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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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February Meeting – Ed Mitchell Workshop

Hi folks – sorry about the tumbleweeds, not much happening recently!

Experienced guitar tutor Ed Mitchell will be leading a workshop for the February meeting of the society. This will be a good opportunity for learners to work through a piece in a group setting – the piece will be a study that Ed has composed himself. You can get a copy of the piece in advance by getting in touch with the Secretary.

The workshop will happen on Sunday the 3rd of February at 3pm in the Ulster College of Music. Hope to see you there!

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BBQ and Derry Guitar Weekend

Hi folks – friendly reminder that the annual BBQ is taking place this weekend on the 1st of July. All are welcome – please contact the secretary for directions and more information.

Also, the L-Derry guitar weekend will take place in the Cultural Centre at 37, Great James Street in the city (http://culturlann.org/Sat 25th and Sunday 26th of August.  Sean has negotiated  the use of this venue for the full weekend so we should have access to a range of rooms between 9am and 5pm each day.  I have suggested to Sean that the we begin each day formally at around 10am in order to allow people to travel for just one day if they so wish.  Also we can finish both days with a members’ recital so that everyone gets an opportunity to perform at some stage during the event.  Sean will construct a programme around this framework and this will include a short recital by Sean himself of pieces which he can still play in spite of the focal dystonia.   The cost of the weekend will be £40 per head (£20 for one day only).  Of this £25 will be for Sean’s fee and £15 for the room hire with the balance being being paid from CGSNI funds.

Although the response has been excellent, and there are 16 people interested in attending all or part of the weekend, there is still time to register an interest with Keith. This should be a great event and we hope you can attend and support it!

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Previous Meeting, A Recital & Christmas Lunch

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Thanks to all who attended on Sunday. It was a great workshop by Gerry O’Gorman and his knowledge and approach provided us all with insights in how to approach a piece of music (On Joe’s Deck by Roland Dyens) and present that music convincingly.
There will be a concert on Monday 19th December featuring two members of the society. The concert at Belfast City Hospital will feature Gerry and Robbie with flute and violin and selected readings for Christmas. Free of charge and all welcome. Concert flyer below.

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The annual Christmas lunch at Rockmount Golf Club (http://www.rockmountgolfclub.com/) will take place on Sunday 18th December at 2pm (lunch for 3pm). Please let us know if you wish to attend by this coming Saturday 10th as we need to give numbers to Rockmount.

Last Sunday there was an Extraordinary General Meeting to ratify the revised constitution. It was passed and is now in operation. Minutes of the EGM attached (thanks to Keith for his work on the constitution and Robbie for his work on the minutes).

Hope to see you at the Christmas lunch, but if not a Happy Christmas and New Year to all.
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Roland Dyens & Next Society Meeting

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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.

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October Meeting and More News

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.

Hope to see you then!
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April Events – Lots happening!

Hi all,

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.co.uk/whats-on/

An exciting few weeks for classical guitar! Hope to see you all then!

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Meeting in Portrush

Hello all – we had another successful society meeting in Portrush this year, and after lunch Sean Woods conducted us in learning and performing an ensemble arrangement of Never Weather Beaten Sail by Thomas Campion, arranged by Andrew Forrest. This was followed by a members recital. Some photos from the event:

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Patrick Zeoli Workshop

Some images from the most recent Patrick Zeoli workshop with members of the society.

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