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Mar 5 / Admin

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

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Davids Roof Garden in Berja

Jan 6 / Admin

Guitars for sale

A few individuals have contacted the society in the hope of selling guitars in their possession. Here is the description of the first:

“It is a Manuel Rodriguez Model FC Pro Classic Guitar in excellent condition and has been well looked after. Selling due to the fact my grandfather can no longer play it.

I have recently been in contact with a guitar dealer that was able to give me a used value price of £1050 but this is negotiable.”

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The second has been offered by an aspiring luthier who is selling their concert instrument in order to pursue building guitars. His description is below:
“Please find attached photos of the guitar I have for sale. As stated this is a 1a Especial Doplo Tapa with a beautiful Brazillian rosewood back and doubled Brazillian sides. The spruce top gives fantastic seperation and at the same time a rich tone with plenty of sustain. The condition of this guitar is excellent with only minor play wear and some minor marks in the laquer. I am only asking £3500 gbp and I will pay shipping. Considering it is worth £5500-6500 in its current condition this is a bargain.”

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If anyone is interested in these instruments please contact the society via our Facebook page or email secretary.guitar at gmail dot com.
Dec 29 / Admin

First meeting of 2015

Hello everyone – just a note to let you know that the first meeting of the society will be on Sunday the 11th of January, as the college will not be open the previous Sunday. The meeting will be in the standard cluster group / members recital format.

Hope to see you there!

Oct 29 / Admin

Charity Performance

Hi all – don’t forget the members meeting this Sunday at 3pm in the Ulster College of Music, Belfast! Remember the focus is on simple pieces and tone production.

Also, members Keith Thompson, Robbie Cuthbert along with violinist Chris McCauley are playing a series of duos and trios at 7.30 pm on Wed 29th Oct at the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre on the Lisburn Road (beside the walkway leading to the City Hospital, it is signposted).  There will be a collection in aid of BCH Lymphoma Fund. 

Oct 9 / Admin

Agnew McAllister Flute & Guitar Duo Performance

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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.

Oct 8 / Admin

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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Aug 27 / Admin

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!

Aug 7 / Admin

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 – www.cityofderryguitarfestival.com

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Jul 6 / Admin

Summer BBQ

Hi all – here are a few pictures from our summer BBQ this year!

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Jul 2 / Admin

Guitar For Sale

An individual has gotten in touch with the society with a guitar for sale. Below is the description:

“I have a classical guitar made by Scottish luthier Colin Morrison which I would like to sell and I wondered if any of your members might be interested? Obviously the market for classical guitars in N Ireland is small so I thought making contact with your society might be the best way to reach someone who might be interested.

It is a rosewood guitar with spruce top in very good condition, it was refurbished by the luthier himself before I bought it having been previously owned by a professional classical guitarist in London. It has been played rarely since as work/family commitments have left me without enough time for it. It comes with a Hiscox hard case.”

If anyone is interested, please contact the Secretary at secretary <dot> cgsni <at> gmail <dot> com.