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: http://www.jobs.af/afghanistan/24367/guitar-teacher

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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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Joseph Tawadros “The Prophet” concert on 13 April

Please note this event is at St Christopher’s Cathedral, Forrest, Canberra

Few books have left such a profound impression on so many people in East and West. The Prophet, the best known book by the Lebanese poet, philosopher and artist Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), is one of the most widely read books around the world and still touches the hearts of young and old. Millions of Arabic-speaking people consider him one of the greatest thinkers of his age, yet his influence has spread far beyond the Middle East. Living in Boston and New York for a major part of his life, his reputation and his unique quasi-Biblical style is now an intrinsic part of Western spirituality.

Joseph Tawadros has risen to prominence in Australia by successfully developing the ancient traditions of Arabic music in a western environment. His engagement with the writings of Gibran has resulted in one solo disc for oud (The Prophet, 2009), as well as a number of works recorded for Concerto of The Greater Sea, recently released to great acclaim. This new collaboration with the singers of the Song Company delves into the origins of musical expression, guided by the writings of Gibran.

Details and bookings through the Song Company.

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Lunchtime concert on 24 April at Wesley

Wednesday 24 April 12:40 – 1:20pm “Wednesday Lunchtime Live” Classical Guitars.  Campbell Diamond, Andrew Blanch and Ariel Nurhadi.  These three talented classical guitarists will perform works of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, JS Bach, Domenico Scarlatti and Antonio José.  Paper note entry or concession $2.  Refreshments – $2.  Enquiries: 6232 7248.  Wesley Music Centre, National Cct., Forrest, ACT.

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CCGS meeting venue change

The regular monthly meetings of Canberra Classical Guitar Society and twice-monthly rehearsals of the Canberra Guitar Ensemble will be held at Ainslie Arts Centre in Braddon beginning on 7 April.

View the  map here or click this link.

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Sunday Live – Free concert – 24 March

TimKainABC Classic FM Sunday Live – 3:00pm – Live broadcast from Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music, Canberra presented by Emma Ayres.

“A Lightly Latin Blend”

In this penultimate Sunday Live from Canberra, flute and guitar duo Virginia Taylor and Timothy Kain team up once again to present a packed concert that features music by Nelegatti, Machado, Marulanda and more.

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Masterclass with Pavel Steidl

During a recent visit to Canberra, Czech classical guitarist Pavel Steidl held a masterclass on the stage at Llewellyn Hall at the ANU School of Music.  ANU students Stephanie Jones, Alex Clark, Jesse Flowers and Campbell Diamond participated.  The photo shows  current and former students alongside ANU guitar teachers Timothy Kain, Minh Le Hoang and Bradley Kunda.  The masterclass was made possible with contributions from the Friends of the ANU School of Music and Canberra Classical Guitar Society.  Additional support was provided by Musica Viva and the ANU School of Music venue managers.

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