The beautiful Convent Gallery will be the venue for a classical guitar concert on August 21 at 2:00 pm from one of Australia’s most promising guitarists, Clancy McLeod. The concert will be in the Chapel which many in the community know for its wonderful acoustics.

McLeod is a prize winner in the 2021 Adelaide International Guitar Competition, the most prestigious competition in the southern hemisphere. He has been successful in the national Great Romantics Competition and the London Strings Competition.

Clancy has a Bachelor of Music from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and has also studied at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, one of the top music schools in the world.

Clancy grew up in Alice Springs but now lives at a property in Mount Tarrengower. He says that the magic of the Central Austalian Desert and the Central Highlands bush is an inspiration. “I’m constatnly absorbing the beauty of the world,” he says.

Clancy has demonstrated himself to be a guitarist of the highest calibre.  Everywhere he plays he strives for intimacy and an emotional connection with the audience. The London Strings Festival described him as a “captivating, expressive and very musical” performer.

His program of music explores a deep love and loss for the forest and country. The ancient landscapes of Turkey are brought to life in Domeniconi’s Koyunbaba – Iin a rich emotional journey. Barrios Un Sueno en la Floresta, (A Dream in the Forest) captures the extraordinary perfection of our world and the beauty of the trees that perhaps gave him this music. La Catedral, another piece by Barrios, exemplifies a sad reverence – every forest is a Cathedral. Bach’s Chaccone is perhaps the most precious piece of solo music ever written, taking one deep into the profoundly sad world of loss. Joaquin Roderigo’s dark and eerie homage, Invocation y Danza offers satisfying sonerous glimpses of true perfection and love, which then melt away into explosions of grief.

The concert is part of a 13 concert series touring all across Victoria. You can find out more about Clancy here:

Tickets are $25 and are available from The Convent on 5348 3211.