“What is it about the young Edinburgh-born Sean Shibe that marks him out as one of the foremost guitarists of the young generation? It is quite simply that rare symbiosis of technical mastery and innate musicality… a golden representation of the old and new in English guitar music.” The Scotsman /August 2017
Challenging preconceptions, softLOUD juxtaposes early Scottish lute pieces for acoustic guitar, with electric guitar arrangements of multi-tracked repertoire including US Pulitzer prize winning composers Julia Wolfe’s powerful elegy LAD, (originally written for 9 bagpipes) and David Lang’s Killer.
Sean Shibe was born in Edinburgh in 1992 and studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and with the inspirational Paolo Pegoraro in Italy. At the age of 20 he became the first guitarist to be selected for the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme, and the only solo guitarist to be awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship. As a concerto soloist Sean has appeared with the BBC Scottish Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC Symphony Orchestras performing Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez and Fantasía para un Gentilhombre, the Malcolm Arnold and Villa-Lobos Concertos, and recording Takemitsu’s To the Edge of Dream.
Over the last two years Sean has given recitals at major venues and festivals throughout Europe including Wigmore Hall, the Heidelberger-Frühling, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, 3 Palaces Festival Malta, the Aldeburgh, East Neuk, Northern Chords, Newbury Spring and Bath International Festivals. He returned to the Marlboro Summer Music Festival & Academy in the USA (on the invitation of Mitsuko Uchida), recorded solo works by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies for Linn Records as part of a Scottish Chamber Orchestra disc, and was the featured cover disc for BBC Music Magazine. Further afield he has toured throughout China.
Tickets cost £12 and £3 for under 19s, available in advance from the Honey Pot 01736 368686. Pr-concert food is available at the Honey Pot until 7pm on the day - please book your table in advance.