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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CGO Zoom Sunday at 3pm

Dear CGO members,
There will be another Zoom session this Sunday 14th starting at the slightly later time of 3pm (so Colin can get his planned cycle ride in first).
Only three of us at the last one but it was good fun. Mike set a challenge of recording a solo each week, I hesitatingly accepted and my first effort can be seen here:
I’m quite enjoying it actually, and today I even opened a music theory book on harmony.
CGO Zoom Personal Meeting ID which is:    3177567251
The password is:    CGO@Zoom1
Via a browser you can simply click on this link:

CGO: Update from Valerie

Dear CGO members,
I hope everyone is keeping well and giving their guitar some regular exercise.
Valerie wrote with an update (Note to Mike Lloyd – Could you add the attached score & parts .PDF to the Website please). She says:
“I hope you are all staying safe. I miss seeing you at rehearsals. Apologies for not being at our recent Zoom meetings. I spend my life online (as I imagine, many of you are doing too) so on weekends I unplug. I will join in at some point for a meeting, no worries.
In the meantime, I’m hoping I can encourage you to pick up your guitar and get ready for when we will meet in person. Perhaps knowing our plan for the Manchester concert would help? Our 2 concerts are not canceled, only rescheduled. It’s up to you how you want to learn the pieces. Perhaps learn 2 pieces the 1st month and add 1 each month? Every time you add a piece, play through the parts you learned the months before so you don’t lose out on your work. There’s good news! You already know many of the pieces and have practised them numerous times pre-Covid. So, that rep should be all about dusting it off and working on upping the tempi.
LA VALSE DES BRUMES by Thierrry Tisserand. He contacted me after he found out I was posting his music on YouTube. He dedicated this piece to me which is sweet. We could learn the 1st one and it would be a lovely way to start the programme. It’s not hard and we could get it under our fingers quickly. I think we’ll need to do that in order to be properly prepared for our concerts. Manchester: I’m performing a 25 min solo programme so that will take the pressure off of CGO. For the Moolight Mandolin, we are sharing a concert so again, that takes loads of pressure. We are not doing a full concert next year which will be great easing back into the performance seat.
BRUMES: Guitar 1: Mat, Tom, Mike A, Antonio Guitar 2: Colin, Mike L, Hannah, Hans Guitar 3: Anne, Lily, Huw, David
Programme: Start after my solo, we’ll do a short set before interval 1) La Valse de Brumes 2) Concertino III (all 3 mvts) 3) Tico Tico Interval
1) Dulcinea 2) Two Themes 3) Touch her Lips 4) Villanesca 5) Wilde Mountain Thyme 6) Fairy Pools 7) L’elephant
Encore: Cantilena
We need to time this, to be fair. We may have too much in the 1st half. Might have to move Tico to 2nd half and end with that. We’ll know more closer to the date but I think that’s enough music. To do the 2nd Granados and the Schubert we will need more people.
Please stay safe and drop us a note (🎶), we would love to hear how you are all managing during the lockdown. I’ve been teaching, recording solo videos, doing the Brouwer Etude challenge, the Tisserand challenge (my student challenged me to learn his music during lockdown), collaborated w/a virtual guitar orchestra and with an artist who’s doing a lecture at the Guitar Foundation of America. Plus, we take advantage of nice weather with rambling in the middle of nowhere w/hubby (who is shielding me & teaching online) with our 15 & 1/2 yr old pup Jodie. Next up, notating on Finale 2 of my compositions and writing more music. Looking forward to hearing from you all. Lots of hugs,

Latest Zoom Information

Dear CGO Members,
Mike Lloyd has now set up our own Zoom Personal Meeting ID which is:3177567251
The password is: CGO@Zoom1
These can be entered into the Zoom App if you already have it loaded on your machine.
But if you want to get in via a browser you can simply click on this link:
This information can be reused for all our zoom meetings (until such time as we decide to change the password).