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WA Classical Guitar Ensemble Festival 2017 Applications

Applications for ensembles to perform at the WA Classical Guitar Ensemble Festival 2017 (19th-20th August) due Friday, 2nd June (visit http://www.sim.iinet.net.au/gfestapl.html)

Special Event

The 29th WA Classical Guitar Ensemble Festival will be held at Carine Senior High School on Saturday, 19 August and Sunday, 20 August 2017. This year's featured artist and adjudicator will be Karin Schaupp.

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Edited highlights of closing comments at the 2016 WA Guitar Ensemble Festival

"Listening to these ensembles has been an absolute privilege so its an honour for us to witness a weekend like this. For us interstate guitarists this is an absolutely enviable thing that you guys have got going on here. I don't see anywhere else in the world where there are so many guitar ensembles and so much amazing teaching happening at schools and privately and at universities.

"Last weekend was the international guitar festival in Adelaide where I've been the musical director for a few years. It's a competition with a large prize and is a very difficult competition to win. There are always 16 semi-finalists and this year there were six from Perth, two from Melbourne, one from Sydney, a few from Brisbane and a few international players. Having six from Perth is a tribute to what's happening here at schools and so I'd like to thank all the teachers for leading this and inspiring everyone. Thank you for supporting the guitar so much."

- Slava Grigoryan, August 2016

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

1st July 2017 (Saturday) - 3pm

Silver Sands Guitar Trio

Jonathan Paget, Nathan Fischer, Craig Lake

Three inspirational, internationally-acclaimed guitarists perform ambient music to inspire, from Australia to Latin America, with a supporting act by the WA Guitar Society Orchestra. Award-winning guitarist Jonathan Paget (based at the WA Academy of Performing Arts) and Perth’s own Craig Lake, are joined by Malaysian-based virtuoso Nathan Fischer in this stunning new ensemble.

Venue: Perth Town Hall (Hay St & Barrack St, Perth).

Tickets: $35 adults, $25 concession/members.

Discounts online at: www.trybooking.com/PIRH.

City of Perth Parking options include: (1) Pier Street (between Murray & Wellington), (2) Council House (27 St Georges Tce), (3) Perth Concert Hall (Terrace Rd).

15th August 2017 (Tuesday) - 1.10pm

Classical Guitar Showcase

Performed by WAAPA guitar students

Venue: Music Auditorium, WAAPA (2 Bradford St Mt Lawley)


18th August 2017 (Friday) - 1:00pm

UWA Guitar Studio Lunchtime Concert

Performed by UWA guitar students.

Venue: Callaway Music Auditorium, UWA School of Music


18th August 2017 (Friday) - 7:30pm

Karin Schaupp and Claire Edwardes

Performed by: Karin Schaupp (classical guitar) Claire Edwardes (percussion)

Celebrated guitarist Karin Schaupp joins forces with percussionist extraordinaire Claire Edwardes in an all Australian program of enthralling musical landscapes. Through the mellow and sensual medium of marimba/vibraphone and guitar, the audience is taken on a musical journey through the Australian outback, sojourning in lush rainforests and soaking up the sun on warm beaches. Karin Schaupp and Claire Edwardes are two of Australia’s best-loved musical artists and this is a rare privilege to hear them play together.

Venue: Judith Cottier Theatre (Perth College, 31 Lawley Cresc. Mt Lawley)

Tickets: $36 full; $28 conc/friends; Phone (08) 9370 6636 or purchase tickets online.

19th - 20th August 2017

29th WA Classical Guitar Ensemble Festival

This year's featured artist and adjudicator will be Karin Schaupp.

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17th September 2017 (Sunday) - 2:00pm

WA Classical Guitar Players' Forum

Expressions of interest for the 2017 Players' Forum to be held on Sunday 7 September should contact the Coordinator Steve Sutherland on 0405 535 149 or email steven.sutherland2@education.wa.edu.au.

Venue: Instrumental Music Schools Services, 150 Guildford Rd Maylands (access from Peninsular Ave)

Players $5.00 to play, members play for free. Observers by gold coin donation.

For information about the forums, click here.

11th October 2017 (Wednesday) - 7:30pm

Rosemary and Thyme: The English Guitar

Music Direction by Jonathan Paget

Performed by: Classical Guitar students with Jonathan Paget (guitar) and Stewart Smith (piano)

Through the passion and artistic genius of Julian Bream, the guitar in England was repositioned at the leading edge of musical excellence, with stunning interpretations of works by the likes of Britten, Walton, and Tippet. Celebrate Bream’s artistic legacy and the English guitar heritage in all its richness and poetry, from the Renaissance to the present day. The evening showcases performances by WAAPA guitar students, and features Jonathan Paget and Stewart Smith in a special performance of Mr Shand’s Guitar Concerto.

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

Tickets: $27 full; $22 conc/friends; Phone (08) 9370 6636 or purchase tickets online.

13th October 2017 (Friday) - 5:00pm

UWA Fridays@Five Concert Series - "Guitar Plus"

UWA guitar students present a collaborative concert, performing an exciting program of rarely heard chamber music featuring guitar with other instruments.

Venue: Callaway Music Auditorium, UWA School of Music


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