International Classical Guitar Festival 2024
17 to 22 August 2024
NOW IN ITS 31st YEAR!
Festival Director: Andrew Gough
With concert artists and tutors: Paul Galbraith, Kevin Loh, Berta Rojas, David Leisner, Gerald Garcia, Alison Bendy, Manus Noble, Roland Chadwick with the Treske String Quartet, Iain Lennon, Matthias Horn and Detlev Bork.
Under the directorship of Andrew Gough, West Dean once again offers the celebrated International Classical Guitar Festival in the idyllic and relaxing surroundings which make this the perfect setting for lessons, masterclasses, ensemble coaching and concerts. The Festival is renowned for its tuition, performance, concerts and geniality, which make it a unique and fulfilling experience for all who attend.
The 2024 Festival includes an intensive timetable of events and instruction in a wide range of areas: repertoire classes, ensemble performing, guitar orchestra, individual lessons, the ‘Learning Zones’ and solo masterclasses. A full list of the learning opportunities is in the outline programme and timetable attached.
The evening concert series for 2024 commences on Saturday with a special solo recital by Paul Galbraith. On the Monday evening, we welcome the return of Berta Rojas to the West Dean stage. We then conclude the series on Tuesday evening with a unique musical event: Roland Chadwick’s Rococo Café Consort featuring guitarist Detlev Bork, tenor Matthias Horn, mandolinist Iain Lennon and the Treske String Quartet. They will perform music by composer/guitarist Roland Chadwick.
The Open Day on Sunday 18 August (12.30pm – 7pm) will again celebrate all things guitar, with a selection of guitars and music on display, and a variety of events to enjoy. It includes an exhibition of music and instruments, a guitar makers’ showcase with Manus Noble and a masterclass with Paul Galbraith, concluding with a guest recital by prize-winning guitarist Kevin Loh in St. Andrew’s Church at 6pm.
LEVEL: The carefully planned and highly varied programme will appeal to all enthusiasts, from grade two level experience all the way to advanced. The course is open to anyone aged eighteen years and over.