Bradley Kunda “In the Woods” CD release concert -14 June

Kunda-InTheWoods-Cover-RGBInternational prize-winning guitarist Bradley Kunda launches his debut solo release on Soundset Recordings with a special concert at the Wesley Music Centre on 14 June.

Bradley Kunda, guitar | John Gould, viola | Rebecca MacCallion, soprano
When:  Saturday 14 June 2014 | 7:30pm
Where:  Wesley Music Centre, Forrest
Tickets:  $30 | $25 concession & Canberra Classical Guitar Society Members | $20 full-time students
Interviews and further information:
0434 560 019

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Society meeting dates for June

Our regular monthly meetings are held on the THIRD Sunday of each month. Our next meeting is planned for Sunday,  15 June 2014. Ensemble rehearsal from 2:30-4pm and meeting from 4-5pm.  Ainslie Arts Centre, Elouera St, Braddon ACT 2612.


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Matt Withers Solo Concert – 15 November

Matt WithersMatt Withers is the Head of Guitar at the University of Canberra Music and a Director of the Canberra Classical Guitar Society. He was recently named the Best ACT Classical Solo Artist of 2012 in the MusicACT Annual Music Awards (MAMAs).

The concert will be held at 7:30pm, Friday 15 November at Wesley Music Centre, National Circuit, Forrest, ACT.  Program details can be found on  Tickets available at the door.  Adult $30, concession $25, full-time student $15, children under 12 Free.  Enquiries: Matt Withers 0401 023 767.

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Lutenist Nigel North in Canberra on 1 September

nigelThe Song Company presents Nigel North and the music of John Dowland

The Song Company will present the second concert in its 2013 concert season entitled Dowland’s Lute with guest artistic director Nigel North.

In celebration of the 450th anniversary of the birth of English Renaissance composer, singer, and lutenist John Dowland, the Song Company has invited celebrated lutenist, Nigel North, for an all-out tribute to the elusive English master.

This concert will celebrate Dowland in all his facets and place him and the music into a cultural and historical context. The program also features the music of other prominent Renaissance composers such as Orlando Gibbons, Thomas Morley, and John Ward.

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Harold Gretton concert – 8 August

Harold Gretton 3Thursday 8 August 7:30pm “An Evening with the Guitar” at Wesley Music Centre.

Guitarist Harold Gretton invites you to lose yourself in the intimate sound world of this expressive instrument.  Works by Torroba, Castelnuevo-Tedesco, Regondi, Ginastera, Mertz, Gretton and Abril.  Adults $25, Concession $20, Students $10.  Enquiries 0403 640 669. 

Harold Gretton began playing guitar at the age of 7. He completed his Bachelor of Music at the Australian National University (ANU) School of Music under the guidance of Timothy Kain with first-class honours in 2006. He completed a Ph.D at the ANU School of Music in 2010, and in that year began a “Cours de spécialisation” in duo with his wife Véronique van Durling at the Strasbourg conservatory, studying with the Duo Melis. They completed this in 2012 with “Mention très bien”.

Harold has won numerous national and international competitions, in Bratislava (2010), Vienna (2007), Cordoba (2007), Coria (2008), Transylvania (2008), Sernancelhe (2008), and Lagonegro (2006). He was awarded second prize in competitions in Tokyo (2008) and Gisborne (2005). He has also won numerous first prizes in the open guitar sections of Australian national eisteddfods and competitions.

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Timothy Kain, AM

TimKainCongratulations to Canberra classical guitarist and educator Timothy Kain on being made a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia, announced on the Queen’s Birthday honours list.

Tim has received the honour, “For significant service to music as a classical guitarist, educator and mentor.”

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Classical Guitar Teacher Recruitment – Afghanistan National Institute of Music

To Whom it May Concern,

My name is Allegra Boggess and I am the piano and oboe teacher at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) in Kabul, Afghanistan.  We are currently recruiting teachers to expand our program and we would greatly appreciate if your association could spread the word about our school and our job opportunities.  One of the posts we are hiring for is classical guitar which is why I am contacting you.  We have had teachers at our school from America, Mexico, Canada, the UK, Russia, Western Europe, South Africa, Australia, Iran, and India.  As an American living in Kabul for almost two years myself, I am happy to answer any questions potential applicants might have about life here, security, etc.

The link to the guitar post is here:

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Lunchtime concert on 22 May – Andrey Lebedev

Wednesday 22 May 12:40 – 1:20pm “Wednesday Lunchtime Live” Andrey Lebedev is one of Australia’s finest young classical guitarists. In 2012 he won three major Australian instrumental awards including first prize in the Adelaide International Guitar Competition. This is Andrey’s last WELL concert before he embarks for studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London on a full tuition postgraduate international scholarship awarded to only one student each year.  He will perform works of D. Scarlatti, H.W. Henze: Drei Tentos, J. Clerch and L. Berio.  Paper note entry or concession $2.  Refreshments – $2.  No bookings required.  Enquiries: 6232 7248.  Wesley Music Centre.

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Jacob Cordover & Laura Karney – 25 May at Wesley

poster canberra finalCordover impresses with his intuitive musicianship and impeccable technique”
Leicester Mercury, UK

Currently residing in Barcelona, Australian classical guitarist Jacob Cordover enjoys a truly international career. His “consummate artistry” (Adelaide Advertiser, Australia) has enticed audiences in over a dozen countries across four continents.

Following the success of the Australian Guitar Duo’s National Tour last year, Jacob will return to Australia again this May, this time for his first solo tour in three years. Jacob will perform a range of music that reflects his varied musical and personal background and his concerts will include Australian compositions alongside Spanish masterpieces as well as standard works from the classical guitar repertoire.

Since completing his undergraduate studies with renowned performer and pedagogue Timothy Kain at the ANU School of Music, Jacob has undertaken post graduate studies in Spain and France, has won numerous prizes in international competitions including a first prize at the Concurso Internacional de Guitarra de Córdoba, Spain, and has made TV and radio appearances in Australia, Canada and the USA.

During his May tour, audiences can expect to hear works for solo guitar by Isaac Albeniz, Gaspar Sanz, Ross Edwards, Leo Brouwer, Lennon/McCartney and more. In what will be Jacob’s only Australian performances for 2013, Jacob will be joined by special guest Laura Karney (oboe & cor anglais). Together they will perform music for guitar and oboe and guitar and cor anglais including the beloved Siete Canciones Populares Españolas (7 Popular Spanish Songs) by Manuel de Falla.

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Flamenco guitar workshop and dance classes

The Flamenco Centre Canberra provides an opportunity for aspiring Flamenco guitarists wishing to train in the discipline of live dance accompaniment as distinct from solo playing or concert recital playing.

This privileged exposure allows you to develop an understanding of the principles and mechanics of live accompaniment: to read dancers’ movements; recognise typical percussive rhythms; and learn how dance structures fit together. This is also a valuable opportunity to drill your playing technique in a formal environment.

Guitar workshops with teacher Peter Williamson are scheduled regularly in connection with the dance classes.  Visit the website or email The Flamenco Centre for more information.

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