Upcoming online concert:

Valérie Hartzell, our Musical Director, will give a LIVE Guitar Concert on YouTube on Saturday,14th November, 7pm UK Time.

Valérie will be performing her own compositions as well as Spanish music, her arrangement of The Beatles, music by English composer Mark Houghton, American composer Susan McDonald, French composer Thierry Tisserand, Barrios and Bach. So enjoy dinner, a glass of bubbly or a nice cuppa while putting your feet up in the comfort of your own home and listening to live music!

Tickets are only £3  and can be purchased online at www.valeriehartzell.co.uk/events , which will take you to PayPal. Once you have your ticket or tickets, you will receive the YouTube link.

£1 of each ticket sold will go to the Heart of Marston. Marston Moreteyne VC Lower School has designated a therapy room for the mental health & well-being of the students at its Church End Site.  Specialist staff training & equipment is needed. Valérie has several students attending the school and is excited to help out this very important project for the well-being of children.

And the more general stuff about CGO:

The Cambridge Guitar Orchestra (CGO) is a group of around 15 classical guitarists, who perform regularly in and around Cambridgeshire. Occasionally, we give concerts further afield in the UK, and we have also performed in Belgium and France.

Our Musical Director is Valérie Hartzell. You can find out more about her here, and of course on her own web site (http://www.valeriehartzell.co.uk/). You can also subscribe to her YouTube channel:  www.youtube.com/valeriehartzell

The CGO was originally established in 1991 by Lorraine Eastwood and the late Chris Kilvington. In 1996 Peter Rueffer took over as our Musical Director for 20 years, before handing over to Valérie.

Here are some clips to give you an idea of the range of music we play.

First, click on these if you dare to hear (and see) us getting into seasonal mood, playing Gnome Zombies (composed by Valérie):

Funny little creatures gnomes.
Halloween at midnight, something happened. The funny little creatures were not funny anymore. They were alive & woke up hungry. Their feet foreign to them as they wobbled, stumbled and bumbled.
A door! There’s food behind that door.
They tripped and staggered and waddled until finally they got to the door.

* Knock, Knock! *
(no answer)
* Best ring the bell*

and “Weeping Angels” (also composed by Valérie):

Rustling of the autumn leaves, the quiet of the cemetery, so cold, so hungry. For 30 years not a soul has passed by through the cemetery gates and into reach. The house lays empty and sad, as are we.

Angel 1: I smell life!
Angel 2: He’s not fresh.
Angel 1: No, but others will seek him.
Angel 2: Bait.

The prey enters the house and the stalking begins; quick motion, frozen……..quick motion, frozen.

Angel 1: Where to?
Angel 2: Upstairs, I smell his fear.

Quick motion, frozen……..quick motion, frozen……….. quick motion, frozen.


Angel 1: He tasted better than I expected.
Angel 2: Yes, that was hope. He’ll never marry his younger bride.

But it is not all fun and games!  In the next clip, we are playing an arrangement of Schubert’s song “Auf dem Wasser zu singen”. The arrangement is by one of our members.

The final clip shows us playing three movements from Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen arranged by Peter Rueffer.

Regardless of whether you are interested in:

  • joining us,
  • hiring us for a performance or fund-raising event,
  • coming to listen to one of our performances,
  • or just curious,

we hope you find what you are looking for on the web site.  If not, do drop us an email (see details on the contact page).