CGO during coronavirus

Dear CGO members,
After consultation with the committee and following the government advice it is my sad duty to inform you that we are going to have to suspend CGO activities while the coronavirus outbreak continues.
I have spoken to Chris Dumigan (Manchester concert) and Hugh Boyde (Mandolins concert) and we concluded that both of the concerts, currently scheduled for June and July, will have to be postponed. Please don’t forget to cancel any hotel booking you may have made for Manchester.
I do not know when we will be able to resume normal activities, but I’m hoping that things will have resolved by the start of the autumn term. It may only be when a vaccine is available. We will just have to wait and see how things develop.
Please keep practising, it’s a good pressure release valve for daily life. I’m going to set myself some goals to motivate me as Ray Burley suggested at the Classical Minds weekend, which was a great success by the way. I’m sure Valerie would be pleased to advise on homework that could be done. She is now conducting private lessons via internet video link so please consider that if you think that would be helpful for you.
Existing payment for rehearsals will be carried forward to when we restart.
Stay safe,

CGO Seating Plan Update

Dear CGO members,
I have attached the latest seating plan info.
This is also available via the website.
Moving between seats efficiently during a concert is going to be tricky, but it’s worth it as people get to play a greater variety of parts and it makes conducting easier.
If anyone has any thoughts on making the moves smoother then drop me a line.

CGO Rehearsal on 1st March

Dear CGO members,
Don’t forget that the next rehearsal is this Sunday, 1st March.
Mat will be conducting the orchestra as Valerie is away working on a cruise ship somewhere in a Norwegian fjord.
I finally got around to editing and putting the recordings from last rehearsal on Google Drive. Sorry for the delay.
They are in folder 200216 at:
All the mp3 files there should be playable straight from your web browser and are great to practise to.

Guitar recital – Wednesday 26 february 2020

News of a local guitar event…
Please come along for a warming up Greek guitar recital,
full of sounds and sensuality:
*WEDNESDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2020 – AT 6.30 pm*
*Bateman Auditorium*
*with an exceptional artist:*
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*Accompanied by **WILF Murray – piano*
*Described by USA Review as doing for the Greek soul what flamenco does *
*for the Spanish, Eleftheria Kotzia has toured the world.*
*She has given recitals at some of the most prestigious concert halls in the world, *
*including the /Merkin Concert Hall /and the /Carnegie Recital Hall /(New York), *
*the /Herbst Theatre /(San Francisco), /The Wigmore Hall /and the /South Bank Centre /(London), *
*the /Megaron Concert Hall /(Athens), Les /Halles /and the /Amphitheatre Richelieu /in the Sorbonne (Paris), *
*the /Jubilee Hall /- /Raffles Hotel /(Singapore),/The Rudolfinum/ (Prague). *
*Antonio Vivaldi*(1678-1741)    – Concerto in D, RV93
Born in Venice <>, the capital of the Venetian Republic <>, he is regarded as one of the greatest
Baroque composers <>, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread across Europe.
This concerto  is one of four works featuring the solo lute <> wrote in the 1730s by Vivaldi.
It is usually played on guitar <>.
*L. van Beethoven ( 1770-1827) – *Sonatine WoO43a
Ludwig van Beethoven <> composed at least six works for mandolin <>, four of which survive.
None were published during his lifetime.
Though known better as a pianist, Beethoven possessed a Milanese mandolin <,_Milanese,_Cremonese,_Brescian,_Genoese>,
which was hung beside his piano.
These compositions are valuable miniatures that fit well, biographically and stylistically,
into the period of Beethoven’s Opus 1 <,_Op._1_(Beethoven)>, his first sonatas.
In 1796 Beethoven travelled to Prague where he met the Countess Josephine
of Clary-Aldringen (later Countess Clamm-Gallas) who played the mandolin.
For her, he wrote several works for mandolin and piano.
On this composition Beethoven added the dedication, “pour la belle Josephine
*Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)   Five Greek Songs*(arr Gr.Lynch)**
– Song for the bride
– Yonder, at the church
                                                 – What gallant can compare with me
                                                 – Song for the girls gathering pistachios
                                                 – Very merilly!
Maurice Ravel provided the piano accompaniments for the delightful /Five Greek Folk-songs/
between 1904 and 1906.
They were originally performed in the Greek language, but were later translated into French
by Ravel’s friend Michel Calvocoressi. It was the composer’s first foray into the art of
arranging folk tunes and were originally conceived for a music lecture.
They were collected by Calvocoressi on the island of Chios.
The texts of the songs deal with love and courtship**
*Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)  – *Introduction and Fandango **
Boccherini created the Introduction and Fandango of his most popular piece by stitching
together two different earlier works*.*
The result is a work completely unified by both the key, the ensemble, the mood,
and fund of melodies. Most evocative of the blood and sensuality of the old Spain.
*Rene Eespere (b.1954)   – *Evocatio (guitar solo)
The Estonian composer surprises with his originality.
Eespere employs romantic processes by updating them or by mixing influences from
older music in appropriate places.
His style has influences from ancient ritual music, minimalism and baroque music.
*Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999) * – Fantasia para un gentihombre
The concerto is Rodrigo’s second most popular work after the famous
/Concierto de Aranjuez <>/.
Rodrigo composed the concerto in 1954 at the request of guitarist Andrés Segovia <>,
who was evidently the /gentilhombre/ referenced in the title.
Segovia took the solo part at the premiere <> performance**on March 5, 1958, in San Francisco**
*TICKETS: £ 15.00    conc. £ 10.00    students/children £ 5.00 No fees when booking on-line ** <>***

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West Dean International Classical Guitar Festival 2020

Dear CGO members, this just in if you are interested…
——– Forwarded Message ——– Subject: West Dean International Classical Guitar Festival 2020 Date: Mon, 17 Feb 2020 14:51:57 +0000 From: Bethany Smith <> To: Bethany Smith <>

Good afternoon,
I would be very grateful if you could please let your Guitar members know that booking has now opened for the:
*West Dean International Classical Guitar Festival 2020 at*
*West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, West Dean, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0QZ*
*22-27 August 2020*
The West Dean International Classical Guitar Festival offers outstanding learning and performing opportunities through repertoire and technique classes, ensemble performing, guitar orchestra, student concerts, individual lessons and solo masterclasses. Working with internationally acclaimed artists, students will study in an ensemble group according to their level (Grade 2 and above). The course includes a guitar open day and an evening concert series with Zoran Dukić, the NYGE Fellowship Ensemble directed by Helen Sanderson, Gary Ryan, and the Mēla Guitar Quartet.
The Festival Director is Andrew Gough, with tutors Mark Ashford, Alison Bendy, Jan Depreter, Zoran Dukić, Gerald Garcia, David Leisner, Gary Ryan and Helen Sanderson.
Further information and a poster is attached. Please click here <> for the link to our website.
West Dean College of Arts and Conservation is in a historic country house with Parkland and award-winning Gardens in the heart of the South Downs National Park. The College offers comfortable accommodation and delicious food, as well as a bar, tennis courts and croquet lawn. Generous bursaries are available – please find bursary application form attached. The application deadline for bursaries is29 May.
Many thanks for your help in spreading the word about the Course – we do hope it will be of interest to your members.
Kind regards
Bethany Smith | Marketing and Media Coordinator
Part of The Edward James Foundation Ltd, a registered charity
West Dean | Chichester | West Sussex | PO18 0QZ
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The contents of this message are for the attention and use of the intended addressee only. If you receive it in error, please inform the sender by return email.
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Registered Office: West Dean, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0QZ, England
Company No: 6689362 Registered Charity No: 1126084
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FYI: Clare Hall 22/02/20 – Roland Gallery plays on period guitars – 7:30pm

A note from us at the Clare Hall Music Committee to let you know that on Saturday, 22 February at 7:30pm we’re presenting Prof. Roland Gallery, from London, who will be playing 19thC. music on actual early 19thC. guitars from the Calliope Collection. I expect this will be a really interesting and fun concert. (Either the guitars, or Roland, alone, would be worth coming to see. Together, they’re unmissable!) Anybody studying with Valerie or Daniela or anyone else qualifies for student admission.

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Fwd: Flamenco Guitar Course at Benslow Music Trust in Hertfordshire

——– Forwarded Message ——– Subject: Flamenco Guitar Course at Benslow Music Trust in Hertfordshire Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2020 10:18:58 +0000 From: flamenco guitarist <> To: <>

I must start with an apology.
I know that you are a classical guitar society and therefore not necessarily very interested in flamenco.
I am delivering a flamenco guitar 3 day residential or non-residential course for the Benslow Music Trust in Hertfordshire in March.
At the same time my wonderful flamenco dancer Laura is delivering a parallel flamenco dance course.
Could this be something that might interest any of your members?
Guitarists can of course choose which elements of my course are most interesting to them.
Some may prefer to focus on solo playing while others may be interested to acquire the skills to accompany the flamenco dancers.
I am working closely with Laura so that we can bring guitarists and dances together which we think is very correct for flamenco.
Here are a few links:
The Benslow Music Trust:
Flamenco Guitar
Flamenco Dance
My question answer information on my website
On my website there are several music clips of me playing and videos etc.
Finally, once again I apologise if this is not of interest to you.
If that is the case please let me know and I will immediately make a note and remove your data from my files.
Kind regards
Tomás Jiménez <>
01296 651164
07517 355 834

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Rehearsal Plan for 16th February

Dear CGO Members,
Here’s the latest rehearsal plan from Valerie. Please note that the Part Allocation Chart on the website has been updated. Note also that the planned recording of Christmas in Cambridge on 16th Feb will now be moved to later in the year and under a revised title.
“Thank you for your hard work and next rehearsal will be a full one. Please, if you have not written in your dynamics for Purcell, could you visit the web site and add them to your part? Also on line (Member’s Page) with dynamics is Tico Tico and Two Themes. Please add the dynamics to your score.
Our plan for the 16th of February: Play through all 3 Purcell, Dulcinea, & Two Themes. After playing them, we will work on anything that needs to be fixed. We will work on Wild Mountain and start Christmas in Cambridge before taking a break for coffee and cake. Then, finish anything from the 1st part of rehearsal and then go to Passacaglia, L’Elephant, and the 2 Granados pieces.
If you are unsure of which part you are on, I have sent the updated chart to Michael.
Lastly, if you can join us at Classical Minds Festival, there is a 10% discount for CM members and the application is on line. Thanks everyone and stay safe this weekend, apparently we’re in for a big storm!”


Forwarded Message
Subject: ROYAL GREENWICH GUITAR FESTIVAL 2020 Date: Sun, 2 Feb 2020 19:25:59 +0000 (GMT) From: Reply-To:

Hello, I am delighted to announce the 6th Royal Greenwich Guitar Festival, London will take place from July 15th – July 17th 2020 at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance situated on the magnificent grounds of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich. We have another incredible line-up with recital artists that include Paul Galbraith, Graham Anthony Devine and the UK debut of the amazing Duo SudAmericano from Chile (Jose Antonio Escobar and Javier Contreras). In addition, there will be return of the luthiers’ EXPO throughout the festival for 2020.
Bookings are now open for our festival classical guitar course which will feature lessons and course masterclasses from all of the concert artists plus guest tutors, Fiona Harrison, Alex Roche, Nathen Durasemy, Tim Pells and Bridgit Mermikides. The course, which is suitable for players from grade 1+standard, has a strong emphasis on ensemble playing with chamber music sessions as well as a guitar orchestra. There are performance classes which will cover topics such as making the most of practise sessions, technical tips etc. and each student will also receive two thirty-minute private lessons over the duration of the festival. The cost of the course is just £180.00. Course places are limited and last year sold out very quickly, it is therefore advisable to book and secure a place early if interested. For more information on the festival and guitar course fee, booking info etc. please visit:
Or email to enquire about booking. Hope you can join us for what will surely be a memorable festival at a very special venue in London this summer! Very best wishes, Cirella Mayrink Royal Greenwich Guitar Festival

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Invitation to participate in a Guitar Orchestra Retreat Weekend

Our charity is hosting a Guitar Orchestra Retreat in mid-Wales 24-26 July, and we would love to invite you and your members to participate. Those who just want to observe may also do so.
We will be doing some new exciting repertoire, including a movement from a very accessible student guitar concerto called Recuerdos de Andalucia. The event culminates in a showcase concert for participants with everyone having an opportunity to perform in the guitar orchestra pieces. Tons of inspiration and magical music making.
I attach the details to pass around to your members and we hope to see you there. Let me know if there is any other way we may collaborate in future.
Best regards
Dr Avril Kinsey TLDM, PDM, MMus (cum laude), DMus Artistic Director of Guitar Orchestra Retreat Programme Director FCTAMusic (#077942) +27 83 4114889

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