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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



04th May 2019 (Saturday)- 3:00pm

Unsung Eusebius, Forgotten Florestan

Jonathan Paget (guitar, ca.1848)

Renowned Australian guitarist Jonathan Paget performs 19C repertoire for solo guitar recital on an historic instrument, reflecting Schumann's iconic Romantic alter egos: Eusebius the dreamer, and Florestan the passionate revolutionary. Included is repertoire by Diabelli, Giuliani, Sor, Craevanger, Arcas, and Moretti.

Venue: St Patrick’s Anglican Church, (Beaufort St & First Ave, Mount Lawley)

Entry by donation; all funds to “The Smith Family,” supporting Australian children in need. See www.thesmithfamily.com.au.

Click here to download the event flyer.



11th May 2019 (Saturday) - 2.00pm

Guitar Masterclass with Jonathan Fitzgerald

Dr Jonathan Fitzgerald, Chair of Guitar at the UWA Conservatorium of Music, will present a free masterclass for advanced high school classical guitar students. Performers: participation is free, email Jonathan Fitzgerald at jonathan.fitzgerald@uwa.edu.au to book a spot (performance spots are limited)

Venue: Callaway Music Auditorium, UWA Conservatorium

FREE ADMISSION, no bookings required



16th May 2019 (Thursday)- 7:30pm

From Beatles to Bowie

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

WAAPA’s Classical Guitar students get their groove on! The smooth, mellow sound of the nylon-stringed guitar might be more often associated with classical music, but this concert showcases arrangements of pop and rock classics from musical legends such as the Beatles, Gypsy Kings, David Bowie and much more.

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.



17th May 2019 (Friday) - 1:00pm

UWA Guitar Studio (Lunchtime Concert)

The UWA Guitar Studio will present a free concert of solo and chamber repertoire, featuring some very special works including Bill Kannengieser’s rarely performed “Gongan” for prepared guitar quartet, and Leo Brouwer’s epic Concerto Elegiaco. From the lute works of Bach to the hypnotic minimalist compositions of Steve Reich, there’s something for everyone on this exciting program.

Venue: Callaway Music Auditorium, UWA Conservatorium

FREE ADMISSION, no bookings required



24th May 2019 (Friday)- 7:30pm

WAAPA Guitarists Melbourne Tour: Domino Figures

"Domino Figures" is a unique collaboration between two of Australia's leading classical guitar programs, directed by Ken Murray and Jonathan Paget. It features WAAPA's Plectra Guitar Ensemble along with Melbourne Con's Leading Edge Guitar Ensemble in a showcase of ambient guitar minimalism, including works by Marian Budos, Steve Reich, David Pritchard, Wayne Sigel, and more.

Venue: Hanson Dyer Hall - Level 3, The Ian Potter Southbank Centre, Southbank campus (43 Sturt Street, Southbank, Melbourne)

Free admision but booking required; register here .



29th May 2019 (Wednesday) - 12.30-2.30pm

Masterclass with Slava Grigoryan

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

Free to attend/observe



29-31 May 2019

UWA Guitar Studio Southwest Tour

Come hear some of Western Australia’s finest young guitarists on the UWA Guitar Studio’s 4th annual concert tour of WA’s South West and Great Southern. Performing in Albany at 7.30pm Wed 29 May and Busselton 7.30pm Friday 31 May.

Albany: 7.30pm 29 May: UWA Albany Campus (31 Stirling Tce, Albany); Tickets: here

Busselton: 7.30pm 31 May: The Weld Theatre (13 Queen St Busselton); Tickets: coming soon



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



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)

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. Player enquiries 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. 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.

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



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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