Sydney set to host top Australian and International classical guitarists in the inaugural Classical Guitar Festival Sydney

Guitar Passion is proud to announce to music club and society members across NSW and interstate that it will be hosting the Inaugural Classical Guitar Festival Sydney with a line up of concerts, exhibitions, masterclasses, talks, and social events for both classical guitar aficionados and those who appreciate fine music.
Running from 16 - 19 November 2017 at the Mosman Art Gallery and the Sydney Opera House, the festival will showcase world class Australian and international classical guitar performances in 8 concerts including a special festival opening concert by Australia’s very own Guitar Trek celebrating their 30th Anniversary of music making. The concluding concert of the festival will be performed by Spanish guitarist José Maria Gallardo Del Rey, one of the world’s pre-eminent classical guitarists and flamencos artists. Other artists gracing the stage over the four day festival include young French superstar of the classical guitar Thibaut Garcia performing a programme of French and Spanish masterpieces; Vladimir Gorbach (Guitar Foundation of America first place prize winner, Naxos recording artist and head guitar tutor Sydney Conservatorium); Andrew Blanche (first prize winner Melbourne Guitar Foundation International Guitar Competition 2016), mimi duo (piano and guitar duo); the Sydney Guitar Trio featuring Rory O’Donoghue; and also The Bradley Kunda Trio (guitar, flute and voice) showcasing Australian works.
The festival will also be a wonderful opportunity for students and enthusiasts of the classical guitar to enjoy exhibits of instruments, try out a new (or old!) instrument or to browse some merchandise. The festival performers will be holding masterclasses which will be open to the public, as well as giving some pre-concert talks and lectures. Guitar players will have an opportunity to perform in an “open-mic” session in a public space that will be friendly and supportive.
Classical guitar festivals are a mainstay of the musical calendars of the Americas and Europe, and Guitar Passion is pleased that Sydney will now have its very own classical guitar festival to showcase to the world.
Please have a look at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/classical-guitar-festival-sydney-9225904404 for information and how to book.
For more information please visit the Guitar Passion Facebook page or navigate your browser to www.guitarpassion.com.au
More details on masterclass schedules will be supplied as the dates are finalised.


Concert recital in Penrith: Ermanno Brignolo (October 21 at 15:00)

Join us on October 21 for a concert recital by guitarist Ermanno Brignolo. 

Since moving to Australia from Italy in 2013, Ermanno performs regularly both as a solo guitarist, and with his wife Minie Minarelli as the Majazzter Duo. Ermanno has a Bachelor of Arts in classical guitar, and a concert and recording career spanning across two decades. He is also a mechanical engineer. In November he will be traveling to Europe to give concerts and masterclasses, and we will hear his concert program in Penrith on October 21.
Concert starts at 15:00
Tickets are $15 at the door. (Concession $10)

Here is the program:

Vito Frazzi (1888 - 1975) – Due pezzi

• Intermezzo

• Baldanzoso

Lennox Berkeley (1903 - 1989) – Quatre pièces

• Moderato ma con brio

• Andante con moto

• Lento (Mouvement de sarabande)

• Allegro, energico

Frank Martin (1890 - 1974) – Quatre pièces brèves

• Prélude

• Air

• Plainte

• Comme une gigue


Ettore Desderi (1882 - 1974) – Sonata in mi

• Preludio

• Arioso

• Scherzo

• Toccata e fuga

Benjamin Britten (1913 – 1976) – Nocturnal after John Dowland, op. 70

• Musingly

• Very agitated

• Restless

• Uneasy

• March-like

• Dreaming

• Gently rocking

• Passacaglia

• Slow and quiet

More information on Ermanno can be found here:
The concert will be held at our usual venue:
St Philip's Anglican Church Community HallCorner Bringelly Rd & Second Avenue,Kingswood NSW 2747
If you have any inquiries, please submit them through the contact form on the http://www.penrithclassicalguitar.org/ website.


No meeting September 2017

There will be no meeting in September this year. The next one will be in October, on the usual Saturday (October 14).

Also coming up in October:

We’re hosting a concert recital by guest guitarist Ermanno Brignolo, who will be traveling to Europe in November to perform a series of concerts with the same program. Date and details will be provided over the next few weeks. Video link for Ermanno Brignolo: YouTube channel 


Recital: August 19 in Faulconbridge

In case you missed the recital during the August meeting, it’s on again at the Faulconbridge Community Hall on Saturday August 19, commencing 19:00. See the flyer for details. Mitchell performs the music of Bach, Mertz and others.
More information can be found at mitchellnewton.com.au or you can email Mitchell via this link.


August recital

This month’s meeting will be a recital!

Mitchell Newton, in preparation for his upcoming licentiate exam, will perform a program containing works of Bodganovich, Bach, Houghton, and more.
It is at our usual venue at the usual time. The recital will be approximately 1 hour in duration. All are welcome to attend.
Jacob Wielgosz


Concert: July 30 in Springwood

Here are the details of our upcoming concert, presented by the Penrith Classical Guitar Club, and the Sydney Classical Guitar Society.

Venue: Springwood Presbyterian Church (160 Macquarie Rd, Springwood)
Concert starts at 14:00
Classical guitarists in Sydney belong to a close-knit community: usually we are involved either with the Sydney Classical Guitar Society, or are part of the Penrith Classical Guitar Club (or both!). Each group is equally as passionate and willing to showcase the classical guitar and its music. For this concert, we come together to present a varied program of music written or arranged for the guitar, or multiple guitars.
Spotlighted in this program is music by local composer Mitchell Newton, with his arrangements of Ravel and Castelnuovo-Tedesco, plus the premiere of a newly-commissioned work: Suite for Guitar Ensemble.
We hope to see you there!


Penrith Eisteddfod 2017

Dear guitarists,
The 2017 Penrith Eisteddfod will be held on August 27 at The Henry Lawson Club, Henry Lawson Ave. WERRINGTON 2747.
Prizes include Medals, Certificates, Sheet/Print music products and Cash Prizes.
Entries close May 19. Late entries accepted until June 9 ($2 additional fee).
Here is the syllabus: http://www.penritheisteddfod.com.au/SyllabusFiles/SYLLABUS.pdf Please visit https://stardom.com.au/ to register your participation. I hope to see you there.
Jacob Wielgosz