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Live concerts restart at Turner Sims

Reserve the evening of Sunday 18th July 2021 in your calendar for a blockbuster restart of live celebrity concerts at the Turner Sims, Southampton. Not one, but TWO internationally renowned guitarists with a programme of solos and duets.

Covid guidelines mean that the Turner Sims audience is limited to a maximum of 75.

Posted 04-Jun-2021

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The secret is out. Craig Ogden and Gary Ryan at the Turner Sims! What more could you ever want to restart our live celebrity concerts? See full details here.

The results are in.....

Posted 15-July-2021

The West Sussesx Guitar Society's festival in June was dedicated to the works of two contemporary British guitar composers - Gary Ryan and Vincent Lindsey-Clark. They adjudicated recorded performances from festival entrants of all ages. Teresa Henley from the West Sussex society explains...

"We held a virtual Composers festival. Adult and junior club members were to perform a piece by the two well known guitar composers and performers, Vincent Lyndsey-Clark and Gary Ryan. The videos were then played to the adjudicators and an audience by Zoom and the results announced.


The pieces performed were:

by Vincent Lyndsey -Clarke:

Juniors:   Rio by Night, Shadow of the moon, Tango est Noche

Seniors:  Icy Blue, Sonata Scarlatta, Tango est Noche, Pulsar, The Mountains of Mourne


Gary Ryan:

Juniors:   The Spice Trail, Barndance, Winter Dream

Seniors:   Memories of Summer, Joie de Vivre, Benga Beat, Birds flew over the Spire


Every participant was grateful for the detail and positive appraisal from the adjudicators and all found the feedback interesting, constructive and inspiring. We would welcome members of your own Guitar Societies to take a look at these videos HERE and learn from our experiences."


Daniela Rossi plays Vincent Lindsey-Clark

SCGS member Vincent Lindsey-Clark has rewritten the Folia variations for the 21st century. The world premier of Vincent's The New Folias was streamed live from Clare Hall, Cambridge with Daniela Rossi as the soloist on Saturday 8th May, 2021. The recital was recorded and you can see it at this YouTube link

Posted 28-Apr-2021

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Daniela Rossi -" ... a very rare combination of energy, expression and perfect technique" - Leo Brouwer, composer and guitarist.

From the AGM 2021

Posted 01-Apr-2021

Here are the highlights from the Society's record-breaking AGM on 31 March 2021. Record-breaking in the speed with which the business was done, thanks to prior voting on-line.

Committee members were re-elected, but the line-up is different. Stuart Christie retires from the Chairmanship (round of applause for all he's done in that role over the years), but stays on the committee to organise our concert programme. Chris Thompson is our new Chair. Brian Tait combines the roles of Secretary and Membership Secretary. Ian Robinson remains our Treasurer and Denis Gibson stays as Website Editor.

Not on the committee, but making key contributions to the Society, are: Dave Chillingworth who will continue to edit our monthly newsletters and Gill Robinson who will continue to manage the Society's Facebook page.

The AGM approved changes in membership categories and subscriptions staring in 2022. No-one will pay more. See Normal Membership Subscriptions here

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