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Manuel Rodriguez Special Offer

Dear Members,

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’.

Here’s a link to the MR site which includes all the specs. 

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!






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December and Christmas Meetings

Hi everyone, sorry about the lack of updates!

The first of the two December meetings will take place on Sunday 6th December. This is a regular meeting at the UCM at 3pm.
The second meeting will be the annual Christmas meeting at Rockmount Golf Club on the 20th of December. More details will follow the previous meeting.
Hope to see you all there!
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Newsletter and Upcoming Events

Hi all – the CGSNI newsletter, which contains the list of dates for events coming up in the year ahead, is available to view here. The dates have also been added to the events page of the website. Take a look!

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First Meeting of the Year

Dear all, the first meeting of the year for Classical Guitar Society will be on Sunday 6th September at 3pm at the usual meeting place of the Ulster College of Music (13 Windsor Avenue, BT9 6EE ).

The first meeting will involve collection of membership fees for the coming year, and idea of what the year has in store, and an opportunity for members to present music that they have been working on.

Also, please see this flier an upcoming concert featuring members of the society. Please show your support by attending.

Further dates for the meeting in the coming year and a society newsletter will be published soon.
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Upcoming Events

Hi everyone. Quick update:

1.  The next meeting of the society will be a regular meeting on Sunday 10th May.  This will not the AGM (instead the AGM will be on Sunday 7th June). The meeting will take place at 3pm In the Ulster College of Music.

2. The AGM at will be at the same venue from 3pm to 4pm.  on Sunday 7th June. This will be followed by a recital by Phillip Lawson from Dublin from 4pm to 5pm (approx.). The committee were impressed with Phillip’s performance two years ago so we have invited him back.
3.  On Tuesday 5th May Robbie Cuthbert and Keith Thompson will be joined by Gerry O’Gorman, flautist Cheryl Bleakley and violinist Paula McHugh in a fund raising concert of popular classics in aid of Arts Care.  This is part of the BCH Arts Care Spring Festival 2015 and will be held at 7.30pm in Level 1, Cancer Centre, Belfast City Hospital.
4.  Summer barbecue.  This will be held on Sunday 28th June in the afternoon –  details to follow nearer the time.   This will also serve as our annual aeeting with the Derry group.
See you at the next meeting!

David McKittrick

Dear all,

Yesterday (Tuesday 3rd March) we received the sad news of the death of our founder member David McKittrick. David had been diagnosed with cancer in the autumn and he had been undergoing treatment. However this had not been successful and the family had been told to prepare themselves.

I’m sure you will wish to join me in expressing the sympathy of the Society to Evelyn and the family circle.

David was a man of vision and, along with the late Jim McCullagh, saw the opportunity to establish a Classical Guitar Society in the Province. Furthermore he had the contacts, drive and organisational skills to realise this vision.

The Society Ensemble will be playing a fund raising concert at High Street Presbyterian Church in Holywood. I think it would be appropriate to dedicate our performance to David’s memory.

Below are some pictures of David taken during happier times.

CGSNI Secretary.

David at BBQ

Davids 70th

Davids Roof Garden in Berja

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Agnew McAllister Flute & Guitar Duo Performance


Local flautist Aisling Agnew and reknowned Scottish classical guitarist Matthew McAllister will be performing together on the 19th of October at The Great Hall in Queen’s University Belfast, as part of the Belfast Festival at Queen’s.  Their programme will include a work by local composer Greg Caffrey entitled ‘The Uses of Not’.

Click this link for more information and to book tickets.

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Another Successful Performance

The society is pleased to report that we have just completed another successful performance at this year’s Ards Guitar Festival, performing just before the very affable Pat Coldrick. Well done to everyone that participated, and Pat for his great performance. See you at the next meeting!


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Upcoming Events 2014/15

Hello everyone!

The Society is gearing up for the next year of activities, and the events page has been updated with the next round of dates for meetings. Have a look to see what’s happening!

Some important things to note for the near future:

The first meeting of the Society will be on the second Sunday of September. That is, the 14thSeptember at 3pm in Ulster College of Music, Windsor Avenue, Belfast. It will be a regular meeting giving opportunities for everyone to perform in small or large groups, or simply to listen.

Holywood Culture Night will be held on Friday 19th September at High Street Presbyterian Church, Holywood (same venue as previous years). The plan at the moment is for the Society members to play 2 x 30 minute slots with a 30 minute break, beginning at 7pm. This will limit the number of players who can be accommodated but please let me know if you would be willing to participate and I shall see who can be fitted in.

Ards Guitar Festival takes place from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th October. Members of the Society will perform on Sunday 5th Oct at 7.30 pm in Kiltonga Hall. Because time is again limited the majority of the performance will be devoted to the work of the ensemble. The main performer will be Pat Coldrick from Dublin. Those of you who saw Pat at the City of Derry Guitar Festival last year will know what an entertaining performer Pat is and what a range of repertoire he has.

Hope to see you at the next meeting!

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City of Derry Guitar Festival 2014

Hi everyone!

We hope you are enjoying the remainder of the summer. To finish it off, why not attend the events at this year’s City of Derry Guitar Festival? It’s running from the 21st – 24th August this year, and the programme is absolutely jam-packed with concerts, recitals and masterclasses from the likes of Gordon Giltrap, Manus Noble, Sound of Strings, John Walsh, Thibault Cauvin and Carlos Bonell.

For more information, visit the website –