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"Embedded in the rugged landscape of the West Pennines, St James’ church is an imposing Victorian structure I last visited in July 2001, when the performer was the same Alan Banks and the organisers were, like tonight, the Hebden Bridge Guitar Society. In the intervening years much has happened in the life of this amiable young Western Australian. He has become a father, returned to his native Perth complete with newly augmented family, and has even undergone an extensive image makeover, the Hispanic moustache and luxuriant mane of thick dark hair giving him more than a passing resemblance to the bass player on Mason Williams deservedly revered Handmade LP from 1970. But most important of all Alan Banks has successfully made the hazardous transition form impressive young guitarist to mature and commanding soloist."
 "Richard Charlton is producing some of the most inspired and accessible guitar works of the present era. He has also found a superb ambassador in Alan Banks to whom 'Turlough’s Ghosts' is dedicated."
"The middleweight 'Suite in G' by Losy (or Logy) provided a baroque appetiser for the inexhaustible Bach Chaconne. Banks dynamic account commanding attention in a manner that, like all the best versions made this huge masterwork run for a fraction of it’s true duration."
"'Spanish Dance No. 5' by Granados and a revival of the once ubiquitous 'Asturius' by Albeniz led to Alan Banks, own wonderfully audacious transcription of Monti’s 'Czardas' this time-honoured crowd pleaser concluding a compelling performance from a guitarist whose time will surely come soon."
Paul Fowles
- Classical Guitar Magazine



"Australian guitarists are usually worth travelling some distance to see, and Alan Banks from Perth, WA provided ample rewards for tonight’s rural excursion to the Yorkshire border. Selected highlights from the renaissance lute epic Monsiuer’s Almaine revealed that Banks has very fast fingers."
Sonata Eroica is one of Guiliani’s most extravagant dramatic parodies, and as such requires equal measures of brilliance and irreverence on the part of the performer. Banks proved more than equal to this double challenge the endless assault of flashy scale figures revealing serious technical skill but far from serious creative intent. Torroba’s once fashionable Madronos and Falla’s never unfashionable Miller’s Dance offered the first of two successful invasions of Spanish territory, a double helping of Albeniz in the second half developing the concept with equal conviction.
In the meantime, Peter Sculthorpe's contemporary classic "From Kakadu" provided a timely reminder of the wealth of quality guitar music the Australian scene has produced over the last few decades. It was this, together with a breathtaking account of "Koyunbaba", that established Banks as a guitarist of truly outstanding ability, the kaleidoscopic imagery of both works emerging in full detail within a framework of unblemished technical precision. A recent arrival in the UK Alan Banks is without a doubt a distinguished new talent – my congratulations go to the Hebden Bridge guitar society for spotting him first.
- Classical Guitar Magazine


Discography

"Mnemonics" released in 2005

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Alan Banks

Classical Guitar Magazine (UK) describes Alan Banks as

“a guitarist of truly outstanding ability...breathtaking… without a doubt a distinguished new talent” (2001)

“A mature and commanding soloist…Compelling”(2004)

“A great musician” (2006)

Following undergraduate studies in Australia Alan went on to study under Carlos Bonell at London’s prestigious Royal College of Music where he was the only guitarist accepted for post-graduate studies that year. He has now established a reputation internationally as one of the guitar world’s brightest talents. He is widely regarded by his contemporaries as one of Australia’s top guitarists with several composers including Frank Lyons and Richard Charlton, writing new works for Alan to perform.

Alan performs extensively around the world giving recitals in France, the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Italy and Portugal including a stunning London debut at St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square, London.

He has made many radio and TV appearances both in Australia and overseas including live broadcasts and recordings with ABC FM and recordings for BBC Radio 3, the UK’s premiere classical music station.

Currently based in Perth, Alan is a regular visitor to the UK and Europe where he has been an invited guest at numerous of festivals including the Musicora Festival (Paris) City of Derry International Guitar Festival, and the Sonorities Contemporary Music Festival, Northern Ireland.

He is a sought after soloist both nationally and internationally performing with the Western Australian, Croyden, Darwin and Ulster Symphony orchestras amongst others. His 2003 recording of Peter Scullthorpe’s “Nourlangie”, with the Ulster Orchestra, is showcased regularly on BBC radio 3.

An enthusiastic pedagogue Alan has acted as artist in residence at universities and festivals in Australia and overseas, presenting workshops, lectures and master-classes.

2005 season highlights included the Darwin International Guitar Festival and touring the East Coast of Australia. In 2006 he will be a featured artist at Derry International Guitar Festival in Northern Ireland as well as performing in the UK and Australia.

Alan’s debut CD Mnemonics was released in October 2005 and has met with critical acclaim in the international music press.


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