London Guitar Festival 2018

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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 artist making their debuts. Europe’s foremost Flamenco act, the Gerardo Nuñez Quintet is headlining the Friday night, and the amazing Ana Vidovic concludes the Big Night of the Guitar on Saturday evening.  This year we especially welcome performances from exciting YOUNG STARS 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 soon, watch this space!

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 Stars.

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 YOUNG STARS. 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



Saturday 27 Oct

12pm-1pm | Venue TBC
£4.50 online

Young Artist Platform (YAP)

Come and hear the future stars of the guitar, IGF’s YAP presents the very best of young international talent.

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.


2pm-3pm | Venue TBC
£4.50 online

ASPIRE Stage – UK Conservatoires Present

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

3.30pm-4.30pm | Venue TBC
£4.50 online

Eurostrings Young Stars

Eurostrings, a collaborative of 14 European Guitar Festivals, supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Concert by the YOUNG STARS, these are the 1st Prize winners of 14 European International Guitar Competitions (first part).





Sunday 28 October

9.30am-12.30pm | St Pancras Room 
Players £40, Observers £20

Ana Vidovic: Masterclass

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.




1pm-2pm | Venue TBC

Eurostrings Young Stars

Eurostrings, a collaborative of 14 European Guitar Festivals, supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Concert by the YOUNG STARS, 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.