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Canterbury Guitar Society

Canterbury Classical Guitar Society's photo The Canterbury Guitar Society meets monthly from September to July at the Friends Meeting House, 6 The Friars, Canterbury on third Mondays (not August) at 7.30pm.

We welcome (classical) players of all standards, vistors are welcome to attend 2 or 3 meetings free to see if they would like to join us.

Twice a year, we have public professional concerts of a very high standard and a growing reputation locally, the other meetings we perform to and learn from each other.

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CGS Performers

Recent concerts have included two of the world's very top virtuosos: Gaëlle Solal and Fabio Zanon. Several recent concerts have been over-subscribed: early booking is advised!

OUR NEXT CONCERT is on April 20th AND IS NOW SOLD OUT, WAITING LIST NOW CLOSED! SORRY TO DISAPPOINT! DO EMAIL US TO GO ON OUR CIRCULATION LIST FOR FUTURE CONCERTS!!, by the Spanish guitarist Fernando Espí... “an outstanding guitarist of the new generation” (Classical Guitar Magazine) “Amongst the most shining interpreters of the six strings” (Scherzo)

Fernando Espí specialises in the traditional Spanish repertoire for the guitar, and opens his all Spanish recital with a magnificent Fandango by the 18th century composer Salvador Castro de Gistau, which may well have inspired the Fandango from the Guitar Quintet No. 4 by Boccherini. See it on YouTube, played on an 18th century instrument by Espí, but DON'T do this till you have checked that you are free to come to the concert, or you will find it very frustrating! Gistau FANDANGO (Espi - YouTube)

The guitar repertoire has been enriched by wonderful transcriptions of the piano music of Albeniz and Granados, and Fernando will include three pieces by Granados in his Canterbury concert. Amongst other composers, we will also hear the Recuerdos de la Alhambra, the famous tremolo study, by Francisco Tarrega, and two works (a lullaby and a medley) by Espí himself.

Fernando Espí completed his advanced studies at the Alicante Conservatoire under the tutelage of José Tomás, winning the Extraordinary End-of-Course Prize in 1997, and studied also with Manuel Barrueco, David Russell, Carles Trepat, Pavel Steidl, Ignacio Rodes, and Arnaldur Arnalson. He has obtained a professional qualification in Performance in early plucked-string instruments and received lessons from Hopkinson Smith, Rolf Lislevand and Xavier Díaz-Latorre. He is also a graduate in Science and Music History. Fernando Espí has been a prize-winner at major national and international guitar competitions, including the Jeunesses Musicales of Spain (First Prize), the Princess Cristina Guitar Competition at the Guerrero Foundation in Madrid (Best Spanish Performance Prize), the Luys Milán International Guitar Competition (First Prize) and the Francisco Tárrega Competition of Benicasim (Second Prize and Best Tarrega’s Piece Performance). Fernando’s concert career has taken him to halls and festivals in more than twenty-five countries, collaborating with official entities like the Spanish Cervantes Institute and the UNESCO World Youth Choir. Currently he teaches at the Superior Conservatory of Salamanca. His works as a composer include two concertos for the unusual combination of guitar and wind band.

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Secretary/Treasurer: John Kemp
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