Worcester Classical Guitar Society

Our Concert “Guitars in the Garden" is on Sunday June 23rd 2:30 pm
 at St. George’s Church Hall in Barbourne

The Guitar Society promotes ensemble playing for guitarists of all ages and abilities.  We have a Guitar Orchestra, a Youth Guitar Orchestra (WYGO) and the long-standing Worcester Guitar Quartet.  We also encourage other ensembles and solo playing.
New members are very welcome - just follow the rehearsals link below and join us at St. George's

Read on for all the news on artists, concerts and other random ramblings that may be of interest.
We also have some guitar  music videos for you to enjoy.

Xufei Yang from Fei's garden

Emma & Steve

Local Concerts
April though July


Flamenco with Oscar Herrero

Guitar Society Concert

St George’s Church Hall
June 23rd


Leonora Spangenburger

Xufei Yang

plays Baden Powell


Duo Siquera Lima plays Tico Tico

Pat Metheny

Symphony Hall, Nov 14


Duo Siquera Lima plays Tico Tico

Mēla Guitar Quartet

Church Stretton, Aug 7


Quinteto Astor Piazzolla Tango Music

Flamenco in Worcester

September 27th


Oscar Herrero Flamenco Tuition

St. George’s
Barbourne


Guitars in the Garden

St. George’s Church Hall
Sunday June 23rd, 2:30 pm

We will be holding an afternoon concert again this year, this time on a Sunday, June 23rd, starting at 2:30 pm.  The concert will feature the Guitar Orchestra and the Worcester Guitar Quartet and will feature music in a variety of styles.  There will be interval refreshments, to be enjoyed in the garden, weather permitting of course.
Tickets will be available on the door.

 

Leonora Spangenburger at Siccas Guitars

Baden Powell


The Shadow of Your Smile

Xufei Yang

Two for the price of one here:  Came across Xufei Yang playing “The Shadow of Your Smile” on YouTube, in an arrangement by Baden Powell.  There is a link to this music below.

Baden Powell de Aquino was a Brazilian guitarist, named after Lord Baden-Powell, the father of the scout movement and performed professionally simply as Baden Powell.  He was a very influential guitarist, he combined classical techniques with harmony and swing.  He performed in many styles, including Samba, Bossa Nova and Brazilian Jazz.  Hearing Xufei Yang’s rendition of his music led to a little more exploration, so we have two more resources for you:

Firstly is the album “Solitude on Guitar”, from which The Shadow of Your Smile arrangeent was taken.  We have a link to the 7Digital platform where a digital download can be purchased.  There are samples of every track so you can assess whether this is for you.

Secondly is a free resource of Baden Powell’s arrangements in score and tab.  These are published by the guitarist’s son; Philippe Baden Powell.  Again there’s a link below to this extensive resource.  Well worth a browse to see if anything grabs your interest.

Fei Yang plays "Shadow of your Smile"  HERE

Solitude on Guitar Album  HERE

“Brazil On Guitar” pdf files  HERE


Music from Xufei Yang's Garden

Worcestershire
April through July



Emma Winscom &
Steve Bridgwater

Piano, Voice, Guitar, Dulcimer


The Guitar Society’s own Steve Bridgwater, on guitar and dulcimer, will be joining forces with Emma Winscom, piano and vocals, and Mike Thomas, percussion, for a series of gigs in Worcestershire over the coming months.
They will be performing a wide range of musical styles, including songs written and performed by Joni Mitchell, Eva Cassidy, Norah Jones and Cole Porter, plus some of Emma and Steve’s own songs and instrumental compositions.

the details are as follows:

Friday, April 26th 7:30, Quaker Meeting House, 1 Sansome Walk, Worcester WR1 1UG

Saturday, May 18th 7:30, Hallow Parish Hall, Hallow WR2 6LD

Wednesday, June 19th 1:00, St George's Church, Barbourne, Worcester, WR! 1HX

Saturday, July 13th 7:30, Peace Hall, Sinton Green, Hallow, WR2 6NP

Light refreshments will be provided


Donations on the Door


Duo Siqueira Lima plays Tico Tico, one guitar, 4 hands

Symphony Hall
Birmingham

Pat Metheny

Thursday, Nov 14th, 7:30 pm


A chance to see the outstanding guitarist Pat Metheny here in the UK.  Not classical guitar of course but a very innovative guitarist whose music covers many genres and well worth a trip to Brum to see him in this solo performance.

Pat is currently on a world tour promoting both his last release “DreamBox” and the new album, “MoonDial” scheduled for release in July this year.  DreamBox was created from music Pat Metheny had recorded during downtime on various tours. These were lying dormant on his hard drive until he discovered the folder and  chose the best nine tracks for this album.
One track has been released as a teaser from the MoonDial album and there is a link to that below.

Pat Metheny is highly rated by many musicians; Gary Ryan pays tribute in the sleeve notes on his Worlds Apart album, particularly for the track West Coast Breeze.  Good opportunity to see him in his only UK date on this tour.

B:Music Website & Tickets  HERE

MoonDial Title Track  HERE

Anfaz by 3M, African Kora Music

Mēla at Church Stretton


Mēla Guitar Quartet

Church Stretton August 7th 7:30 pm


At this years Church Stretton and South Shropshire Arts Festival we have the opportunity of seeing the Mela Guitar Quartet.  When it is so difficult to find concerts featuring classical guitar it is encouraging to see the Church Stretton Festival continuing to feature such music.

The Quartet won the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America International Ensemble competition in 2023.  Part of their prize will be a tour of America next year, so good opportunity to catch them this August in St. Laurence’s Church, Church Stretton.

There’s loads of information about the Quartet and its members on the Church Stretton website, link below.  There’s also a link to the Mēla Quartet’s own website where there's music videos and samples of their various albums.  Worth a look (and listen). 

Tickets available on Church Stretton website from June 1st.

Quinteto Astor Piazzolla tango music

¡Flamenco!
 Friday Sept 27th


Daniel Martinez Flamenco

New Production “Andalucia"

Swan Theatre, Worcester


Daniel Martinez has a new production, Andalucia, which is a musical representation of the eight regions that make up the autonomous community of Andalucia in the South of Spain, the birthplace of flamenco; Cordoba, Sevilla, Cadiz, Malaga, Jaen, Granada, Huelva and Almeria.

Each region has its own distinct take on the very many diverse styles that make up flamenco and these will be  presented to the audience through Daniel’s guitar, and accompanied by an array of flamenco musicians, singers, a chamber orchestra ensemble and flamenco dance.
All of the music for Andalucia, including the full chamber orchestra, has been written and composed by Daniel himself.

The production visited the Town Hall in Birmingham on March 15th 2024, and comes to Worcester’s Swan Theatre on Friday, September 27th.  Although this doesn’t feature in any brochures yet, we have a link to this production below and tickets are available now.

Tickets from Worcester Theatres  HERE

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