Outstanding learning and performing opportunities for classical guitarists of all ages (16 and above) through repertoire and technique classes, ensemble playing, guitar orchestra, student concerts, individual lessons and solo masterclasses. Working with internationally acclaimed artists you will study in an ensemble group according to your level (Grade 2 and above). Includes a guitar open day and an evening concert series with performances by Fabio Zanon, Crazy Nails (Gaelle Solal and Boris Gaquere), Raphaella Smits and Eden-Stell Duo. Bursaries are available for 16 to 24 year old students - please contact the Bookings Office for further details. Sponsored by Classical Guitar Magazine, Classical Guitar Centre Birmingham, D'Addario Foundation, Universal Edition, José Ramiréz Guitars and Stephen Eden Guitars. Festival Director: Andrew Gough.
Outstanding learning and performing opportunities for classical guitarists of all ages (16 and above) through repertoire and technique classes, ensemble playing, guitar orchestra, student concerts, individual lessons and solo masterclasses. Working with internationally acclaimed artists you will study in an ensemble group according to your level (Grade 2 and above).
Includes a guitar open day and an evening concert series with performances by Fabio Zanon, Crazy Nails (Gaelle Solal and Boris Gaquere), Raphaella Smits and Eden-Stell Duo.
Bursaries are available for 16 to 24 year old students - please contact the Bookings Office for further details.
Sponsored by Stephen Eden Guitars, Classical Guitar Magazine, Classical Guitar Centre Birmingham, D'Addario Foundation, Universal Edition and José Ramiréz Guitars.
The 2019 Festival includes an intensive timetable of events and instruction in a wide range of areas; repertoire classes, ensemble performing, guitar orchestra, individual lessons, 'Learning Zones', and solo masterclasses. A full list of the learning opportunities can be found in the outline programme on the course page.
This year we have an exciting series of evening recitals by international concert artists, specialising in both solo and duo repertoire. The evening series commences on Saturday with a solo recital by the pre-eminent Brazilian guitarist Fabio Zanon. On Monday evening we welcome for the first time to West Dean the wonderful eight-string and historical guitar specialist Raphaella Smits from Belgium. Back by popular demand, the Eden-Stell Guitar Duo return to our stage on Tuesday to conclude the series with a celebration of music for two guitars.
The Open Day on Sunday 25 August (12.30pm - 7pm) will again celebrate all things guitar; with a wide selection of guitars and music on display and a variety of events to enjoy. This year we will be including a guitar makers' showcase with a special focus on the detailing of each maker's instruments; such as their rosette designs, a masterclass with Fabio Zanon, and an illustrated talk about the life and music of Joaquín Rodrigo by Raymond Calcraft. An exhibition by guitar makers and music companies will also be on display throughout the day. At 6pm Gaelle Solal and Boris Gaquere (two of our festival tutors) will give their entertaining and unique guitar duo stage show performance of 'Crazy Nails' in St. Andrew's Church. (Please see website for more information.)
The carefully planned and highly varied programme will appeal to all enthusiasts, from grade two level experience all the way to advanced. The course is open to anyone aged sixteen (16) and over.
Bursaries are available to first study classical guitarists aged 16 - 24, especially those who are studying towards a music degree. Please complete the Guitar Festival Bursary application form if you wish to apply. (Application deadline is 31 May 2019.)
West Dean College gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Stephen Eden Guitars, Classical Guitar Magazine, Classical Guitar Centre Ltd. Birmingham, José Ramirez, Universal Edition and the D'Addario Foundation.
For full details, including evening concerts, accommodation fees, and options, please go to the International Classical Guitar Festival Information page.
Guitar Festival Timetable
Several evening events are planned throughout the week, a detailed timetable for the festival week will be given to you on arrival.
Residential students to arrive from 2 - 3.30pm, non-residential students to arrive by 3.30pm.
4pm: Welcome and introduction, attendance is essential.
5pm: First teaching session, followed by dinner (included).
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included).
Evening working - students may have access to teaching rooms, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 2pm, lunch is included.
Residential students should vacate their rooms by 10am please.
The Festival begins on Saturday 24 August at 4pm. Please arrive and register between 2pm and 3.30pm (before tea).
If you wish to arrive in time for lunch on Saturday, it is essential that you book in advance - contact the Bookings Office. The course ends at 2pm on Thursday 29 August. Please advise us in advance if you need to depart before the advertised finishing time.
Guitar Festival Concerts
If you wish to purchase tickets for guests to any of the concerts held during the week, please visit www.westdean.ac.uk/events. Please note: these concerts can be booked from January 2019 onwards.
Special Offer: Season Ticket £45 for all of the Guitar Festival concerts and Open Day.
Concert by Fabio Zanon St. Andrew's Church Saturday 24 August, 8pm SGC09079 £15
Guitar Festival Open Day Including exhibitions of music and instruments, a guitar makers' showcase, masterclass with recital by Crazy Nails! Sunday 25 August,12.30am-7pm SGC09080 £15
Recital by Crazy Nails! (Gelle Solal and Boris Gaquere) St. Andrew's Church Sunday 25 August, 6pm SGC09081 £5 (payable if not attending the Guitar Festival Open Day)
Concert by Raphaella Smits St. Andrew's Church Monday 26 August, 8pm SGC09082 £15
Concert by Eden-Stell Duo St. Andrew's Church Tuesday 27 August, 8pm SGC09083 £15
Andrew Gough (Guitar Festival Director) is head of guitar at the Birmingham Conservatoire Junior Department and also teaches at The Blue Coat School and King Edward's School, Birmingham.
Boris Gaquere is a Belgian international concert guitarist, chamber musician and composer. Tutor at the Academie de Musique de Watermaël-Boitsfort and Uccle, Brussels.
Fabio Zanon is a Brazilian virtuoso, regarded as one of the pre-eminent guitarists of today. He is a tutor, chamber player, conductor, author, and broadcaster - and also professor at the Royal Academy of Music.
Gaelle Solal is a prize-winning international concert artist and teacher from France, with a passion for contemporary music and dance. She is also a member of the Crazy Nails duo with Boris Gaquere.
Liz is a concert guitarist with a special interest in chamber music. She is a Royal Shakespeare Company musician, and an experienced tutor and ensembles director.
Award and competition winning soloist. Composer with a particular interest in modern and extended guitar techniques.
English guitarist Vincent Lindsey-Clark is well known for his compositions for the instrument. He writes music for both students and professionals, much of which, has been used extensively by the major exam boards and performed all round the world.