”His is the sensitive interpretation of composers’ dreams.’’ Loretta K. Notareschi (composer and professor of music at Regis University, USA)
“Your playing is beautiful and you have completely captured my intention in the pieces” Jim Dalton (composer and professor of music theory, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, USA)
“Thank you so much Donald for an absolutely excellent concert.
I thoroughly enjoyed the amazing variety of music you played and the variety of techniques demonstrated.” J.S. (Ely)
19th May, 2021, 7.30pm King’s Lynn Music Society
Friday 18th June, 2021, St Bride’s, Fleet Street, London
Saturday 31st July, 2021, Houghton St Mary, Norfolk
Donald Bousted benefitted from some excellent teaching, studying the guitar with Thomas Hartmann, the lute with Christopher Wilson and early music with Peter Holman and Ian Gammie. As an undergraduate his first study was lute and his specialism musical composition. Later, he took further guitar lessons with Antonio Albanes at the Guildhall School of Music and Oliver Hunt privately. He had a long-established duo with flutist Lucinda Bunce with whom he gave many recitals at venues including St John’s Smith Square, St Martin’s in the Fields and live on Classic FM. In 2010, after some years of minimal playing due to tendonitis, Donald returned to regular practice on the guitar. In 2017, he discovered the ukulele which seemed to bring many of his interests together. He is presently recording his first ukulele CD, ‘The New Classical Ukulele’ in which he will perform new and specially composed solo repertoire and music for ukulele and mallet instruments with American percussionist Lee Ferguson.
Early 16th Century Music originally written for renaissance guitar (played on baritone ukulele)
Februa by Hilary Robinson for soprano ukulele (commissioned by Donald Bousted)
Three Meditations on Heraclitus by Jim Dalton for tenor ukulele (commissioned by and dedicated to Donald Bousted)
Four Moods by Loretta K. Notareschi for baritone ukulele (baritone version dedicated to Donald Bousted)
The Dowie Dens of Yarrow by Samantha Muir
The Falling Rain by Samantha Muir
New music with ukulele and mallets
Water No. 20 by Martin Bright for soprano ukulele and glockenspiel (commissioned by and dedicated to Donald Bousted)
Thank You for Staying (with her) by Donald Bousted for baritone ukulele and vibraphone
When possible, I am happy to give recitals for charitable causes. I have, so far, raised over £400 for NSPCC Childline.