London Guitar Festival 2017

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The 2017 London Guitar Festival will feature a wonderful series of concerts and  international artists. It will also showcase the 2017/18 Young Artists who will be playing 2 newly commissioned pieces.



Thurs 26 October, 7.30pm | Hall One, Kings Place
Online price £16.50- £39.50 (Savers £9.50) excluding booking fees*

Vida Quartet
New album launch: Bachianas

VIDA QuartetThe VIDA Guitar Quartet (Mark Eden, Chris Stell, Amanda Cook and Mark Ashford) with saxophonist Amy Green, is delighted to announce the release of its new recording on BGS Records called Bachianas which features the music of Bach as well as music inspired by Bach, including two new pieces especially commissioned for the project.

Presented as a kind of theme and variations on Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 (a stunning new arrangement for four guitars by Mark Eden) the programme presents music that takes its influence from Bach by composers such as Felix Mendelssohn and Heitor Villa Lobos.

Also included are new works by Howard Skempton, who celebrates his 70th birthday at Kings Place this Autumn, and talented young composer Laura Snowden. This promises to be the most exciting recording to date from the VIDA Guitar Quartet!

Commissions and performances of new music at IGF’s London Guitar Festival are supported by the PRS for Music Foundation, the Leche Trust, the RVW Trust and the Hinrichsen Foundation.


Fri 27 October, 7.30pm | Hall One, Kings Place
Online price £16.50- £39.50 (Savers £9.50) excluding booking fees*

Rafael Aguirre & Nadege Rochat
La Vida Breve Cello Unwrapped

Vida BreveSoak up the Andalucian heat in this programme of seductive Spanish music, performed on cello and guitar.

Exciting young Swiss cellist Nadège Rochat teams up with renowned classical guitarist Rafael Aguirre for an evening exploring the works of Spanish greats de Falla, Granados, Albeniz and Cassadó, with inflections from Piazzolla, Ravel, Lara and Gardel.

The warmth and specificity of expression from this duo are such that nobody’s winter should be without them.GRAMOPHONE




Sat 28 October, 7.30pm | Hall One, Kings Place
Online price £16.50- £39.50 (Savers £9.50) excluding booking fees*

Eduardo Niebla

Hailed by the Guardian for his ‘exquisite guitar playing’, Eduardo Niebla is a formidable flamenco jazz guitar virtuoso and master of today’s generation. Continually seeking out new musical terrain he has traversed the worlds of jazz, classical and world music, collaborating with such diverse partners as sitar maestro Nishat Khan, Lol Coxhill (sax), the Dante String Quartet and Craig David.  Tonight he presents an amazing repertoire of ‘stunning flamenco jazz’ (The Sound) from his latest albums with guitarist Matthew Robinson:

An imaginative and stimulating instrumental set in which flamenco is infused with classical Indian music and a contemporary jazz edge… top-class playing and beautiful themes… wonderful tracks which completely enfold the listener.SONGLINES

A stunning collection of originals showing what Jelly Roll Morton called the Spanish ‘tinge’ is still a potent force.JAZZ UK

Poignantly poetic… and truly breathtakingTHE SCOTSMAN



Sat 28 Oct, 12.30pm | Hall Two, Kings Place
Online price £4.50 excluding booking fees*

IGF’s Young Artist Platform (YAP)

Jack Hancher and Joao Lima

Come and hear the future stars of the guitar – IGF’s Young Artist Platform presents the very best of young international talent. YAP offers much needed opportunities for young guitarists in the early stages of their careers.

Jack Hancher is currently studying for a Masters in Performance at the RCM with Professors Gary Ryan and Chris Stell, supported generously by The Derek Butler Trust.

Jack won the RCM Guitar Award 2014 in only his second year. More recently he has played with his duo partner at Kings Place on IGF’s Aspire Stage, and abroad including performances in Ronda and La Herradura, Spain and at the Conservatorio di Musica Giuseppe Verdi in Turin, Italy.

Programme includes Benjamin Britten: Nocturnal after John Dowland op 70; John Dowland: Forlorn Hope Fantasy and Na’ama Zisser: No Hay Banda (premiere, IGF 2017 commission).

Born in Viana do Castelo, Portugal, Joao Lima began his studies at the age of nine, learning guitar at the local music school until he came to the Royal Academy of Music in 2012, first as an undergraduate and currently as a Masters degree student with Professor Michael Lewin.

He has also played in masterclasses with leading guitarists such as David Russell, Fabio Zanon and Margarita Escarpa.

Besides performing as a solo artist Joao has a strong interest in chamber music and composition as well as performing with non-classical artists.

He has taken part in both national and international competitions, obtaining prizes in all of them. Programme includes J. S. Bach: Fugue BWV 998; Graham Lynch: London Blues (Premiere, IGF 2017 commission); William Walton: 5 Bagatelles.



Sat 28 Oct, 2pm | Hall Two, Kings Place
Online price £4.50 excluding booking fees*

IGF’s ASPIRE Platform:
UK Conservatoires present

Guitarist Merlin Miller and cellist Thomas Bertolotti first began working together whilst studying at the Royal Academy of Music with Professor Michael Lewin. So far they have tackled a varied range of repertoire, from transcriptions of Bach and Janacek, to music by Gnattali and Assad. Recently, Merlin and Thomas gave a successful performance of cello and guitar music in Thomas’s own Hull-based chamber music series ‘Intimate Classics in the City’. Programme includes Sergio Assad’s Jobiniana No.4



The London-based flute and guitar duo comprising Spanish flautist Ana Estefanía Rodríguez and guitarist Peter Joe Bennett. They have performed regularly in concerts around UK and Spain at venues including Cadogan Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Cheltenham Town Hall, Ateneo de Madrid, Blackheath Halls, Greenwich University and Madrid Royal Theatre.

Peter and Ana are winners of the Alison Stephens Competition and the Harold Clarke Competition respectively. They are recipients of the Colin Blythe Bursary Fund, awarded to support careers in chamber music, and have been part of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance’s Chamber Music Artists since 2015. Programme includes Salvador Brotons: Tre Divertimenti for Flute and Guitar.

Hannah Woollacott, Jonnie Cumming and Rowan McConkey have been playing together since 2013. They are currently studying as a trio on the Masters programme at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire under the tutelage of Mark Ashford and Mark Eden of the Vida Guitar Quartet. Alma is passionate about expanding the trio repertoire, collaborating with composers such as Sabino de Bari, Ryan Probert and Susie Self. Alma also produces its own arrangements for trio from a range of styles and instrumentations, including works from composers such as Vaughan Williams, Albéniz and Piazzolla. Programme includes Paulo Bellinati: Baião de Gude and Stephen Dodgson: Follow the Star.


The Meraki Guitar Quartet consists of Will Scott, Matt House, Elizabeth Parkes and Kristian Richardson who all study at the Royal College of Music. ‘Meraki’ means ‘having to do with soul, creativity and love’. The quartet is interested in new music and enjoys premiering and recording new compositions. The quartet has played at prestigious venues such as the Royal Festival Hall and Amaryllis Flemming Hall and enjoys regular coaching with VIDA Guitar Quartet member Chris Stell. Programme includes Camille Saint-Saëns: Danse Macarbe and John Duarte: Diptych I) Aria II) Toccata.



Sat 28 Oct, 9:00am | Hall Two, Kings Place

Classical Guitar Workshop with VIDA Guitar Quartet

The members of the VIDA Guitar Quartet are also excellent, friendly and patient teachers. They teach at various UK conservatoires around the UK including the Royal College of Music and Birmingham
Conservatoire. This workshop is open to all levels.

Online Price:  £35 Players | £20 Observers



Sat 28 Oct, 3.30-4.45pm | Hall Two, Kings Place

The Guitar in Education
a Panel Discussion led by Stephen Goss

A recent report indicated that the guitar is the most played instruments amongst children and young people in the UK. Join us for a lively debate about the place of the guitar in music education, with a panel of leading teachers and education specialists. Strong views are likely to be expressed from all sides of the argument!


Sat 4 Nov, 7.30pm | Conway Hall
6pm doors open. Tickets £12, concessions £10, under 18yr olds free

Augustin Wiedemann,
Concordis Guitar Quartet 

With support from London Guitar Orchestra

This unique concert features the amazing German guitarist Augustin Wiedemann, a winner of multiple international competitions, and one of the world’s leading guitar quartets – the Concordis Guitar Quartet
from Portugal.

The concert opens at 6:30pm with a performance by the London Guitar Orchestra conducted by Tom Kerstens which is free to the public.

Augustin Wiedemann is one of Europe’s leading guitarists. After winning four prizes including the First Prize at the 1992 Havana International Guitar Competition, with a jury including the great Léo Brouwer, Augustin embarked on a successful and interesting international career. His collaborations include many high profile classical artists as well as cross over projects such as Classic meets Soul with jazz singer and guitarist Kosho who is member of the most successful German Hip Hop band Söhne Mannheims.

Augustin is also most in demand as a teacher and his many prestigious engagements include the Salzburg Mozarteum and the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden.

Augustin’s programme will include work by Mauro Guiliani, Eduardo Sainz de la Maza and Roland Dyens.

More than only an excellent player – a complete and moving artistRoland Dyens

The Concordis Quartet is one of the foremost guitar ensembles in the world and is making its long-awaited UK debut with this concert. The group consists of excellent Portuguese guitarists Pedro Rufino, Eudoro Grade, Jorge Pires and João Nunes and is based in south Portugal in the beautiful Algarve region. The music on its programme is all original music especially written for guitar quartet and includes music by Portuguese composers Carlos Paredes and José Alfonso and English composer Stephen GossCarmen Fantasy.

The two main artists will share this concert and will play one half of approximately 50 minutes of music each.

The professional concert will be preceded by a performance by the London Guitar Orchestra conducted by Tom Kerstens; the programme of 30 minutes will include work by Henry Purcell, Johannes Brahms and Léo Brouwer.

Online booking through or on the door (cash payments only)


Sun 5 Nov, 3pm | Teatro Cervantes
Tickets £12, concessions £10, under 18yr olds free

Spanish Guitar at Teatro Cervantes 

A double bill of David Eres Brun & Maria Camahort QuintetIberian Colours

David Eres Brun is a young Spanish guitarist, composer and conductor making his UK debut with this concert. He completed his advanced studies in Valencia and Paris with the highest honours and also participated in masterclasses with some of the most famous guitarists and composers in the world such as Léo Brouwer, David Russell, Ricardo Gallén, Roberto Ausell, Roland Dyens, Manuel Barrueco and Peter Maxwell-Davies. He then embarked on a successful and varied career as a conductor, guitarist and composer of works for a range of media including solo guitar, chamber ensemble, orchestra and choir. David is also the artistic director of the cultural institute IDM (instituto para el Desarollo Musical) which promotes Spanish music worldwide.

Programme includes work by David Eres Brun (UK premiere), Isaac Albéniz, Manuel de Falla and Francisco Tárrega.


Maria Camahort Quintet:

Maria Camahort, guitar & arrangements; Violeta García, voice & violin; Laura Ruhí-Vidal, soprano; Sergio Serra, cello; Ángel Muñoz Retamero, percussion

The Maria Camahort Quintet presents a project of music by Spanish composers with a very original approach, sharing with the audience the vivid colours, earthy textures and rhythms of Spanish musical art. Their project IBERIAN COLOURS is a journey through the relationship between Spanish Classical repertoire and influences from Iberian traditional music.

The Quintet has performed at top venues such as Kings Place, Southbank Centre, St Martin in the Fields, Buxton Festival, Edinburgh Guitar Festival, Clásicos en Verano (Madrid), etc. Having received very positive reviews with their debut CD, MCQ is currently preparing the release of their second album.

Programme includes music by Vicente Asencio, Maria Camahort, Fererico García Lorca, Frederic Mompou, Pere Quart and traditional Catalan music.

An alternative route to the music of SpainRobert Hugill, Planet Hugill

The concert will consist of two equal halves of around 45 minutes each.

Online booking through or on the door (cash payments only)

Concerts supported by the Embassy of Spain


* A £3.00 booking fee will be applied to all ticket bookings. An additional fee of £1.50 is applied if you wish to receive your tickets by post. Fees do not apply to bookings or ticket collections made in person at the Box Office.