We’re very sad to hear about the passing of Roland Dyens yesterday, a most influential contemporary guitar composer and performer. The Society had the honour of playing before him at one of his few concerts in Northern Ireland at the Ards Guitar Festival a few years ago. We will miss him earnestly.
In light of this event, at the December meeting the society will be conducting a workshop on one of his pieces from the Trinity Guildhall Grade 4 book, On Joe’s Deck. The score will be made available at the meeting, which takes place at the Ulster College of Music at 3pm on the 4th December.
The next meeting of the Classical Guitar Society will take place on Sunday 2nd October, 3pm at the Ulster College of Music (13 Windsor Ave, Belfast). We will be upstairs in the Vanacek room.
This month’s meeting will include a discussion by Keith Thompson on his practices and ideas on transcribing works for guitar.
Also, Brian Keenan is running a classical guitar class for intermediate adults at 7.15 on Tuesday nights. If you are interested, more details here here.
Finally, there will be a classical guitar and flute concert in Larne on 15th October. See attached poster for more details.
As usual, please bring with you what you want to barbecue, your drinks and some additional salads/sweet stuff to share. There will also be some tunes and jamming too.
It would be helpful if you could let me know if you are coming so that we can give Colin an idea of the numbers he is to expect.
Also, please contact the secretary for Colin’s address if you are expecting to go but don’t know directions.
Hope the weather is a good as we’ve had recently and see you there!
Brian Keenan has a one-off guitar for sale at his store that may be of interest.
A Manuel Rodriguez Centenary model that retails at £2999, Brian is offering it at £1999 and would knock a further 10% off for CGSNI members, bringing it to £1799. In the words of Brian himself (and he knows what he is talking about!), ‘This guitar is an absolute dream to play’.
A few photos are below, and the guitar comes with a hard case.
Get down to his shop on Lisburn Road and check it out!
The next society meeting will take place on 10th April at the Ulster College of Music, beginning 3pm.
Brian Keenan will be giving a performance during the second half of the meeting, after tea break at around 4.30pm and lasting for 45mins. Brian will also be at the members’ recital beforehand, which will take the form of a mini workshop, to offer feedback on performances.
If you wish to present a piece please let the chairman know in advance, and preference will be given to those performances. There will be spaces on the day, also.
This is a great opportunity for valuable feedback from an experienced teacher and what promises to be a great performance programme.
Before this all happens though, the society’s ensemble group will be playing at the Ards Guitar Festival on Wed 6thApril, 8pm in support of Wiktoria Szubelak. More information about this performance, and the whole Ards Guitar Festival programme, can be found via the following link – http://www.ardsguitarfestival.
An exciting few weeks for classical guitar! Hope to see you all then!