Summer School 2016

The Classical Guitar Summer School is an annual event organised in January by the Classical Guitar Society.  It is arranged in graded classes and involves:

  • Ensemble work
  • Participation in a Guitar Orchestra
  • Masterclasses
  • Workshops
  • Lectures
  • Lecture recital
  • Recital

Summer School 2016 DATES ANNOUNCED

Tuesday 5th – Saturday 9th  January, 2016
Ascham School Music Department
188 New South Head Road,
Edgecliff, Sydney – Application brochure will be available soon and more details to follow shortly.

Principal Tutor: Vincent Lindsey-Clark
English guitarist Vincent Lindsey-Clark is well known for his compositions for the instrument. He writes music for both students and professionals, much of which, has been used extensively by the major exam boards and performed all round the world. He has also written two guitar concertos and gave the first performance of both works himself. He is published by Montague Music Publishing in the UK and Les Produtions d’Oz in Canada. In 2003 he was asked to compose a piece for 100 young guitarists for a performance at a Gala concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London. In 2009 he was commissioned to write the set pieces for the Beatty Guitar Competition in Washington DC and his very popular ‘Five Pictures of Sark’ were recorded by one of the world’s leading guitarists, Berta Rojas from Paraguay. Other distinguished performers that have played his music include The English Guitar Quartet, David Russell, Craig Ogden Amanda Cook and The Agostino Duo.

Vincent L-C lr As a performer he made his London debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1983 and has travelled extensively since then, including a tour of Venezuela as a member of The Segovia Guitar Trio. He is a regular visitor to the Hong Kong Guitar Festival where he gives concerts and master classes. He also performs with The Modern Guitar Trio and has recorded several CDs. For a period of ten years he regularly appeared at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as an on stage musician playing for the Royal Ballet and Darcy Bussell. In February 2014 he attended the New York premier of his four-movement suite ‘Fiesta Americana’ performed by its dedicatee Berta Rojas, who’s recording of the work was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award.

Sydney Guitar Summer School 2016 is a return visit for Vincent Lindsey-Clark as he was the principal overseas tutor and performer in 2010. From Sydney he will travel to New Zealand to perform and teach at the Taranaki Guitar Summer School.

Vincent Lindsey-Clark’s teaching positions include Southampton University, London’s Centre for Young Musicians and Eton College.

…..Lindsey-Clark has an extensive knowledge of repertoire to fuel a very inventive compositional engine. Lindsey-Clark seems to revel in the guitar’s most vital qualities. He uses dissonance only when needed and as with greats such as Maurice Ravel the form of these miniatures is always concise….   Tim Panting Classical Guitar Magazine

Tutor: Paul Svoboda
Australian guitarist Paul Svoboda graduated with First Class Honours from the School of Music, University of Queensland in 1989, receiving the University Medal for outstanding achievement as well as the prize for Most Outstanding Music Graduate for that year. In 1994 he received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki, Finland. During the 1990s Paul was Lecturer in Classical Guitar at the Kuopio Conservatorium of Music and Dance, Finland. In the early 2000s he lectured in music subjects at the School of Music, University of Queensland.
Paul Svoboda Also in 1994 a Finnish TV programme was produced about his composition, “Finnish Suite”, for Flute & Guitar, performed by his flautist-wife Outi and himself. In 1998 American flute/guitar duo Sandra Seefeld & Richard Goering recorded a CD completely devoted to his compositions for that combination. Paul has performed solo and chamber music concerts in Finland, Czech Republic, Thailand, Switzerland, China, Germany and Australia.
Paul is highly active as a teacher, performer and composer. His list of compositions is extensive, and it is one of his goals to extend the performing and teaching repertoire for the classical guitar by composing appealing pieces with a “modern touch”.
In recent years Paul has become fascinated with the newly emerging genre of the classical guitar ensemble, constantly adding to its growing repertoire. His philosophy of composition is that every section of the group should have something interesting to play in each piece – this leads to greater enjoyment and better performance!
Paul’s music is currently broadcast on ABC Classic FM. He is based in Brisbane and teaches classical guitar full-time at Loreto College, and directs several guitar ensembles. In recent years his advanced school groups have taken part in the West Australian International Classical Guitar Ensembles Festival, to great acclaim.

Tutor: Giuseppe Zangari

Born in Sydney, Giuseppe received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying under the distinguished pedagogue, Gregory Pikler. He was awarded an Australia Council Grant and a scholarship from the Italian Government which saw him head abroad to Milan in 2006. There Giuseppe undertook further studies with Duo Maccari-Pugliese at the Accademia Internazionale della Musica, and Paolo Cherici at the Conservatorio di Musica “Giuseppe Verdi”. Since 2003, Giuseppe has been a teacher and lecturer at the Newcastle Conservatorium, University of Newcastle, and more recently has taught at the Sydney Conservatorium, University of Sydney and at the School of the Arts and Media, University of New South Wales. His duties have also included direction and tutoring of guitar ensembles in the chamber music program. At the Newcastle Conservatorium Giuseppe assisted in the development of a new guitar syllabus with colleagues. In addition to Giuseppe’s University teaching activities, he is also a guitar examiner for the Australian Music GZ 4 web sizeExaminations Board (A.M.E.B.). Giuseppe has a deep interest in the research and performance of the nineteenth century Italian composer, Mauro Giuliani. Giuseppe’s research specifically looks at instrumental music created from popular operas of the nineteenth century. Giuseppe also has an interest in the advancement and development of contemporary Australian compositions. He has performed in premieres of solo and chamber works by Australian composers including Rosalind Carlson, Andrew Chubb, Nigel Butterley, Stephen Lalor, Christopher Sainsbury and Jim Chapman.

As a soloist and chamber musician, Giuseppe has given live broadcasts for ABC Classic FM through the ‘Young Australia Series’ and ‘Sunday Live’, 2MBS FM and 2NUR FM. He has also performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician at a variety of festivals and concerts throughout Australia. His concert tours have included New Caledonia with celebrated Australian pianist Simon Tedeschi, an Australian concert tour with noted French guitarist Rafael Andia in the Alhambra Guitar Quartet and in 2014, an extensive concert tour of Sweden with flautist Sally Walker and the Haga Duo (Sweden). Giuseppe’s most recent chamber collaborations include, internationally acclaimed flautist Jane Rutter, baritone Jose Carbo, violinist Victoria Jacono-Gilmovich, mezzo-soprano Jenny Duck-Chong, and conductor Christopher Bearman. Giuseppe has recently worked with several orchestras, including the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Nova, Central Coast Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Classical Guitar Society Orchestra, as well as working with the Concertante Ensemble, Christ Church Camerata, Halcyon Ensemble and the vocal quartet Waxing Lyrical. Giuseppe has a keen interest in developing young guitarists to realise their full potential through comprehensive instruction in a fun and enthusiastic learning environment.

What’s On This Month

The Society's next monthly meeting will be held on Saturday 5th September - at the usual venue, Crows Nest Uniting Church Hall, cnr Shirley Rd and Nicholson st, Wollstonecraft, from 2.00 - 4.30 pm. The first part of the meeting is given over to the Annual General Meeting. Click the This Month link below for directions. As always there will be a playing list so please bring your guitar and your best prepared work.

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