West Dean International Classical Guitar Festival
18 to 23 August 2018

This annual Summer School offers outstanding learning and performing opportunities for classical guitarists of all abilities. The course includes repertoire and technique classes, lectures, masterclasses and workshops. Students are assigned to an ensemble group according to their ability level and receive two private individual lessons. Additional playing opportunities include the guitar orchestra, student concerts and masterclasses given by internationally acclaimed artists.

For students of all ages (over 16) and of grade 2 level and above. Bursaries are available for students aged 16 -24.

Concert artists and tutors include: Andrew Gough, William Kanengiser, Gary Ryan, The Modern Guitar Trio, Helen Sanderson, Vickers Bovey Guitar Duo, Xuefei Yang, Gerald Garcia and Alison Bendy.

The Open Day Includes exhibitions of music and instruments, a guitar makers' showcase, master class with William Kanengiser and the recital by the Vickers Bovey Guitar Duo.

Booking opens January 2018, more details to be announced soon.

Thank you to José Ramirez www.guitarrasramirez.com, Classical Guitar Centre, Birmingham www.classicalguitar.co.uk, Universal Editions www.universaledition.com, Paul Coles www.muzicaseditions.co.uk, D'Addario Foundation www.daddariofoundation.org Classical Guitar magazine www.classicalguitarmagazine.com for such generosity.

"It is hard to list the ways in which the Festival at West Dean has been important for my career, as there are so many connections I have made there, so many inspirational teachers and performers, and many of the opportunities I have had subsequently came from people having heard me play at West Dean in student concerts and master classes."

Rebecca Baulch

Guitar Festival Gallery

Bursary students playing at the Classical Guitar Festival
Andrew Gough taking a class at the Classical Guitar Festival
International Guitar Festival Summer School Class
Classical Guitarist Berta Rojas performing at the Classical Guitar Festival
Manus Noble mentoring students at the Classical Guitar Festival
Berta Rojas masterclass with bursary student.
Andrew Gough Festival Director
The Aquarelle Quartet performing at the Classical Guitar Festival 2016
Andrew Gough Festival Director
Sean Shibe performing at the Classical Guitar Festival 2016
Andrew Gough taking a class at the Classical Guitar Festival
A class of students at the Classical Guitar Festival
Bursary Students at the 2016 Classical Guitar Festival