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Sep 30 / Admin

Meeting this Sunday

Just a reminder – don’t forget about this month’s meeting on Sunday 4th November at 3pm in the Ulster College of Music, Windsor Avenue, Belfast.

Sep 4 / Admin

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!

Aug 29 / Admin

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 goo.gl/maps/AokfB ).

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.
Aug 3 / Admin

City of Derry Guitar Festival

Hi Folks

Here is a reminder about this years City of Derry Guitar Festival which starts with the evening concert on Thursday 20th August and finishes with a student concert on the evening of Sunday 23rd August.

Sean has once again put together an excellent array of performers – see the the festival website. Hopefully some of you will be able to attend or come along to the concerts.

CGSNI Secretary

Jun 17 / Admin

CGSNI BBQ

Hi All

The summer social will be a Norman Breakey’s house in Portstewart on Sunday 28th June beginning at 3pm. Bring whatever you want to cook plus something to share.

For directions to the venue, please contact the CGSNI secretary directly.

Please also let the secretary know if you can come to help Norman with preparation, and if you are prepared to car share if coming from Belfast. As this is a social event, family members are also welcome.

Hope to see you there!

Jun 10 / Admin

Philip Lawson Recital @ AGM

Hi everyone – here are some pictures from Philip Lawson’s recital at the most recent AGM. Enjoy!

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May 30 / Admin

Memorial for David McKittrick

Hi everyone,

I received a message today from Evelyn McKittrick to say that there would be a memorial to David In the Crescent Arts Centre, University Road on Friday 5th June from 6pm to 7pm.  I think it is important that the Society is well represented so please come along if you are free.

CGSNI Secretary

Apr 23 / Admin

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!
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

Davids 70th

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.