Below are listed upcoming and past classical guitar related events in Merseyside and the North West of England:
Saturday 15th June 2019, 2:00 pm
Liverpool Guitar Society will perform Oxton-born Cyril Scott’s Sonatina arranged for guitar by Richard Harding at the Birkenhead Priory (Priory St, Birkenhead CH41 5JH). This piece commissioned by Andrés Segovia in 1927 was thought lost and only rediscovered in 2001. The programme will in addition feature works written by other English composers. Soloists from the Liverpool Guitar Society will be showcasing their talents with pieces from the classical guitar repertoire.
Thursday 28th March 2019, 7:30 pm
On Thursday, 28th March, our musical director Eleanor Kelly will be playing together with the Woodside String Quartet as part the Angel Field Festival. They will present a programme of South American music for classical guitar and string quartet, with compositions by Astor Piazzolla and Claudia Montero. The concert will include the UK premiére of Montero’s piece Luces y Sombras.
The concert will take place at the St Francis Xavier’s Church, Salisbury Street, Liverpool, L3 8DR at 7:30 pm.
Sunday 3rd March 2019, 5:30 pm
The Zorya Guitar Duo played their programme entitled ‘From Bach to Balkan’ at the German Church in Liverpool (Bedford Street South, L7 7BT).
The Zorya Guitar Duo was founded in 2014 by Antonio Peršak and Borna Kuća when studying in Croatia. They studied at the prestigious Varazdin School of Music under the tutelage of classical guitarists Moreno Vinceković and Ninoslav Plantak and through playing together, Antonio and Borna quickly cultivated a musical chemistry that has resulted in a dynamic and exciting performance style. After winning first prize at several national and international chamber music competitions, they continued their classical guitar studies with the internationally renowned guitarist Craig Ogden at The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
The Zorya Guitar Duo perform a wide range of repertoire from early Renaissance to Contemporary music. However, much of the duo’s energy has been directed towards performing Baroque and Balkan music, a style of music that is traditional to their country. Their love and appreciation for Balkan traditional music has taken them on numerous adventures and it has given them the opportunity to shape and develop their style as a guitar duo. While continuing to perform classical works by composers such as Bach, Scarlatti, Rodrigo, and Ravel, the Duo’s aim is to promote Balkan music which in itself gives the audience a colorful diversity of musical styles and cultures.
Sunday 24th February 2019, 2:00 pm
Jon studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester under the internationally acclaimed guitarist Craig Ogden, gaining his Bachelor of Music degree and his Postgraduate Diploma in Performance with distinction. Jon has given concerts, recitals and masterclasses across the UK and Europe and has appeared in venues such as St Martin-in-the-Fields, Cadogan Hall, The Bridgewater Hall and Liverpool University to name but a few. Jon was invited to Manchester Guitar Circle’s ‘70th Anniversary Concert’ where he performed alongside the celebrated Chinese guitarist Xuefei Yang. He has also given solo performances at Chester Guitar Circle and London’s Ealing Guitar Society.
Wednesday 30th January 2019, 1:00 pm
The Aquarelle Guitar Quartet played as part of the University of Liverpool lunchtime concert series in the Leggate Thatre at the Victoria Gallery and Museum, Victoria Building, 150 Brownlow Hill, Liverpool L3 5RF.
Recognised as one of the world’s leading guitar quartets, the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet is a dynamic and innovative ensemble known for its extraordinary ensemble in performance and expansive repertoire. The quartet has performed extensively across the UK and abroad to critical acclaim, and is admired for its original arrangements of music from a wide range of styles, periods and cultures. They have received many awards and their recordings for Chandos Records have been widely acclaimed.
Saturday 12th January 2019, 12:45-7:00 pm
Running alongside our Strings Festival programme on Saturday, the Royal Northern College of Music has a series of events focused on classical guitar:
Wednesday 28th November 2018, 1:00 pm
Galina Vale returns to Southport, back by popular demand.
A child prodigy raised in a family of musicians, Galina’s performing career began at the age of eight with an appearance on Ukrainian State Television. An international star, this flamboyant virtuosos guitarist has won numerous prizes around the globe and has performed more than 2,000 concerts across west and eastern Europe, USA, central America, Africa and Asia.
Saturday 20th October 2018, 7:30 pm
Samuel Moore is the distinguished flamenco concert recitalist and accompanist who learnt his craft as a one to one student of the internationally acclaimed guitarist Juan Martín. Over the past ten years Samuel has performed in concert halls across the UK, Europe and North America and has also performed and been interviewed on BBC Radio 3, alongside many other national media appearances. Samuel is well known for presenting beautifully crafted and diverse solo flamenco guitar sets that bring to life the intoxicating rhythms, colours and sounds of Andalucía, in a burst of glorious improvisation and virtuoso flamenco technique.
Monday 15th October 2018, 7:00 pm
Davide Sciacca gave a guitar concert (featuring Eleanor Kelly) in the Caledonia Pub, 22 Caledonia St, with music spanning from Rossini to the Beatles.
Saturday 25th August 2018, 7:30 pm
Davide Sciacca Guitar Recital at St Luke’s Bombed Out Church, Liverpool
With multiple degrees and Masters achieved in the most important Sicilian and Italian conservatories, Davide Sciacca shares his time between his teaching activities in schools and conservatoires, and his career as an international music performer. In 2016 he performed in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and other members of the Royal Family at Crathie Kirk, Crathie, Ballater, Aberdeenshire.
Friday 24th August 2018, 7:30 pm
The Ten Strings Duo, consisting of Davide Sciacca ad Marianatalia Ruscica were playing violin and guitar duos with the program including work by Laurent Boutros, Andrea Amici and Roberto Cipollina. The performance took place at the Write Blend bookshop in Waterloo.
Saturday 4th August 2018, 7:00 pm
Huogo Zuleta Garcia gave a concert of solo guitar music at the Williamson Art Gallery. He played tribute to Frederic Chopin, and Spanish and Latin composers. The second part of the evening was mostly be dedicated to the work of Maestro Antonio Lauro (1917-1986,) considered to be one of the foremost South American composers for the guitar in the 20th century.
Saturday 14th July 2018, 7:30 pm
Beverly Henry and Ruth Fielding, known as the Duo Piacevole, were performing a varied programme ‘Bach to the Beatles & Beyond’ on Saturday 14th July in Warrington.
Newchurch Parish Church, Church Lane Culcheth, Warrington, WA3 5ET
Friday 7th July 2018, 7:30 pm
Graham Anthony Devine gave a concert on Friday 6th July at 7.30pm at the St Mary’s Centre (CH1 2DW, Chester) 7.30pm. He played pieces by J.S. Bach, Barrios and Giuliani.
Saturday 30th June 2018, 2:00 pm
The Performing Guitarist: This workshop held at West Kirby Arts Centre, presented by Paul Costello, was for classical and acoustic guitarists, at all levels, who wish to become more confident performers.
Players could learn how to prepare for an upcoming show or exam, practise effectively, and memorise new pieces. We will examine issues relating to tone production, and establishing a good rhythmic feel, exploring the mental, physical, and emotional keys to confident, expressive performing.
Subjects covered included visualisation, focusing attention, relaxation, physical posture, and dealing with performance nerves. Practical strategies and exercises were given that provided real and lasting benefits, and plenty of time to discuss individual questions was provided.
Thursday 14th June 2018, 7:30 pm
A showcase of local talent took place in the wonderful setting of Birkenhead’s Williamson Art Gallery.
Small ensembles from the Liverpool Guitar Society performed an evening recital of duet and quartet pieces.
Wednesday 13th June 2018, 7:30 pm
After many years of playing together John Williams and John Etheridge were joined by classical guitarist and composer Gary Ryan in a colourful and varied programme of solos, duos and trios at the Floral Pavillon in New Brighton. Williams and Etheridge played some of their most popular pieces together and own compositions and Gary Ryan played his own “Benga Beat”. The programme also featured duos played by Ryan and Williams, by Ryan and Etheridge and trio pieces “Malinke Guitars” and “Triangular Situations”.
Saturday 28th April 2018, 7:00pm
Paul Costello has performed, in Europe and the UK, with musicians from the worlds of jazz, classical, folk, and world music.His solo guitar performances defy easy categorisation, weaving together the many strands of his own musical journey, to create music that is beautiful, compelling, and very much his own. Paul was supported by the Price Roberts Classical Guitar Duo. Paul Costello performed with the Price Roberts Classical Guitar Duo at West Kirby Arts Centre.
Sunday 4th March 2018, 7:30 pm
Our Patrons the Katona Twins played at the Capstone Theatre as part of the Cornerstone Festival. Their unusual style combines classical, flamenco and finger picking techniques with the energetic stage presence of lead guitarists. The wide repertoire of the duo spans from Bach to Piazzolla’s tango music and from pop, rock and jazz standards to their own compositions. They have travelled throughout the world enthusing audiences in New York, London, Tokyo, Moscow, Beijing, Vienna, Hong Kong and in 2009 they performed live to half a million people in arenas across Europe.
Wednesday 17th January 2018, 1:00 pm
Galina Vale returned to Southport as part of her Cathedral Tour.
Her performing career began at the age of eight with an appearance on Ukrainian State Television. An international star, this flamboyant virtuoso guitarist has won numerous prizes around the globe and has performed more than 2,000 concerts across west and eastern Europe, USA, central America, Africa and Asia. She was named as an Ambassador of the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain.
Saturday 13th January 2018, 11:30 am
Running alongside the Strings Festival programme , the Royal Northern College of Music had a series of free events focused on classical guitar, including a masterclass with Craig Ogden and participatory workshop with Rory Russell:
Saturday 9th December 2017, 7:30 pm
The Chester Guitar Orchestra shared the stage with the Diva Flute Ensemble at the Oddfellows Hall, Chester.
The Chester Guitar Orchestra played works by Bach, Haydn and a selection of arrangements by Andrew Forrest, as well as a seasonal carol medley by Mark Houghton.
Thursday 16th November 2017, 7:30pm
Williamson Art Gallery & Museum Slatey Street, Birkenhead
Players from Liverpool Guitar Society performed an evening recital of solo, duet and quartet pieces as part of the. International Guitar Festival of Great Britain.
Thursday 9th November 2017, 7:30pm
Floral Pavillon Blue Lounge
The renowned guitarist played as part of the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain.
Music by Rodrigo, Dyens, Torroba, Theodorakis, French Songs (Barbara, Piaf, Trenet), Bodorova, Tadic.
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