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2nd Guitar Ensemble Weekend In The Peak District April 2011

2nd Guitar Ensemble Weekend In The Peak District April 2011
In early 2010, I re-united with my close friend and previous duet partner, Lorraine Eastwood (who now resides in France) to organise a new guitar course specialising in ensemble playing to be held in the beautiful area of the United Kingdom known as the Peak District; the success of this first venture prompted us to make it an annual event. The Second Peak District Guitar Ensemble Weekend was held at the attractive Alison House Hotel, Matlock, Derbyshire on 1st - 3rd April 2011. The sixteen course members worked on three large ensemble pieces: Lorraine Eastwood conducted Tepuyes by Alfonso Montes and I conducted an arrangement by Debbie Burford of Tango by Brian Bonsor and also my own arrangement of a Spanish Dance by Konrad Volki.

The course began on the Friday evening with dinner in the hotel's restaurant followed by the first orchestral rehearsal of the weekend. Saturday featured more rehearsals and also students were invited to take part in a masterclass on the Saturday afternoon which featured several trios and duets and proved to be very popular.

On the Saturday evening a concert of guitar duets and solos was given by Lorraine and myself which included music by Karl Jenkins, Alfonso Montes, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Fernando Sor, Steve Marsh, Gordon Giltrap and John Lennon/Paul McCartney.

After final rehearsals on Sunday morning, a public concert for friends and hotel guests was given in the afternoon featuring the three orchestral pieces and various solos, duets, trios and quartets.

Alison House Hotel is an AA 4-star Georgian-style house built by the famous Arkwright family and situated in the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site. It stands in seven acres of grounds with beautiful gardens in a peaceful setting.

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There are single, double and twin rooms available, all are en-suite with television, tea and coffee making facilities and free wireless internet access in all areas.

There is an informal bar, lounge and an elegant dining room overlooking the gardents. The guitar course (and concert) is held in the spacious Conference Centre adjacent to the hotel in the midst of the landscaped gardens.


The dates of the 2012 guitar weekend are 30th March - 1st April.

For further details just get in touch either by e-mail, telephone or post. Contact Page

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