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The Classic Guitar Society of Western Australia is a voluntary, non-profit making organisation incorporated in 1960 aiming to promote playing and appreciation of the classic guitar and to foster camaraderie amongst its members.

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The objectives of the Society are to:

  • encourage the playing and appreciation of the classical guitar amongst the broader musical and general community;
  • promote performance by guitarists through varied means;
  • facilitate the development of student guitarists;
  • foster camaraderie amongst teachers, students and those interested in the objectives of the Society;
  • provide members with free access to Society functions and discounted entry to Society concerts at the discretion of the Committee;
  • keep members informed in matters relevant to these objectives;
  • co-operate with those elsewhere who share similar objectives; and
  • encourage development of the guitar repertoire.

Upcoming Events

10th October 2018 (Wednesday) - 7:30pm

The Guitar in Dance and Dream

Music Direction by: Jonathan Paget
Performed by: Classical Guitar students, with special guest artists Silver Sands Guitar Trio

The guitar has always belonged to the people; across its history of many centuries the guitar has continued to occupy the space between both popular and elite. Much of its music is rooted in popular song and dance, but developed by its exponents with unusual artistry. A soft instrument, it cajoles us within its intimate tones, drawing us into its own interior dream world with its “six silver moonbeams.”

Venue: Music Auditorium, WA Academy of Performing Arts (2 Bradford St Mt Lawley)

Tickets: $28 full; $23 conc/friends; Phone (08) 9370 6895 or purchase tickets online.

21st Oct 2018 (Sunday) - 12-2pm

Soundboard Sundays - Classical Guitar Open Recital

Join us at the UWA Conservatorium of Music for “Soundboard Sundays”, where you can perform your current repertoire in front of a friendly and supportive audience. Whether you're preparing for a University or School assessment, an exam (WACE practical / AMEB or other grade exam) or you just want to share something you have been practicing – come along and play! All ages and abilities welcome!

Venue: Callaway Music Auditorium, UWA

Performers: participation is free, email Jonathan Fitzgerald at jonathan.fitzgerald@uwa.edu.au to book a spot.
Audience: entry is free, no bookings required.

30th October 2018 (Tuesday) - 7:00pm

Guitar Travels

The cross-cultural instrument of choice, guitar music can be found across all seven continents of the globe. Likewise, the conceit of journeying is a frequent programmatic meme, sometimes literal sometimes figurative. Join us in an evening of guitar entertainment in which WAAPA’s talented guitarists transport us through colourful and expressive musical journeys.

Venue: Kurongkurl Katijin Gallery, Building 15, Edith Cowan University, Central Ave Mt Lawley


4th Nov 2018 (Sunday) - 3pm

Callum Henshaw: National Tour

As part of his tour as the 2017 winner of the Melbourne International Concert Artist Guitar Competition, Cal performs a scintillating program of guitar artistry, featuring works by Domenico Scarlatti (Italy), Manuel M. Ponce (Mexico), Nigel Westlake (Australia) and Agustín Barrios (Paraguay).

Canberra-born classical guitarist Callum Henshaw is considered one of Australia's leading young players. He has had success in a number of major national and international competitions, including First Prize Winner at the 2012 Cordoba International Guitar Competition, the 2014 Tirana International Guitar Competition, and Third Prize at the 2014 Adelaide International Guitar Competition. Cal has studied with Minh Le Hoang and Timothy Kain, and is currently completed a doctorate at ANU. In 2016, Cal released the critically acclaimed, Echo & Return, which includes the world premiere recording, 'Bleed-through', by Australian composer, Samuel Smith. Cal performs on a Greg Smallman & Sons classical guitar and is proudly sponsored by Knobloch Strings.

Venue: Music Auditorium, WA Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University (2 Bradford St Mt Lawley)

Tickets: $30 full; $20 conc/friends; Purchase online at https://www.trybooking.com/371961.

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