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Welcome


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



23rd June 2019 (Sunday) - 1.00pm

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! Performers: participation is free, email Jonathan Fitzgerald at jonathan.fitzgerald@uwa.edu.au to book a spot.

Venue: Callaway Music Auditorium, UWA Conservatorium

FREE ADMISSION, no bookings required for audience members



28 July 2019 (Sunday) - 2:00pm

Guitar Society Orchestra in concert

Join us for an afternoon of beautiful classical music presented by the Classical Guitar Society of Western Australia Orchestra. During intermission sumptuous complementary afternoon tea will also be served. This is a major fundraising event for OMEP WA Inc (Organisation Mondiale pour l’Education Prescolaire). The OMEP organisation, which consults with the United Nations, works to promote high quality care and education of young children 0-8 years of age throughout the world and particularly to assist young children suffering severe disadvantage. The funds from this event will be used to help sustain Crispins Kindergarten and Elementary School in Papua New Guinea, as well as providing formal teacher training for a voluntary teacher at the school.

Venue: St David’s Church Hall Cnr Simpson & Bombard Sts, Ardross

Tickets: $5 at the door

Click here to download the event flyer.





10th August 2019 (Saturday)- 2:00pm

Ace your WACE - Masterclass with Jonathan Paget

A masterclass with WAAPA’s renowned guitar maestro Associate Professor Jonathan Paget. Free to observers and players, but registration is essential. Enquiries: E.welch@ecu.edu.au

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

11th Aug 2019 (Sunday) - 3pm

Music For Pleasure: Jane Darcey and the CGS Orchestra

Classical guitar concert featuring performances by Jane Darcey followed by the Classical Guitar Society orchestra

Jane Darcey and the Classical Guitar Society Orchestra present an afternoon of beautiful music for both solo guitar and orchestra. Music featured is mostly by Australian composers, including Darcey's compositions from her latest CD, music by award winning composer Azariah Felton, the ever popular Paul Svoboda and Rory O'Donaghue. Some well-known and loved popular songs will also be included.The concert is part of the Cottesloe Civic Centre's Music for Pleasure series.
Venue: Cottesloe Civic Centre War Memorial Hall (109 Broome St, Cottesloe)

Tickets: $15 adults, $10 concession/members. Online purchase https:www.trybooking.com/517021



Fridays from 16th August, 4.30-6.30pm

Accelerate Guitars

Accelerate is UWA’s elite performing–training program for students in Years 10-12 who are looking to take their playing to the next level. Students will participate in weekly workshops, masterclasses and rehearsals culminating in a performance on 12 September.

Visit here for further information



16th Aug 2019 (Friday) - 1:00pm

UWA Guitar Studio (Lunchtime Concert)

Venue: Callaway Music Auditorium, UWA Conservatorium

FREE ADMISSION, no bookings required



20th Aug 2019 (Tuesday)- 1:10pm

Guitarissimo! (Lunchtime Concert)

WAAPA’s guitar students share their talent, inspiration, and visions of musical beauty, in a selection of ensemble and guitar solo performances.

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

FREE ADMISSION, no bookings required



22nd August 2019 (Thursday) - 7pm to 9pm

Masterclass with Paul Cesarczyk

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

Free to attend/observe. A limited number of free places for players are available; interested players should contact Jonathan Paget on j.paget@ecu.edu.au.





23rd August 2019 (Friday) - 7:30pm

Paul Cesarczyk: Guitar Artistry

Polish-born American classical guitarist Paul Cesarczyk made his New York City debut at Carnegie Hall at the age of 17. Since then, he has built an international reputation as an exceptional soloist and brillant teacher at Mahidol University in Thailand where he overseas one of the largest and most prestigious guitar programs in Asia.

In this concert of classical guitar artistry, Cesarzyck performs solo and is joined by WAAPA’s own Jonathan Paget for duets on 19th century guitars.

Paul is the international artist and adjudicator at the 31st WA Classical Guitar Ensemble Festival, 2019.

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

Tickets: $29 full; $24 conc/friends; Phone (08) 9370 6895 or purchase tickets online.











24th - 25th August 2019

WA Classical Guitar Ensemble Festival

The WA International Classical Guitar Ensemble Festival is an annual event hosted by the Classical Guitar Society. It provides a unique opportunity for ensembles to perform in a formal yet supportive environment. It fosters camaraderie and pedagogical exchanges amongst participants and contributes to the over-all artistic and cultural enrichment of the community.

The 31st WA Classical Guitar Ensemble Festival will be held at Carine Senior High School, 51 Everingham St Carine, on Saturday, 25 August and Sunday, 26 August 2018. The 2019 adjudicator will be Polish-American guitarist virtuoso Paul Cesarczyk, currently based at Mahidol University, Thailand.

Visit Click here for information and ensemble registration

Tickets (nominal charge TBC) to attend available at the door.



12th Sep 2019 (Thursday)- 7:30pm

UWA Guitar Studio and Accelerate

Following 2018’s hugely successful performane at the Perth International Classical Guitar Festival, talented high school players in UWA’s Acceleraet program join forces with emerging artists from the UWA Guitar Studio in a program that is not to be missed.

Venue: Callaway Auditorium, UWA Conservatorium

Tickets: from $10, see Trybooking.com/BASXG



13 Sept 2019 (Friday) - 6pm to 7:30pm

Masterclass with Gian Marco Ciampa

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

Free to attend/observe. All welcome. A limited number of free places for players are available; interested players should contact Jonathan Paget on j.paget@ecu.edu.au.



14th Sept 2019 (Saturday) - 3pm

Gian Marco Ciampa: National Tour

As part of his national tour as the 2018 winner of the Melbourne International Concert Artist Guitar Competition, acclaimed Italian guitarist Gian Marco Ciampa performs a scintillating program of guitar artistry. Ciampa has been won multiple international competitions of note, including the “Tokyo International Guitar Competition”[Japan], “Coria Guitar Competition” [Spain], “Budapest International Guitar Competition” [Hungary],"Omis International Guitar Competition"[Croazia], ,”Michele Pittaluga International Guitar Competition”, and International Competition “Fernando Sor”[Italy]. In 2016-2018, Gian Marco performed on Tour for more than 100 concerts in Australia, Japan, Argentina, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, France and Italy.


..."A true wunderkind with a strong musical personality, he is stepping into the limelight of the Italian music stage" (Il Tempo, 22 August 2004)

Venue: North Perth Lesser Town Hall, (24 View St North Perth).

Tickets: $30 adults, $20 concession/members. Online purchase https:www.trybooking.com/BCLNU


22nd Sep 2019 (Sunday) - 2:00pm

WA Classical Guitar Players' Forum

Presented by the WA Classical Guitar Society and Instrumental Music School Services

This unique event gives students the opportunity to practice performing in front of a supportive live audience. It is open to all students and small ensembles from beginners to advanced.

Venue: School of Instrumental Music, 150 Guildford Rd Maylands (access from Peninsular Ave)

Expressions of interest to Steven Sutherland on 0405 535 149 or email steven.sutherland2@education.wa.edu.au.

For information about the forums, click here.



9th Oct 2019 (Thursday)- 7:30pm

The Parisian Guitar

Music Direction by: Jonathan Paget; Melissa Fitzgerald
Performed by: Classical Guitar students and staff

Join us for a celebration of the beauty, passion, and romance of the Parisian guitar. From 16th century counterpoint through to post-modern guitar bards such as Dyens and Kleynjans, the French have had a long lover affair with the guitar. Enjoy musical gems from this rich body of work performed by the classical guitar students and Plectra Guitiar Ensemble, with a highlight performance by WAAPA’s classical guitar expert Jonathan Paget of Ferdinando Carulli’s Petit Concerto de Société on a period instrument, accompanied by the Indian Ocean Ensemble.

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

Tickets: $29 full; $24 conc/friends; Phone (08) 9370 6895 or purchase tickets online.



12 Oct 2019 (Sunday) - 1.00pm

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! Performers: participation is free, email Jonathan Fitzgerald at jonathan.fitzgerald@uwa.edu.au to book a spot.

Venue: Callaway Music Auditorium, UWA Conservatorium

FREE ADMISSION, no bookings required for audience members



29th October 2019 (Tuesday)- 7:30pm

Guitar Worlds

The cross-cultural instrument of choice, guitar can be found across all seven continents of the globe. Join us in an evening in which WAAPA’s talented guitarists transport us through colourful and expressive musical worlds.

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

FREE ADMISSION, no bookings required



31 Oct 2019 (Saturday) - 7.00pm

“Parallel Resonance”: A Piñata Percussion Co-Lab with the UWA Guitar Studio

Enjoy a joyful journey of music for marimba, vibraphone, guitar and percussion, influenced by the energetic rhythms and harmonies of flamenco, tango and jazz and featuring new works by talented UWA composers.

Venue: Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 Finnerty St, Fremantle WA 6160

Tickets: purchase tickets online.



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