After spending eight months in Cornwall, where he had guitar lessons with Iain Jackson, Paul Galbraith returned with his family to Edinburgh, in August 1975. As a student at St. Mary’s Music School, he had guitar tuition with Barry Shaw and piano lessons with Francesca Uhlenbruek.
“Barry would take me about once a month or so to a recording studio at Murray House where he taught, and filmed my repertoire of pieces for that period. Then we’d watch it, and he’d let me be my own teacher; he allowed me to draw my own conclusions”, remembers Galbraith, who gave his first public concert in May 1976.
The following year, he was presented to the guitarist Alirio Diaz, who recommended that he continue his guitar studies with Gordon Crosskey, and so, to this end, Galbraith moved to Chetham’s Music School in Manchester, England. Besides regularly appearing at school concerts, he gave his first concerto performance with orchestra in February 1980.
 
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