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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

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.

27th Oct 2018 (Saturday) - 7pm

Sonatas & Sounds from the Lighthouse: Chris Kotchie

Internationally performing Perth-based classical guitarist Chris Kotchie brings to life the vivid and colourful sonatas of 20th-century composers Manuel Ponce and Antonio Jose, as well as his original compositions inspired by the Australian landscape, mythology, and ancient temples of south-east Asia. Enjoy a complimentary wine and the intimacy of superb chamber music in the comfortable environment of the newly-opened Steinway & Sons showroom. A Cappuccino Concerts event.

Venue: Steinway Showroom Perth, 246 Railway Parade, West Leederville

Tickets: Purchase online at https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=434485& .

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


2nd Nov 2018 (Friday) - 6pm to 7:30pm

Masterclass with Callum Henshaw

Venue: Instrumental Music School Services, Sixth Street Maylands (enter Sixth Street from Peninsula Road off Guildford Road)

Free to attend/observe. All welcome. Enquires j.paget@ecu.edu.au.

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.

Visit https://callumhenshaw.com from more information about Callum and his new album, Forest of Dreams.

Variations sur Folia (Ponce): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuxFFIZOgCM
Neil Gow's Lament: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RosmRGRbiQw
Sonata del Decamron (Brouwer): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RX6Q7lLwBgA

18th November (Sunday) - 6-9pm

WAAPA Guitar Graduation Recitals

6.00pm - Robert Parker (third-year recital)

7.00pm - Stefan Pavlovic (fourth-year recital)

8.00pm - Cameron Somodji (fourth-year recital)

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


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