Andrew Gough (Guitar Festival Director) is head of guitar at the Birmingham Conservatoire Junior Department and also teaches at The Blue Coat School and King Edward's School, Birmingham.
He has given many solo recitals and enjoys working in various ensembles including a duo with his wife, pianist Sarah Daniels. Andrew has performed many guitar concerti with orchestras in England and with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) as an orchestral guitarist, performing at venues including Berlin Philharmonie, Symphony Hall, London Coliseum, CBSO Centre, Royal Shakespeare Theatre and at the Aldeburgh Festival. In 2009 Andrew founded the Central England Guitar Ensemble for advanced classical guitarists based in the Midlands which he also conducts. He has recorded three CDs, including Diffusion a surround-sound and stereo double album of works by Steve Reich, Gerald Garcia and David Carroll. In 2010 Andrew was given Honorary Membership of Birmingham Conservatoire. Andrew has been a tutor at the West Dean International Classical Guitar Festival & Summer School since 2003 and has been its director since 2013.