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

Under the directorship of Andrew Gough, West Dean College once again offers the celebrated International Classical Guitar Festival in the idyllic and relaxing surroundings which make this the perfect setting for concerts, lessons, masterclasses and ensemble coaching.

Course structure
The 2022 Festival includes an intensive timetable of events and instruction in a wide range of areas; repertoire classes, ensemble performing, guitar orchestra, individual lessons, ‘the Learning Zones’, and solo masterclasses. A full list of the learning opportunities is in the outline programme and timetable.

Course level
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 eighteen and over.

Evening concerts and recitals
In 2022 we can look forward to an exciting series of evening recitals by international concert artists, performing solo and guitar quartet repertoire. The evening series commences on Saturday with a solo concert with Daniela Rossi. On Sunday there is a lecture-recital with Hugh Millington and on Monday there is a concert with the ever-popular Gary Ryan. We then conclude the series on the Tuesday with a performance by the Mēla Guitar Quartet.

Open Day
The Open Day on Sunday 14 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, including a guitar makers’ showcase with Mark Ashford, masterclass with Daniela Rossi, and the 6pm lecture-recital by Hugh Millington.

Those attending the festival as a student have automatic entry to the concerts, but if you wish to invite guests then tickets should be purchased online in advance. Places are limited.

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Please note: Details of the guitar open day and evening concert series are correct at time of publishing, and will go ahead providing no further changes are necessary due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Read our Covid-19 policy here.


Ensemble playing
These sessions provide important awareness of reading and listening skills, and also help with rhythm and counting. Participants are allocated a place in a medium sized ensemble with students of a similar standard. The course concludes with a performance by the ensembles on the Thursday morning.

Guitar Orchestra
This year the orchestra welcomes the return of Gerald Garcia as guest conductor. These exciting rehearsals with a larger group of players culminate in a final performance at the end of course concert. Orchestral parts will be emailed out in advance.

In 2022 we are pleased to offer soloist masterclasses with Daniela Rossi and Gary Ryan. (N.B. All masterclasses require a video audition; application deadline: 24 June 2022, please complete the relevant section on the Musical Details Form.)

Private lessons
Each course participant will receive two 30-minute individual lessons. Please note that playing in a Masterclass is regarded as one lesson. 

Repertoire Classes
These are sessions where students may perform 'own choice' items in front of a small group, thereby providing helpful and positive feedback from the tutor to improve the performance.

Small Ensembles Coaching
These classes will run alongside the repertoire classes but have the specific aim of assisting small ensembles, especially pre-existing groups attending the Festival, with their repertoire and performance techniques.

Student Concerts
These concerts provide a great opportunity for course members to try out their pieces in public, and this year will again include an informal debut recital for those students for whom this would be their first public performance. There will be three lunchtime concerts, plus an evening concert on Wednesday.

Technique Workshops
These increasingly popular ‘question and answer’ classes provide students with the opportunity to discuss, and find ways to improve, a variety of technical issues.

'The Learning Zones'
Consisting of a series of lectures and practical workshops covering a wide range of musical and technical aspects of guitar performance.

Theory Classes
Following the success of these classes previously, Andrew Gough will again be discussing the practical application of music theory to guitar repertoire and exam preparation.

Alexander Technique – an optional extra with an additional charge, these one-to-one Alexander Technique sessions are with Carolyn Nicholls, a world renowned Alexander Technique expert who loves working with musicians. Individual 30 minute lessons available on Monday and Tuesday – £37 each. To pre-book a place, please indicate on the Musical Details form and you will need to pay Carolyn directly at your session (cash payments only please).

Provisional Timetable

Time Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

Orchestra and

repertoire classes

Warm-up and


Warm-up and


Warm-up and


9.15 Ensembles

10.00 Orchestra


Ensembles rehearsal

Gary Ryan



(Old Library)
Workshop or lessons


Ensemble Concert

(Old Library)
12.00pm Private lesson Practice time


12.30 – 7pm


Exhibition by individual makers and guitar retailers

Bursary Winners’ Recital


Daniela Rossi


Makers’ Showcase with Mark Ashford


Hugh Millington

Informal Student Concert

(Old Library)

Informal Student Concert

 (Old Library)

Informal Student Concert

 (Old Library)

Course disperses

after lunch
2.15pm Students arrival and registration

Orchestra and

repertoire classes

Orchestra and

repertoire classes

Orchestra and

repertoire classes

Welcome and Introduction 

(Old Library)

Learning Zone:


(Old Library)

Learning Zone:


(Old Library)

Learning Zone:


(Old Library)

5.00 Ensembles

5.45 Orchestra

Repertoire classes

or technique workshop

Repertoire classes

or technique workshop

Repertoire classes

or technique workshop
6.05pm Practice time Theory class Free time

Daniela Rossi Recital

Free time or practice Gary Ryan Recital

Mēla Guitar Quartet Concert


Student Concert

Timetable maybe subject to change.

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.

Raymond Burley –  One of Britain's most experienced classical guitarists having performed solo concerts, concertos, on film scores, radio, and television and in virtually every possible guitar ensemble combination.

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.

Mēla Guitar Quartet – In 2015 Matthew Robinson, George Tarlton, Daniel Bovey & Jiva Housden formed the Mēla Quartet and have since recorded two CDs and regularly toured with their wide ranging selection of arrangements and new works for guitar quartet. We look forward to hearing their West Dean debut in the final concert of the 2022 festival.

Hugh Millington – Graduate of The Royal Academy of Music and Cambridge University who now regularly performs in the Miyabi Duo with Saki Kato. Hugh will be giving his West Dean debut performance during the Open Day with a lecture-recital on the music and guitars of the 19th century. 

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.

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.


Bursaries are available to first study classical guitarists aged 18 – 24, especially those who are studying towards a music degree. If you wish to apply, please download and complete the Classical Guitar Festival Bursary Application Form here

Please apply by the deadline, 27 May 2022.

Fees and Accommodation

Non-resident student fee £617 including coffee, lunch, tea and dinner daily, as evening events are planned.

Accommodation fees Summer 2022 per person, including breakfast:

Annexe Rooms Standard Rooms Superior Rooms
With en-suite shower Single occupancy with private bath/shower en-suite or adjacent (Main House/Vicarage) Twin occupancy with private bath/shower en-suite or adjacent (Main House/Vicarage) Single occupancy with en-suite bath/shower (Main House/Vicarage) Sharing twin bedroom with en-suite bath/shower (Main House/Vicarage)
£320 £435 £290 £545 £345


Partners are welcome to stay with you at the Festival on a resident-only basis, please refer to the website for details. 

Arrival times

The Festival begins on Saturday 13 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 – please contact the Bookings Office.

The course ends at 2pm on Thursday 18 August. Please advise us in advance if you need to depart before the advertised finishing time.

If you wish to arrive early and arrive on Friday evening 12 August, rooms may be available if booked in advance with the Bookings Office.

Bursary Fund Raffle

To be in with a chance of winning some fantastic raffle prizes please purchase tickets from West Dean College Reception or at events or concerts during the Classical Guitar Festival.
Tickets are £5 each.

The raffle will be drawn on Tuesday 16 August 2022 in St. Andrew’s Church, West Dean at the end of the interval of the evening concert.

First Prize
A Classical Concert Guitar donated by Stuart Christie Guitars, with a Hiscox Case donated by Classical Guitar Centre, Birmingham, plus a donated year’s subscription to Acoustic Guitar magazine.

Second Prize
Publications of guitar music donated by Universal Edition and a subscription to Acoustic Guitar magazine.

Third Prize
A selection of guitar accessories, including strings, footstool, tuner and capo and a subscription to Acoustic Guitar magazine.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Raffle prizes

West Dean Guitar Festival Sponsors


The College gratefully acknowledges the support of:

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