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Classical Guitar Weekend

From Friday 5th April 2019 at 10:00am
To Sunday 7th April 2019 at 4:00pm
West Dean
West Dean College, West Dean PO180QZ
Now Booking. Keep an eye out. Contact Andrew for further information

Classical Guitar Weekend

From Friday 5th April 2019 at 4:00pm
To Sunday 7th April 2019 at 3:30pm
West Dean West Sussex
West Dean College, A286, West Dean PO18 0QZ
For classical guitarists (grade 2-5) who wish to experience the enjoyment of playing in an ensemble, develop your technique and learn by performing solo music in repertoire classes. Some aspects of the weekend's study will be shared with the concurrent advanced course.

Classical Guitar weekend with Amanda Cook

From Friday 5th April 2019 at 4:00pm
To Sunday 7th April 2019 at 3:30pm
West Dean West Sussex
West Dean College, A286, West Dean PO18 0QZ
Course Full but can join waiting list

Guitar Ensemble Weekend

From Friday 5th April 2019 at 6:00pm
To Sunday 7th April 2019 at 2:00pm
Hillscourt Conference Centre, Lickey Hills, Rednal B45 8RS
£290 + £35 cash for Gerald.
The focus of each weekend is playing in an ensemble of around 20 classical guitars. The weekend is shared with a group of up to 10 solo singers. At the end of the weekend each group performs the pieces they have been rehearsing to the other. Guitarists should be at least grade 5 standard, though you don’t need to have taken any exams. You do need to be able to read music and, of course, be ready to play in an ensemble with a conductor. Gerald will assign you a part and will email the music a few weeks in advance so that you can familiarise yourself with it. Gerald Garcia is a guitarist and composer and very experienced in directing guitar ensembles. He has been a tutor at numerous courses and is musical director of the residential courses of the UK’s National Youth Guitar Ensemble.

Greenwich Guitar Festival

From Wednesday 10th July 2019 at 6:00pm
To Friday 12th July 2019 at 10:00pm

Jackdaws Summer Guitar Ensemble

From Thursday 11th July 2019 at 10:00am
To Sunday 14th July 2019 at 4:00pm
Frome Somerset
Jackdaws Music Education Trust, Great Elm, Great Elm, Frome BA11 3NY
£70 deposit £315 total
The Course Fee is inclusive of all meals, refreshments and tuition at Jackdaws, except Breakfast which is included in the separate B&B fee. The balance payments for fees are due 3 weeks before the course start date, as indicated on your deposit receipt. Balance payments can be made in the following ways; - By card, phone 01373 812383 - By cheque - By bank transfer (BACS info sent out on request) B&B Accommodation Fees are payable in addition to the Course Fee. Jackdaws will take care of booking your accommodation; B&B rooms will be allocated a few weeks before the course starts, and we will send you details of where you are staying. B&B rates start at £39 per night (single room, shared bathroom) and from £49 (en suite, subject to availability) including booking fee.

Derry Guitar Weekend

From Saturday 24th August 2019 at 10:00am
To Sunday 25th August 2019 at 10:00pm
email - secretary.cgsni@gmail.com

West Dean International Guitar Festival

From Saturday 24th August 2019 at 4:00pm
To Thursday 29th August 2019 at 2:00pm
Chichester West Sussex
West Dean College, A286, West Dean, Chichester PO18 0QZ
£600 + Accommodation (£355 - 575 see fees here https://www.westdean.org.uk/study/short-courses/accommodation)
The 27th West Dean Classical Guitar Festival offers outstanding learning and performing opportunities for classical guitarists of all abilities (grade 2 and above) and age sixteen and above. West Dean International Classical Guitar Festival 2019. Outstanding learning and performing opportunities for classical guitarists (grade 2+) of all ages (16 and above) through repertoire and technique classes, ensemble playing, guitar orchestra, student concerts, individual lessons and solo masterclasses. Study with internationally acclaimed artists including Fabio Zanon, Raphaella Smits, Liz Larner, Andrew Gough, Gaëlle Solal, Vincent Lindsey-Clark, Boris Gaquere, Manus Noble, Chris Stell & Mark Eden. Includes a guitar open day and an evening concert series with performances by Fabio Zanon, Crazy Nails (Gaelle Solal and Boris Gaquere), Raphaella Smits and Eden-Stell Duo. Bursaries are available for 16 to 24 year old students. Sponsored by Stephen Eden Guitars, Classical Guitar Magazine, Classical Guitar Centre Birmingham, D'Addario Foundation, Universal Edition and José Ramiréz Guitars. Festival Director: Andrew Gough - classicalguitarfestival@gmail.com For more information please contact Bookings at West Dean College bookingsoffice@westdean.org.uk
Andrew@classicalguitar.org.uk 07702 742 418

Cawsand Bay Guitarfest

From Friday 13th September 2019 at 3:00pm
To Sunday 15th September 2019 at 5:00pm
Rame Peninsula Cornwall
Cawsand/Kingsand, Rame Peninsula PL10
£225. £80 deposit Non residential. Plenty of accomodation options. see website
This is a new exciting classical guitar weekend by the sea on the stunning Rame Peninsula, combining great music in an area of outstanding natural beauty which inspires creativity. Come and enjoy meeting and playing with other guitarists, classes and concerts with top professional players & teachers all in a friendly , fun relaxed environment.3 Professional Concerts (Eden Stell Guitar Duo, Friday evening, Alison Smith Saturday after lunch, Craig Ogden Saturday eve) Ensemble classes with Alison Smith Workshop with Mark Eden and Chris Stell (Eden Stell Duo) Master class with Craig Ogden Guitar luthier exhibition and talks Informal playing opportunities Cream tea on arrival Friday evening pre concert buffet dinner overlooking the sea Saturday evening, special pre concert dinner with beautiful views overlooking Whitsand Bay at a top local restaurant, The View, which has appeared in ITV's Cornwall with Caroline Quentin and retained a Michelin Bib Gourmande for 8 years......(drinks not included) All coffee/tea, cakes and biscuits in the breaks. The classes & concerts will take place in the pretty historic twin fishing villages of Cawsand & Kingsand, an artist's paradise. All venues are in easy walking distance from each other.

Classical Minds Guitar Festival

From Friday 25th October 2019 at 3:00pm
To Sunday 27th October 2019 at 6:00pm
Foxton Village Hall, Hardman Road, Cambridgeshire, Foxton CB22 6RN
£150 (without master class)/£165 (with master class)
2018 marked the 14th Anniversary of this 6-day educational event held every June in Texas for those who play or appreciate classical guitar. Renowned concert artists and educators came from throughout the world to teach, coach and perform in concerts and recitals. CM took place in Houston, Texas for 14 years and is now moving to England! Our first UK "Classical Minds" will take place in the village of Foxton at Foxton Village Hall, just outside of Cambridge. The festival is open to all ages from primary school through university and graduate school plus adult amateurs who study privately or just enjoy playing. CM offers private lessons, master classes, guitar orchestra, technique classes, guitar classes, workshops, and a solo, small ensemble & guitar orchestra recital on the last day. This year's faculty includes Daniela Rossi, Valerie Hartzell, and CM Festival Assistant, Mathew James. Hartzell & Rossi will perform a concert on the evening of the 26th.

Guitar Ensemble Weekend

From Friday 8th November 2019 at 6:00pm
To Sunday 10th November 2019 at 2:00pm
Hitchin Hertfordshire
Benslow Music, Benslow Lane, Hitchin SG4 9RB
From £270 - 320 +£35 for Gerald
The November course takes place at Benslow Music in Hitchin. This is run by a charity, which puts on music courses and concerts, but our course is a private booking and is not part of their programme. The venue is within 3 miles of the A1(M) and 5-10 minutes’ walk from Hitchin railway station.

Guitar Ensemble Weekend

From Friday 15th November 2019 at 6:00pm
To Sunday 17th November 2019 at 2:00pm
Hillscourt Conference Centre, Hillscourt Rose Hill, Rednal B45 8RS
TBA £280 Approx
The focus of each weekend is playing in an ensemble of around 20 classical guitars. Conducted by Raymond Burley

Astraea Guitar Duo Workshop

From Saturday 7th March 2020 at 10:00am
To Saturday 2nd March 2019 at 9:00pm
Foxton Village Hall, Hardman Road, Foxton CB22 6RN
This all day workshop features Raymond Burley and Valerie Hartzell, as the Astraea Guitar Duo, with guitar orchestra rehearsals and small ensemble master classes. There is only room for 8 groups to perform in the master classes; each group will receive 30 min (all types of groups welcome - duos, trios, quartets, quintets, etc). The day starts with tea, coffee, fruit & various pastries before our first event of the day (provided by Ray and Valérie). Participants are asked to bring a lunch (we will have tea, coffee with biscuits available), however, a catered dinner will be provided as part of the tuition. In the evening, small ensembles from the master classes, Astraea Guitar Duo, and the guitar orchestra will perform in the evening which will be open to the public. Tuition: £35 (includes all teas/coffees plus registration light breakfast of fruit & pastries) Master class: £10 Tickets to concert: £5 (free to festival participants & their partners): 7:30 pm
For further information on the FGS, please email Ray Butcher.

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