About us

Southampton Classical Guitar Society has existed as an informal guitar circle since the 1960s but was officially founded in 1972. It has met continuously since then. On this page read about our programme of Member Meetings and Concerts, how to Join us, who's on our organising Committee, and something about our Honorary Life Precident John Mills.

In 2004 we became a Registered charity
Member Meetings
Member meetings are on the last Wednesday of each month starting at 7:30pm. We normally practice ensemble pieces in the first half (with parts to suit all abilities), followed by solo or duet performances from members in the second half.
 
These meetings are open to all, including prospective new members. We normally meet at St Boniface Church, Chandlers Ford, near Southampton. Directions here.

During COVID-19 restrictions we met via Zoom and will do so again if Covid restrictions are tightened to prohibit meetings in-person.
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Tim Rushworth leads ensemble practice - a regular feature for the first half of our Member Meetings

Concerts
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In collaboration with Turner Sims, Southampton we run an annual programme of celebrity concerts, featuring world-class artists from the UK and from further afield.

We work with festival organisers in Hampshire, as well, to promote concerts and other events.

See our this year's concert dates on our Diary page.

Laura Snowden performed at the West Meon Music festival in September 2021, in a recital sponsored by SCGS

Other events
Apart from members meetings each month and our concert programme, we organise occassional workshops and master classes for members.
Join us
All standards of players are welcome as well as non-playing members. Click here for further information.
SCGS committee
Chair
  Chris Thompson
Treasurer
  Ian Robinson
Secretary
  Brian Tait
Concert Programme Organiser
  Stuart Christie
Website Editor
  Denis Gibson
Not on the Committee, but two important roles that keep our members  up-to-date: David Chillingworth, who is the regular rapporteur of our monthly member meetings; and Gillian Robinson who manages the Society's Facebook page
Why not send an email to the committee with your ideas and suggestions about meetings, concerts and any other business of the Society. Click the button.
John Mills - Honorary Life President
John Mills is our Honorary Life President

John studied with some legendary names in the world of classical guitar:  John Williams, Andrés Segovia, and Julian Bream.

His official solo London debut took place in 1971 at the Wigmore Hall, and he began his international career the following year with a tour of Eastern Canada. Since then he has performed in 25 countries and has been a frequent performer on both BBC Radio 2 and Radio 3 in the UK.
 
In 1985 John moved to New Zealand where he was Head of Guitar at the Nelson School of Music, returning to take up a professorship at the Royal Academy of Music in 1988, an appointment he held for 20 years.
 
John Mills continues to perform internationally, as well as giving frequent master-classes, seminars and workshops.

Visit John Mills' website here
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Registered Charity
SCGS is a charity registered with the Charity Commission in England (registered charity no. 1110525). Its governing document says that the Society's purpose is:
 
To promote, improve, develop and maintain public education in and appreciation of the art and science of the classical guitar and related instruments, their music and practical techniques, by the presentation of public concerts recitals and educational workshops and by such other ways as the society through its executive committee shall determine from time to time.