Open Day

Classical Guitar Festival Open Day inc. lecture-recital by Hugh Millington

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation


Book your tickets to join us at our Classical Guitar Festival Open Day on Sunday 14 August 2022, including a lecture-recital by Hugh Millington

On arrival, enjoy spending time visiting our exhibition in the Oak Hall of individual guitar makers (especially our festival bursary fund sponsor Stuart Christie Guitars), browsing through hundreds of publications of guitar music on the Universal Edition stand, and visiting the guitar shops including Brian Whitehouse’s Classical Guitar Centre, Birmingham.

We commence the afternoon’s events with a showcase recital by the 2022 festival bursary students in the Old Library. Our ever-popular guitar makers’ showcase will this year be conducted by festival tutor Mark Ashford, where each guitar will be introduced and demonstrated.  

Following on from her Saturday evening recital, Daniela Rossi will be giving our Open Day Masterclass with three festival students performing their selected repertoire.

We conclude the day with a lecture-recital by Hugh Millington in St. Andrew’s Church, West Dean, 6pm.

"Amateur music-making has been central to the classical guitar’s history. The early nineteenth century in Europe saw the birth of mass music-making within the home, with almost all sheet music publications being aimed specifically at amateur musicians in domestic spaces. This lecture-recital will explore the significance of the amateur practices which saw the guitar thrive, and the way in which this legacy has continued to both influence and be reimagined in the twentieth century and beyond. This lecture-recital will include performances on period guitars including by René Lacôte, Louis Panormo, and Hermann Hauser, to bring the audience into this intimate and captivating sound-world."

Tickets must be purchased online and in advance. Please bring your digital ticket with you.

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Hugh Millington

Hugh Millington - lecture-recital at West Dean Guitar Festival Open Day

West Dean International Guitar Festival

Under the directorship of Andrew Gough, West Dean College again offers the celebrated International Classical Guitar Festival, 13-18 August 2022. The idyllic and relaxing surroundings make this the perfect setting for concerts, lessons, masterclasses and ensemble coaching.

Find out more about the guitar festival