Matthew McAllister

Matthew McAllister is widely regarded as one of the most exciting and talented Classical Guitarists in Europe.

After an extremely busy start to his professional career, Natural Studio Records artist Matthew McAllister has been delighting audiences worldwide with his insightful performances and effortless presentation.
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My arrangement of Four Scottish Lute Pieces has just been released as a downloadable PDF.

It features four beautiful pieces from the Scottish Lute Manuscripts that have been an audience highlight from my concerts over the past few years.

I have received many requests for my transcription to be made public of and through a wonderful collaboration with Andrew Taylor I am delighted to release this arrangement.

Follow the link bellow to purchase the scores which will be sent via email direct to your inbox as a PDF file. I will of course offer guidance via email for students and enthusiasts who are interested in working on these new arrangements. 

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Just before Christmas I spent a day with Video and Recording engineer Stuart Macinnes and Luthier Michael Ritchie continuing our Lake Recordings Project in the lovely old church situated on the banks of the Lake of Mentieth here in Scotland. 

Footage from that session is available now and the first video up is my performance of this beautiful piece ‘An Malvina’ by the Hungarian composer Johann Kaspar Mertz.

Some new videos for 2014. Here is The Mysterious Barricades by François Couperin. This video was shot during the Lake Recording sessions in late December 2013 in a church overlooking the Lake of Menteith. The guitar is by Michael Ritchie and the strings are D’Addario low tension.

Here is a studio recording of Mallorca by Isaac Albéniz.

The video was produced by Tony Doogan and Filmed by Stuart McInnes.

Classical Guitarist Matthew McAllister performing 4 Scottish Lute Pieces in the beautiful setting of Port of Menteith Church by the Lake of Menteith in Scotland. The guitar is made by the Scottish Luthier Michael Ritchie. The film was made by Stuart Macinnes.

Here is a video of the beautiful prelude from J.S.Bach’s first Cello Suite. This recording was made in an old church by the Lake of Menteith in Scotland.

Wild Mountain Thyme.

A short film with interview and highlights from a concert at the Cathedral of the isles in the summer of 2012.

Here are a couple more lovely Scottish Lute Pieces, this time on a Bill Kelday Classical Guitar.

The tunes are a Courante and the Canaries.


I am having a look through old bits and pieces of film from previous concerts and projects and I came across this nice performance of two Scottish Lute Pieces in Bill Kelday and Michael Ritchie’s workshop in Fintry Scotland.

The first tune is ‘Untitled’ from the Rowallan Manuscript and the second is ‘Blew Ribben’ from the Wemyss Manuscript. They are gorgeous little tunes and sound great on this Michael Ritchie guitar. 

We left the door to the workshop open so you can hear the birds singing along!

Ever wondered how the Rosette is made and fitted into a guitar? I found out in this second instalment of short films I am making on guitar building featuring Scottish Luthier Michael Ritchie.

These films are all shot each in a single fairly short visit to Michael’s workshop. He works away in front of me, I ask some questions and explains the various techniques and approaches as he works. The style of filming is deliberately close in and hand held so as to capture the intricacies of the craft and atmosphere of the workshop.

A new Classical Guitar Summer School has been launched at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. This course is a one week immersion in the study of classical guitar focusing on technical and musical development. It is a great opportunity to study with me and some of the other guitar teachers at the Conservatoire.

Throughout this short course, students will develop skills aiding them in further study, audition preparation, competition entry and practice planning. 

Students will have the opportunity to experience the life of a full time music student whilst working with our renowned Conservatoire teaching staff.

15th - 19th July 2013.

For more details contact the RCS Tel: 0141 332 4101

The Gitaarsalon in Enkhuizen Holland just uploaded a video of my performance of David Kellner’s Fantasia on my Ten String Guitar made by Scottish Luthier Colin Morison.

Silent Night ~ Merry Christmas!

Instead of a Christmas Card I have made a little video to help spread the festive spirit and wish you all the best for the holidays.

Thank you for all your support this year I appreciate it very much.

See you in 2013!

I am collaborating with Scottish Luthier Michael Ritchie on a series of videos focusing on various aspects of guitar building.

In the first episode you can see Michael joining a top in the traditional fashion using hot hide glue and fire!