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Bangor Mini-Fest

Hi Folks

This year the CGSNI are supporting a weekend guitar festival in Bangor, Co. Down over the late August Bank Holiday weekend, 29th and 30th August (please see the flier below). The artists will be American guitarist Valerie Hartzell, Sean Woods and Brian Keenan. Please let me know you would be interested in attending this event.

Keith
(on behalf of the Committee).

Flyer for Bangor mini fest

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North Coast Events & Derry Festival

For anyone visiting the North Coast this Summer, there are a couple of events of note coming up:

Music at Mussenden Temple

Our member Damien O’Connor will be performing on Sunday 18th August 12noon to 2pm. Link

Portstewart

Keith and Robbie will be performing at Warke’s Deli on the Promenade, Portstewart on Saturday 27th July 4pm till 5pm.

Guitar weekend in Derry

The programme is shown below. If you wish to come it’s not too late; please contact secretary.cgsni (at) gmail.com!

CGSNI DERRY MEETING
Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin
37 Great James Street
L/Derry BT48 7DF

Sean Woods and Isabel Martinez

Sat 24th Aug

9am Access to Building

10 – 10.15am Welcome and housekeeping

10.15- 11am Technical workshops Sean/Isabel

11am Tea/Coffee

11.15- 12noon Technical workshop Sean/Isabel

12noon- 1 pm Cluster Groups Split into three groups and with Sean and Isabel circulating between the groups

1pm – 2 pm Lunch Break

2pm – 4pm Ensemble (Sean)

4.15pm Members recital

5 pm Close

7.30 Concert performance by Isabel Martinez in the DDCF Church, Northland Road.

Sunday 25th Aug

9am Access to Building

10am Sean/Isabel Masterclasses (2 x 30min)

11am Tea/Coffee

11.15-12.15 Masterclasses (2 x 30min)

12.15-1pm Cluster Groups

1pm Lunch Break

2pm – 4pm Ensemble (see below)

4.15pm Members recital

5 pm Close and disperse

There are two pieces for the Ensemble:

  • Faure Pavane (transcribed by Ed Mitchell)
  • “The Tree on the Moor” Gary Ryan (written for the 2012 City of Derry Guitar Festival)
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Forthcoming Performances

Members are involved in two performances in June.

Friday 7th 7.30pm at Hamilton Road Presbyterian Church, Bangor in aid of the Kiwoko Hospital Uganda. Performance by the CGSNI ensemble with solos from Phil Brown and Stephen Anderson.

Friday 28th at 7.45pm June Macmillan Information and Support Centre, Belfast City Hospital, Lisburn Road in aid of the work of the Centre. Performance by the Festival Trio (Keith Thompson and Robert Cuthbert accompanied by Steve White on keyboard and continuo).

We would greatly appreciate your support if you are able to attend.

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AGM and Arts Care Festival

Dear CGSNI Members

Our Annual Meeting takes place this Sunday 12th May at 3pm, This will involve the presentation of Reports from the Chair, the Secretary and the Treasurer and the election of a Committee for the coming year. If you have any issues you would like to discuss please get in touch with the Secretary before the meeting.

Following the meeting there will be a members’ recital. This will be an opportunity for the ensemble to play through its repertoire before our performance the next day (13th May) at the Arts Care festival in Belfast City Hospital, and include the quartet and duet pieces. For anyone wishing to support the performers the concert is at 7.30pm in Seminar Room 3 in the Cancer Centre located on the first floor. Go straight ahead when emerging from the lift and follow the corridor in front of you. The concert will be shared with students from the Ulster College of Music who will perform during the first half of the evening.

The next day (Tuesday 14th at 8pm, Outpatients Department, BCH Tower Block) Keith, Robbie, and Steve White (Keyboard) will play a recital of well known music by Mozart, Schubert, Vivaldi, Purcell, Pachelbel, Bach and Telemann. Again your support would be much appreciated if you are interested.

Regards,

CGSNI Secretary

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Ards Guitar Festival 2019 – Gary Ryan

Hi folks,

The Society will be performing in support of Gary Ryan at this year’s Ards Guitar Festival on Wednesday 3rd April at 8pm in the Queen’s Hall in Newtownards. This is sure to be a great recital, so make sure you book your tickets now to avoid disappointment. Gary will also be hosting a guitar workshop on Thursday the 4th of April at 11am.

More information and tickets can be found at the Ards Guitar Festival Website

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Macmillan Cancer Support Fundraiser Recital

Hi Folks,

Keith and Robbie are playing another fund raiser for Macmillan Cancer Support in the Macmillan Centre on the Lisburn Road (beside Belfast City Hospital) on Thursday 28th March at 7.45pm. They will be playing music by Anon., Dowland, Lawes, Couperin, Haydn and Mozart in the first half, and Soler, Albeniz, Granados and de Falla in the second part.

Those of you who have supported us before will know that the room is not very big so if you are able to come please let Keith know so we can make sure everyone gets a seat.

Hope you can make it!

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Derry Guitar Weekend 2019

Hi all,

Robbie and Keith met with Sean Woods on Tuesday to discuss what can be done this year in terms of a self-funded festival.  The dates would be 24th and 25th August, the Bank Holiday weekend. Sean has some money set aside from a private business donor which could be used to bring over a professional guitarist.  Both Carlos Bonell and Matthew McAllister have offered to support the Festival and Sean is optimistic that one of them would come and give a recital as well as teach.  Otherwise the format would be similar to last year i.e. technical teaching, cluster groups with professional guitarists in attendance, ensemble, members recital.

Sean will also contact the same venue we used last year (Irish Language Centre, Great James Street) to confirm that we can get the same premises at the same price.

Once again, the cost of the festival would depend on the number of participants but if we can achieve similar numbers to last year the fee for the weekend would be £60.  This should cover at least the hire of the premises and Sean’s fee.

Please let the Secretary (Keith – email secretary.cgsni gmail.com) know whether you would be interested in attending.  If we can get a reasonable number of commitments at this stage then Sean can contact a professional musician to attend the festival. It goes without saying that the more support the festival can get, the stronger it will be.

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Members’ Performance in Portstewart

Red Sails Festival Portstewart, 28th July 2018 – Society members Norman Breakey and Damien O’Connor performing in Warkes Deli on Portstewart Promenade. They entertained customers for over an hour with and impressive programme of music by O’Carolan, Vivaldi, Bach, Scott Joplin, Albeniz and also included a range of popular classics and guitar music performing solos and as a duet.

 

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Sunday 13th & Monday 14th Events Galore

Hi all,

A quick reminder of the two events this weekend.

First our monthly meeting this Sunday 13th May at the usual time and place of Ulster College of Music at 3pm.

Secondly, on Monday 14th May the society ensemble will perform with the UCM Ensemble as part of Arts Care’s Spring Arts Festival at the Belfast City Hospital, 7.30pm. Flyer with more info attached.

Hope to see you there,

Declan

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Brian Keenan Concert

Hi all

Brian is giving a guitar recital this coming Thursday evening, May 3rd, at the Crescent Arts Centre. He will be playing the Concierto de Aranjuez with Sam Moreland and all also be playing Electric Counterpoint by Steve Reich on electric guitar

Here’s the link to tickets etc https://crescentarts.org/whats-on/a-guitar-recital-with-brian-keenan
Not to be missed!