EGTA has been working over the last 2 years in an advisory capacity to the ABRSM. The result is a totally new classical guitar syllabus from the biggest examing board in the world. New publications have been produced including a Preliminary Book of the EGTA Solo Now series. Dozens of people in all corners of More Info »
EGTA has finally achieved Charitable status and the Charities Commission has assigned us the registration number 1125411.
All these true quotes from children had their teachers crying with laughter. Any new contributions are welcome! Pupil: “what is the difference between a classical and an autistic guitar”? Teacher: “who wrote this piece”? Pupil: “Jonathan Sebastien Bach” Pupil : “My rope broke” . Teacher : “They are called strings” . Teacher : “Did you practise this More Info »
In October 2012 EGTA became one of the 113 organisations signed up to the “Bacc for the Future” campaign. This opposes the Government’s plan to introduce an English Baccalaureate that omitted performing/expressive arts at Key Stage 4. Plans to introduce the EBacc as an exam have now been scrapped, although school league tables will still More Info »
Guitar Day at the Menuhin School On Sunday 22 April 2012, the Yehudi Menuhin School is commemorating its Founders Day (the anniversary of Lord Menuhins birth) with a day of events dedicated to the guitar. Starting at 2.00pm there will be open workshop sessions, led by YMS guitar teacher Richard Wright, for guitarists of all ages and abilities. This will be followed by a masterclass with Jonathan Leathwood and the Schools four current guitar pupils. At 6.30pm there is an extended Founders Day concert with a supper interval of one hour. In the first half past pupils Tom Ellis and Laura Snowden join the current pupils in a programme of solos, duos and chamber music by Coste, Brahms, Falla, Piazzolla, Stephen Dodgson and Colin Downs. The second half features Mélange à Trois, a new and unique ensemble comprising violinist and YMS alumna Kathy Gowers, guitarist Jonathan Leathwood and jazz double bass player Chris Hill. Their programme consists of café-style treatments of popular violin repertoire from Sarasate to Kreisler, including gypsy tunes, bluegrass, and music from Venezuela and Brazil.