Guitar Recitals at Sheffield Cathedral

Sheffield, not exactly a hot bed of classical guitar happenings, will be treated to not one but two guitar recitals in March, when Nick Fletcher and Eddie Foster perform at the Sheffield Cathedral.

The free lunchtime recitals (donations towards the Cathedral welcome) take place most Fridays at 1.15pm in the main part of the cathedral, where the vast acoustics make for a very mellow and magical sound.  Perfectly timed to fit into a lunch hour, the recitals are a great way to take some time out, relax, reflect, and enjoy some wonderful music.

I enjoyed Jill Crossland’s piano recital back in January, where I enjoyed her vibrant and impassioned playing of some of my baroque faves – Scarlatti and Bach among them.

I sat rather gingerly a bit far back, which meant some of the faster playing was a little blurred in the large, reverberating acoustics.  My tip – don’t be afraid to get up close and personal if you want to hear the music at it’s best!


Nick Fletcher, Guitar

On Friday 24th, local Classical Guitarist Nick Fletcher will be playing a mixed programme of classical guitar repertoire including his own compositions.  Here’s a video of Nick playing the classic Carcassi A major study and a link to his Facebook page:


Eddie Foster, Guitar

The following Friday 31st (when I’ll be on a train to London for my Stag Do !!), fellow hirsute strummer (and artist) Edward Foster will also perform his own compositions – from his recently released album.  His lush tone and romantic stye should really sing in the cathedral!


The Liverpool Guitar Society at Liverpool Light Night

Here are some photos of the Liverpool Guitar Society appearing at two public performances as part of the Liverpool Light Night, on 14th May 2010.

The Liverpool Guitar Society
Members of the Liverpool Guitar Ensemble at Liverpool Hope University

I’m the one wearing innapropriate tweed and, while carrying a few extra pounds around the waist, my Torres-sized classical guitar looks more like a Ukelele!

To the right are Richard Harding and Rich Anderson.

Thanks to Mark McNulty and Mike Warnes (two great Liverpool-based photographers) for taking the pictures, which bring back great memories of an exciting, vibrant evening of art and music.

Mike Warnes Photography

Scott, The Liverpool Guitar Society, The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Scott Russell, Liverpool Guitar Society, The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool Light Night

Mike is one of my pupils, and friend, which is perhaps why he very kindly went with the flattering black and white option for this portrait taken at the Walker Art Gallery.

I’m not quite sure what my 4th finger is doing here, or where it thinks it’s going.  After seeing this photo, I got my copy of Pumping Nylon out and forced my fingers into a more correct position.  So, to all my pupils, let that be a lesson to you!

We hope to be playing the Long Night of the Liverpool  Biennial on the 18th November – so watch this space or the Liverpool Guitar Society Weblog for more news on that.

Great Guitars at the Royal Northern College of Music

RNCMBefore I start, let me make one thing clear: I love Liverpool, right? I’m as loyal and as committed as any migrant who has settled in the City and grown to love it deeply.

So it’s with some reluctance that I write this post about a place in Manchester: Liverpool’s long standing urban nemesis.

There’s no denying it, though – Manchester is a great city with lots to offer.  Not least it’s brilliant centre for musical excellence, the Royal Northern College of Music.  I was lucky enough to be invited to a performance of the Classical Guitarists studying at the College, and was blown away by the whole experience.

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