Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and closure of the University of Liverpool campus we had to cancel our meetings from March onward. From May we started holding player’s meetings via Zoom for the dates and time of our normal meeting. The ensemble meetings remain cancelled. We currently do not know when we will be able to resume physical meetings at the University of Liverpool campus (or somewhere else) and will continue to hold online meetings.
Normally, meetings take place in the Practice Room 11 at the Department of Music (82 Bedford Street South) of the University of Liverpool. The Department of Music generously supports us by providing a great venue for our meetings.
Guitar Society Meetings with opportunity for solo and small ensemble playing are held on the 4th Thursday of each month (apart from December). For further information and the meeting dates for 2020 please see below. Unless otherwise stated, all meetings will run from 7 pm to 9 pm.
|Ensemble practice (2nd Thursday)||Player’s Meeting (4th Thursday)|
|Jan 9th (AGM and player’s evening)||Jan 23rd|
|Feb 13th||Feb 27th|
|cancelled||May 28th (online)|
|cancelled||Jun 25th (online)|
|cancelled||Jul 23rd (online)|
|cancelled||Aug 27th (online)|
|cancelled||Sep 24th (online)|
|cancelled||Oct 22nd (online)|
|cancelled||Nov 26th (online)|
|cancelled||Dec 17th (online)|
How to get here
Here is a link to a details of how to get to the venue (google maps). If travelling by car, there is parking space available free after 6pm in the neighbouring streets.
The building is number 104 one the University of Liverpool campus map.
The address is: The Department of Music, University of Liverpool, 80-82 Bedford St S, Liverpool L7 7BT
(Please note this is not our postal address, if you wish to post something to us please email)
About the Meetings
We like to have a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere in the meetings but are hoping in 2018 to have a structure something like this:
We begin each meeting welcoming any new members / introduction to the group and format.
Some meetings we’ll then have some players play a particular ‘study piece’ (entirely voluntary) with this a little bit like a collective master class, where players can discuss their interpretations of the piece, any difficulties etc. There may be a few pieces being studied by various members of the society to play in such sessions over a few months, and there is a selection of pieces of various grades.
Playing time, for soloists and any groups such a quartets or duos, makes up the bulk of the meeting.
The society is open to people of all abilities, all ages etc. so don’t worry about being a beginner. We have a wide range of playing abilities in the Society.
There is no obligation to play, though by all means bring along your guitar to play if you’d like to. Everyone always gets a warm positive reception.
Finally we’ll have a brief roundup on any Society news on gigs – by Society ensemble(s) or individual Society members; visiting guitarists (organised by the Society); other concerts in the area; and anything else we’re involved in.
Playing with other musicians is a rare opportunity for classical guitarists the Liverpool Guitar Ensemble provides an opportunity for gaining such an experience. We are working on several pieces as an ensemble together under the guidance of our musical director. The aims include: playing in time collectively; playing dynamics together; approaching complex rhythms in unison, playing counterpoint parts and working together towards an ensemble performance. Players are assigned specific parts which they are expected practice and work on for the ensemble. These will cater for all grades.
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