Donald Bousted – ukulele

Friday 18th June, 2021, at 1:15 pm

Retiring Collection

The Programme

Donald Bousted – ukulele

Grégoire Brayssing

from the Fourth Book of Tablature for Guitar, 1553
Six Fantasies

(transcribed by Michael Walker)

Loretta Notareschi

Four Moods

Guillaume Morlaye

from the First Book of Tablature for Guitar, 1552
Fantasie 1

(transcribed by Michael Walker)

Geoff Cox

Melody (World Premiere)

Guillaume Morlaye

from the First Book of Tablature for Guitar, 1552
Conte Clare
Les Cinq Pas

(transcribed by Michael Walker)

The Artist

As an undergraduate in music, Donald Bousted studied the guitar with Thomas Hartmann, the lute with Christopher Wilson and early music with Peter Holman and Ian Gammie. His first study was lute and his specialism musical composition. Later, he took guitar lessons with Antonio Albanes at the Guildhall School of Music, and Oliver Hunt privately. As a guitarist, he had a long-established duo with flutist Lucinda Bunce with whom he gave recitals at venues including St John’s Smith Square, St Martin s in the Fields and live on Classic FM.

In 2017, he discovered the classical ukulele through the inspirational work of John King, the American teacher and performer who established the classical ukulele as a genre. As a composer and festival director, Donald has worked with many composers and players specialising in new music and his ambition for the ukulele quickly emerged: to write, commission and perform new and compelling music for it. This was the inspiration for his first ukulele CD, ‘The New Classical Ukulele’ which comprises seven works written between 2018 and 2020, four especially for the CD. However, in realising that the repertoire of the Renaissance Guitar works so well on the ukulele (the tuning is the same apart from the fact that the Renaissance Guitar has courses, or pairs of strings, rather than single strings) the ukulele has also re-kindled Donald’s love of early music, which began with the lute many years before. Donald plays a beautiful baritone ukulele made by Red Sands Ukuleles in Canada.


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