By Richard Anderson
At the end of 2012, at the AGM Liverpool Guitar Society decided to focus their activity in 2013 on playing more concerts, as soloists and with quartets, but also to resurrect the Guitar Orchestra, with a dedicated conductor and ‘principle guitarists’ for each part. Members suggested pieces they’d like to play as part of a guitar orchestra and rehearsals began in January.
In February, soloists and quartets from the Society played another afternoon set in Sefton Park’s Palm House, enjoying another large attendance. On this occasion we invited friends from Chester Guitar Circle to join us to play some pieces marking our first collaboration with another society.
We also arranged a talk by Paul Balmer on the life of Brendan McCormack, who initiated Liverpool Classical Guitar Society in the 1960’s.
Some small scale guest guitarist events featuring solo performances to our members took place over the summer with local Liverpool guitarist and friend of the Society Tony Crotty playing a selection from his rendition of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells for solo classical guitar.
Peter Katona from The Katona Twins also gave an impromptu solo performance and a master class for members.
In August we made available a CD of our performance of Richard Harding’s Symbiosis (from performance in Aug 2012 at Maritime Museum). Society members also gave a further performance by at the Palm House before another busy schedule of November concerts.
We played to a small crowd at the Capstone Theatre at the start of the month, with quartets and the first performance by the full guitar orchestra. Another Palm House Concert followed before our second set of appearances at the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain on the Wirral. These began with a Quartets concert at Birkenhead Priory, before a set by the full guitar orchestra at New Brighton’s Floral Pavilion as an aftershow event in the bar area following John William’s concert. Three soloists also performed lunchtime solo sets at New Brighton’s Floral Pavilion. We rounded off the year with a further concert on request from the Palm House to which we also invited some players from Chester Guitar Circle.
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