West Dean International Classical Guitar Festival 2022 with Mark Ashford, Alison Bendy, Raymond Burley, Gerald Garcia, Andrew Gough, Daniela Rossi and Helen Sanderson


Ref: SCG11915

About this course

Outstanding learning and performing opportunities 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 Daniela Rossi, Hugh Millington, Gary Ryan and Mela Guitar Quartet.

Bursaries are available for 18 to 24 year old.

Sponsored by Stuart Christie Guitars, Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Classical Guitar Magazine, Classical Guitar Centre Birmingham, D'Addario UK, Universal Edition and José Ramiréz Guitars.

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR: ANDREW GOUGH classical guitarist, ensemble director and teacher with Mark Ashford, Alison Bendy, Raymond Burley, Gerald Garcia, Daniela Rossi, Gary Ryan and Helen Sanderson.

Course Description


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.

Arrival day

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).

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 6pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included).

Evening working - students may have access to teaching rooms until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 2pm, lunch is included.

Residential students should vacate their rooms by 10am please.


Mark Ashford

Mark Ashford is a world renowned classical guitarist. Born in Northampton, England, Mark began his formal musical training at Chetham's School of Music with Gordon Crosskey. He is currently head of guitar at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire of Music, Director of NYGE-Birmingham and has been elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music for his achievements in the profession.

Alison Bendy

Alison Bendy lives in Oxford where she teaches guitar. She has performed solo at the Purcell Room and worked with singers and chamber groups, both locally and abroad. With her duo partner, Gerald Garcia, she has travelled worldwide.

Raymond Burley

Raymond Burley is one of Britain’s most experienced guitarists. He has performed and recorded with many of England’s finest orchestras including the Philharmonia, English Chamber Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra and BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Gerald Garcia

Gerald Garcia has greatly enjoyed being a conductor and workshop leader of amateur and professional groups for over 40 years, being a regular visitor to summer schools and weekend courses in the UK, Europe and Asia.

Andrew Gough

Andrew Gough is Director of the West Dean Classical Guitar Festival. Andrew is also head of guitar at the Birmingham Conservatoire Junior Department and also teaches at The Blue Coat School and King Edward's School, Birmingham. 

Daniela Rossi

Award winning Argentine guitarist and teacher, known for her interest in the music of Guilio Regondi, Latin America, and the dedicatee of new works by composers including Vincent Lindsey-Clark and Dusan Bogdanovic.

Helen Sanderson

Helen is Head of Guitar at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Artistic Director of the World Youth Guitar Festival and NYGE, adjudicator and chamber musician.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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