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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 –


Jul 6 / Admin

Summer BBQ

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











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.

Jun 1 / Admin

Upcoming Recital and BBQ

Hi folks,

Members Robert Cuthbert and Keith Thompson will be playing a fundraising recital of guitar duets on Thursday 19th June (7.30pm) at Macmillan Information and Support Centre on the Lisburn Road (flyer).  Donations will be to support the work of the centre.  We hope some of you will be able to come along.

The final meeting of the session will be the Society barbecue at Colin Burnside’s house on the 29th June.  Colin has a large garden and there is garage space if we need to barbecue in the rain (like 2013).   As usual, please bring with you what you want to barbecue, your drinks and some additional salads/sweet stuff to share (we have generally get an interesting selection without needing to organise this).  We meet at 3pm and finish around 6pm.
It would be helpful if you could let Keith know if you are coming so that I can give Colin and idea of numbers to expect. Please contact Keith for directions as well.
Hope to see you there!
May 6 / Admin

May Meeting and AGM

Hi all – it’s that time of year again, time for the AGM.  It will be held at 3pm at the Ulster College of Music. There will be a members recital as well, so don’t forget to bring your guitar and any pieces you have been working on. Hope to see you there!

Apr 30 / Admin

Belfast City Hospital Charity Performance

Members Keith Thompson and Robert Cuthbert will be performing at a fund raising recital as part of the Belfast City Hospital Arts Care Festival at the MacMillan Information and Support Centre (Cancer Centre BCH, entrance from Lisburn Road at the walkway up to the hospital foyer, opposite Fitzwilliam Sreet  Please contact Keith (secretary.cgsni at gmail dot com) for further details, if required ) at 7.30pm on  Wed 7th May.  We hope some of you will be able to come and support us!

Apr 7 / Admin

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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Harbour Guitar Quartet

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Mar 2 / Admin

Matthew Dowie Extended Recital

Some photos from Matthew’s performance:

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Feb 24 / Admin

Extended Recital and North Meeting

Hello all,

Just a reminder that the next meeting of the society will be at 3pm in the Ulster College of Music this Sunday coming (2nd March), which will take the format of a standard meeting and will feature an extended performance from member Matthew Dowie for the last half an hour of the meeting. Please come and support him!

Also the April (Sunday 6th) meeting will be hosted by our colleagues from the North and will take place at the Ramada Hotel in Portrush from 2pm to 5pm.  Sean Woods has agreed to conduct an ensemble session for us as part of this meeting.  The music for this is available from Keith.  It is not difficult, so we should be able to concentrate on producing a good musical sound together.
In addition Anthony has offered to book a table for lunch before the session.  Please let Keith know if you would like to come to this so that the necessary arrangements can be made.
Hope to see a good number of members there!
Jan 26 / Admin

Upcoming Meetings

Hello everyone! This is just a reminder that the Feb meeting will be held in the usual place (UCM, Windsor Avenue, Belfast) at 3pm on the 2nd February. We hope that you can make it – it will take the form of a typical CGSNI meeting, with cluster groups breaking off to discuss individual works in progress and then returning for a members’ recital.

Also the March meeting will be happening in the same place on the 2nd March, and member Matthew Dowie is taking the opportunity to play an extended performance for the members present. Come along and show your support!

The annual meeting in the north coast will be taking place in the Ramada Portrush on Sunday 6th April, 2pm. Sean Woods has agreed to conduct the CGSNI ensemble in a piece, and there will be the opportunity to meet up for lunch beforehand. More details will be provided to members nearer the time!