Classical Guitar Composition Project – 2013 Winners

In 2010, Canberra Classical Guitar Society and Wesley Music Foundation launched The Classical Guitar Composition Project. Thanks to the generosity of the community, we conducted a second round in 2012 and are pleased to announce the two winners of the competition, Sam Smith and Leonard Weiss. The pair surpassed the competition from other applicants and have won the two $1,000 commissions to compose works for amateur guitar orchestra, and specifically for the Canberra Guitar Ensemble (made up of members of Canberra Classical Guitar Society).

Sam SmithSam Smith began playing the guitar at 14 after being introduced to the music of Jimi Hendrix and Django Reinhardt. He began learning the classical guitar not long after, and was greatly influenced by his first teacher, Steven Thorneycroft, and the recordings of John Williams.

He began his university studies under David Malone at the Hobart Conservatorium of Music, before transferring to ANU to study with Tim Kain in 2008. His interest in composition also dates from this time, and in 2009 he began to study under Jim Cotter and Larry Sitsky. The same year his collaboration with local animator Katie Ryan resulted in the award-winning short film ‘Mi Amistad.’ His portfolio now includes a number of pieces for solo guitar, chamber ensembles, and voice. His work has been performed in venues around Canberra as well as on screen in the ARC, at the National Film and Sound Archive, and Dendy cinemas.

Leonard WEISS photoLeonard Weiss is a third-year composition student at the Australian National University. He has been composing for around eight years with some of his previously performed compositions including Synergy, a duet for an electro-acoustic and acoustic harp; Fugue in C Minor, a five voice Baroque style Fugue for organ and Electric Toast, a piece written as the advertising music for the Z-26 Musical Tesla Coil.

Leonard’s primary instrument is the harp. He also sings and plays the french horn, trumpet, tubular bells and several other instruments – in fact any instrument he can get his hands on. He has also conducted small and large orchestras; his last performance being Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Maruki Community Orchestra which was performed at the Albert Hall, Canberra. In 2011 he won First Place and the Canberra Audience Choice Prize in the 2011 National Carillon Composition Competition.

Thank you to all of the many generous donors and supporters. As additional funds are received, the project will conceivably have an ongoing role for future opportunities and compositions. If you would like to contribute to this project, Wesley Music Foundation can accept tax deductible donations of $2 or more. Please contact Wesley Music Foundation, PO Box 3217 Manuka, ACT 2603, email or telephone 6232 7248. Further details, including a donation form and payment options, are also available at

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Mandolin semester starts 10 Feb


WHEN: Sunday 10 February 2013
WHERE: Hellenic Club In The City, 13 Moore St, Canberra City (Atlas Room)

The next one-semester length COZYMO Learning Group (Beginning) and COZYMO Learning Group (Continuing) programs start on Sunday 10 February 2013 (Session times below). These Semester-length programs offer you a great opportunity to begin or to continue to learn a plucked stringed instrument – mandolin, mandola, mandocello and guitar.

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Karin Schaupp & Pavel Steidl – 28 Feb

Music Viva’s 2013 concert program includes two of the world’s greatest guitarists perform together for the first time, in this striking concert experience. Australian Karin Schaupp and Czech Pavel Steidl, both equally acclaimed for their technical brilliance, bring their renowned onstage warmth and emotional expressiveness to a program of the utmost intimacy and beauty.

For more information visit the Music Viva website or continue reading below.

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CCGS Performer’s Concert – 9 December

Everyone is invited to the Society’s Performer’s Concert. This is a chance for players who do not have a regular performance opportunity to get up in front of an audience and “show their stuff.” In addition, the Canberra Guitar Ensemble (made up of members of the Society) will perform.

Bring family and friends. You do not have to be a member of CCGS.

If you would like to perform on the day, please contact your teacher and ask them to ring 0403 640 669 so that we can assemble a program, etc.

What: Canberra Classical Guitar Society – Performer’s Concert
When: 3pm, Sunday, 9 December 2012
Where: Wesley Hall, Wesley Uniting Church, 22 National Circuit, Forrest
Cost: Adults $5, members, students, children and performers free.
Enquiries: Dan at 0403 640 669

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Rebecca MacCallion & Bradley Kunda – 18 November

Canberra/Versailles Association hopes you can join them for the final Fundraising Luncheon for 2012 on SUNDAY 18 NOVEMBER, 12 to 2pm at the Wig & Pen –  Canberra House Arcade, Alinga St, Canberra City. Entertainment will be provided by soprano Rebecca MacCallion accompanied by Bradley Kunda.  Admission:  $25 for adults, $15 for students is payable at the door with all proceeds going towards our 2012 scholarships.  RSVP: to Janie McOmish:   or   Phone 02 62953977

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Duo Merindah Concert – 19 October

Duo Merindah Concert –  Minh Le Hoang (guitar) and Teresa Rabe (flute). Program highlights will include works by Bach, Schubert, Vivaldi, Bogdanovic, Ravel, Beaser and more.  Adults $20, concession $15, full-time students $10, children under 12 free.  Friday 19 October 7:30pm.  Tickets at the door.  Enquiries: 0422 274 039 or  Wesley Music Centre

Duo Merindah has released a new CD featuring guitarist Minh Le Hoang and flutist Teresa Rabe performing music by Schubert, J.S. Bach, Vivaldi, DiMarino, Faure, Ravel, Beaser, Bogdanovic and Morricone.

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Jazz at the Gallery – Steve Allen & Friends – 1 November

Jazz at the Gallery – Steve Allen & Friends

James Luke (bass)
Greg Stott (guitar)
Rachel Allen (clarinet)
Pauline Griffiths (violin)

Date: Thursday, 1 November 2012
Time: 7.30pm
Canberra Grammar School Gallery
40 Monaro Crescent
Red Hill ACT

Tickets: on sale at the door
$10.00 concession*
$20.00 adult
*Concession available to current CGS and ANU students and staff

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Classical Guitar Composition Project – 2012

Canberra Classical Guitar Society, with the support of Wesley Music Foundation, launched the Classical Guitar Composition Project in 2010. The winners of the two $1,000 commissions were Bradley Kunda and Michael Sollis. Their compositions will be performed at an upcoming concert by Canberra Guitar Ensemble.

With the generous, ongoing support of donors, we are pleased to announce a second round of competition for an additional two works. We are therefore seeking expressions of interest from interested composers of music for classical guitar ensemble. Continue reading

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Brew Guitar Duo at NGA on 4 November

Brew Guitar Duo (Bradley Kunda and Matthew Withers) present pieces from their album Landscape: Australian guitar duets, including those inspired by the works of Claude Monet and Edgar Degas at the National Gallery of Australia on Sunday, 4 November at 3pm.  This is the final concert in their Australian Landscape tour.

Venue: National Gallery of Australia – Gandel Hall

Price : $25, $20 members/concession (Bookings essential)

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Brazilian Guitarist Aliéksey Vianna – 13 October

Saturday 13 October, 7:30pm – Canberra Classical Guitar Society presents the outstanding guitar artistry of Brazilian classical guitarist Aliéksey Vianna, a performer described in the New York Times as “such vibrant and incisive playing.”  His program will feature works by Bach, Sor, Sardinha, Villa Lobos and Sergio Assad.

What:  Aliéksey Vianna – classical guitar concert
When:  Saturday 13 October, 7:30pm
Where:  Wesley Music Centre – National Circuit – Forrest, ACT.
Cost: Adults $25, concession $20 and CCGS members, full-time students $15 and children $10. Tickets at the door.
Enquiries: 0403 640 669

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