North East England Classical Guitar Society

Promoting the Classical Guitar throughout North East England


History and Background to the North East England Classical Guitar Society

A guitar society has existed in the North East of England in various
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.

GIULIO TAMPALINI: M. Colonna Aria Mediterranean


The Newcastle Guitar Orchestra

Founded in April 2012, the Newcastle Guitar Orchestra meets on alternate Wednesday evenings in the King's Hall, Newcastle University. If you enjoy playing classical guitar and would like the opportunity to play with other musicians, we are always looking for new members. All ages and abilities are welcome, although some sight reading is required. No auditions - simply come along. Please email for details

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