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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNTUbgh6EAI 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. www.patreon.com/valeriehartzell
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.
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 <classicalmindsfestival.org/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 <jeremygarcia.net/bio.html> joining us in England. Along with Jeremy we have Daniela Rossi <www.danielarossiguitarist.com/> (Argentinian guitarist living in Cambridge), Eleanor Kelly <www.eleanorguitar.com/> (Liverpool) for whom I have written a piece which will be premiered at CM, Mathew James <www.facebook.com/mathewjamesguitar/> (Cambridge) and myself <www.valeriehartzell.co.uk/> (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 <classicalmindsfestival.org/our-2021-exhibitors> 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 classicalmindsfestival.org <classicalmindsfestival.org> www.valeriehartzell.co.uk <www.valeriehartzell.co.uk>
Dear CGO Members and friends,