The Ten Strings Duo

Violinist Marianatalia Ruscica and guitarist Davide Sciacca began their collaboration in 2012. Their intensive work together has led to an extended repertoire of classical works from the early 19th Century including Niccolò Paganini, Mauro Giuliani, Napoleon Coste and Francesco Molino as well as more contemporary pieces by composers such as Astor Piazolla, Maximo Diego Pujol, Celso Machado, Laurent Boutros, Giuseppe Torrisi and Andrea Schiavo.

Marianatalia and Davide won the 1st Prize at the international Giuseppe Ierna competition, and also at the national competitions AMA Calabria, the Citta di Palermo, Alfio Pulvirenti and Magna Grecia.

Last year they performed in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth the Second, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales Charles and the other members of the Royal Family.

Marianatalia and Davide currently teach Violin and Guitar at the Conservatoiri in Caltanissetta,and in High Schools in Sicily.

Since 2014 they are regularly coming to the UK, playing at prestigious venues and appearing in Linda McDermott’s late night show on BBC Radio Merseyside.

Their concerts are always warmly received by audiences and critics alike.

We are looking forward to having them back this summer in the UK, including several duo and guitar solo recitals in and around Merseyside:

19th July – Rainford, The Junction, 8pm
Solo Recital Davide Sciacca
tickets (£5) and information

21st July – Write Blend book shop/Café, Waterloo (Merseyside) 7:30 pm
Solo Recital Davide Sciacca
tickets (£11) and information

22nd July – West Kirby Arts Centre, noon
Solo Recital Davide Sciacca

22nd July – St. Luke-The Bombed Out Church, 6:30 pm
Solo Recital Davide Sciacca
tickets (£5.90) and information

 26th July– Unitarian Church, Ullet Road, Liverpool, 7:30 pm
Ten Strings Duo (Marianatalia Ruscica, Violin Davide Sciacca, Guitar)
tickets (£8) and information

29th July– Alhambra Wine Bar, Stanhope Street, Liverpool, 8:00 pm
Ten Strings Duo (Marianatalia Ruscica, Violin Davide Sciacca, Guitar)

23rd August– Rainford, The Junction 8pm
Ten Strings Duo (Marianatalia Ruscica, Violin Davide Sciacca, Guitar
tickets (£8) and information

25th August – Write Blend book shop/Café, Waterloo (Merseyside) 7:30 pm
Ten Strings Duo (Marianatalia Ruscica, Violin, &  Davide Sciacca, Guitar)

26th August – St. Luke-The Bombed Out Church, 6:30 pm
Ten Strings Duo (Marianatalia Ruscica, Violin, & Davide Sciacca, Guitar)

Chester Guitar Orchestra & Flutiful

The Chester Guitar Orchestra will be joined by the ‘Flutiful’ flute ensemble for a  concert this Saturday (24th June) at 7.30 pm in Ellsemere Port.

Trinity Methodist Church
Whitby Road, Ellesmere Port
CH65 0AE

The admission is free, donations towards the Clatterbridge Cancer Charity  are welcome!

Richard on Radio BBC Merseyside

Richard Harding from the Liverpool Guitar Society has been on Radio BBC  Merseyside this afternoon to talk about the LightNight Liverpool 2017 appearance of some of our members together with the Liverpool Composers Group (starts approx. minute 35).

You get the opportunity to listen to his guitar playing  giving you an impression what you can look forward to this Friday. Richard and two other of our members will take part in a performance at 8pm in the Atrium of the Central Library (William Brown St, Liverpool L3 8EW) on 20th May 2017.

This is a performance of newly composed and specially selected pieces by Liverpool-based composers and musicians around the notion of Time; exploring the experience of listening, the memory of melodies, cultural interpretation of time and its relation to scientific definition.


Liverpool Guitar Society at the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum II

Members of the Liverpool Guitar Society played in the Cafe of the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum in Birkenhead.

We received great feedback and will be reappearing on Sundays 7th, 14th and 21st May between 11:30 am and 4:00 pm.

If you enjoy a tea or coffee or a nice snack accompanied by a bit of classical guitar come along and listen to some guitar music .

Williamson Art Gallery & Museum
Slatey Road, Birkenhead
Wirral, CH43 4UE


Liverpool Guitar Society at the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum

Members of the Liverpool Guitar Society will be playing in the Cafe of the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum on Sunday, 23rd April (11:30 am – 4:00 pm). Pieces will include favourites from all eras of classical music including works by Sor, Tarrega, and Barrios.

Come along and listen to some guitar music while you enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.

Williamson Art Gallery & Museum
Slatey Road, Birkenhead
Wirral, CH43 4UE

Classical Music Recital: ‘CARI GIORNI’

Saturday 1st of April 2017, 7.30pm

Liverpool Guitar Society & Nicole Bartos

2 guitars and solo soprano voice
@ The Old Police Station, 80 Lark Lane, L17 8UU

Tickets: £10 on the door and  ‘Early bird’ £7.00. Please, enquire from Old Police Station, Admin: 0151 7287884.

An inspirational ‘back in time’ music voyage bringing to the audience a fascinating juxtaposition of baroque, romantic 17th century and early music selections for soprano voice, next to brand new guitar arrangements, from Richard Harding, composer and director of Liverpool Guitar Society.

Meet members of Liverpool Guitar Society in a showcase featuring a collection of delightful and inspirational Italian romantic arias and songs, focused around the theme of love, beauty and drama, generally, reflecting aspects of the human condition and artistically sung bell canto by Bartos, in a unique manner full of expressivity, her bright soprano communicating authentic feelings and singing right from her soul.

With a programme and repertoire chosen by the singer you will listen to selections from Handel (Aggrippina, Xerxes, Rinaldo, Alcina ), Bellini (Vaga Lun, arietta), Pergolesi (Ogni penna piu spietata/ Lo frate ’namorato), Caccini (Intorno al idol mio/Orontea), Persiani (Cari giorni – Ines di Castro), Gluck (Paride ed Elena), Giordani, Paisiello, Dowland (The First Booke of Songes or Ayres), Purcell (The Indian Queen).

An event promising to be as soothing as wonderfully entertaining and suitable for al family.


Valérie Hartzell Masterclass and Concert – 4th March 2017

Prize winning guitarist Valérie Hartzell will hold a  master class for the Liverpool Guitar Society before performing a concert in the evening.

Valerie Hartzell Concert

The master class will be held from 1 to 3 pm in the Cornerstone Building on the Creative Campus of Hope University (opposite the Capstone Theatre – map here).
The concert will take place at 8 pm in the View Two Gallery (23 Matthew Street Liverpool, L2 6RE). The repertoire will include music by English composers Mark Houghton & Chris Dumigan, American composer Olga Amelkina-Vera, classics by Barrios, Bach, Merlin, Albeniz, Tarrega, Dyens and popular music by The Beatles and Harnell.

Tickets are £5 to observe the master class, £5 for the concert or £8 if you wish to attend both. You can book your tickets here.

Valérie Hartzell began her classical guitar studies on a half-size Ramirez at the age of three. At the age of six, she studied with maestro Alexandre Lagoya at the Académie Internationale d’Eté in Nice, France.
Valérie Hartzell has a Bachelor’s from Peabody Conservatory where she studied with Manuel Barrueco on scholarship and a Master’s Degree from Radford University in Virginia where she was awarded a Graduate Teaching Fellowship.
She has performed in over 30 festivals.  She is a prizewinner in 8 international competitions including 1st prizes at the 10th International Guitar Competition “Simone Salmaso” in Italy and at the Concours de Guitare Classique Heitor Villa-Lobos in France.
She has two recordings; Ex Tenebris Lux, a solo project and Presti, an ensemble project, which were both recorded at the National Public Radio studios in Houston.
She is  the Musical Director of the Cambridge Guitar Orchestra, UK and the Artistic Director of the annual International ‘Classical Minds’ Guitar Festival and Competition held in Houston, Texas.

New Meeting Room

The Liverpool Guitar Society meetings moved to the Large Music room in the Music Department of the University of Liverpool. For further details please see here.
We held our first meeting combined with our General Annual Meeting on 10th January 2017. We are lucky to have such a nice room offering a wide range of new possibilities made available to us.

Good Bye, Sam!

2016-10-13-19-40-54Last Thursday was the last regular meeting after five years in the Liverpool Guitar Society for our Treasurer. Sam will be moving to Cheltenham to start his new job. Sam, we hope to see you again from time to time, you will be greatly missed! Good luck!

Craig Ogden’s Guitar Weekend in Manchester

Craig Ogden is one of the world’s finest classical guitarists. He is known both for his No. 1 chart-topping CDs for Classic FM and for his virtuosic concerto performances with orchestra, as a chamber musician and soloist at major venues around the world.

Craig Ogden’s Guitar Weekend at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester runs from Friday 20 January until Sunday 22 January 2017. This years Guitar Weekend includes the film screening of Musicwood, which is a real-life adventure-filled journey and political thriller, followed by a concert of Miloš Karadaglic on the Friday evening.

The Saturday will be filled with a Guide to Guitar-making, a specialist performance of 21st century music for guitar, a composer-guitarist showcase and workshop and Pop Up Poetry.

On Saturday evening you have the occasion to see Jacqui Dankworth and Craig Ogden in concert. Jacqui Dankworth is one of the most highly regarded vocalists in the UK.

On Sunday the weekend culminates in a family-friendly concert featuring a massed guitar orchestra of players of all ages and abilities performing a brand new composition by Callum Dewar. You can either participate as a player or in the audience.

The weekend finishes with a guitar social, Performers from the day’s events, including Craig Ogden, will mingle in the main foyer to give the audience and jamboree participants a chance to meet and greet them informally.

Friday 20 January 2017
5 pm: Musicwood: Film Screening
7.30 pm: Concert – Miloš Karadaglic: Bach to The Beatles International Concert Series

Saturday 21 January
10:30 am: A Guide to Guitar-making & Guitar-makers
10:30 am/11:30 am: Music and sensory play session for babies and toddlers.
1pm: Lunch time concert – Specialist performers play 21st century music for guitar including music by Nicholas Maw, Christopher Fox and others.
2:30 pm: Composer-Guitarist Showcase & Workshop
4:30 pm: Pop Up Poetry
8pm: Concert – Craig Ogden and Jacqui Dankworth          
(Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, University of Manchester)

Sunday 22 January
10 am: Craig’s Big Guitar Jamboree (for Participants)
11 am: Musicwood: Film Screening
2 pm:  Craig’s Big Guitar Jamboree (for Audience)
3 pm: Guitar Social

Liverpool Guitar Society & Nicole Bartos (soprano)

Saturday, 20th of August, 2016, 7.30pm @ The Old Police Station
80 Lark Lane, Liverpool , L17 8UU. Tel. 0151 728 7884
Wednesday, 14th of September 2016, 6.30 pm @ Blackburne House
Blackburne Place, off Hope Street, Liverpool, L87PE. Tel. 0151 709 4356


Richard Harding and Robyn Turvey from the Liverpool Guitar Society will be accompanying soprano Nicole Bartos for two  ‘Soul Food’ Fundraiser events 2016 – help the poor/homeless. The repertoire will include early and classical music.

Tickets £8.00 sold on the door prior to performance.

For Limited ‘Early bird’ tickets £5.00, please visit or call the Admin (Rupe) at The Old Police Station: Tel. 0151 728 7884.
Contact for any other enquiries:
These events are organised by Gallery4allarts:


Lady Lever Art Gallery

Robin and Richard
Robin and Richard

Wednesday 22nd June, four members of the Liverpool Guitar Society provided Spanish music for the opening of the Picasso Linocut Exhibition. A mixture of duets and quartets provided a superb sounscape for the opening of this prestigious event which runs until January 2017. This is the first time these Linocuts have been outside the British Museum.

Robin, Steve, Rich and Richard
Robin, Steve, Rich and Richard

Free Lunchtime Concert at New Brighton Floral Pavilion Plaza Wed 18th Nov 2015

On Wednesday 18th November at 12:30pm soloists from Liverpool Guitar Society will be performing a selection of popular pieces from all eras of the classical guitar repertoire at the Floral Pavilion Plaza as part of the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain.

This concert is part of a series of free lunchtime shows at the festival and Liverpool Guitar Society are grateful to the festival for inviting us back after last year’s successful show.

Details of the venue can be found here and directions to get to the event here.

Liverpool Guitar Society play ‘Soul Food’ On Lark Lane, Liverpool 5th Dec 2015

Members of Liverpool Guitar Society will be performing at Lark Lane Community Centre on Saturday, 5th of December 2015 at 7:30pm as part of the ‘ARIAS, SONGS & ART’ event. The concert is part of Gallery For All Arts’ ‘Soul Food’ comprising of classical music recitals and art exhibitions.

Soloists and possibly a trio from Liverpool Guitar Society will play a selection of pieces from all eras of the classical guitar repetoire.

Addionally there’ll be performances of classical and early music by Nicole Bartos (soprano), Martin Robinson (keyboard) and Ally Tremarco (guitar). This will include vocal selections of ‘arie antiche’ and pieces from composers such as Handel, Puccini, Verdi, Dvorak, Rachmaninov, Chaikovsky, Bizet, Saint-Sains, etc.

Tickets for the event are £10.00 and £5.00 for concessions.

More information here  and directions to The Old Police Station, 80 Lark Ln, Liverpool, Merseyside L17 8UU can be found here.

Rafael Serrallet Concert and Master Class 11th June

Rafael Serrallet
Rafael Serrallet

Our next meeting will feature Spanish guitarist Rafael Serrallet who will hold a small master class for Society members before performing a concert for us.

We’ll be using our normal normal meeting room at the Bluecoat as a venue.

Hailing from Valencia, Rafael studied with Andres Segovia’s pupil and assistant, Jose Tomas; he also attended the Spanish Academy in Rome; and received a doctorate in music (PhD) by the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, and a Master of Education by the UNED.

You can see Rafael’s excellent playing on his YouTube channel:  and on Rafael’s website 

This concert will be for Society members and by invitation, so other local guitar societies and friends are welcome to attend. The concert is free. Please contact us if you are wishing to attend and how many guests you might wish to bring so we can sort seating out in advance.

Chester Guitar Orchestra Concert Saturday 13th of June

Chester Guitar Orchestra concert Saturday 13th of JuneOur friends from Chester Guitar Circle have a Guitar Orchestra which is playing in Ellesmere Port on Saturday 13th of June.

The Chester Guitar Orchestra is 14 guitarists strong and will perform works by Corrette, Haydn, Coquery, Faure, Albeniz, Ditters, Vivaldi…

Trinity Methodist Church iis on Whitby Road in, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0AB. Directions


Liverpool Guitar Society 2014 Summary

We’ve just had our annual general meeting in which we decided to change the structure of our meetings a bit so please see the updated meeting page with details of when we meet and what happens at a meeting. Please check this out if you’re interested in joining us.

We also looked back over 2014 and all the things we’ve been involved in.

At the end of 2013, at the AGM Liverpool Guitar Society decided to focus their activity in 2013 on playing more concerts, as soloists and with quartets.

We began January with a new meeting venue at the Bluecoat.

In March Artisans Fair asked to provide background music at Palm House. Soloists and a quartet from the Society performed throughout the afternoon.

In March we had our first joint venture with Chester Guitar Circle. After months in planning we put on a concert featuring two great guitarists Gerard Cousins and Derek Gripper in Chester attended by about 80 people. This collaboration with and assistance to Chester was a great success.

We also initiated contact initiated with North Wales Guitar Circle around this time.

Many members attended ex-member Jenny Nelson’s solo concert in Liverpool in April and an associated guitar show from another ex-member Tony Nugent (Nugent Guitars).

We noticed that Swedish guitarist Johannes Moller would be playing solo concert in Hope
University in May. So we managed to arrange a master class for the following day which was a great success.

We organised but unfortunately had to cancel at short notice private concert with Australian guitarist Philip Morris concert in October. Hopefully we’ll get another opportunity sometime.

In October we had a visit from Sheffield Luthier James Lister who gave a very interesting talk on guitars.

As with the previous two years we arranged some slots to take part in the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain on the Wirral. Discussed collaboration with Chester for quartet show, which was extended to include a duo from North Wales Guitar Circle. This culminated in the “3 Circles Concert” in November in New Brighton.

We also provided solo performance opportunities for members at New Brighton Floral Pavilion lunch to a large audience that month.

We’re lining a few events up for 2015. Watch this space!