Thursday, 23 October 2014

Gary Ryan Concert Sunday October 26th


When: 7th November, 7.30
Where: Bolivar Hall, London

Booking info below.
The Classical Tour with Carlo's' arrangements of Shostakovitch Waltz, Tchaikovsky
Spanish Dance, Purcell Music from The Fairy Queen, + Barrios Julia Florida,
Danza Paraguaya and more.

Paper tickets available on request, in advance and at the door. £12
(discounts for booking of 10 tickets or more)

Or internet purchase at

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.

Get your tickets here! (

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
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