We rehearse on average once every two or three weeks
during each term and aim to give a concert once every term.
CGO is run by committee and our Constitution states:-
The objectives of the Orchestra are:
- To promote the enjoyment of orchestral music for
guitar, bringing original compositions and arrangements to the general
- To provide performance opportunities for Members of
the Orchestra both individually and collectively;
- To encourage appreciation of music and participation
in the playing of music in ensemble by Members of the Orchestra, and to
develop Members’ musicianship:
- To facilitate other musical activities such as
workshops and masterclasses related to the guitar.
Our repertoire is wide ranging
and includes music from the Renaissance and Baroque, pieces by Debussy
and Ravel as well as arrangements from the world of jazz.
Peter Rueffer's experience of chamber ensembles
involving the guitar range from duo partnerships with guitarists Jason
Carter and Jeff Rodrigues to being a member of the contemporary music
He is best known however through his work with the Pro
Arte Guitar Trio, a group he founded in 1987 and with whom he still
maintains a busy performing schedule. With the trio he has recorded
five CDs, undertaken several European tours and performed throughout
the UK including many recitals at London's Purcell Room and Wigmore
His work as an arranger is well known and his settings
for Guitar Orchestra were awarded the arranger’s prize at the biennial
National Guitar Orchestra Competition on three successive occasions in
1998, 2000 and 2002.
He is the founder and director of the Dillington Guitar Summer School and Festival, an
event dedicated to the guitar in ensemble which has now been running
He was appointed musical director of the Cambridge
Guitar Orchestra in 1996 and currently holds teaching posts at Christs
Hospital School and Anglia Polytechnic University.