CGO Update – Important News

Dear CGO Members and CGO Friends,
Since I last wrote in March there have been a few developments.
Valerie’s husband Robert has been appointed to a new teaching position. However it is in Dorset which means they will be moving. This is expected to happen in August. The committee got together via Zoom to discuss the resulting need for a new Musical Director. We made some enquiries to see who might be interested and I can now tell you that the committee are unanimous in proposing that Mathew James take over as MD when Valerie leaves. Of course the appointment of an MD has to be voted on by all the CGO members and we will be holding an Extraordinary General Meeting in July at which time you will be able to vote on the committee’s proposal.
Furthermore with the freeing up of Covid restrictions we shall shortly be able to restart CGO rehearsals at Foxton Village Hall. Colin our treasurer who took over after the passing of Hans last year has booked the Foxton Pavilion for June 27th, July 11th & July 25th 2021. He has been tracking the various measures that need to be in place to keep us Covid safe. Valerie and Mat are going to arrange between themselves how best to carry out the handover process over these next three meetings. The EGM is pencilled in for the 11th July. We will also need to confirm the dates for the Autumn term. Colin has proposed:
    12th Sep; 26th Sep; 10th Oct; 24th Oct; 7th Nov; 21st Nov; 5th Dec
For these rehearsals we expect to be in the capable hands of Mat. Valerie gave a glowing recommendation for Mat as MD and hopes to retain close links with CGO following her move and will still be available for on-line private lessons.
If you have guitar playing friends who you think might like to join CGO now would be a great time to try to entice them to start as we will all be coming back to ensemble playing afresh after the long Covid break.
Michael Addlesee
CGO Chairman

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 <> <>

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:

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

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).

CGO: Zoom meeting and new music

Dear CGO Members,
We had a very nice Zoom meeting on the 19th April. Apologies to those who didn’t get the email with the link in time. I’m posting a bit earlier this time around. Also I’m giving two links, one for 2pm and another for 3pm in case we carry on for a bit. Short coffee/tea break interval between the two.
Zoom Meeting(s) for Sunday May 3rd:
Now at the last meeting Valerie talked a about two new pieces to add to our repertoire. These were tried out at Classical Minds weekend and judged to be hits. Mike Lloyd has put the music up on the CGO website in the usual place. Here are the part allocations.
Cantilena (K. Jenkins):
1: Colin and Michael 2: Tom, Mike 3: Antonio, Huw 4: Lily, Hans, Hannah 5: Mat, Anne, David
Concertino III (P. van der Staak [Note to Mike Lloyd – not “Valk” Mike, that was a TV detective back in the 1970s!]): Soloist: Mat 1: Michael, Antonio 2: Colin, Hannah, Hans 3: Tom, Lily, Anne 4:  Huw, David, Mike
And now I must get back to the Bach Bouree that I plan to play on Sunday. Still only at half the proper tempo! Michael