Guitar Fest SUN 8 NOV 1pm – 10pm Birmingham Conservatoire Free admission www.bcu.ac.uk/guitarfest2015 A mini guitar fest crammed into one day! Highlights of the day include recitals by the Junior & Senior Conservatoire, former students Dan Bovey & Julian Vickers and the dynamic Vida Guitar Quartet. Brian Whitehouse (Birmingham Guitar Centre) and the fabulous guitar maker Oren Myers will be giving talks along with informal masterclasses by our own Head of Guitar Mark Ashford and from the Junior Conservatoire Andrew Gough. If you have any interest in the classical guitar this will be an event not to be missed.
*1pm - Lunchtime Recital by the Junior & Senior Conservatoire 2.30pm - Talk by Brian Whitehouse - Tárrega-Leckie Manuscripts. 3.30pm - Masterclass with Mark Ashford & Andrew Gough 5pm - Talk and demonstration on guitar building by Oren Myers 8pm - Recital by the Vickers Bovey Guitar Duo and the Vida Guitar Quartet *all times subject to change
WED 11 NOV SPECIAL EVENTS Kevin Dawe
THE SUN KING - CHAMBER CHOIR CONCERT 7.30pm St Alban’s, Highgate Retiring collection
TUE 10 NOV PUBLIC RESEARCH SEMINAR
Conductor Jeffrey Skidmore Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir
PROFESSOR KEVIN DAWE – COULD A GUITAR CHANGE THE WORLD? GUITAR MAKING AND SUSTAINABILITY STUDIES
A 300th anniversary celebration of the life of Europe’s longest serving monarch, Louis XIV (1638-1715), with music by Michel-Richard le Lalande.
3.30pm Arena Foyer £4 Tickets available on the door Guitar maker Jay Duncan poses the question of whether a guitar could change the world as he goes out to his Uganda-based workshop, where the local community has access to several Africa-based sources of wood, including mahogany, mugavu and ebony. If a guitar could change the world, could it also play a role in saving it? What, then, should we make of guitar maker Mark Bailey, based in Scotland, who claims that all his acoustic guitars are handmade in the UK using only renewable energy sources? In the case studies for this research seminar, Professor Kevin Dawe, from the University of Kent, discusses how those materials-cuminstruments are enmeshed in complex networks, and infrastructures of ecological, socio-cultural, political and economic relations and significance.
Jeffrey Skidmore photo: Neil Pugh
THU 12 NOV THURSDAYS AT BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE
A RECITAL WITH JEAN-CHARLES RICHARD 7.30pm Recital Hall £6.50 (£4) Tickets available on the door Jean-Charles Richard saxophone A musical adventurer, Jean-Charles Richard followed a dual programme at the CNSM in Paris, where he was unanimously awarded first prize for classical saxophone and also obtained a higher diploma in jazz. The holder of a Certificate of Aptitude (CA) in classical and jazz and a DEM state diploma in musical analysis, he teaches at the Conservatory of Paris’s 13th arrondissement, and coordinates the course for the specialised jazz and improvised music cycle at the CNR in Paris. Hear him perform original compositions for saxophone in this special recital.
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