Upcoming Events

"Cultural Identity Through the Classical Guitar in Cuba Post Revolution" with Mathew James

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Mathew James will demonstrate how guitar music in Cuba has developed from the 1959 revolution to the modern day, analysing both the internal and external influences that have shaped the Cuban guitar landscape over the past 60 years.

Solo Concert with Valérie Hartzell and Jeremy Garcia

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Programme will be announced a few weeks before the concert. I can assure the audiences that a new piece will be written by Valérie and premiered at the show. After a 10 minute interval, Jeremy Garcia will perform a programme of his own flamenco compositions. The concert is open to the public (anyone, anywhere in the world can watch) and a tip jar will be added to the subject box below the video on YouTube and will be on the CM website.

"Flamenco Technique on the Classical Guitar" with Jeremy Garcia

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Come explore the world of Flamenco Technique and see how we can apply those techniques for increased musical expression on the classical guitar. We will explore the use of the thumb rest stroke in Francisco Tárrega’s “Lágrima,” and “Asturias,” by Isaac Albéniz. We will also use classical studies like “Etude 1” by Villa-Lobos to develop a more balanced right hand using the thumb rest-stroke, alzapúa as well as picado. We will also look at ways flamenco tremolo can help us improve our classical tremolo.

This is an exciting workshop intended to give the classical guitarist new tools of expression while developing a more balanced right hand.

Eleanor Kelly and Daniela Rossi, solo recitals

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Both Eleanor and Daniela will each perform a set of solo pieces. The programme will be announced a few weeks before the concert. Eleanor will be premiering a new composition by Valérie Hartzell. The show is open internationally and a tip jar will be available in the subject box below the video and on the CM website.

Hidden Gems: the forgotten works of women composers with Eleanor Kelly

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Throughout history, women have often been overlooked and the Western classical tradition is no exception. Often, there is a pause when one is asked to name more than one female composer – even, indeed, by music scholars and professionals. Up until the twentieth century, it was considered immoral for a woman to be making music in public – whether that be performing or composing – and women were confined to domestic music-making. Along with many other factors, such as lack of education, opportunity and autonomy, this is one reason why there is a data gap of female composers in the histories across the Western Classical Tradition, and guitar repertoire is not exempt from this issue. The loss of knowledge and music that the silencing of women composers will have caused is sad and frustrating, but in this lecture/survey I aim to rediscover and highlight the major women composers for guitar and their works across eras and genres.