Styles Classical Guitar Duos
Counties Cheshire • Cumbria • Derbyshire • Durham • East Riding of Yorkshire • Greater Manchester • Lancashire • Norfolk • North Yorkshire • Northumberland • Nottinghamshire • Shropshire • South Yorkshire • Staffordshire
Guitar Quartet, available for concerts only.
This Quartet is an exciting new ensemble exploring the diversity of music for four guitars. Since their formation in 1999 they have performed extensively in major festivals including the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain, Dundee Guitar Festival, and Ryedale Festival and in venues including Bolivar Hall and the Church of St Martin in the Fields, London.
In March 2004, they performed in the Marble Room at Holkham Hall, Norfolk by invitation of the Earl and Countess of Leicester. The ensemble are currently on the Live Music Now! scheme for young musicians, which takes them throughout the U.K performing in prestigious venues, including the Royal Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool and Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. They have appeared as soloists with a number of regional orchestras in Rodrigo's Concierto Andaluz for four guitars.
All members are graduates of the Royal Northern College of Music where they were the first guitar quartet to be awarded the Diploma in Professional Performance, RNCM's highest performance award. In October 2004, the AGQ received an award from the Musicians Benevolent Fund to study privately in Brussels with the Brazilian guitarist Sergio Assad, of the legendary Assad Brothers guitar duo. They have also been selected from a number of ensembles as featured artists for the prestigious Tunnell Trust, which will comprise of a series of recitals in Scotland in 2005/2006.
In their programmes, they are dedicated to presenting works from around the globe that span from the renaissance to the present day. They have been sent works to perform by established international composers including Carlos Rafael Rivera (U.S.A), Phillip Houghton (Australia) and Stephen Dodgson (U.K). The group are constantly expanding their repertoire with their own arrangements from various musical genres, including works by Villa-Lobos, Buena Vista Social Club, Jazz singer Norah Jones and folk harpist Catriona McKay.
They have recently completed a very successful tour of Ireland, including a performance at the Helix, Dublin. Their schedule for the rest of this season includes recitals at Grassington Festival, Newbury Spring Festival and Dillington Guitar Festival.