Alasdair Malloy

Alasdair Malloy is a creative musician crossing musical boundaries working as a concert presenter, percussionist, glass harmonica player, programme deviser and arranger. Highly acclaimed for producing unique educational and family concert programmes Alasdair has an extensive collection covering mathematics, science and sport to magic, mystery and pirates for small ensemble through to symphony orchestra.
As a concert presenter, Alasdair regularly appears in the UK with the Hallé, Ulster Orchestra, City of Birmingham and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras, The Orchestra of Opera North, Sinfonia Viva, Oxford Philomusica and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. In Europe, Alasdair has established strong relationships with orchestras such as the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris and Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine. In Asia, Alasdair appears regularly with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Singapore Symphony Orchestra. In China, the premiere of his highly acclaimed programme 'Bugs!!' won the National Silver award for the best national performance for children, under the umbrella of Shanghai Sunspirit Cultural Development organisation. 2010 saw Alasdair make his USA debut with the Charlotte Symphony, to great acclaim. During the 2015/16 season, he will make his debut with the Orchestre d'Auvergne in France, performing "Bugs!!", which was described by the Daily News as "fascinating" and "captivating": "It is not often that an audience feels so involved and so close to an orchestra... Mr Malloy simply knew how to break the barrier between performers on stage and audience off".
Principal percussionist with the BBC Concert Orchestra for over 25 years, and a regular soloist with them, Alasdair frequently incorporates percussion inspired features within his own programmes. Alasdair is also active as a percussionist in other genres and regularly arranges, records and performs with many celebrated artists including Jarvis Cocker and Scott Walker. His 20th year of working with Mike Oldfield culminated in his performance at the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony.

As the country's leading Glass Harmonica specialist, Alasdair has performed at The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Aldeburgh Festival, St John's Smith Square and Kings Place in London, and St George's Bristol. Alasdair premiered David Horne's Vapours and Fireflies with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra respectively. In October 2014, Alasdair performed in Krakow, Poland, at the opening of the ICE Kraków Congress Centre for which the noted Polish film composer Zbigniew Preisner composed a work specifically for the occasion. He is regularly invited to record with acclaimed artists such as Icelandic pop star Björk and can be heard on numerous film soundtracks; two of the Harry Potter films and most recently the BAFTA and Oscar winning Hollywood blockbuster Gravity.
Having made his BBC Proms solo debut in 1998, Alasdair has made a number of subsequent appearances there as well as performing at other notable music festivals including Bury St Edmunds, Chester, Henley, Arundel, Lichfield and Risør in Norway.

July 2015