Sydney Guitar Summer School

This festival is the envy of many in the Americas and Europe.  Carlos Bonell, January 2004

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Gary Ryan Concert Friday Jan 12

General Information

The Classical Guitar Summer School is an annual event organised in January by the Classical Guitar Society.

2018 Sumer School Staff

Back: Christopher Keane, Raffaele, Agostino, Giuseppe Zangari.

Front: Oliver Fartach-Naini, Janet Agostino, Gary Ryan, Vincent Lindsey-Clark and Richard Charlton


‘Just to say MANY THANKS for a fantastic summer school – under a lot of pressure, but I learnt heaps. Working with the tutor team in all facets of the program was just brilliant…
Thoroughly enjoyed the final concert, and the conducting by all the tutors.’
Paul Archer.  Hobart, Jan 2018

‘A quick note to say thanks for the Summer School.  My first one and, although I found the first day rather overwhelming, everyone was so jolly and supportive I learnt a lot and enjoyed every day.
I was in Oliver’s ensemble and he was terrific.  Calm, patient and positive about what we were trying to achieve.
Everyone was terrific and I certainly learnt a great deal in a short time’.
Rod Taylor. Brisbane, Jan 2018
  • Participation in a Guitar Orchestra. Music includes guitar orchestra works by internationally recognised guitar composers
  • Ensemble rehearsals
  • Ensemble work
  • Open lessons and workshops
  • Lectures and Lecture recitals
  • Virtuosi in recital.
  • The summer school tutors in recital.
  • Open playing session for all participants.
  • Finale Performance. A free public concert of chamber music prepared during the summer school featuring all the participants and tutors.
  • Doug De Kroo Music Store
  •  Guitars for you to play and compare. Discounts for summer school participants.
  • All Summer School participants and friends are invited to a social evening and meal.
  • The summer school is organised on the understanding that participants attend all five days and play in the Finale concert.
  • Refund policy. The Sydney Guitar Summer School will refund in full your fees if you cancel your application by Friday December 28, 2018. After this date we will have planned and budgeted for the summer school and will not be in a financial position to give refunds.
  • Please note: In the interests of all CGS members, please do not post in any public forum images or recordings of CGS events without the expressed permission of those in the images or recordings, and the CGS committee.


Sydney Junior Guitar Summer School

Possibly Wednesday 9th – Saturday 12th January 2019.
Ascham School Music Department
188 New South Head Road,  Edgecliff, Sydney.

A fun and stimulating four day course for guitarists from 8 to approximately 14 years in age. Details on the brochure.
For more information please contact: Christopher Keane (02) 9389 6782  Raffaele Agostino (02) 9453 3113 or click the link

Keen percussionists Oliver Fartach-Naini, Janet Agostino and Giuseppe Zangari.



What’s On This Month

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Saturday 3rd March 2018 at 2pm – at our regular venue – Crows Nest Uniting Church Hall,cnr Shirley Rd and Nicholson St, Wollstonecraft. There will be a playing list so please bring your guitar and your best-prepared work.  Please try to keep performances down to 5 minutes as a courtesy to others and so that everybody gets a go.

The next CGS monthly radio broadcast will be presented live to air on Saturday 17th February 2018 at 6.00 pm on Fine Music 102.5 FM.
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