Sunday lunchtime music #4: Harold Gordon-Smith
Sunday, 3rd November 2019 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Continuing our series of short, informal midday concerts. This month we welcome Harold Gordon-Smith, a classic guitar student at Trinity Laban.
Harold Gordon-Smith was born in 1994 and at a young age became so fascinated by music that he began teaching himself demo pieces on the unused and previously decorative keyboard in his family home. By the time he was fourteen he began teaching himself guitar and learnt a broad range of styles from flamenco to jazz. At eighteen Harold decided to seriously study classical guitar and auditioned for conservatoires using full classical guitar pieces which were entirely self-taught. One year later he was offered places at RCM, Guildhall, Royal Northern and Trinity Laban. Harold chose to study at Trinity Laban and began to study under his first guitar teacher, Graham Devine. He has now accepted an unconditional offer to study a Masters in classical guitar performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. After winning a local talent competition, Harold was interviewed by The Wandsworth Guardian newspaper who declared “Harold Gordon-Smith has taken to the stage to dazzle the audience with a sensational performance”. Later, Early Music Direct released films of Harold playing their high-end Baroque and Romantic guitars as a demonstration for clients. He is now also delighted to be involved in many chamber ensembles including a guitar orchestra, and various duos. Throughout recent years Harold has developed a reputation for his interpretations of J.S Bach and has already received an offer to record his first album with Sheva records (a Naxos partner) and given a Wigmore Hall Recital. Harold has developed a singular teaching philosophy since teaching himself music, gymnastics to gold medal level and parkour to a level where he was appearing as a stunt-double in music videos for Fowls and Tempertrap. These experiences of self-pedagogy have given Harold a unique method to learning which he uses as a guitar teacher and for self-development.
Come along before lunch and hear something to put a spring in your step for the rest of the day (and – you never know – you may be hearing one of tomorrow’s classical mega-stars).