Wolfgang Muthspiel Quintet – Rising Grace on tour

The guitarist and composer Wolfgang Muthspiel released his studio album Rising Grace on 28 October 2016, which features equally superb musicians: trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist Larry Grenadier and the drummer Brian Blade, with whom he has collaborated over many years. Nine tracks have been composed by Wolfgang Muthspiel and there is one track, Wolfgang’s Waltz composed…

Spencer Exhibition at Royal Academy of Music

The Exhibition of the Spencer Collection which includes manuscripts – some dating from the mid-sixteenth century, printed books, musical instruments, engravings, concert notices and flyers of the lutenist, guitarist, singer and musicologist Robert Spencer at the Royal Academy of Music Museum, London opened on 3 January 2017. In 1998, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund,…

Guitar Duo Extravaganza: Amadeus Guitar Duo 25th anniversary

When the Amadeus Guitar Duo – Dale Kavanagh and Thomas Kirchhoff decided to celebrate their 25th anniversary as the Amadeus Guitar Duo, who better to celebrate with than two other of their favourite collaborating guitar duos: Eden-Stell Duo – Mark Eden and Chris Stell and the Gruber & Maklar Guitar Duo – Christian Gruber and Peter Maklar. What a super idea!!! The concert tour…

You and Your Guitar – Part VIII: Travelling and Carrying Your Instrument

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 VII: Emotional Stress

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 VI: Supporting the Guitar and Healthy Practice Patterns

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 V: Repetitive Strain Injury

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…