Classical guitar weekend with Andrew Gough and Gary Ryan


Ref: SLW11517

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About this course

For classical guitarists (grade 7+). Develop your ensemble playing, technique and performance of solo music in repertoire classes, through intensive daily tuition.

Course Description

This weekend course is for advanced classical guitarists (grade 7+) who wish to experience the enjoyment of playing in an ensemble, develop their technique and learn from performing solo music in repertoire classes. You will receive tuition from both of the classical guitar weekend tutors, and will be assigned to a specific ensemble group according to your grade level. There will also be an opportunity for everyone to perform individually in an informal ensembles concert.

The schedule will include warm-up/technique classes, repertoire classes (you will be allocated an individual time to perform and discuss your solo repertoire with the tutor and fellow students), ensemble rehearsals and general question and answer sessions. The course concludes on the Monday afternoon with a performance of the ensemble works studied.

Timetabled taught ensemble sessions run into Saturday evening, ending around 9.30pm, and a guitar themed Quiz Night is also planned by the tutors at 8pm on Sunday.  Non-resident students may wish to book dinner, on these evenings (please contact the Booking Office).

Andrew Gough will be given your contact details so that he can finalise plans for the weekend timetable a few weeks before the course.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

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

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

What students need to bring

Please email the following details for the attention of Andrew Gough via Your name, phone and email; grade/playing standard and examples of your current repertoire; any details of previous ensemble playing experience and if you have attended any previous guitar courses at the College.

You need to bring your guitar, music stand, (with a music stand light if you have one), and foot rest (if required) marked with your name.
Your music for any current solo repertoire.


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. 

Gary Ryan

Gary Ryan is one of the world’s leading exponents of the guitar and has performed to exceptional critical acclaim at major venues throughout the UK and abroad. 


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

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