24th Annual Conference – 21st – 23rd July 2014
EGTA invites you to the 25th annual conference. It is a pleasure to be welcoming you to a school just outside of the historic city of York. It is a superb venue for us, we enjoyed some wonderful hospitality last year and I’m sure they will make us most welcome once again.
They have a swimming pool too for people who like their early morning dip. We hope that there is something on the agenda for everyone and that you be able to attend. We have some interesting talks and workshops on technique, a talk on computer notation, a fugue dissection, some wonderful duo recitals and your chance to be part of our own EGTA Panormo ensemble. Whether you are new to EGTA or a lifelong member we look forward to seeing you. Don’t miss out on what is sure to be a unique event.
Dates: 21st – 23rd July 2014
Location: Queen Margaret’s School, Escrick, York, YO19 6EU
Special Guest Recitalists
- Monday 21st July: Duo: Tom Ellis and Laura Snowden 8pm
- Tuesday 22nd July: Panormo Duo – Wendy Jackson and Chris Susans 8pm
Talks and presentations by:
Jad Azkoul, Gilbert Biberian, Stephen Kenyon
Residential £165 (£195 for non members)
Includes all talks, workshops and concerts, meals and accommodation.
Non residential £120 (£150 for non members)
Includes all talks, workshops and concerts, lunch and dinner
Monday 21st July 2014
4.30 Stephen Kenyon -Taking apart a Fugue A hands-on-guitars session exploring the brilliantly written fugue by J. Lee Graham which uses the theme of “Ah vous dirais-je, Maman” (aka “Twinkle…”) as a subject and gives a step-by-step, annotated account of the structure of the fugue. All participants will get a copy of the complete fugue score, a part to play the piece from and access to all the parts should they wish.
8.00 Duo Recital – Tom Ellis and Laura Snowden
Tuesday 22nd July 2014
9.30 Gilbert Biberian: LIBER – Articulation and Touch on the Guitar. (Autographed copies of Gilbert’s book will be available to purchase £30.00)
11.30 Gilbert Biberian: Panormo ensemble session. Gilbert will direct an ensemble of his own arrangement of Sor’s op25 sonata in 4 parts. This is an exciting opportunity to take part in this EGTA first! Bring Panormo Guitars if you can and invite any friends who might like to join us. Should be fun to watch too!
2.15 AGM with elections for committee posts
4.00 Jad Azkoul: An Inside Look at the Carlevaro Method: obtaining maximum results with minimum effort
8.00 Panormo Duo Recital – Wendy Jackson and Chris Susans
Wednesday 23rd July 2014
9.30 Jad Azkoul: Hands- On workshop Carlevaro’s Methods in Practice.
11.30 Stephen Kenyon: Notation, computers, and doing it right for guitarists. A session looking briefly at the history of computer-based musical notation,and more deeply at the use of software to notate guitar music, ways to do it better and avoid the pitfalls!
2.30 Open forum: including ideas for how to use modern technology in teaching:
ipads, apps, recording. Members contributions welcome.
4.00 Tea and Close of conference
Jad Azkoul is a renowned concert guitarist who now lives and teaches in London after teaching at the Conservatory in Geneva. Before turning to the classical guitar, Jad played rock music, obtained an MA in psychology and studied jazz at the Berklee College of Music. His work with different classical guitar methods and teachers finally led him to Abel Carlevaro, the Uruguayan guitar virtuoso, composer and creator of a new school of guitar. After 30 years of work under and collaboration with this legendary figure Jad came to be valued by Carlevaro as his genuine representative. It is in this capacity that Classical Guitar magazine has commissioned him to write a monthly series of articles dedicated to his mentor’s innovative approach to the guitar. The first of these appears in the June issue.
Jad teaches and performs at festivals worldwide and conducts annual summer masterclasses in France. His CDs are available from iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.
Gilbert Biberian is one of the most innovative performers and composers working in the field of the guitar today. His concerts are greeted with much acclaim for their high quality of artistry and musical energy. Keenly aware of the importance of creating a new body of work for the guitar, Gilbert Biberian has stimulated much original composition and along with his own works he has enriched the repertoire of the instrument for all time. A strong believer in the immense value of chamber music, he started forming quartets and ensembles back in 1969/1970. He was the first to form a guitar ensemble of professional standing. He founded the The Omega Players in 1969.
The first volume of Biberian’s book ‘Liber’ is a major contribution to the guitar’s technical literature. It deals with all aspects of articulation in a logical and concise matter aided by copius examples from the guitar repertory. It is invaluable to players of all standards and (particularly) to teachers of the instrument. It’s the book I wish I’d written. Raymond Burley…
Stephen Kenyon was a post-Graduate student of Gilbert Biberian at Trinity College of Music. He has performed widely, composed, published and made some quite popular videos. Please see; www.jacaranda-music.com and www.youtube.com/user/JacarandaMusic
Tom Ellis and Laura Snowden began performing together at the Menuhin School aged just 15. Now RCM students, they have already performed as a duo and soloists at London’s most prestigious halls including the Wigmore, Cadogan and Bolivar Hall. Their ongoing collaboration with Richard Wright has seen them develop an exciting range of new guitar duo arrangements including Bartok’s ‘Mikrokosmos’ and Falla’s ‘Pieces Espagnoles’. The duo also premiered a new piece ‘Letras de Humo’ by Colin Downs in 2011 at the Guildford International Music Festival. In the summer of 2012 they claimed the 1st Prize at the Ligita International Guitar Duo Competition in Lichtenstein and in March 2013 they reached the final of the Royal Overseas League competition in London. 2013 saw them return to Lichtenstein for their prizewinners concert and perform on the IGF Young Artists Platform at the Bolivar Hall and Kings Place.
The Panormo Duo. Wendy Jackson and Chris Susans formed the Panormo Duo in 2009 in order to explore the music composed for two guitars in the early 19th century. The composers Fernando Sor, Ferdinando Carulli, Antoine de Lhoyer and Mauro Giuliani, amongst others, wrote music of immense skill, wit, imagination and passion for the instrument that developed into the concert guitar of today. Our instruments, made by two members of the Panormo family in London, represent the pinnacle of English guitar making at that time. The great pioneer guitar composers would have been entirely familiar with the sonorities represented here.
Wendy Jackson has given many solo recitals in London and the North West, and has appeared several times on Independent Television and BBC radio. Outside Britain she has performed in Belgium and Hungary, and undertaken a British Council tour of Africa. In addition to her solo career, Wendy also performs regularly with members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the “Ensemble of St Luke’s”, and has appeared with their contemporary music group “Ensemble 10:10”.
As a guitar teacher, Wendy has taught students of all ages and abilities, and teaches the guitar at Chetham’s School of Music, Junior RNCM and the University of Manchester.
Christopher Susans has played on BBC radio and television and given guitar and lute recitals throughout Britain. As well as his solo performances he has also played with ensembles that include song accompaniment, chamber works with various instrumentalists and works for choir and guitar, and in orchestral concerts as concerto soloist. He is also a member of the New Omega Players directed by Gilbert Biberian.
As a lutenist he is a member of the Vallet Lute Quartet and is a member of the Lachrimae Consort playing lute and cittern.
The Panormo Duo recorded some videos of the music of Ferandiere for Brian Jeffrey (Tecla Music). These are to be uploaded to Youtube in due course in order to advertise his publication of these remarkable duets from the late 18th century. Chris took some rough sound recordings of the session and these four tracks are available to hear on-
You may have heard that Gary Ryan was performing at the York Guitar Festival on Sunday 20th July. Unfortunately this has been cancelled.
EGTA is looking forward to seeing you.
Please return your booking forms by Friday 11th July so that the appropriate arrangements can be made. Late bookings may not be accepted.
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