You and Your Guitar – Part III: Complaints Caused by Poor Posture

You and Your Guitar is a series of eight articles which I wrote with the chartered physiotherapist Jane Kember, who at the time was also working as an advisor for BAPAM, the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine; they were published in Classical Guitar magazine from November 1995–September 1996. While the illustrations are ‘rudimentary’, hopefully the text might have…

Tomatito Sextet on Tour 2016

The phenomenal flamenco guitarist TOMATITO will be touring with his SEXTET including his son the guitarist José del Tomate this month. The musicians in the TOMATITO SEXTET are: José Fernández Torres ‘Tomatito’, José del Tomate (second guitar), and an all-star cast of: Kiki Cortiñas and David Maldonado (palmas and vocals), Israel Suárez ‘Piraña’ (percussionist who played for many years in the Paco…

You and Your Guitar – Part II: Balanced Trunk Posture

You and Your Guitar is a series of eight articles which I wrote with the chartered physiotherapist Jane Kember, who at the time was also working as an advisor for BAPAM, the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine; they were published in Classical Guitar magazine from November 1995–September 1996. While the illustrations are ‘rudimentary’, hopefully the text might have…

You and Your Guitar – Part I

You and Your Guitar is a series of eight articles which I wrote with the chartered physiotherapist Jane Kember, who at the time was also working as an advisor for BAPAM, the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine; they were published in Classical Guitar magazine from November 1995–September 1996. While the illustrations are ‘rudimentary’, hopefully the text might have…

Uruguayan guitarist Olga Pierri (1914–2016)

IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS that I write of the death of OLGA PIERRI on Wednesday 28 September 2016. So great was her love of the guitar that she was playing and still teaching up to a few weeks before her death. On 3 June 2016 she celebrated her 102nd birthday. Olga Pierri regularly performed live on radio both as a soloist…

Mark Padmore & Morgan Szymanski Première Stephen McNeff

Morgan Szymanski has been collaborating with both Mexican and British composers to write new repertoire for the guitar, both solo and in ensemble, for a number of years. The works of two of these British composers, Alec Roth (b. 1948) and Stephen McNeff (b. 1951), were heard at this Wigmore Hall recital on 12 September…