Details of Valerie’s live guitar concert -7pm 14th November

Dear Members,
Thought you would all want to know about this…
“LIVE Guitar Concert on YouTube with Valérie Hartzell 14 of November, 7pm UK Time
Tickets are only £3  and can be purchased online at which will take you to PayPal (once you have your ticket or tickets, you will receive the YouTube link). Enjoy dinner, a glass of bubbly or a nice cuppa while putting your feet up in the comfort of your own home while listening to live music. Please subscribe to my channel £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. I have several students attending the school (which is located behind my street). I’m excited to help out this very important project for the well-being of children. I will be performing my own compositions as well as Spanish music, my arrangement of The Beatles, music by English composer Mark Houghton, American composer Susan McDonald, French composer Thierry Tisserand, Barrios and Bach.
Feel free to share this concert with friends and family. Thank you for your support and see you online! Valérie Hartzell
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CGO Update

Dear CGO Members & some potential new members,
Sunday 13th September was to be the day on which we recommenced rehearsals at Foxton Village Hall, but as I pointed out in my last group email (on 26/8/20) that plan had to be abandoned. This was of course due to Covid and the need of some of our members to shield. The recent increase in the number of cases is also not looking too promising.
So in that last email I mentioned some options of what we could do until rehearsals do restart. The feedback received was positive on the idea of recording a virtual orchestra piece. So we’re going to get into this, gently at first, with the Thierry Tisserand piece called “La valse des brumes”. It’s actually a trio but should be an easy introduction to doing virtual recordings. The plan is that Valerie will shortly be recording herself playing each of the parts and I will distribute these so that you can listen (with headphones) and play along yourselves while you make your own video recordings. Then I will attempt to stitch all the videos together.
If all goes well we can publish the edited video on the CGO YouTube Channel and then try something a bit more complicated.
Our Zoom sessions seem to have faded, but I will be present for an impromptu Zoom meeting at 3pm (N.B. We used to do 2pm but that seemed a bit too close to Sunday lunch time so hopefully 3pm is better) Sunday 13th for anyone who fancies a chat, and perhaps a guitar solo or two. I’ll keep it short, just 45 minutes is I think the free meeting time limit.
CGO Zoom videoconference details: ;  meeting 317 756 7251 ;   password CGO@Zoom1

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Dear CGO Members,
I’m sorry to have to tell you that we won’t be restarting rehearsal in September.
The committee met a while ago (by Zoom video conference) to discuss this and came to the conclusion that we have too many members that need to shield so it’s really not practical to restart rehearsals. This will be reviewed before January.
Foxton Village Hall have been made aware of this decision and understand our position.
During the meeting the committee also voted for Colin to be confirmed as CGO treasurer. This was based on constitution clauses 17 & 18. Formalities with Lloyds bank are underway.
The committee were keen to try and keep the group engaged, motivated and practising. We have a few ideas but would like your feedback about what you would like to do.
1) Possibility of meeting in CGO member’s gardens as quartets, weather permitting.
2) Working towards one or more virtual orchestra pieces. These would be videos assembled from individual recordings by each player on mobile phones. Michael A offered to do the video editing. Perhaps these could be posted to YouTube if successful.
3) 2 hour Zoom meeting with mix of technique talk and solo playing.
4) Something else?
Regarding idea number 2, Valerie was asked if she could suggest a couple of suitable pieces. Valerie thought Cantilena by Jenkins ( might be a good piece, and there is the Thierry Tisserand piece that was dedicated to her. The Cantilena was performed at the Classical Minds weekend and went down very well. The Tisserand (“La valse des brumes” and “La valse des souvenirs”) is a trio so should be much easier to put together, it was published in August. Valerie had previously assigned parts for the Tisserand and the Score is available via the CGO website ( Anne would you like to join in with this Tisserand piece?
Parts reminder:
VALSE DES BRUMES (New): Guitar 1: Mat, Tom, Mike A, Antonio Guitar 2: Colin, Mike L, Hannah Guitar 3: Anne, Lily, Huw, David
Let me know if I’ve forgotten anything that may have been brought up in prior emails to me. Been letting my email checking slip lately.

Article from Dr Ricardo Paz

The Music Educators Journal recently published a very original and unique article of major significance in the guitar education field titled “/Guitar Study in the United States/”. I wrote it with the clear purpose of providing deep and scholastic information for guitar researchers and the guitar community in general. I would love you could post the article on the Cambridge Guitar Orchestra website.
Sincerely yours,
*/Dr. Ricardo Paz/*
/Director of Guitar / Capital & Ortiz Middle School/
/Santa Fe Public Schools///
/Member-At-Large, NAFME Council for Guitar Education/
/2021 Guitar Vice President New Mexico Music Educators Association/
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PDF document located at:

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Guitartopia! Five virtuoso guitarists in concert and in conversation

Sounds like this should be a good concert.
——– Forwarded Message ——– Subject: Guitartopia! Five virtuoso guitarists in concert and in conversation Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2020 16:06:03 +0000 (GMT) From: Margaret Pinder <> To: Valérie Hartzell <>

Dear Val*é*rie
Polyphony Arts and Hennessey-Brown Music are pleased to announce their collaboration in a sensational on-line concert featuring five world-class guitarists in a thrilling programme of classical guitar music from across the centuries and around the globe.
Michael Poll, Amanda Cook, Cecilio Perera, and Duo Tandem (Mark Anderson and Necati Emirzade) have come together to offer aficionados and newcomers alike a feast of classical guitar repertoire in a concert hosted on the cutting StageHub platform to be streamed at 8.00 pm BST this Sunday, 26 July.
Tickets are £7.95 and you can rewatch the concert any time after it has been broadcast so don’t worry if you can’t see the live stream straight away on Sunday.
The programme: *_Michael Poll_* Bach suite BWV 996
*_Amanda Cook_* Prelude no. 2 – Heitor Villa Lobos Songe Capricorne – Roland Dyens Gallo Ciego – Agustin Bardi Incantation no.6 – William Lovelady
*_Cecilio Perera_* Variations on a Theme of Mozart – Fernando Sor Peregrina – Ricardo Palmerín La mestiza – Chan Cil
*_Duo Tandem_* Yeşil Şiir – Duo Tandem Turkish Suite: II. Song – Kemal Belevi Cyprian Rhapsody No. 1 – Kemal Belevi The performances will be followed by a lively discussion between the five artists about the music they have chosen, their personal musical journeys, and the challenges and pleasures of playing the classical guitar.
You can watch the trailer and book your tickets online via this link:
It would mean such a lot to our wonderful artists if you were able to support them by viewing, and/or by passing this on to others. As you will no doubt be aware, musicians’ livelihoods have been significantly affected by the lockdown. Online events are very new for everyone, and for many musicians are the only way they are able to share their music at the moment. Your support would mean a great deal.
Do come and join us for Guitartopia! and enjoy some of the finest classical guitar music from these internationally acclaimed guitarists not just this Sunday, but any time you choose.
Best wishes,
Katie and Margaret
Margaret Pinder Music Manager, Polyphony Arts 07940 536709 | | | |

Polyphony Arts represents: Alastair Borthwick – composer | Austin Gunn – tenor | Ella Jarman-Pinto – composer | Julia Kogan – soprano | New London Chamber Ensemble – wind quintet | Northern Chords Ensemble – piano trio | Michael Poll – guitar
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Lily’s Virtual Crowdfunding Launch Party!

Dear CGO members,
Our members have hidden talents. Did you know that Lily is the author and illustrator of a children’s book.
She has posted on Facebook details of an event this evening between 18:00 and 21:00. She writes:
“On the 30th June, I’ll be launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to self-publish my first children’s book – Hector’s Perfect Cake!
Join me on Zoom for a few drinks, a mini-quiz, and a countdown to the campaign launch at 7pm.
The event is free, but please click ‘Going’ if you plan to join.”
Free tickets available via Eventbright –

CGO Zoom session this Sunday for those interested.

Dear CGO members,
I know that Zoom calls are probably losing their appeal now that it’s become so mainstream. The next CGO call is due this Sunday 28th at 2pm for anyone interested.
It was me, Mike and Colin at the last one. I’m still enjoying Mike’s challenge to do more solos, one per week, with a video at the end of each week. I’ve been trying to put into action all of Valerie’s advice – slow practise, use of metronome etc and it does work. It’s been very helpful in rebuilding my solo confidence. I know I’ll never be a great guitarist but I’ve renewed my enjoyment of the journey.
CGO Zoom Personal Meeting ID which is:    3177567251
The password is:    CGO@Zoom1
Via a browser you can simply click on this link:

Guitar and qanun YouTube fundraiser concert: 27 June

I’ve never heard of a Qanun before, looks like an interesting instrument.
——– Forwarded Message ——– Subject: Guitar and qanun YouTube fundraiser concert: 27 June Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2020 14:23:05 +0100 From: SevenoaksWelcomesRefugees <> To:

Dear Cambridge Guitar Orchestra,
I am writing to ask whether it would be possible for you to promote to your members at the Cambridge Guitar Orchestra this fundraiser guitar and qanun concert on 27 June for our charity Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees ?
For the last two years we have produced a guitar concert as part of the Sevenoaks Summer Festival. Due to the COVID-19 crisis we are doing this year’s concert online, using YouTube.
We have a double bill featuring the sublime and moving music of Ayman Jarjour  (guitar) and Maya Youssef  (qanun), two world-class artists both originally from Damascus.
Below is the media release we are distributing. It has all the info about the two artists, our charity, how to buy tickets, what the money will be used for, and quotes from some of the Syrian refugees now living in our area. I also attach some photographs of the artists, and our social media ads for facebook/Twitter.
We’d be really grateful for any promotional support you can give us, to help get the word out.
Tickets for the YouTube fundraiser concert sold via Eventbrite are here <>.
Many thanks indeed.
Best wishes
Humphrey Pring
Chair, Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees
Registered charity number 1184120 <>
07947 426661
*Media release:*
*Syrian strings online for refugees in Sevenoaks*
*Two world-class musicians originally from Damascus are helping Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees to raise funds for Syrian refugees resettling in the Sevenoaks area in Kent.*
The online YouTube fundraiser concert for Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees is on Saturday 27 June at 7:00 pm, featuring the sublime, exquisite and moving music of Ayman Jarjour  (guitar) and Maya Youssef  (qanun). The money raised will help support vulnerable Syrian refugees rebuilding their lives in the Sevenoaks area, as part of the UK Government’s Resettlement Scheme.
Internationally renowned Syrian classical guitarist Ayman Jarjour has performed worldwide, including at Carnegie Hall in New York, and studied in Madrid and Juilliard. Now living in Scotland he is the 2020 Arts and Culture Ambassador for the Scottish Refugee Council <>.
Ayman returns to help Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees with a varied programme including Classical, Spanish, Latin, Modern and Syrian music, to support Syrian refugees resettling in the Sevenoaks area. Here’s a clip  of Ayman in performance, and his website <>_._
Maya Youssef <> is hailed as ‘queen of the qanun,’ (BBC) the 78-stringed Middle Eastern plucked zither. For her, the act of playing music is the opposite of death and destruction; it is a life- and hope-affirming act and an antidote to what is happening, not only in Syria, but in the whole world.
Maya’s debut album Syrian Dreams, produced by the legendary Joe Boyd, was highly-acclaimed in music press around the world (including this review in the Guardian <>) and has led to her performing on prestigious stages such as the BBC Proms and receive prestigious awards such as the Arts Council of England Exceptional Talent Award, Songlines Music Award and The German Critics’ Record Award. In perhaps her highest honour, the Year 6 class of Dalmain Primary School in London is named ‘Youssef’ in recognition of her inspirational work. Currently, Maya is writing and recording her second album with support from the PRS Women Make Music. She appears regularly in the media, including these recent appearances on BBC Radio 3 <> and BBC Radio 4 <>.
Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees <> (SWR) will use the money raised to help support the resettlement of vulnerable refugees in the Sevenoaks area. Previous grants have included living costs incurred whilst in hospital, Eid and Christmas gifts, clothing, necessary equipment for the houses, bikes, books and travel for English lessons, laptops, professional tutoring, professional qualification exam fees, swimming and football courses and social outings. In addition, the charity has used its funds to help to secure two additional rental properties by supporting the landlords to carry out improvements to the properties.
The charity works in close partnership with Sevenoaks District Council, Kent County Council and the support agency Clarion Housing Association, who are commissioned by KCC. SWR provides local practical support to refugee families in their area and finds private landlords willing to take part in the government-funded rent payment scheme.
The refugees are making good progress with the hard work of resettlement, with English lessons continuing remotely during the COVID-19 lock down. Ahmad said “The life in Sevenoaks is good. It is a beautiful town. People are friendly and it is very safe for me and my family. My children can get a good education here.” Zaynab agrees and said “Now I just want to move forward and not look back.”
Tickets for the online fundraiser concert sold via Eventbrite are here <>.
Contact: Humphrey Pring 07947 426661
*Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees*

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