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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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View Guitar Festival Information and Schedule.

Many thanks to Zenith Music for their support of the WA Classical Guitar Ensemble Festival.

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

19th - 20th August 2017

29th WA Classical Guitar Ensemble Festival

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

Click here for more information.

2nd September 2017 (Saturday) - 6:00pm

UWA Guitar Studio Tour - Perth

Performed by UWA Guitar Students

Venue: Braham Auditorium, Trinity College Brother O’Doherty Cultural Centre (Nelson Crescent, east of Braithwaite St East Perth WA 6004)


3rd September 2017 (Sunday) - 5:00pm

The Journey of Composition with Mathew Laurenson

A classical guitar recital featuring some of the many and varied compositions of Mathew Laurenson. These beautiful compositions exhibit the classical guitar at it's finest, and have been created over the past 8 years. During these years Mathew has been on a journey to discover the secrets to honing his music writing skills as well as finding his own authentic musical voice. Please do join us for a wonderful evening of opulent musical display.

Venue: Cottesloe Memorial Hall 109 Broome Street, Cottesloe

Tickets and more information available at http://www.cappuccino-concerts.com.au/products.

3rd September 2017 (Sunday) - 6:00pm

Boyd Meets Girl

Rupert Boyd (guitar) and Laura Metcalf (cello)

Dynamic and inspirational guitarist Rupert Boyd (familiar to Perth audiences through his highly-acclaimed ensemble the “Australian Guitar Duo”) returns to Australia in a stunning new chamber combination. Artists of impeccable musicianship and stunning technique, Boyd and Metcalf delight with an eclectic program of works by Zenamon, Faure, Bach, Edwards, Gnattali, Piazzolla, de Falla, Pärt, and Michael Jackson.

Pavane (Fauré): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxgBP3kFUfg
Human Nature (Michael Jackson): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9UZoH8J-QI

New York-based Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd is acclaimed as one of the most talented guitarists of his generation. He has been described by The Washington Post as “truly evocative,” and by Classical Guitar Magazine as “a player who deserves to be heard.” His performances have taken him across four continents, from New York’s Carnegie Hall, to the Barcelona Guitar Festival in Spain, Strings-139 Festival in China, Festival de Musique Classique in France, Gharana Music Festival in Nepal, and every state and territory in mainland Australia

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

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

Discounts online at: http://www.trybooking.com/QTHF.

For more information visit: http://www.boydmeetsgirlduo.com/concerts.html.

5th September 2017 (Tuesday) - 6.30pm

Rupert Boyd Masterclass

This is a golden opportunity to work with an inspirational international performer. Interested players should contact Jonathan Paget on j.paget@ecu.edu.au to reserve a place (places for performers are limited).

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

Players $90, Observers $5, members/WAAPA students free.

8th September 2017 (Friday) - 7:30pm

UWA Guitar Studio Tour - Albany

Performed by UWA Guitar Students

Venue: Albany Senior High School (1 Campbell Rd Mount Clarence WA 6330)


9th September 2017 (Saturday) - 2:00pm

Guitar Society Orchestra in concert

Join the Classical Guitar Society Orchestra in the relaxed and intimate atmosphere of the Maylands Yacht Club for an afternoon of classical indulgence. Conducted by Jane Darcey, with performances by special guests.

Venue: Maylands Yacht Club (East Street Maylands)

Tickets: $5

10th September 2017 (Sunday) - 2:30pm

UWA Guitar Studio Tour - Dunsborough

Performed by UWA Guitar Students

Venue: Old Dunsborough Town Hall (44 Gifford Rd Dunsborough WA 6281)


11th September 2017 (Monday) - 7:00pm Concert, 3:30pm Masterclass

UWA Guitar Studio Tour - Margaret River

Performed by UWA Guitar Students

Venue: Margaret River High School Auditorium (158 Bussell Hwy Margaret River WA 6285)


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)

Click here to download the event flyer.

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

For information about the forums, click here.

4th October 2017 (Wednesday) - 7:00pm

WASO Young and Emerging Artists 2017 International Artist Masterclass Program

Masterclass with Karin Schaupp (Guitar)

Venue: Callaway Music Auditorium, UWA School of Music


Applications for players due 25 August

Download the 2017 IAMP Event Information and 2017 IAMP Application Form for more information.

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


28th October 2017 (Saturday) - 7:00pm

UWA Guitar Studio Tour - Melbourne

Performed by UWA Guitar Students.

Venue: Venue: St Mary’s Church (428 Queensberry St North Melbourne VIC 3051)

Door Tickets Available

31st October 2017 (Tuesday) - 7.30pm

Guitar Travels (WAAPA guitar student showcase)

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


2nd December 2017 (Saturday) - 6pm

WA Classical Guitar Society Orchestra Christmas Concert

An evening of festive guitar music from around the globe.

Venue: Callaway Music Auditorium, UWA School of Music

Tickets: Online advanced booking: $25 Adults, $20 Conc., $15 members, Door prices: $28 Adults, $23 conc., $18 members.

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