Leo Brouwer London masterclasses & interview with John Williams

The Cuban composer, conductor and guitarist LEO BROUWER will be in London on 27–28 April 2017 to give open masterclasses: ‘Guitar for All’. The masterclasses will be in the form of one-to-one teaching, focusing both on Brouwer’s own compositions and the general classical guitar repertoire. In the spirit of ‘Guitar for All’, they are open to…

Marie-Louise’s Stauffer guitar rediscovered

When Erik Pierre Hofmann, Pascal Mougin and Stefan Hackl published their comprehensive book Stauffer & Co.– The Viennese Guitar of the 19th Century, beautifully illustrated and written in three languages (French, English and German), although they knew of the existence of Marie-Louise’s Stauffer guitar, remarkably, they did not know its whereabouts or whether in fact it had…

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…

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…

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…