of old photos of Dennis Milne and me playing together. The images brought back old memories of the early 70s in London, both of us as students at the Royal Academy of Music and later as aspiring professionals, struggling to make a living.