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About the FGS


The Federation of Guitar Societies exists to raise the profile of the guitar, and in particular stimulate interest amongst younger people. The current means to this end is by forming a network of existing societies to offer mutual support in the interest of promoting the classical guitar and related instruments, and providing a source of help and advice to enthusiasts.


The Federation of Guitar Societies is proud to have the patronage of Amanda Cook, John Mills, Peter Nuttall and Gary Ryan.

John Mills said in his acceptance letter :-

A body such as this is I think vitally important to the future of the instrument in the U.K. I think this is a really exciting prospect for the guitar scene, but the support of member societies is a crucial element in all this, and I hope the Federation receives all possible co-operation and encouragement.


Martin Shaw was the chair from the formation in 2003 and organised all the meetings up to 2015.

He has handed over to Raymond Butcher who is now the contact point for the Federation of Guitar Societies. He can be reached by email at Ray Butcher.

Russell Morris is the Press Officer and also the postal contact. His address is Shellwood, Forest Road, East Horsley, Surrey KT24 5BA

Any comments on the web site should be sent to Nick Tredwell.

For further information on the FGS, please email Ray Butcher.

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