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Chamber Series

LOST TREASURES: forgotten masterpieces for 19th century guitar

All Saints Church, Culmstock EX15 3JD
12 July 2024 7:30pm
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Tickets £15, students £8, U12s free

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James Akers will play music of the 19th century for guitar, music from throughout Europe which has been
languishing in dusty corners for later generations to rediscover!
James has long been interested in retrieving both the works and some of the original instruments on which
they were played. Many works were composed by very accomplished women, while other music
has been found in vast quantities in Eastern European just waiting to be played, something
which James does to great critical acclaim. This will be a treat to hear in the superb acoustic of All Saints’ Church.

Critically acclaimed musician Jamie Akers was hailed as ‘the great Scottish guitarist’ by Classical Guitar Magazine and, in a review from Gramophone, his playing was described as, ‘containing all the warmth, colour and expressive richness one could hope for.’ Jamie has, throughout a varied career, explored various genres of music from a historical and stylistic perspective, combining diligent research with expressive performances to communicate the continuity of musical endeavour through the centuries.

Jamie was born in Scotland and began playing guitar at the age of 10. Initially playing rock and blues then attempting to play jazz and finally settling on the classical guitar, he was largely self-taught before having lessons with Robert Mackillop at Napier University, Edinburgh. Whilst at Napier he turned his attentions to playing the lute and pursued this as his principle study at the Royal College of Music, with Jakob Lindberg. Having added the theorbo to his expanding instrument collection, Jamie completed his studies at Trinity College of Music, studying with Jacob Heringman and David Miller, with additional lessons and advice from Paul O’Dette and Elizabeth Kenny. Settled on the period instrument path, Jamie continued accumulating instruments and exploring the music of the 16th to 19th centuries, with occasional forays into contemporary music.

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