Hi folks – here are a few photos from the Derry guitar weekend just passed. More can be viewed on our Facebook page.
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
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
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)
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)
Our next meeting at the Ulster College of Music is on Sunday 9th June 2019 at 3.00pm. Assuming a large number attending we shall arrange cluster groups before a regular members’ recital.
Before that meeting (as already mentioned) the society ensemble is performing at Hamilton Road Presbyterian Church, Bangor this Friday 7th June at 7.30pm. Those members (and friends and family) not involved in the performance are very welcome to attend, and we are hoping that some may be inspired to join the ensemble next season!
Plans for a barbeque at the end of June are still in development, so more on this later.
The new committee for 2019-20 will be meeting in late July to plan next season’s programme. However, just to remind you – the CGSNI Derry Guitar weekend is on again this year, with a similar format to last year, but including a professional recital this time. The dates are Sat 24th – Sun 25th August. That’s the August Bank Holiday weekend. No doubt there will be more from Keith about the festival soon, but in the meantime please make a note in your diary of the dates.
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.
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.
Next meeting of the society: 3pm – Sunday 7th April 2019
Portstewart Baptist Church Café
This is a reminder that our meeting next week will take place in Portstewart as above. Approaching Portstewart from Coleraine you will see the church on the left at the very outskirts of town. There is plenty of handy parking just there. If anybody needs a lift please contact the secretary email address or me and we shall sort out travel arrangements before the end of the week.
All the best. Robert
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
An individual has approached the society with an instrument for sale – a 1975 Di Giorgio Bel Son No. 36. We have no photos as the moment but it is a very similar instrument to the one in this link.
Here is the seller’s description:
“It is in a hard case and comes from a smoke free environment and it is in lovely order. The asking price is £600 and the reason for the sale is that it is no longer played, sadly.”
The guitar has been examined by a respected luthier and society member, and they have confirmed that the asking price is about right.
Anyone interested in more information should contact the secretary email address (secretary.cgsni (at) gmail.com) in the first instance.
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!
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.