Worcester Classical Guitar Society

Rehearsals are at St. George’s Church Hall in Barbourne
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The Guitar Society promotes ensemble playing for guitarists of all ages and abilities.  We have a Guitar Orchestra, a Youth Guitar Orchestra (WYGO) and the long-standing Worcester Guitar Quartet.  We also encourage other ensembles and solo playing.

Read on for all the news on artists, concerts and other random ramblings that may be of interest.
We also have some guitar  music videos for you to enjoy.

Xufei Yang from Fei's garden

Remi Harris Trio

Courtyard Theatre
April 2024

Flamenco with Oscar Herrero

Guitar Society Concert

St George’s Church Hall
June 23rd

Leonora Spangenburger

Xufei Yang

plays Baden Powell

Duo Siquera Lima plays Tico Tico

Pat Metheny

Symphony Hall, Nov 14

Duo Siquera Lima plays Tico Tico

Anabel Montesinos

New EP

Quinteto Astor Piazzolla Tango Music

Flamenco in Worcester

September 27th

Oscar Herrero Flamenco Tuition

St. George’s

Guitar Society Concert

St. George’s Church Hall
Sunday June 23rd, 2:30 pm

We will be holding an afternoon concert again this year, this time on a Sunday, June 23rd, starting at 2:30 pm.  The concert will feature the Guitar Orchestra and the Worcester Guitar Quartet and will feature music in a variety of styles.  There will be interval refreshments, to be enjoyed in the garden, weather permitting of course.
Tickets will be available on the door.


Leonora Spangenburger at Siccas Guitars

Baden Powell

The Shadow of Your Smile

Xufei Yang

Two for the price of one here:  Came across Xufei Yang playing “The Shadow of Your Smile” on YouTube, in an arrangement by Baden Powell.  There is a link to this music below.

Baden Powell de Aquino was a Brazilian guitarist, named after Lord Baden-Powell, the father of the scout movement and performed professionally simply as Baden Powell.  He was a very influential guitarist, he combined classical techniques with harmony and swing.  He performed in many styles, including Samba, Bossa Nova and Brazilian Jazz.  Hearing Xufei Yang’s rendition of his music led to a little more exploration, so we have two more resources for you:

Firstly is the album “Solitude on Guitar”, from which The Shadow of Your Smile arrangeent was taken.  We have a link to the 7Digital platform where a digital download can be purchased.  There are samples of every track so you can assess whether this is for you.

Secondly is a free resource of Baden Powell’s arrangements in score and tab.  These are published by the guitarist’s son; Philippe Baden Powell.  Again there’s a link below to this extensive resource.  Well worth a browse to see if anything grabs your interest.

Fei Yang plays "Shadow of your Smile"  HERE

Solitude on Guitar Album  HERE

“Brazil On Guitar” pdf files  HERE

Music from Xufei Yang's Garden

April 25th 2024

Remi Harris Hot Club Trio

Courtyard Theatre, Hereford

Local guitarist Remi Harris brings his Hot Club Trio to Hereford’s Courtyard Theatre next April.  Many of us have been lucky to see Remi at local venues in Worcester and know how talented he is.  Now we have the opportunity to see him in Hereford with double bass player Tom Moore and rhythm guitarist Chris Nesbitt, performing as the Hot Club Trio.
The name suggests we can expect some music from Django Reinhardt and in fact they present an evening of music ranging from the acoustic jazz of the 30s and 40s to the electric blues of the 60s and 70s.  Influences from Peter Green, Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix and others, blues and jazz as well as the Gypsy Jazz of Django Reinhardt..
Remi Harris goes from strength to strength and has developed an international reputation and following.  Great chance to see him in action at Hereford’s excellent Courtyard Theatre.

Tickets available   HERE

Duo Siqueira Lima plays Tico Tico, one guitar, 4 hands

Symphony Hall

Pat Metheny

Thursday, Nov 14th, 7:30 pm

A chance to see the outstanding guitarist Pat Metheny here in the UK.  Not classical guitar of course but a very innovative guitarist whose music covers many genres and well worth a trip to Brum to see him in this solo performance.

Pat is currently on a world tour promoting both his last release “DreamBox” and the new album, “MoonDial” scheduled for release in July this year.  DreamBox was created from music Pat Metheny had recorded during downtime on various tours. These were lying dormant on his hard drive until he discovered the folder and  chose the best nine tracks for this album.
One track has been released as a teaser from the MoonDial album and there is a link to that below.

Pat Metheny is highly rated by many musicians; Gary Ryan pays tribute in the sleeve notes on his Worlds Apart album, particularly for the track West Coast Breeze.  Good opportunity to see him in his only UK date on this tour.

B:Music Website & Tickets  HERE

MoonDial Title Track  HERE

Anfaz by 3M, African Kora Music

Baroque Music

Anabel Montesinos

A Touch of Time EP

Anabel Montesinos is a Spanish born classical guitarist with an international reputation, having won several major international guitar competitions and tours much of the world.  Here we have the opportunity to listen to a track called Invention, by J.S Bach, arranged for guitar by Anabel herself.  The track features on her new EP, which features Baroque music.

Quinteto Astor Piazzolla tango music

 Friday Sept 27th

Daniel Martinez Flamenco

New Production “Andalucia"

Swan Theatre, Worcester

Daniel Martinez has a new production, Andalucia, which is a musical representation of the eight regions that make up the autonomous community of Andalucia in the South of Spain, the birthplace of flamenco; Cordoba, Sevilla, Cadiz, Malaga, Jaen, Granada, Huelva and Almeria.

Each region has its own distinct take on the very many diverse styles that make up flamenco and these will be  presented to the audience through Daniel’s guitar, and accompanied by an array of flamenco musicians, singers, a chamber orchestra ensemble and flamenco dance.
All of the music for Andalucia, including the full chamber orchestra, has been written and composed by Daniel himself.

The production visited the Town Hall in Birmingham on March 15th 2024, and comes to Worcester’s Swan Theatre on Friday, September 27th.  Although this doesn’t feature in any brochures yet, we have a link to this production below and tickets are available now.

Tickets from Worcester Theatres  HERE

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