and Background to the North East England Classical Guitar Society
A guitar society has existed in the North East of England in
forms over many years. Originally called the Northumbria Classical
Guitar Society, in the 1970s it was organised by Maurice Summerfield
of Ashley Mark Publishing who promoted such guitar greats as Jorge
Morel and David Russell. In the 1980s it was organised by local player
and teacher Paul Croft who has run guitar festivals in Barnard Castle
in the last couple of years. In the mid 90s to 2003
Sue Hedworth took over.
After a hiatus lasting about 5 years, Jon Laidler has been building
up an email list of like minded guitar enthusiasts. Subsequently,
guitarists in the area have helped organise and support a number of
concerts and events. In the past year we have held concerts by Giulio
Tampalini (Italy), Scott Bradley, students from
the RNC in Manchester as well as a day workshop with Gilbert Bibarian.
We have been hosting regular players events/socials, mainly at
the home of local guitarist Lindsay Gillfillan in Morpeth,
Northumberland. These have provided an ideal opportunity for people to
meet, play ensemble music, practise duets and perform solo guitar
music in a relaxed atmosphere. A guitar orchestra
has also been established. (See right).
At the time of writing (June 2012) we have at last entered the 21st
century and have a website! It is hoped that this will be a point of
contact for the many classical guitarists in the area. Our aim is to
build a supportive network for local amateur players and an audience
for concert players.