and Philippa Davies. During this time Alasdair participated in the Erasmus exchange scheme, studying with Liisa Ruoho at the Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki, Finland, as well as being invited as a member of the wind quintet Quintessence to complete a residency at the Gothenburg Conservatoire of music, Sweden, as part of their chamber music collaboration with the Guildhall School. Alasdair graduated with a first class honours degree from the Guildhall School in 2013 and was awarded the Rose Lawrence Horner’s Award for academic excellence and the Lady’ Mayoress’ Award for outstanding achievement.
Currently Alasdair is continuing his studies as a student on the MMus programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he studies flute with Katherine Bryan and Richard Blake and piccolo with Janet Richardson. He is supported by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Trust and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.
As a keen chamber musician Alasdair is a founding member of the wind quintet Quintessence, who recently completed a residency at the Ryedale Music festival. Alasdair also performs regularly with his duo parter Tony Smith (guitar) and as a member of the Dalriada Duo with Ewelina Brzozowska (harp).
In addition to performing Alasdair enjoys teaching, including working with Sistema Scotland’s Big Noise Raploch project. This aims to use music making to foster confidence, teamwork, pride and aspiration in the children taking part – and across their wider community. As part of Alasdair’s MMus studies he will shortly be participating in the Composing and Creative Music Making with Drake Music Scotland project, which involves collaborating with staff from Drake Music Scotland, building on creative music-making skills and compositional techniques in order to work with individuals who have additional support needs.
Alasdair began studying the flute with Sheena Gordon in 2002 at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama Junior Academy (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior Conservatoire).
During this time Alasdair performed with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, Camerata Scotland and the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra throughout the UK and Europe.
As a winner of the 2008 concerto competition prize he performed Faure’s Fantasie for flute and orchestra with the RSAMD Junior Academy Chamber Orchestra.
Having been awarded scholarships from the Worshipful Company of Grocers, the Guildhall School Trust and the Worshipful Company of Skinners’ Lawrence Atwell Trust, Alasdair furthered his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with Ian Clarke, Sarah Newbold