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To promote the classical guitar in the community

Upcoming Meetings: May 6th , June 10th (not first Sunday!), July 1st.

Our next meeting will be held onSunday May 6th 2018

At Thistle Hall

293 Cuba St
Te Aro, Wellington

The meeting will start at 4.15
and finish at 6.30 pm

Access to the meeting room is through an open door on the side of the building in Arthur Street. Then go upstairs to the first floor.


Featuring the

guitar ensemble


We are very fortunate to welcome the New
Zealand School of Music Guitar Ensemble.(with warm
thanks to Jane Curry who leads this group). They will be our feature
performance for the second half of the meeting. The student leaders of the
group are Emma and Joel. Thanks to them also.

I find it a truly beautiful  to see these young people passionately
engaged in the performance of

wonderful musical  repertoire for
guitar ensemble. It is something important to celebrate – come and celebrate.
Come and hear them play.


The program will be as follows:


Sonata in E L.23 K.380                                                                                                     Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
                                                                                                                                                                 arr. Andrew Forest

Domenico Scarlatti was a Spanish
composer of the Baroque period. He is most famous for writing several hundred
keyboard sonatas of stunning melodic inventiveness that bridge the Baroque and
Classical periods. This sonata, arranged for guitar quartet
by Andrew Forest, displays Scarlatti’s ability to
create drama in its contrast between tender and hesitant melodic passages and
forward moving march like rhythms.
It has now become one of his most
popular works.

Powerman                                                                                                                                    Graham Reynolds (1971*)

Reynolds is a composer-bandleader from Austin,
Texas with a broad range of
musical talent. He has created, performed, and recorded music for filmmakers,
DJs, symphony orchestras, and everything in between.

Powerman, named after a strength-based comic book hero, is an amalgamation
of Reynold’s rich musical output, combining both
classical and electric guitar techniques in an exciting, driving, unique
composition, which has been great fun to put together.                              

Norte y Sur – de Bach a Piazzolla                                                                                       Claudio Camisassa

Claudio Camisassa is an Argentinian
Classical Guitarist and as a child, began his life playing folk music. He would
later study with Hopkinson Smith to specialise in the performance of early
music on original instruments (lute, theorbo, baroque

Norte y Sur is a six-voice fugue that blends the contrapuntal melodic
techniques of J.S. Bach and the harmonic sound-world of Astor Piazzolla. The almost-antithetical moods created separately
by Bach and Piazzolla respectively are united in a
well-balanced blend of both composers writing techniques that creates a high
energy work that is engaging for both the performer and the listener.

Tharu                                                                                                                                                    Christopher

Born in Sydney, Christopher Keane
studied classical guitar at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he played
and toured with the Sydney Guitar Quartet. This led him to explore other fields
such as conducting, pedagogy, and composition, which opened up many
opportunities for him in Eastern Australia.

Tharu was inspired by a trip to Nepal, and represents some of the
experiences a traveler would encounter along with
capturing the county’s unique merging of Western 60’s blues and traditional
Nepali melodies. Tharu is the name of the people
indigenous to the Chitwan area of South



June Meeting (10th June) 
Don King – Arranging music for the Classical Guitar

To Avoid Queens Birthday this meeting has been transferred to Sunday 10th June.


Arranging for guitar
– Don King is a friend of mine. He is a great guitar player and teacher. He has published two very popular guitar tutor books which are used extensively throughout New Zealand and the Pacific. These would be the most prolific guitar tutors in Australiasia. 
Lots of the musical pieces in these books are pieces he composed himself or arranged. He is going to deliver an interactive(meaning you get to do practical stuff)  seminar at our guitar circle group on
Sunday 10th June, 4.15pm,
Thistle Hall, Upper Cuba Street. 
It will be helping us develop skills in arranging music for guitar. This can be a very satisfying skill to develop and helps us understand much more about how music works. 
This can help you to be a better player. It would be great if we could get a good turn out for this. Who knows what new things you might learn about music!

July Meeting (1st July)

New Zealand Music

A few years ago we had a meeting where we only played
guitar music from New
Zealand. Quite a few members played their
own compositions.

We woud like to do the same thing
for our July meeting. So that is the theme. Either play
one or a few pieces you have composed yourself! Or played
something by a New Zealand

How adventurous is that! Be challenged. Give it a go. We
are letting you know now so you have time to prepare. It is a big bold step to
be able to say “I play other peoples music. And also I play some music I made
up my self.”




Clyde will start us off with an introduction simpler piece for
all in a group situation. Many thanks to Clyde
for the contributions he makes  to our group in this area.



Such a great opportunity to
have musical fun and develop musical skills.
For this month we will focus on the pieces as follows:

Pavane,,Mille Ducas

Galliarde,,Ghequest bin ick

Ronde,,Mille Ducas

(Richard Charlton)

that the whole document with these and the rest of the pieces for 2018 is available at
2018 WCGS Ensemble Booklet

practice your parts. Then you will enjoy things more and the playing will go



As usual we will have time for members playing. Either ensembles, duos or solos. And please, it does not  have to be
“classical”  music that you perform.  Jazz , pop , folk. And
also “own compositions” are very welcome.


Guitar Quartet News:


Our own Jane and Owen are members of the highly esteemed
New Zealand Guitar Quartet. They have recently released a new CD including a
tribute to the passing of David Bowie.

It features the following program:


Bruce Paine, Aotearoa Suite

Isaac Albéniz, Spanish
Rhapsody Op.70

Marián BudošThe Passing of a Black Star

JS Bach, Brandenburg
Concerto No.3

Craig UttingOnslow Suite


I have heard that people love the music and  playing on the CD. I have just ordered
my copy. I bet I am going to like it a lot! You can  get a copy at the following location:





Just out of interest, the New Zealand Guitar Quartet are off on tour soon. These are the tour particulars. How
exciting. They are a national treasure. 
And yet at guitar society once a month we are all just “guitar mates”.
Brilliant! We wish them a really great time.





Cooma, Australia
7.30pm, St Pauls
Anglican Church Hall, 136 Commissioner St.
Admission includes a light supper: Adults $25, Concession $20, Child
Bookings: Tickets available at the door



Canberra, Australia
7.00pm, Wesley
Music Centre, 20-25 National Circuit, Forrest.
Admission: Adults $40, Concession $35, Full-time Students $25, Children under
12 $10
Bookings: Trybooking





Brisbane, Australia
7.30pmBrisbane International Guitar Festival, Magda Community Artz, 80 Boundary Road,
Admission: Adults $43, Concession $38, Full-time Students $30, Children under
12 Free, Family Concession (Good for 4) $125
Bookings: Trybooking




Christchurch, New Zealand
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, The Piano, 156 Armagh Street.
Admission: General Admission $25, Unwaged $20





Dunedin, New Zealand
With the Dunedin Symphony
5.00pm, King’s and
Queen’s Performance Arts Centre
Admission: Adults $48, Child $15, Concession $45



Dunedin, New Zealand
With the Dunedin Symphony
3.00pm, King’s
and Queen’s Performance Arts Centre
Admission: Adults $48, Child $15, Concession $45




Colima, Mexico
Guitarromania, Teatro Hidalgo



Zacatecas, Mexico
Teatro Fernando Calderon




Louisville, USA
Guitar Foundation of America (GFA)



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