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2017 Amnesty International Brunch and Guitar Recital

This annual fund-raiser for Amnesty International is on again this year

Venue: 60 Fyffe Street, Thornbury, 3071
Date: Sunday 30th April 2017
Time: 9:30am - 1:30pm
Recital: Paul Nash Guitarist, 11:00am

At 11:00am, Paul Nash, the President of the CGSV, will be playing a selection of music on both the classical and steel-string guitars by Mason Williams, Davey Graham, Chet Atkins, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Maximo Pujol, and Andres Segovia

The highlight will be world premier performances of 2 new pieces, commissioned by Paul for this event, for classical guitar by English composer, Vincent Lindsey-Clarke, called Nebular and Magnetar.

Payment by donation at the door: Adults: $25, Concession: $12, School aged Children: $6, Family: $55

Z.o.o. Guitar Duo & Guitar Orchestra Weekend

The Classical Guitar Society of Victoria (CGSV) invites you to experience a truly wonderful opportunity as the highly-acclaimed Z.o.o Guitar Duo(Peter Constant & Marion Schaap) come to Melbourne for a weekend workshop and concert performance.

You will be able to join the duo and the CGSV Guitar Orchestra to form an Extended Guitar Orchestra to perform with this famous duo, based in the Netherlands, a number of works under the direction of Peter Constant.

In addition, those who are already conducting an ensemble, or are interested in setting up one, can join the Conductors' Workshop.

Check them out here:

Whether you have experience in large ensemble playing or not, if you join the extended guitar orchestra, you will be guided through each work under the enthusiastic expertise of Peter as well as having Marion performing within the ensemble.

Led by Peter Constant, the workshop will provide the opportunity to rehearse with the CGSV Guitar Orchestra on a small number of works, Concertino III, Montmartre and Minimalismi Indu.

Two rehearsals will be conducted at St. Stephen's Anglican Church, 360 Church Street, Richmond 3121, over the weekend of the 4-5th March 2017 with the final performance on the Sunday afternoon at 3-5pm.

This opportunity is open to anyone, student or teacher, that is of AMEB Grade 4 Level (or equivalent) or above, and who is a member of the CGSV , or is happy to join. All you need to do is:

1. If you are not already a member of the CGSV Register and become a member. Membership fees for 2017 are: Adult $50, Student / Concession $25.

Register and pay CGSV Membership fee here

2. Pay the $40 Z.o.o Guitar Duo Weekend - Extended CGSV Guitar Orchestra Fee here.

Pay Extended CGSV Guitar Orchestra Membership fee here.NOTE: The cut-off for this is 10th February 2017 to allow enough time for participants to learn their parts.

3. In addition, if you lead a guitar ensemble or are planning to set one up at your school, and you are a member of the CGSV (or are happy to join above), you may like attend the exiting "Conductors' Workshop" with Peter Constant. This will be approximately 2 hours long on Saturday 4th March 2017 at the same venue (St Stephens, Richmond). Fee: $50.

Pay for the Conductors' Workshop here.

Once that has been done you will be contacted to provide your AMEB level (or equivalent) so that some music can be sent to you with specified parts to match your level.

A message from Ben Dix, our CGSV GO Conductor, to all aspiring participants.

"It is paramount that you are well prepared for this weekend of rehearsals and performance,so please ensure that your parts are learnt. The rehearsals are designed to work on playing as an ensemble, not a "note learning" opportunity, so it is suggested that you work on your part with your own teacher. Some links to other performances of these pieces will be also be emailed to assist with learning and gaining some familiarity with each piece."

This is a very rare opportunity to work and perform with such exceptional figures within the International guitar community, truly a weekend not to be missed!

2016 Christmas Party & AGM

Our final meeting for the year will be a Party and AGM at Pierre's place in Point Cook.
You are invited to the Society's End of Year Party and Annual General Meeting (AGM). Members and non-members welcome.
Bring your guitar and participate in a member playing session. Just register your intention to play by messaging Paul Nash on 0413 059 960. Include the pieces you wish to play. There will be a time limit of 8 minutes per person.
The Committee are all intending to continue, subject to finalisation, as follows:
President: Paul Nash
Secretary: Vacant (Currently performed by Paul Nash)
Vice-President: Susan Ellis
Treasurer: Bill Sinclair
Committee Member (Early Music / Compositions): John Griffiths
Committee Member (Ensemble Programs): Pierre Herrero
Committee Member (Guitar Orchestra): Tony Dann
Committee Member (Teaching): Zeah Riordan
Committee Member (General): Vacant
The President, will present a short overview of the achievements of the year and a summary of the plans for 2017.
If you wish to nominate for a position on the Committee, firstly consider nominating for one of the vacant positions. In addition, you can nominate for any other position, if you wish. If you wish to nominate for a position on the 2017 Committee send a request to as soon as possible. I will send you a nomination form that must be seconded and by another member which needs to be returned signed to by 16th December 2016.
The food at the AGM will be provided by the society and Pierre Herrero has been appointed Principal Chef, with Paul Nash as Assistant Chef.
Come along and join the fun.
Date & Time: Saturday 17th December, 12:30pm - 4:30pm
Venue: Pierre's place at 10 Driftwood Close, Seabrook, Vic, 3028.
RSVP: by 10th December 2016.
BYO Drinks


2016 Activities

Victoria Guitar Orchestra, Spring Concert, Sunday 20th November 5:30pm

Led by Benjamin Dix of the Melbourne Guitar Quartet, this classical guitar ensemble and guests, will perform works by Monteverdi, Rigney, Svoboda, Weiss, Vivaldi & Poulin under the historic cloisters at the University of Melbourne
Come along and support your fellow CGSV members at the GO's Spring Concert. A great opportunity to see what the GO is all about and hear what we have been working on throughout 2016.
Date & Time: Sunday 20th November, 5:30pm
Venue: The Cloisters, University Hall,
University of Melbourne
Tickets $15, (concession $10, children under 12 free!!) available at
Ticket sales at the venue.
See you there!!!!
Karin Schaaup and Claire Edwardes Concert

This event is a joint event with Monash University and the CGSV at the Clayton Campus.Karin Schaupp and Claire Edwardes at Monash University

This event is a join event with Monash University and the CGSV at the Clayton Campus.

Address: Sir Zelman Cowan School of Music, Building 68, 55 Scenic Boulevard, Monash University, Clayton

Friday 7 October

11am-1pm Performance Anxiety with Karin Schaupp Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Music Auditorium

1pm-3pm Percussion Workshop with Claire Edwardes Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Room G06

4pm-6pm Composers Workshop with Claire Edwardes Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Room 226

** Free Entry for all events on Friday**

Saturday 8 October

10am-1pm Public Guitar Masterclass with Karin Schaupp Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Music Auditorium (Free Entry)

7:30pm Edwardes and Schaupp: Austral Spring Concert Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Music Auditorium

Tickets $25 / $15 - bookings via

Julian Bream on Toast - Sunday 10th July 2016 2:00pm at St Stephens Anglican Church

This event is a celebration of the contribution of Julian Bream to the Classical Guitar and other related instruments! This event is a fund raiser to support the performers presenting this event at the Adelaide International Guitar Festival.

It is the 3rd in the '… on Toast' series; Segovia on Toast 2012, Williams on Toast 2014 and now Bream on Toast 2016. Finally the pun is realized!

Dr. Paul Nash, CGSV President, has had a replica of Julian Bream's 1967 8-course lute, originally made by Jose Rubio, made from Rubio's original plans by luthier Andrew Doriean especially for this event. This lute was originally made to allow Julian to play the lute with right-hand nails and supports higher tension and thicker treble strings to allow this to be achieved.

"Julian led the way in the 20th Century early music revival by playing the lute in a way that he could use a wide range of his existing instrumental technique on the lute and allow for programs that included both the lute and guitar. I have always loved the music on Julian's album 'Woods so Wild' so I will be playing some English Renaissance lute music in the program interspersed between the other program items"- Paul Nash

Paul Nashwill be playing some pieces by Anthony Holbourne and Master Paul, his Fancy from a new lute suite commissioned by him through the Adelaide Festival Trust by Shaun Rigney. Shaun will be attending to discuss the new lute suite.

Paul will also be playing 2 of Heitor Villa-Lobos's most dramatic pieces (Prelude No 4 and Etude No 11) for guitar to remind us of Julian's contribution to the performance of works of Villa-Lobos and his wonderful use of colour.

Paul will be joined on the Panel by Susan Ellis, Geoffrey Morris,Sergio Ercole, and Shaun Rigney to discuss Julian's immense contribution to the guitar and related instruments.

Geoffrey Morrisis playing the iconic Nocturnal by Benjamin Britten, the great masterpiece that Bream was responsible for getting Benjamin Britten to write for the guitar (almost for the lute!). In addition, Geoffrey will be playing 13 diferencias de Villano by Federico Guerau for baroque guitar to remind us of Julian's instrumental breadth.

Sergio Ercolewill be playing his favourite Spanish pieces, including the wonderful La Maya de Goya by Isaac Albeniz, and Serenata Espanola by Joaquin Malats.

The wonderful Johnston Duo will be contributing the following range of Bream inspired works:

Prelude and Gigue in E minor from BWV 996by Bach, This lute suite was recorded by Bream in 1966 (Miles),

Theme and Variations from sextet in B flat, op.18by Brahms, arranged by John Williams (Ziggy & Miles)

Bagatelles No 1 and 3by William Walton. (Ziggy)

Finally, introducing the young and talented 11 year old guitarist, Alice Pfieffer, who will be playing Study No 5 by Fernando Sor. and Sonata in A major by Domenico Cimarosa (arr. Bream). Come and hear a rising star!

Certainly the guitar event of the year. Not to be missed!! During the extended interval meet the performers over some refreshments and examine the 1967 replica lute!!

Venue: St Stephens Anglican Church, 360 Church Street, Richmond
Date: Sunday 10th July 2016
Time: 2:00-4:30pm
Tickets:Adults: $25, Member/Concession: $20, Children: $10 Book Online or at the door.
Guitar Gatherings
Richmond: 7pm-9pm third Monday of each calendar month, February to November, at St Bartholomew's Anglican Parish, 290 Burnley Street, Richmond.

Geelong: 6:30pm-8:30pm last Wednesday of each calendar month, February to November, at Vines Road Community Centre, 37-61 Vines Road, Hamlyn Heights.