STEVE MARSH ALCM
Classical Guitarist, Composer and
A MESSAGE FROM STEVE:
Hello! Welcome to my website.
Amongst these pages you'll find a potted history about me; a list of the compositions, arrangements and recordings I've done over the years (and how to purchase them!); details of guitar tuition and a News section which contains anything imminent with regard to concerts, new music, guitar projects, etc.
Also on this News section, exclusive articles will be frequently presented; these could take the form of an analysis of a particular piece of music on this site, or maybe a piece of writing on some aspect of a specific guitar technique or any other guitar-related subject, even including any new music I've recently come across which I think is particularly interesting.
The 1st Bakewell Guitar Ensemble Weekend was held on Saturday 27th - Sunday 28th September 2014 at the Medway Centre in the heart of this beautiful Peak District town. 20 students, conducted by Steve Marsh, worked on three pieces arranged for guitar orchestra - MISSIONERA (F. Bustamante), ENGLISH FOLK SONG SUITE (R. Vaughan Williams) and WESTERN STORY (Rudolph). The weekend concluded with a short performance from the Ashlea Guitar Duo (Nadia and Steve Marsh), then several students played some solos, duets and a trio and finally the full orchestra finished the programme off in great style with a presentation of the three large scale works.
These ensemble weekends will be held twice yearly (for various grades). Full details of the next one will appear on these pages when the date is finalised.
A NEW GUITAR QUARTET
Several months ago, a new guitar quartet was formed between Nadia Marsh, Derek Taylor, Mick Pearce and myself. We’ve called ourselves the Peak Guitar Quartet as we are based in Bakewell in the heart of the Peak District. Our repertoire consists of both original material and arrangements and includes a wide variety of music from around the world spanning several centuries.
The quartet's musical range is extended by the fact that Nadia Marsh is also a recorder player and this instrument is occasionally incorporated in our repertoire. We made our debut concert at the Bishop’s House in Sheffield in May 2014 which was followed by two more concerts in Derbyshire. The programme consisted of guitar quartets, duets and solos.
More information can be found in the Concert Information section of this web-site.
GUITAR ENSEMBLE COURSE
Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th January 2015
BENSLOW MUSIC, Benslow Lane, Hitchin, SG4 9RB
Telephone 01462 459446
Tutor: Steve Marsh
Standard: INTERMEDIATE - ADVANCED
This new course in the Benslow Music calender will be spent working on the five-movement guitar orchestra composition THE GOTHIC SUITE ( S. Marsh)
The course will be suitable for players from around Grade 4 upwards and the music will be sent out to each individual participant approximately four weeks before the course.
Resident: £265.00 Non-Resident: £190.00
THE GOTHIC SUITE COMMISSION
In 2012 I received a commission from the Young Guitarist's Fund of North Devon to 'orchestrate' my composition The Gothic Suite. This piece, inspired by the writings of the American Gothic author Edgar Allan Poe, began life as a five-movement guitar solo written especially for a Halloween concert given by the myself in Cambridge in 1998. Since then the work, in particular, the first movement Diabolo, has gone through many varied arrangements including one for four guitars, seven guitars, for large guitar orchestra with violin, percussion, bass and vocals and orchestrated for wind band and full orchestra.
The Young Guitarists Fund have as their patron Xuefei Yang and the organisation was set up in January 2010 to support young classical guitarists from the North Devon area. I was asked to enlarge the complete work by the addition of other instruments and now includes violin, cello and various percussion - gong, tubular bells, kettledrum, tambourine etc. The work received itsâ premiere in February 2013 in Turin and its' UK premiere in Barnstaple two months later in April, both times being performed by the North Devon Guitar Ensemble under the musical direction of Des Miles
For anyone who has a liking for the splendid children's song THE TEDDY BEAR'S PICNIC, you might want to click on the link below. I arranged this piece for three guitars from a wonderful duet version which has been done by Derek Hasted (and published by Lathkill Music) and, my good friends Dave Preston and Maurice Albin played through it recently and thought we'd put it on You Tube.
The last workshop looking at Final Confrontation, the 5th movement from my Gothic Suite is now available for you to read online or print off, Click here
Several times each year I have students taking practical guitar examinations and I thought it would be really nice to mention their success here on my web-site.
Click here to view the results. Congratulations to all of you.
13th March 08 - New section added
Within the News section you will now find a page that gives details of new editions available from my music publishing company Lathkill Music Click here
"Painting Should Be Fun"
The latest cd by Judy Dunlop and Steve Marsh is now available.
Visit the News section Click here for more information.
Article - Tuning Up Tips
There is an article called Tuning Up Tips, which may help you if you encounter problems getting your guitar in tune.
You can still access the previous article which concerns Performance Anxiety so if you suffer a little (or a lot) from this, the article may help.
If anyone has any comments or writings which perhaps may be of interest to other guitarists, please feel free to send them in and I'll do my best to put the most interesting ones on this page.
If you want to ask me about guitar tuition, booking me for a performance or something concerning one of my compositions (for example: why I chose to do a certain fingering; how I got the idea for a particular piece, etc.) or anything to do with this site, just get in touch by going to the Contact page.
I hope you enjoy browsing this site and if you like what you see, and would like Sue Holton to build something similar for you then please get in touch with Sue via her email here as I know she will be delighted to give you more information.
Thank you for visiting www.stevemarsh.uk.com and I hope you'll return often.
All the best