Saturday, 25 October 2014

September October News Letter- Double Whammy

Greetings fellow plucker and strummers of the BGS (plus any other guitar enthusiasts, web trolls or other enthusiasts who have may have stumbled on this site by mistake whilst searching for dating sites, medical cures or social networks of  pure or impure motivations- I know which one our Chair  would be looking for!! :)

What you will see here is a compilation of two issues ...and it won't make a great deal of difference as the BGS activities haven't changed in that much in the last two months. In September, we were struggling with the rhythmic complexities of Levesque's Note Bene and in October we still find ourselves struggling- but perhaps not as much. Our trusty ensemble leader John Mann has done a sterling effort in preparing us for the Beckenham Festival  and to be fair to him, he does his best to mask his pain when we all get excited and try to speed things up....which inevitably results in ensemble  'Note Bene'  becoming ensemble  'Mr Bean'!   Still it should be alright on the night.....well we live in hope!

On the other hand, we are doing much better with Peter Nuthall's  Monky Business. We appear to have captured the dynamics rather well. Monky Business is a great little ensemble full of humor and fun- a bit like our meetings at the BGS!! Which may explain why it works so well- getting up to Monkey Business is something that we excel at the Bromley Guitar Society. And we may need a sense of humor after our Beckenham Festival performance.

For those of you interested, we will be arriving (in a tumbril)  for our Beckenham  Festival performance on the 8th of November at  6pm for a quick practice (probably in the carpark judging by the lack of practice rooms) at Marian Vian Primary School. The scheduled performance is 7pm!

Actually we have had a rather busy time of things. We now have an Executive elected to 2014-15, which mainly consists of the same old faces, plus the welcome  addition of  Katie Hughes and David Wheeler. We had our first exec meeting and there are some changes that we will be implementing over the next 12 months. The first change you will see will be a revamp of this blog site. Over the next few months we will move the site across to a new platform which will make the preparation and delivery of the newsletters much more streamlined with hard copy deliveries being replaced with electronic delivery.

And we are planning for another concert later on watch this space.

At our October Meeting we had a great round of solo performances from our members. I am indebted to Tessa Protheroe for keeping track of the performance program which are listed below:

1. Two ensemble pieces Sally Gardens (Trad) and Lo yisa Goi (Hebrew Traditional) reprised again  by Colin Baker, Marion Davis and Shirley Russell

2. L'encouragement (Sor) performed by Vince Chittenden and Larisa Lieberman

3. Nocturne Number 3 (John Powell) performed (or murdered!!) by your correspondent

4. Aria and Variations (Frescobaldi) performed by John Mann.

On the September evening meeting the following performances

1. Two ensemble pieces Sally Gardens (Trad) and Lo yisa Goi (Hebrew Traditional) performed again  by Colin Baker, Marion Davis and Shirley Russell

2. Alpen Tanz  (David Cottam) performed by Marion Davis

3. Rondoletto   (N.Coste) performed by Tom Rimmer

4. Prelude N 5 (Villa Lobos) performed by John Mann

I hope the notation for the September performances are correct. If not the blame goes to the Chair!!

We have been really fortunate and encouraged by the strong turnout of members for each of the Saturday meetings despite the fact that the meetings often coincide with mealtimes and other pursuits and attractions often occurring on a Saturday night.  The conviviality of the meetings are part of the reason for this...and Trevor's catering is the other reason. Trevor has been a stalwart supporter of the society for as long as your correspondent can remember. His cheerful support, rendering of Irish songs of somewhat risqué note and supply of the tea and provisions- not to mention his home made cakes and biscuits is a vital part of the success of these meetings. Trevor- we do thank you!!

See you at the next meeting in November- the Beckenham Post Mortem!! :)


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.