March 8th - 24th

The Friendly Festival





Matthew McAllister

Widely regarded as one of the most exciting and talented Guitarists in Europe Matthew has been delighting audiences worldwide with his insightful performances and effortless presentation in a concert career spanning well over a decade.

Born in Falkirk and raised in the East Neuk of Fife, Matthew studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama, with Allan Neave. Since graduating with BMus (Hons) in 2003, Matthew has enjoyed continued success and is a regular performer and educator at Classical Guitar Festivals and Concert Series worldwide.

Matthew has performed at major venues across the world such as The Concertgebouw Amsterdam, The Purcell Room & St Martin in the Fields, London, Teatro Britanico, Lima, The Sage, Gateshead, Cenart, Mexico City, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Eugene O’Neil Theater, San Jose and Dom Armije, Sarajevo to name a few. Matthew has toured extensively throughout North & South America, Canada, Europe and Asia both as a soloist and chamber musician, and has also produced an extensive discography with Natural Studio Records.

As an educator Matthew holds the posts of Classical Guitar Tutor and Lecturer in Music at the University of St Andrews & Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and most recently established he Classical Guitar Retreat which presents a residential summer course on the Island of Cumbrae off the West Coast of Scotland.

Matthew enjoys keeping in touch with fans and guitarists worldwide and has a very wide reaching internet presence, you can follow him easily on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

Website: matthewmcallister.com

Concert Programme

Celtic Collection Matthew McAllister

Scottish Lute Pieces - Anon (arr.Matthew McAllister)

Daniel’s Tune
Blew Riben
Courante & Double
The Canaries

Wild Mountain Thyme - Robert Tannahill / Francis McPeake

Farewell to Stromness - Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (1934-2016)

My Gentle Harp & Spatter the Dew Irish Trad (arr.David Russell & Gerald Garcia)


RSNO Brass Quintet

Mini Ouverture – Witold Lutoslawski (1913 – 1994)

Bach Suite – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)

Quintet – Malcolm Arnold (1921 – 2006


B R E A K   1 0  m i n s


French Collection Matthew McAllister

Pieces for Harpsichord - François Couperin (16681733) (arr.David Russell)

Les Sylvains
Les Barricades Mystérieuses
Les tours de passe-passe

Sarabande - Francis Poulenc (1889-1963)

Songe Capricorne - Roland Dyens (b.1955)

Gnossienne No.1 - Erik Satie (1866-1925)


RSNO Brass Quintet

Seikilos Epitaph (~200 BC)

Canzona Prima a 5 – Giovanni Gabrielli (1557 – 1612)

Dido's Lament – Henri Purcell (1659 – 1695)
As well as a few surprise items!!


RSNO Brass Quintet:

Chris Hart, Trumpet
Darren Moore, Trumpet
Andy MacLean, Horn
Dávur Juul Magnussen, Trombone
Andy Duncan, Tuba