West Dean International Classical Guitar Festival 2022
13 to 18 August 2022

Due to the continued uncertainty caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, after careful consideration with the Festival’s Director, Andrew Gough, we have decided to postpone the Classical Guitar Festival from 21-26 August 2021 to 13-18 August 2022. We hope by then it will be possible to offer the Festival with the renowned tuition, performance, concerts and geniality, which make it a unique and fulfilling experience for all who attend. Details of next year’s event will be available from January 2022.

A Classical Guitar Weekend course will be taking place 20-23 August 2021, with Andrew Gough and Vincent Lindsey-Clark. Click here for further details.

About the Guitarists and Tutors

Mark Ashford – Head of guitar at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. International soloist, adjudicator and recording artist. He is a member of the Vida Guitar Quartet.

Alison Bendy – Highly experienced guitar tutor, music publisher (Holley Music) and ensemble guitarist with the Aragon Guitar Quartet and in a duo with Gerald Garcia.

Zoran Dukić – Zoran is an international prize winning soloist from Croatia and versatile chamber musician. He tutors at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and is visiting artist at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Gerald Garcia – Renowned composer, recording artist with NAXOS, musical director of the National Youth Guitar Ensemble and guitarist in various ensembles including the Mandolinquents.

Andrew Gough – Director of the West Dean Classical Guitar Festival, Head of Guitar at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Junior Department, ensembles director and concert guitarist.

Gary Ryan – Professor of Guitar at the Royal College of Music, soloist, teacher, adjudicator, composer and arranger.

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.

Sponsors of the West Dean Classical Guitar Festival


The College gratefully acknowledges the support of:

  • Stuart Christie Guitars
  • Acoustic Guitar Magazine
  • Classical Guitar Magazine
  • Classical Guitar Centre Ltd. Birmingham
  • José Ramirez
  • Universal Edition.