STEVE MARSH ALCM
Classical Guitarist, Composer and
A MESSAGE FROM STEVE:
Hello! Welcome to my website. First of all, apologies for several articles which may be 'out of date'. Since moving to Scotland half-way through 2019 I've not had much time to up-date this website but hopefully this will soon be rectified. Now please read on...
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 ANTHOLOGY OF CLASSICAL GUITAR TECHNIQUES
Around 2010 I had the idea of writing a classical guitar book which would deal specifically with most of the common (and not-so-common) technicalities involved in playing the classical guitar. The plan was to take an individual technique, describe in detail (and with one or two musical exercises) how to actually achieve it and finally compose two original one-page pieces utilising the skill. Eight years later, in 2018, I finally finished the project and the American publishing giant, Mel Bay Publications have now published the book. The 104 pages include 64 original compositions covering 32 different subjects ranging from arpeggio, partial and full barres, campanella, glissando, various types of harmonics, golpe, ornaments, pizzicato, string-bending, tambour, brushing, string-crossing, strumming, rasgueados, percussion effects, etc.
The collection received a glowing review from Classical Guitar Magazine. Here is a snippet: "Far from being just a text book, this generous volume ... offers a unique approach to teaching 32 different techniques. It covers a vast array of different styles of music ranging from lower to higher intermediate grades and therefore should be valuable to guitarists serious about developing a full range of skills. The pieces themselves also cover a wide variety of musical styles, and many of them could stand as wonderful recital works in their own right. This book has been very carefully prepared, and clearly great thought has gone into the multitude of important details found here."
The book can be obtained from most music shops or directly from Mel Bay Publications.
GUITAR ENSEMBLE WEEKEND
The 2017 Bakewell guitar ensemble weekend course was held on the 31st March-2nd April at the usual venue, the Medway Centre in the middle of Bakewell. This time we focussed on two pieces arranged for guitar orchestra, Isaac Albeniz’s Sevilla and my own composition, the 5-movement work The Gothic Suite. This event featured a concert open to the public on the Saturday evening by the incredible world-class duo THE KATONA TWINS who played music by Piazzolla, Albeniz, Granados, de Falla and Peter Katona.
More details of these weekend events can be found in the 'Featured News' in the right-hand column.
PETER KATONA INTERVIEW FOR CLASSICAL GUITAR MAGAZINE
On the day it was announced that the ‘fifth Beatle’, George Martin had died I happened to be travelling to the birthplace of the Fab Four to interview one half of the Katona Twins, Peter Katona at his home in the heart of the city of Liverpool. You can read my interview here:
NEW ALBUM RELEASE OF MY MUSIC
One of Ireland’s leading guitarists, Brian Farrell, has devoted his latest CD to some of my compositions. Titled ‘By Lindisfarne – The Music of Steve Marsh’ the programme ranges from a few of my earliest works written in the 1980’s through to some of my latest ones – including the title track – written in 2014.
World-renowned classical guitarist Paul Gregory writes of the album: “Charming original miniatures by Steve Marsh, beautifully performed with a deft touch by Brian Farrell. The recording is crystal clear. Very well done.”
From guitar legend, Gordon Giltrap:
"It has been my pleasure to know the guitarist/composer/teacher Steve Marsh as a friend and my music book publisher for many years.We have shared the stage on a number of occasions and I even played on an album track of his many years back when he was recording an album with the singer Judy Dunlop.
I knew Steve had composed and published many solo pieces for classical guitar over the years, along with numerous pieces for various guitar ensembles, but it was only when I heard the pieces performed superbly by Brian Farrell on the 'BY LINDISFARNE' album that I understood the true magnitude of the man's composing skills.
Each track is a gem, and like most albums I have my favourite tracks, but with this collection it is truly hard to chose, so to that end I shan't and just say what a fine album this is. Brilliantly performed and recorded, this is a 'must have' album if you like fine modern guitar compositions for the 21st century."
Read more about the release here
THE PEAK GUITAR QUARTET
In 2014, a new guitar quartet was formed between Nadia Marsh, Derek Taylor, Mick Pearce and myself. We called ourselves the Peak Guitar Quartet as we are based in Bakewell in the heart of the Peak District. Our repertoire consisted of both original material and arrangements and included a wide variety of music from around the world spanning several centuries.
The quartet's musical range was extended by the fact that Nadia Marsh is also a recorder player and this instrument was 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 consisting of guitar quartets, duets and solos. Regrettably, due to other commitments, the quartet was abandoned in 2017.
THE NADIA AND STEVE MARSH GUITAR DUO
Our repertoire includes music from all eras, from Early through to modern, contemporary works and the fact that Nadia is an accomplished recorder and clarinet player extends the range of music which we can 'dip' into. Most Fridays throughout the year we play in the lounge at the famous Peacock Hotel, Rowsley near Bakewell where, between 7.00 p.m. and 10.00 p.m. we perform a mixture of guitar solos and duets.
For details of any of our forthcoming concerts, please go to the Concert Information section of this web-site.
During the year we do occasional performances in the Saloon room at Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire. These are usually on Sunday or Wednesday afternoons. For dates please contact me.
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
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.
"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.