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15 October, 2021
– short read – Photo selfie: arriving at the Royal College of Music after 19 months’ absence I have just...  
10 October, 2021
I heard the sound of live guitar playing by someone else on Thursday. It was the first time in 19...  
1 October, 2021
– short read- Image: supposedly of Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829) Within the small confines of classical music there is a sub-section:...  
24 September, 2021
Quote and photo: G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936) September is a great month, children back at school, students at College, and with...  
17 September, 2021
Caricature by Brazilian artist Mario Mendez (1907-1996) 1 Play through the piece slowly or fast. Mistakes don’t matter. 2 Play...  
10 September, 2021
– a man possessed, by a note obsessed For YouTube link click here to my own recording of the work....  
3 September, 2021
The Inspector Morse theme music has been voted the number one TV theme of all time in a UK poll...  
27 August, 2021
short read Photo: Taylor Swift (photo courtesy of Vanity Fair magazine) My friends turned into the girls who stood in...  
20 August, 2021
Friday 27th – Sunday 29th August My online course for Benslow Music – an intensive programme of solo playing, spiced...  
20 August, 2021
Friday 27th – Sunday 29th August My online course for Benslow Music – an intensive programme of solo playing, spiced...  
12 August, 2021
short read Keen readers of dates may have noticed the time lag. Villa-Lobos composed his concerto for guitar and orchestra...  
6 August, 2021
– short read – Photo: Living in Los Angeles – Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (left) and Alexandre Tansman (centre) with fellow composer Ernst...  
29 July, 2021
short read Provided they could afford to travel between Europe’s musical capitals, the 1720s were a great time for music...  
23 July, 2021
short read Albert Einstein once wrote that the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion....  
15 July, 2021
Zoomed Guitars Live Every Monday from Europe and the Americas *Free to view!* For 12 months from the beginning of...  
9 July, 2021
– short read – Tuesday this week was my first live recital of 2021. After, I got to thinking what...  
6 July, 2021
Live In Concert! Solo recital – Tuesday 6th July 20.00 hrs Festival de Guitarra de Gandía, Spain – Casa de...  
2 July, 2021
Watch video Recorded at the beautiful St. Andrew’s Church in the village of Lammas, Norfolk, England in 2018 on one...  
25 June, 2021
short read Excellent news that Richard Stover’s Barrios files and papers will be digitalised and made freely available by the...  
18 June, 2021
One minute read Lots of guitar music is difficult or very difficult. Sometimes it’s bad or very bad. But there...  
11 June, 2021
How to silence the negative voice inside you while you are playing to your listeners? It undermines your confidence, it...  
4 June, 2021
Zoomed Guitars Live is a chance to put them into effect 1 In the weeks previous to the performance event,...  
28 May, 2021
Watch video Armand Coeck: La Caravana composed 2020 played by Carlos Recorded in Xàtiva, Valencia, Spain, 5th May 2021 Composer...  
28 May, 2021
Armand Coeck was born in Ghent, Belgium, in 1941. He taught himself to  compose and to play the piano, guitar,...  
28 May, 2021
In 1997 Carlos met Armand Coeck for the first time when he gave the first performance of his Concerto for...  
20 May, 2021
The Friday Blog (Short 1 minute read) Don’t miss the performance of Nocturnal op 70 by Will Glenn on Zoomed...  
14 May, 2021
*ONLINE* Guitar Weekend Reserve the dates in your diary now! Fri 27 – Sun 29 August 2021 Benslow Music What...  
7 May, 2021
– give the old box a rest. Many things can be learnt in your head while walking down the street...  
30 April, 2021
1014AD, Ireland, the Battle of Clontarf. A legend is born! King Brian Boru of Munster, the first High King of...  
23 April, 2021
I can’t believe JW is celebrating his 80th birthday! I have always known him as youthful and full of vitality....  
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