The National Youth Guitar Ensemble is looking for players, grade 5-6 to audition for this prestigious and fun ensemble. Do you have young students who enjoy a challenging musical experience playing original works for guitar ensemble? This year’s guest artists are the Vida Quartet (Mark Eden, Chris Stell, Helen Sanderson, Mark Ashford), and the programme will feature original concertos for guitar quartet and guitar orchestra. Details below
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More from selftaughtgirl
Pittaluga, Bautista, Jose – firsts, by the great guitarist Ricardo Iznaola. Part of the wonderful archive of BBC broadcasts that selftaughtgirl has posted for us on the internet.
Some very familiar faces, and some no longer with us.
A scary but great competition!
Thanks to Oren Myers for bringing this to my attention.
There were some notable events from this competition – Tsuyoshi Horiuchi, the first prize winner had a tragic accident with the little finger of his left hand; Paul Galbraith, who won second prize was only 17 years old at the time, and there was an incident involving a prize sherry goblet and Eliot Fisk!
Here is a quote from Graham Wade’s second volume on Segovia:
“After the playing of three movements from the set repertoire and a movement from Fantasia para un Gentilhombre, the finalists were Eliot Fisk, Tsuyoshi Horiuchi, Cheryl Grice, Paul Galbraith, Stefano Grondona, and Yoshinobu Iwanaga. The competitors then went into the performance of a concerto and when this was completed the unanimous choice for winner was Tsuyoshi Horiuchi, with the youngest competitor, Paul Galbraith, second, and Stefano Grondona, third.
All finalists were given a silver sherry goblet, though it was at first reported that Eliot Fisk, disappointed with the result, threw his goblet into the moat at Leeds Castle. This story was eventually clarified in an editorial in Guitar where it was reported that the goblet had been thrown from a taxi and later retrieved by the driver, who was allowed to keep the article.”
Here is a nice article summing up the vihuela and its players by Antonio Corona in Atrium Musicologicum, an interesting source for early (and not so early) music articles.
I knew it had come from some soap opera or a film, and thanks to Nigel Warburton via @teobesta here is the original use of the piece! (Probably a bit steamy if you are a music teacher!)
Here is an orchestral version!
Here is the Norman Luboffesque choral version!
I obviously missed a trick or two – oh well, back to the version for 8 tubas…
Mozart played on oil drums!
Just outside the Paraguayan capital of Asuncion sits Cateura, a massive landfill that receives 1,500 tons of new rubbish each day. The dumping site’s surrounding neighborhoods are home to several thousand families who make a living by sorting through its rotting waste, and separate out whatever can be sold to the local recycling industry. According to UNICEF, Cateura is a community marked by extreme poverty, illiteracy, and pollution.
It’s also home to an orchestra—one made up of local children whose instruments are made entirely from recycled garbage.
It’s an intriguing story of a musician, Favio Chávez, who got together with a rubbish collector, Nicolás Gómez, to make instruments together using packing cases, oil drums and old bottles.