Classical Minds Update from Valerie

Valerie asked me to send this to you all. Note item 1) about Daniela’s online concert this evening.

Hi Everyone, I hope you have all been doing well since the festival in April. I wanted to let you all know that “Classical Minds” is having a workshop extension online and will take place Saturday, 10th of July. We will have active participants and non-active participants. So, if you are too shy to play in-front of others you don’t have to. I will have the website updated soon with the application and information. Our faculty are giving online concerts Fri the 9th and Sat the 10th in the evenings. You can enjoy the concerts with Daniela Rossi, Eleanor Kelly, Mathew James and myself.
A few things: 1) Daniela Rossi will be giving a free concert  on Saturday 8th May from 8 pm at Clare Hall, Cambridge, live-streamed via YouTube at’s The theme of the concert centres around the Folias of Spain. She will be giving a world premiere by Vincent Lindsey-Clark.
2) Andrew Williams, composer extraordinaire published through Bergmann Editions, is interviewing composers who are published through them. I have had 80 radio/TV/publications interviews but all as a performer. This is my 1st interview as a composer! <> You can find my two trilogies, Wanderlust and Three Nordic Sketches <> for purchase. Thank you Andrew and Allan.
3) Eleanor Kelly is off to Spain on her adventures finishing up her Master Degree in Music Universidad de Alicante.  As an IGF Young Artist Platform artist, she will make her London debut as part of the scheme and première works commissioned by IGF for her at Kings Place, London, in 2021. On July 16th she will be performing at their summit.
Thank you everyone and have a lovely week, Valérie Hartzell, Artistic Director <> <>

CGO update and other events coming up.

Dear CGO Members and friends,
I last wrote just before Christmas and thought it about time I did an update.
The first thing that’s been on my mind is the fact that we ought to have had an AGM by now. Our last one was held on 19th January 2020 and that was a postponed one from the previous September. As Covid has largely brought things to a standstill I was hoping we could delay the AGM to later this year after the vaccine rollout has taken full effect. If anyone has an objection to this can they send me an email. I suppose we could do an AGM by Zoom if people think it urgent that we hold it. Please let me know what you think.
Now some things coming up:
1) Classical Minds this year will be by Zoom and will happen on the 9th-11th April (details from Valerie are at the end of this email). Note that online applications by 10th March get a discount.
2) Valerie’s Concert Today – This from Valerie:
“Video is up and ready for Saturday’s online concert via YouTube. It’s this Saturday, 6th of March at 7pm (UK time). When you click on the link, you’ll note that YouTube automatically sets the time for your zone. For example, if you live in Boston, you’ll see that the Premiere starts at 2pm. We’ll be able to chat together while the concert is happening. What if you cannot be there at the Premiere? That’s ok, the link will be available for you when you’re free. The concert is under 20 minutes: Milonga segunda by Thierry Tisserand, Stairway to Heaven by Led, Zeppelin, arr. Ayeroff (solo by Hartzell), El Testamento de Amelia arr. Llobet, It Takes Two from Wanderlust by Valérie Hartzell
I joined Patreon. Due to Covid all the concerts and touring has stopped (& it probably won’t be safe for a while). I also would like to spend more time writing music, record more online concerts, record my CD projects & now, I am recording videos for Bergmann Edition. There are several packages from £2 to £45. By supporting me, this would benefit you and I to bring more music to the community.
I’ll “see” you on Saturday! Thank you! Valérie”
Next I have to explain why the Greensleeves video failed to appear. Sadly the uptake wasn’t sufficient to make it worthwhile, it would have been a trio rather than an orchestra.
So that’s all for now. I’m hoping for better times ahead. Stay well and enjoy your guitar playing.
Mike Addlesee

Here’s the info on the festival: *”Classical Minds” Guitar Festival is on Zoom! *_The dates are 9-11 of April, 2021._ The festival is open to all levels and ages. Anyone in the world (within reason) can join us internationally. £75 total which includes 1 lesson & without performing in masterclass. If you turn in your online application <> by the 10th of March, we will negate £5 off the total tuition.
We have an international festival with flamenco Texas guitarist, Jeremy Garcia <> joining us in England. Along with Jeremy we have Daniela Rossi <> (Argentinian guitarist living in Cambridge), Eleanor Kelly <> (Liverpool) for whom I have written a piece which will be premiered at CM, Mathew James <> (Cambridge) and myself <> (American/French guitarist living in England). Intermediate/Advanced players are welcome to perform in the masterclass which is only £15 for one class (participants observe). Our Exhibition <> is full and we are excited to include guitar builders, a composer and a publishing company to our presentation. All the lecture recitals, the exhibition, and the evening concerts will be on YouTube.  All other events will be on Zoom.
Attached is the schedule and when you sign up to the festival, you will be able to attend all events. Let me know if you have any questions. Valérie Hartzell, Artistic Director <> <>

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Some might be interested in this Guitar Quartet this evening.
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CGO’s next virtual orchestra piece.

Dear CGO members and potential members of CGO,
Our last Virtual CGO piece seems to have been well received on YouTube (67 views so far) and Facebook (92 people reached & 23 engagements).
Valerie is keen that we press on with another piece.
This time it is an arrangement of Greensleeves by Mark Cruz.
Mike Lloyd has kindly added the recordings for each part and the score to the members section of the website, under ‘audio’ and ‘scores’ respectively, and is under Anon as composer.
Let me know if you need to be reminded of the access details to the members section.
Valerie writes:
“Hi Everyone,
Here is our next project.
1) Practise with metronome, crotchet = 120. 2) Practise while listening to your part which I recorded while listening to the metronome. 3) When you record the video, make sure you tune to a tuner 1st. Leave a few seconds of dead air before you start playing and at the end.     [Michael adds “Could you give a single handclap at the very start of your video to aid in the synchronisation of audio and video, it really makes my job editing the video a lot easier, thanks.”] 4) I give you 2 bars of counting before starting. That should help with the start. 5) Dynamics written in the score on each part. No slowing down or breath marks. We’re keeping simple. Please have this to Michael by December 15th. Happy practising!
Parts ==== CGO Members: Guitar 1: Mat, Mike A, Antonio Guitar 2: Colin, Mike L, Valerie Guitar 3: Anne, Lily, Huw, David
Potential members/Friends of CGO (no pressure, only if you’re up for the challenge): Guitar 1: Aran Guitar 2: Caroline Guitar 3: Mike B, Adil
Thanks everyone! x”
Please let me know if you can’t find the time to take part, or would like to be removed from the mailing list. Michael Addlesee CGO Chairman

First Virtual CGO video updated.

I’ve had to fix a few audio/video sync issues with the video.
For some as yet unknown reason, when the DaVinci Resolve editing software loads .MP4 files the audio and video can get anywhere from +9 to -4 frames out of sync.
I’ve also tidied up the harmonics at the end of the piece.
Once I’ve got permission from everyone who took part the video will go Public on YouTube with URL:
The high resolution version (4K DCI) of the video still available for download from Dropbox at:

First cut of our first Virtual CGO video.

Here is my first cut of our first ‘Virtual’ CGO video.
I have put it on YouTube as ‘Unlisted’ which means only people who have this link, , can see it. It won’t be found in any search results by the general public on YouTube.
However if Valerie thinks the quality is good enough, and no one has any objections, we could choose to make it ‘Public’ at a later date.
There’s a high resolution version (4K DCI) of the video also available for download from Dropbox at:

Guitar music from 80 Days Publishing


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Ljubica Bukvic – Concert de Tardor 2020 ONLINE


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Ljubica Bukvic – Concert de Tardor 2020 ONLINE
/Dear Friends,/ /This year 2020 we adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic guidelines and offer our free online concert./
*/”CONCERT DE TARDOR ONLINE”/* */LJUBICA BUKVIC/* */November 5 at 7:00 p.m./* /Time zone: (UTC + 01: 00) Brussels, Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, Copenhagen./ */*
/The concert will be broadcasted online, on Youtube, from the headquarter of AGB, as the Covid19 restrictions only allow the presence of 6 people./
/Best greetings,/
*/Antonio Manjón/ /President AGB/*

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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

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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