Continually in demand as an accompanist and soloist, lutenist Alex McCartney has
performed extensively in the UK and abroad, working regularly with artists such
as Emma Kirkby, The Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Age of
Enlightenment, The English Concert, The English Baroque Soloists, The Early
Opera Company, The Royal Opera House, His Majesty's Sagbutts and Cornetts,
Poeticall Musicke, La Nuova Musica, Ensemble Libro I, Ensemble Marsayas and The
Royal Ballet. Alex also often performs live via radio and television.
Alex is regularly recorded and is a resident artist with his own record label
Veterum Musica. Amongst an array of recordings, some featuring his ensemble
Poeticall Musicke, Alex has recently released his critically acclaimed debut
solo album of works by the lesser known composer René Mésangeau. Future solo
projects include an album of works by Dowland, Holborne and Batcheler.
Occasionally Alex consults and teaches for film and television productions, the
most recent being an adaptation of 'Wolf Hall' by the BBC broadcast in January
2015. In addition to on-set consultancy, Alex had the challenge of teaching the
actors Damian Lewis and Max Fowler to play the lute to a professional standard
in the short space of one month.
Alex teaches the lute at the University of Aberdeen, and at the Early Music Shop
In 2015, Alex authored his first book "Memory Methods:Music" which provides a
practical, waffle-free approach to both general and musical mnemonic methods.
In his spare time Alex enjoys making lutes in his studio in Glasgow.
You can find out more about Alex on his website.
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