Description: Alan Welsh
Alan Welsh is a professional, classically trained guitarist, originally from the UK, who has performed throughout Australia and Asia for the past 25 years. Since July 2011, he has been based in Hobart where he teaches and plays both as a soloist, and with vocalist Coral in their duo, OhZone; in addition, he is Director of Guitar Club – Hobart. Alan’s solo instrumental CD ‘Moonstone’ was premiered on RTHK radio in Hong Kong and has received air-play on Classic Drive ABC FM since its release in 2007.
Alan has lived and worked in Perth, Singapore and Hong Kong. In Singapore, he performed solo guitar on a weekly basis for a number of years at the Grand Hyatt in Scott’s Road; while in Hong Kong, he was resident guitarist at the Foreign Correspondents Club on HK island for four and a half years (2003 – 2008) as well as playing in most major hotels there. Some highlights included a performance for the opening of Wynn’s Casino in Macau; regular bookings at The American Club, Louis Vuitton, Loewe, and Valentino boutiques; and annual performances for the ‘Great Chefs of Hong Kong’ Charity Ball at the Grand Hyatt in Wanchai.
In Hobart, Alan is in demand for a variety of corporate, private and public functions such as weddings at Villa Howden, weekly performances at Elizabeth Street Food and Wine in North Hobart; regular appearances at Beachfront 32; The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens Spring Community Fair; The Baha’i Centre; and was invited to give a lecture recital for the University of the Third Age.
As part of his pursuit of excellence on the instrument, Alan has participated in Master Classes by world-renowned classical guitarists John Mills, Vladimir Mikulka, Carlos Bonell, Ichiro Suzuki, Carlo Barone, Tim Caine, Remi Boucher and Pepe Romero.
Alan’s solo repertoire includes popular Flamenco dances such as Fandango, Sevillanas, Tango and Rumba; Jazz standards such as “Misty”, “As Time Goes By”, “Blue Moon”, “Night and Day” and “There’ll Never be Another You”; Classical pieces such as “Cavatina”, “Spanish Romance”, “Recuerdos de la Alhambra”, “Spanish Dance No. 5” by Granados, “Variations on a Theme” by Mozart; “Tango in D” by Albeniz and “Venezuelan Waltzes” by Antonio Lauro. Alan also features his own compositions for guitar and is a certified member of APRA (Australasian Performing Rights Association).