Sydney Guitar Summer School

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

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. Music includes guitar orchestra works by internationally recognized guitar orchestra composers Vincent Lindsey-Clark and Paul Svoboda.
  • Masterclasses and workshops
  • Lectures and Lecture recitals
  • The summer school tutors in recital. Thursday January 7, 7:00pm
  • Matinee Concerts
  • Open playing session for all participants. Thursday January 7, 3:10pm.
  • Finale Performance. A free public concert of chamber music featuring all the participants and tutors. Saturday January 9, 5:30pm.
  • Doug De Kroo Music Store
  •  Guitars for you to play and compare.

Tuesday 5th – Saturday 9th  January, 2016
Ascham School Music Department
188 New South Head Road,  Edgecliff, Sydney.

Download the brochure – 2016 Sydney Summer Sch brochure

Regional and Rural scholarship Application form: RURAL & REGIONAL CGS Application form 2016

 Sydney Junior Guitar Summer School.

Wednesday 6th – Saturday 9th January 2016
A fun and stimulating four day course for guitarists from 8 to approximately 14 years in age. Details on the brochure. 2016 Junior Summer school brochure
For more information please contact: Christopher Keane (02) 9389 6782  Raffaele Agostino (02) 9453 3113


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.

Tutor: Richard Charlton

Richard is widely recognised as one of Australia’s leading guitarist/composers, his works have been performed and recorded by many leading Australian and international players and feature on more than 25 CDs. Richard’s music combines a love of melody with a keen sense of harmonic & formal structure – music “to entice ear as well as the intellect” (Fred Blanks – Northern Herald).

In 2004 Richard was awarded “Instrumental Work of the Year” at the APRA/AMC Classical Music Awards for his quartet “Stoneworks” commissioned by Saffire. In March 2005 the UK magazine Classical Guitar, described him as, “producing some of the most inspired and accessible guitar works of the present era.”

In 2001 one of his works was featured on an ABC-TV documentary about the “Terrace Proms” in Perth. Richard has also had works premiered at many major festivals worldwide, including the Adelaide Festival, the Radio France International Guitar Week in Paris, the Sonorities Festival in Belfast and at Australia House and Bolivar Hall in London. In 2004 part of his concerto, “Rhapsody” for guitar duo & guitar orchestra, was included a live radio broadcast from the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Richard has been a featured composer at the Darwin International Guitar Festival and was invited, three times, to be part of the adjudication panel for the Darwin Competition. He was also on the adjudication panel for the 1st and 3rd Australian Guitar Competitions in Newcastle and more recently the Adelaide Guitar Festival competitions.

In 2001 he toured to Argentina, England & Italy with the Sydney Guitar Trio promoting an all-Australian programme, including two of his own pieces. While in the UK Richard presented a lecture on composition at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and (with other members of the trio) gave a chamber music masterclass at the Royal College of Music. In 2013 Richard taught a chamber music class for the students of Prof. Maria Isabel Siewers at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg.

Many of Richard’s pieces for students are currently in the AMEB Syllabus. He has also contributed pieces to the student series “Modern Times” published by Chanterelle and to the “Ben Verdery Guitar Series” published by Frederick Harris Music in Canada.

Tutors: Duo Agostino

Raffaele and Janet have been active in the Sydney Classical Guitar scene over the last three decades, beginning with the founding of the Sydney Guitar RandJ-copy-199x300Quartet in 1981, a group that performed extensively for a period of over 10 years and was the first ensemble of its kind in Australia. They share a strong interest in the development of the guitar as an ensemble instrument and together with colleagues Richard Charlton and Christopher Keane, have been the driving force behind the Sydney Guitar Society Summer School for more than 20 years. This partnership also created “frEternity”, a Sydney-based guitar ensemble formed to perform, record and promote the works of several Australian composers.

Together with fellow guitarist and composer Richard Charlton, they form the “Sydney Guitar Trio”, an ensemble that has performed extensively around Australia and overseas. Duo Agostino and the Sydney Guitar Trio have been regular performers at five Darwin International Guitar Festivals and Glebe Music Festivals. In 2013, Duo Agostino were featured artists at the Dillington and World Youth Guitar Festivals in the UK and were also invited by the Australian Embassy to perform and give master classes in Hanoi, Vietnam. The Trio was featured at the January 2014 Taranaki NZ Guitar Summer School, and together with actor/narrator Rory O’Donoghue the Trio appeared at the 2014 Adelaide International Guitar Festival.

The Duo’s recent programs have included collaborations with colleagues from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Sydney Baroque Consort, the Thoroughbass ensemble, vocalist Nadia Piave, violinist Maria Lindsay and with cellist Rachel Scott in the popular “Bach in the Dark” concert series.

Raffaele and Janet have adjudicated various eisteddfods and competitions throughout Australia. They each hold a Fellowship from the Trinity College of London and have been awarded Life membership of the Classical Guitar Sydney for ‘Significant and Sustained contribution’. Janet and Raffaele play guitars by Greg Smallman.

Tutor: Christopher Keane

Christopher began teaching himself guitar in his teens, later graduating from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He has been a member of the Keane, ChristopherSydney Guitar Quartet, toured New South Wales performing for Musica Viva, played extensively as a session musician and conducted numerous Sydney productions.

He publishes Australian music for fretted instruments and recordings of this music include those by: frEternity (NSW), Guitarstrophe (WA), The Providence Guitar Orchestra (USA), the Townsville Guitar Orchestra (QLD), and The Massey University Guitar Orchestra (NZ). A great deal of this music has been performed in Europe, Britain and the USA.

Always interested in guitar pedagogy, Christopher was Head of the Guitar Faculty at Cranbrook School from 1987 until 2006, and conducted workshops, masterclasses and examined final recitals at many conservatoriums and universities. An examiner for the AMEB since 1986, he was on the Jury for the 2000, 2002 and 2004 Australian Guitar Competitions and the 2011, 2012 and 2014 Sydney Eisteddfod NSW Doctors Orchestra Instrumental Scholarships.

In 2010 he was commissioned to compose the sight-reading test pieces and the Classical Guitar sight-reading book for the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) Series Two Syllabus.

Conductor of the Sydney Mandolin Orchestra from 2000 to 2012, and a member of the chamber ensemble Plektra that made its debut at the Eurofestival Zupfmusik in Germany in 2010 and performed at the 2012 Classical Mandolin of America Festival held in Minnesota, he also works in the Sydney area with Completely Plucked and as an accompanist for mandolin virtuoso Stephen Lalor.

He is an organising tutor for the Classical Guitar Society’s Summer School.


What’s On This Month

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Saturday 7th November - at our regular venue Crows Nest Uniting Church Hall cnr Shirley Rd and Nicholson st, Wollstonecraft from 2.00 - 4.30 pm. As always there will be a playing list so please bring your guitar and your best prepared work.

The CGS monthly radio broadcast airs live on Saturday 21st November at 6.00 pm on Fine Music 102.5 FM. Dan Sharkey presents "For Four" You can also listen online at:

For program details click the link to our This Month page below:

Become a member / Renew your membership now!

Classical Guitar Society memberships fall due on July 1 each year.
Click here to download the form

Find Us on Facebook