Monday, 29 September 2014

Widmore Guitar Society

Widmore Guitar Ensemble

There are two local concerts featuring the Widmore Guitar Ensemble in October. The first is on Saturday 4th October, 7.30pm, when they are playing two spots as guests at the Beckenham Ladies Choir Autumn Concert in Penge Congregational Church, Kenilworth Road, Penge, SE20 7QS.

The second is on Saturday 18th October, 7.30pm, with Sweet Harmony at Bromley Common Methodist Church, Bloomfield Road. Bromley. BR2 9RZ. Sweet Harmony are a new singing group who perform popular songs from the 1930's to the present day. Each group plays their own 20 minute set before a finale of voices and guitars featuring popular songs form the 1960's.

Further details are on the websites and

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

North East Guitar Festival 2014


North East Guitar Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with a wonderful series of concerts, international artist debuts, our Young Artist and Tomorrow People Platforms, new music commissions, workshops, foyer events and a special tribute to Paco de Lucía.

The guitar is unique in its appeal to people of all ages, musical tastes and economic means; immerse yourself in that most colourful and versatile of instruments: the guitar!

The shock of the sudden loss of flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía (1947–2014) in February this year is still with us. North East Guitar Festival 2014 will pay tribute to Paco de Lucía, with a concert featuring young flamenco guitarist Dani de Morón and his trio.

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Monday, 8 September 2014


05 October 2014


Guitarist Terry Spooner and violinist Jane Miller formed TenStringFever in London in 2005, having met through their work teaching their respective instruments, and having collaborated in performances in other various ensembles.

Their performances feature pieces from a wide musical spectrum and their recordings also reflect this, from their first album ‘ Jigs & Jazz’  to their critically acclaimed ‘Chase the Sun’ album.

In tonight’s programme the duo will be playing guitar, violin, charango and viola featuring music from South America,SpainEnglandFranceItaly and Ireland.

From Argentine tangos and film music to the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt and their own original pieces.


Music from South AmericaSpainFranceItalyEngland andIreland

Ice & Fire (Miller)/Mayan Blue (Spooner)

Sicilienne (Maria-Theresa v.Paradis)

Charango and violin

Carnavalito/Viento Azul (Venegas)

Guitar and viola

Milonga Del Angel (Piazzolla)/Painted Sky (Spooner)

Violin and guitar

Andaluza (Granados)

Another Day (Miller)/Chase the Sun (Spooner)

Oblivion/Libertango (Piazzolla)

               I N T E R V A L

Solo guitar

Verano Porteno (Piazzolla)/La Negra (Lauro)

Violin and guitar

Cinema Paradiso: Main theme/Love theme (Morricone)

Histoire du Tango:  (Piazzolla)
(Bordel 1900/Cafe 1930/Nightclub 1960)

Tears/Djangology (Reinhardt/Grappelli)

Three Celtic Pieces:
Catriona/Cry of the Celts/Lord of the Dance

Sunday 5th October, 7:30 pm
Venue - St Matthews Church hall, North Common Road, W5 2QA
Admission - £10 / £7 concessions

For more information please contact
Ealing Guitar Society
St Matthews Church Hall
LondonLondon W5 2QA
United Kingdom

Monday, 28 July 2014

July Meeting 2014

Happy 80th Birthday, Trevor!!
Congratulations and Best Wishes to Trevor on July 29, his 80th Birthday.

 We all admire this modest, unassuming, kind and generous man, who has worked quietly in the background, for BGS, for more than 20 years. Trevor is held in the highest esteem by those of us fortunate enough to know him, and this very special occasion gives us an opportunity to offer our thanks to him.

 Trevor has made an outstanding contribution to BGS, both as our “Caterer-in-Chief” and as a contributor to the monthly meetings and annual festivals. His loyalty and integrity are examples to us all and we will never forget the superb spread that he laid on for FGS Day in 2011. He is a
fine ambassador for both the classical guitar and its repertoire. We have all appreciated not only his playing, but also his vocal contributions to our  meetings (“In the Bath” and “I Wish They Would Do It Now”) come to mind, as well as various Christmas Carols.

 Trevor has supported FGS days, Beckenham and Maidstone Festivals and The Beechwood Easter Course. He has organised and supported Tom Kersten’s London Guitar Orchestra, Gerald Garcia’s Conway Hall Guitar Course and Betty Rowe’s Midhurst Singing Course, the latter two for the past ten years.

 As if these efforts were not enough, Trevor still finds the energy to cycle many miles every week and is a member of Meridian Cycle Club in Kent.

We all hope that Trevor has many more years of good health and music-making. Our love and best wishes to him for Many Happy Returns.

Pluck ‘n Strum Monky Business and other proceeedings..
After our expression of horror at the idea, the Chair  abandoned  his original suggestion  of jumping out naked from a birthday cake for Trevor’s Birthday and penned the above  lines on behalf of all the BGS membership instead. For which we were all very grateful….especially Trevor!!! 

And Mrs Chair’s preparation of the Birthday cake was deeply appreciated by us all  as well as the ‘Birthday boy’.

Despite the heat there was enough members on deck to provide Trevor with an early birthday greeting along with a busy night of Monky Business ensembles, ably led as usual by John Mann (much to your correspondent’s relief)

Solo Items included
• Rosita (Tarrega) performed by Trevor Pike
• Waltz (Carulli) performed by Marion Davis
• Aint She Sweet (Traditional) performed by Colin Baker
• La Chanson d’or fe’e from Black Orpheus (Bonfa) performed by Freddy Carvalho
• Spancil Hill (Traditional) performed by Vince Chittendent
• Aria con Variazioni (Frescobaldi) performed by John Mann

Your correspondent will be taking a break from the next August meeting but will be back on deck in September.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Summer Guitar Weekend Carlos Bonnell

Summer Guitar Weekend
Fri 8 - Mon 11 Aug
Tutor: Carlos Bonnell
Resident: £365 Non-resident: £290 Code: 14/335
A new summer weekend course for guitarists of intermediate and advanced standards (approximately Grade 6 and beyond). The deeply experienced Carlos Bonnell, known the world over for his concert work as well as his teaching, takes charge, offering no more than ten classical guitarists the benefits of his wisdom and, of course, heaps of friendly encouragement.
The residential course fee includes comfortable accommodation and all meals, while non-residents take lunch and supper. En-suite accommodation is available for a reasonable supplement.

Benslow Music is renowned for its accessibility (just 30 minutes from London King's Cross by train), its tranquillity and its home-from-home friendly hospitality. It's the perfect place for a couple of days’ intensive work in a mutually supportive atmosphere.
If you know of anyone who may be interested please help spread the word and pass this email on.
We look forward to welcoming you to Benslow Music very soon.
Kind Regards
Vicky Carlton
Benslow Music
Hertfordshire SG4 9RB
0044 (0)1462 459446 •  •

Thursday, 3 July 2014

June Meeting and Federation Guitar Societies Massive 'Pluck n Strum!!'

Ah, Dear Fellow P and S (Plucker and Strummers- far and wide)

June has arrived- our nemesis month  in a way as it means that the FGS day will shortly follow ( as night follows day...and so it turned out to be!!).

Unfortunately your correspondent missed the June meeting due to pressing issues on the old domestic front.  Now here's a riddle for you- Which comes first- The High Road or the Low Road? Your wife's birthday or the FGS weekend? One of those moral dilemmas which bedevils us from time to time.

As you can see,  I decided to take the High Road....but that doesn't mean that a lack of interest in the BGS members welfare so, thanks to our favourite well worn piece of furniture- the 'Chair', we have a few witterings to add for your enjoyment

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the June meeting was attended exclusively by most of the Members who were due to play the following day at FGS Day.
The meeting got under way at about 6:45 pm:  we had a coffee break at about 8:00 pm, followed by Members’ contributions, then further rehearsal of Nota Bene until an early conclusion, by mutual consent, shortly after 9:00 pm. We all worked very hard, as did John Mann, and John’s direction of our ensemble was excellent throughout.
Members’ contributions were:-
Marion Davis                        Landler                                            Mertz
Tessa Protheroe                   Tombeau                                          Weiss
Vince Chittenden                Prelude in E Minor                          Weiss
Lesley Starey                        Ballada                                            Tesar
John Mann                           Gaelic Songs 1 & 2                         Nuttall
                                             Danza Brasilera                               Morel

The stalwart Trevor served us with coffee and home-made cakes at the interval, for which we were most grateful.

Enfield Guitar Society kindly hosted this event at Holtwhite Sports and Social Club, a new venue set in very pleasant surroundings and blessed with lovely sunshine for the whole day.
Peter Nuttall ran a truly excellent and enjoyable ensemble and made us work very hard to attain his usual uncompromisingly high standards. We had several rehearsals leading to the final performance, which was very much to Peter’s liking. He approved of the “first take” and that is the one now posted on YouTube.
Our Society was well-represented and had the largest turn-out. John Mann led us through Nota Bene, which was well-received and favourably commented upon by many of the audience. Some expressed an interest in learning it themselves and Peter Nuttall was impressed with John’s choice of a quite difficult piece.
Enfield and Oxford Guitar Societies also played, as did the North Bucks.Guitar Club.
Details of FGS Day and the performances are now posted on the FGS site and YouTube.
Thanks are due to Ray Butcher and Enfield GS for yet another fine hosting of this annual event. The refreshments were plentiful and excellently prepared and served by a most charming and dedicated team. As always, a good and fun day out.

Great effort by all the members and a special thanks to John Mann who worked so hard on getting this piece together for us.

Thanks to Ray Butcher for the video. For other highlights please click here.

See you in July!

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Studley Castle Classical Guitar Weekend invitation to a musical weekend with Ray Butcher?

Now ladies, no need to swoon, its not what you  think!!..its all above board.(the fretboard that is) …read on…

The Enfield Guitar Society have through their chair , arranged for a Classical Guitar weeknd on the lovely grounds of Studley Castle

The event will take place from Friday 14th November 2014 at 6:00pm and conclude on   Sunday 16th November 2014 at 1:00pm

Venue Studley Castle, Castle Road, Dudley B80 7AJ


 Friday - check in from 3:00, Meetup,6:00, dinner 6:30, 7:30 play ensemble until 10:00 or tiredness sets in.

Sat.  Breakfast,

9:30 ensemble until buffet lunch around 12:30.

2:00-4:00 ensemble. 

4:00 -6:00 Free time to practice duets, trios,etc

6:30 Dinner.  

8:00-9:00 Concert by Ray,

9:30 until tired play along with any music.

Sun. Breakfast,

9:30 ensemble until 11:00. 

11:30 Student concert and ensemble piece.

 Buffet lunch 1:00 then off home

£250:00 - Monthly payments accepted

Limited to 20 Guitarists.

Course Tutor is Ray Burley. The standard will be from grade 3-7 without any pressure. Music for duet, trio and quartets will be available. partner(s) will be available.

 Full Board - e-mail Ray Butcher  for full details