London Guitar Festival 20182018-10-23T10:24:48+00:00

London Guitar Festival 2018

London Guitar Festival 2018 features a wonderful series of concerts, masterclasses and competitions. We look forward to an exciting line-up of major international artists and young artists making their debuts. Europe’s foremost Flamenco act, the Gerardo Nuñez Quintet is headlining the Friday night, the amazing Ana Vidovic concludes the Big Night of the Guitar on Saturday evening and a superb double-billing of Margarita Escarpa and Paco Seco on the Sunday.  This year we especially welcome performances from exciting EUROSTRINGS YOUNG ARTISTS as part of the new EuroStrings Project, as well as our own Young Artist Platform and Aspire stage.

Don’t miss these very special events and reserve the dates now. Tickets available now!



Friday 26 October, 7.30pm | Hall One
Tickets £16.50 to £39.50 (£9.50 savers)

Gerardo Nuñez Quintet with Carmen Cortés

Guitarist and composer Gerardo Nuñez is recognised as one of the world’s biggest stars of Flamenco and his wife Carmen Cortés is one of Spain’s most distinguished dancers & choreographers. They have collaborated on many productions and tonight’s show is one of incredible intensity, passion and profound authenticity.

They are supported by legendary percussionist Cepillo, outstanding bassist Pablo Martin and astonishing singer of Romani origin Antonio Carbonell.

Born in Jerez de la Frontera (Andalucia, Spain), Gerardo is one of the outstanding exponents of the Flamenco Nuevo which is a fusion of different musical genres and styles which has led to a remarkable number of collaborations with artists of the most diverse genres including classical singer Plácido Domingo, pop star Julio Iglesias, new age harpist Andreas Vollenweider, Spanish rock band Mecano and jazz saxophonist Michael Brecker.

Gerardo Nuñez guitar; Carmen Cortés dance; Pablo Martin double bass; Antonio Carbonell cante; Angel Sanches ‘Cepillo’ percussion



Sat 27 Oct, 6pm | Hall One
Tickets £16.50 to £39.50 (£9.50 savers)

Featuring Ana Vidovic, the Final of London International Guitar Competition, 2016 winner Giacomo Susani and the Eurostrings Young Artists Ensemble.

6pm-7.15pm: Final of the London International Guitar Competition (LIGC)

LIGC one of the most prestigious competitions worldwide which has attracted the best guitarists under 30 years of age who have come from 33 different countries. Tonight three finalists will play 20 each to win the coveted First Prize.

This final is included in price of the evening concert or can be purchased as a separate ticket for £4.50.

8pm: Main Concert

Part One

A magical night of the guitar which includes a performance of the EUROSTRINGS YOUNG ARTISTS ENSEMBLE. This is a guitar ensemble consisting of the winners of 14 European Guitar Competitions and Festivals as part of the Eurostrings project funded by a 2M grant from the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

This 15 min concert includes a new commission from Léo Brouwer and a new IGF commission by leading English composer Gabriel Jackson.



Part Two

This is followed by a 30 min performance by Italian guitarist Giacomo Susani, the outstanding winner of London International Guitar Competition 2016.

Programme includes Girolamo Frescobaldi, Fernando Sor and Marek Pasieczny: Tate Sonata (dedicated to Giocomo Susani)



Part Three

The concert will conclude with a performance of one of the greatest guitarists in the world, the amazing Ana Vidovic.

Since winning her first international guitar competition at the tender age of 14, the Albert Augustine Memorial Guitar Competition held at Bath Guitar festival 1995 (one of IGF’s first events) Ana has gone on to a major international career and we are delighted to welcome her back to the UK.

Programme includes JS Bach, Joaquin Rodrigo and Heitor Villa-Lobos




Margarita Escarpa & Paco Seco

Sunday 28 October, 7.30pm | Hall Two
Tickets £22.50 (£9.50 savers)

Margarita Escarpa

A tribute to Claude Debussy and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco by Margarita Escarpa – Margarita is one of the greatest classical guitarists of our time who excels by her outstanding musicality and extraordinary sensitivity and subtlety. She won major Prizes at a host of the most important competitions in the world including the Concours International de Guitare of Radio France, Concurso Internacional Andrés Segovia in Palma de Mallorca, and the Guitar Foundation of America International Competition in Quebec. Margarita works intensively as a performer and teacher in Spain and throughout Europe and has a number of highly acclaimed recordings to her credit.

Margarita’s recital will celebrate anniversaries of Claude Debussy’s 100th (1862-1918) and Mario Castelnuevo-Tedesco’s 50th (1895-1968).

Programme includes: Claude Debussy: La Soiree dans Grenade, La Puerta del Vino, Minstrels
Manuel de Falla: Homenaje, le Tombeau de Claude Debussy, Escena y Cancíon del Fuego Fatuo, Danza del Molinero; Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

Paco Seco

He fuses the clear, crisp notes of the classical guitar with the instinctive passion and agility of the Flamenco guitar making him a unique artist in the world of the Spanish guitar. Tonight he will play a recital of his own music, bursting with creativity, energy and passion.

Paco performs all over the world, his most recent tour has taken him to the Genoa Mediterranean Music Festival, Sarajevo Sevdah Festival, Sarajevo Guitar Festival, San Remo Guitar Festival, Belem Cultural Centre in Lisbon, Tangier’s Music Fête, The Circle of Fine Arts in Madrid, Brno Guitar Festival and the Elk Music Festival in Poland.

Programme includes the Andalusian Suite: tres morillas, la Tarara, el Vito, los Cuatro Muleros, los Peregrinitos Retratos: del día, de la noche; Sur: Fandangos de la Luna

Friday 26 Oct

Eurostrings Young Artists

1pm | St John’s Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA
Tickets: £5, children and under 18y olds free

Andrea Roberto (Italy) (Winner, Tallinn Guitar Festival)
Programme includes: Mauro Giuliani

Boyan Doychev (Bulgaria) (Winner, Sofia GuitArt Festival)
Programme includes: Rossen Balkanski, Boyan Doychev

Book online here

By telephone 020 7222 1061
Booking fees per transaction: £2.75 by telephone / £1.75 online

Saturday 27 Oct

Classical Guitar Masterclass

Margarita Escarpa9.30am, 2.00pm | Kings Place
£20 (observer) £40 (participant)

This is a unique chance to learn with Margarita Escarpa, one of the world’s leading classical guitarists.

Margarita won various national and international prizes including the prestigious ‘20th Solo Guitar Competition’ of the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA). She has recorded extensively for RTVE, Opera Tres, Naxos, La Ma de Guido and GHA Records. Critics and audiences have all raved about her artistic sensitivity and superb technical ability. This is a unique chance to study with this very special artist.

Young Artist Platform (YAP)

12pm-1pm | St. Pancras Room, Kings Place
£4.50 online

Come and hear Dimitris Soukaras and Will Scott, the future stars of the guitar, as IGF’s Young Artist Platform (YAP) presents the very best of young international talent. Featuring new commissions by Joe Cutler and Graham Lynch.

YAP offers much needed opportunities for young guitarists in the early stages of their careers. Audition winners are offered concerts at all of IGF’s festivals that year, including London Guitar Festival as well as workshops and mentoring.


IGF’s programme for new guitar music, new players and new audiences. New commissions by Errollyn Wallen, Joe Cutler, Graham Lynch and Howard Skempton.

International Guitar Foundation and Festivals is supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund for Organisations.


ASPIRE Stage – UK Conservatoires Present

2pm-3pm | St. Pancras Room, Kings Place
Tickets: £4.50 online

Students from leading London conservatoires will present chamber music with guitars.

Musicians for this performance are: Lois Nicoll (Flute) and Francesco Rocco (guitar) Duo. The Ashwini DuoSofia Presta (violin) and Fábio Fernandes (guitar). Saki Kato (guitar) and Hugh Millington (guitar)  duo.


Eurostrings Young Artists

3.30pm-4.30pm | St Pancras Room, Kings Place
£4.50 online

Vedran Vujica (Bosnia and Herzegovina) (Winner, Sarajevo International Guitar Festival)
Programme includes: Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Kaspar Mertz

Peter Giran (Hungary) (Winner, Szeged International Guitar Festival)
Programme includes: Henry Purcell, Miklós Rózsa, Mathias Duplessy

Antoine Moriniere (France)(Winner, Montenegro International Guitar Festival)
Programme includes: 
Joaquin Rodrigo, Ponce

Eurostrings, a collaborative of 14 European Guitar Festivals, supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Concert by the EUROSTRINGS YOUNG ARTISTS, these are the 1st Prize winners of 14 European International Guitar Competitions (first part).





Sunday 28 October

Ana Vidovic: Masterclass

9.30am-12.30pm |  St Pancras Room
2pm-5.30pm | Wenlock Room

Players £40, Observers £20

Ana Vidovic is one of the greatest guitarists of our time. She is also an excellent and patient teacher giving each student vital information on what they need do to improve.

This is a rare opportunity to study with this amazing guitarist.



Flamenco Workshop

Paco Seco9.30am | Kings Place
£20 (observer) £40 (participant)

Master Paco Seco plays ‘Andalusian Guitar’ which is suitable for Flamenco guitarists and classical guitarists who want to learn Flamenco techniques. 

His class will be dedicated to a range of guitar techniques & the daily discipline of practising. Paco will explain the intricacies of Flamenco rhythms to achieve a better understanding of the rhythmic structure of classical pieces based on Flamenco such as the work of Spanish composers Turina, Albeniz, Granados and Rodrigo. He will also work on typical Flamenco techniques such as Rasgueado and make those accessible to classical players.

Paco Seco is a guitarist and an open, versatile and creative musician. His music is a result of much self-discipline and knowledge.  Through discovery and adventure he has reinterpreted his experiences into music accentuating his southern Spanish spirit.

He has developed a unique style of playing the guitar, an unusual blend between the clean cut sound of classical and deep-rooted flamenco guitar.  Consequently his compositions once played  are versatile and evoke fresh nuances, rhythms, cadences and strummings, closer to jazz than flamenco.  These diverse harmonies shape his personal playing style and therefore the music.

Eurostrings Young Artists

1.15pm | St Pancras Room, Kings Place
£4.50 online

Domenik Carevic (Croatia) (Winner, Zagreb Guitar Festival)
Programme includes: J.S.Bach, Konstantin Vassiliev

Domenico Savio Mottola (Italy) (Winner, Mottola International Guitar Festival)
Programme includes: Laurencini of Roma, William Walton

Antero Pellikka (Finland) (Winner, Tampere International Guitar Festival)
Programme includes: Fernando Sor, André Jolivet, Arthur Kampela

Eurostrings, a collaborative of 14 European Guitar Festivals, supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Concert by the EUROSTRINGS YOUNG ARTISTS, these are the 1st Prize winners of 14 European International Guitar Competitions (second part)





Previously… London Guitar Festival 2017

Last year’s London Guitar Festival 2017 was a great success – please view the link here to see what we got up to.


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