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Now in its third year - Bishopthorpe is preparing for a great weekend of truly outstanding guitar concerts.

As well as the welcome return of Italian virtuoso Giulio Tampalini we have performances from John Mackenzie, founder member of the York Guitar Quartet, James Birkett & Giles Strong of Djangologie - elegant exponents of French gypsy jazz and our own resident Mark Gaultier wearing his Brazilian hat.

We also look forward to the pleasure of hearing York's aspiring youngsters in the second Young Players' Competition and, on Sunday, there's the opportunity to participate in the Master-class with Giulio.
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  • Giulio Tampalini

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    Giulio Tampalini
    Saturday 8th June, 19:30. The Village Hall, Main Street, Bishopthorpe. Ticket Prices £12 (£9 Concession*)

    Making a very welcome and much anticipated return Giulio will be performing works from his latest CD, "Going South", a collection of Latin American pieces which range from Montana's intricate and evocative "Suite Columbiana" to Ariel Ramirez's deeply lyrical homage to Argentine poet Alfonsina Storni, "Alfonsina y el Mar".

    Add a trio of Lauro waltzes, Fernandez's "El Diablo Suelto" and works by Ponce, Pereira, Bustamente, Pujol and more for an evening set to be yet another showcase of sparkling virtuosity from this multi award winning and world renowned guitarist.

    Giulio is the winner of many prizes at major guitar competitions: The International Competition “Narciso Yepes” in Sanremo (chairman Narciso Yepes), TIM Competition in Rome in 1996 and 2000, “De Bonis” Competition in Cosenza, “Pittaluga” Competition in Alessandria, the “Fernando Sor” Competiton in Rome and the “Andrés Segovia” Competition in Granada.

    He tours constantly as a soloist and with symphony orchestras in Italy, Europe, Asia and America, as well as appearing at numerous music festivals. In 2001 he took part in the Christmas concert at the Vatican.

    Among many other CDs Giulio has recorded the complete works of Miguel Llobet, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco; concertos by Rodrigo, Carulli and Castelnuovo-Tedesco and in 2003 his double CD “Francisco Tarrega: Complete Works for Guitar” was awarded the Golden Guitar at the VI International Guitar Congress in Alessandria.

    Giulio plays guitars made by Philip Woodfield

    *Concessionary rates apply to Bishopthorpe residents, students and under 16s.

  • Djangologie

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    Friday 7th June, 19:30. St. Andrews Church Hall, Church Lane, Bishopthorpe. Ticket Prices £8 (£6 Concession*)

    Visiting from the North East where they recently played at "The Sage" to outstanding reviews, "French gypsy jazz" guitarists James Birkett & Giles Strong (members of the renowned quartet Djangologie) bring the "Hot Club de Paris" back to swinging life with all the virtuosity and exuberance of the originals.

    Expect the classics like "Nuages" and "Minor Swing" as James ("to call him a gifted man ... just seems inadequate" ) and Giles ("does on one guitar what the Hot Club did on two" ) elegantly evoke the Paris of yesteryear.

    Django Reinhardt was born in 1910 to a family of Minouche Romani. Despite two of the fingers of his left hand being paralysed following a caravan fire, he is considered by many to be the greatest jazz guitarist of all time. His "Hot Club" quartet, founded in the 1920s, included violinist Stephane Grappeli. If you are not familiar with the music of Reinhardt – think of the soundtrack to the film "Chocolat" and you’ll be on the right lines!

    *Concessionary rates apply to Bishopthorpe residents, students and under 16s.

  • John Mackenzie

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    Friday 7th June, 13:30. St. Andrews Church, Church Lane, Bishopthorpe. Ticket Prices £5 (proceeds to church funds)

    An outstanding musician, John is a founder member of the York Guitar Quartet and was senior guitar tutor at York Music Centre. In 1984 he was appointed guitar teacher at Ampleforth College, a Benedictine Monastery on the North Yorkshire Moors, from which base he continues to combine a life of teaching, recording and performing.

    In his afternoon recital John will be performing classics from the repertoire including Francisco Tárrega's evocative "Memories of the Alhambra", John Duarte's "English Suite" and Heitor Villa-Lobos' "Cinq Préludes" as well as "Summer Moods" a reflection on thoughts during the summer of 1994 by York composer Peter Byrom-Smith.

    In 2006 John completed his PhD on "The Guitar Works of Stephen Dodgson". The book based on this research is published by Cadenza Music.
  • Mark Gaultier

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    Friday 7th June, 19:30. St. Andrews Church Hall, Church Lane, Bishopthorpe. (Supporting Djangologie)

    Bishopthorpe's own resident "latin" guitarist - as well as his busy teaching practice Mark performs regularly as both a soloist and as part of the duo "Dynion Glas" with baritone Paul Davies.

    On Friday evening he will be performing "From Choros to Bossa", music from Brazil charting the evolution of the traditional, infectious maxixe rhythms of João Pernambuco, through the classical stylings of Heitor Villa-lobos and the sweetly longing waltzes of Dilermando Reis to the gently swinging samba and bossa nova of Luis Bonfa and Antonio Carlos Jobim.
  • Young Performers' Competition

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    Saturday 8th June, 13:30. The Village Hall, Main Street, Bishopthorpe. Entry £4 (Audience Free) More information and entry form here.

    This is primarily a fun competition the purpose of which is to give young players an opportunity to experience stage performance in a friendly and supportive environment. However, a small prize of a £10 Music Room voucher will be awarded to the winners in each class. Additionally, an overall winner will be announced and receive “The Tampalini Trophy” along with the opportunity to participate in the masterclass with maestro Giulio Tampalini on Sunday 9th June.

    Prizes will be awarded not simply on technical merit but to the players who, in the judges opinion, provide the most entertaining and communicative performances.

    An audience is welcomed (entry is free). Participants are encouraged to bring your family and other supporters along to appreciate the efforts of yourselves and the other participants.

    The competition will be held in one round in three classes:

    Yr. 4 and under.
    Yr. 8 and under.
    Yr.12 and under.

    The two highest placed participants in each class will go on to perform on stage for for the Tampalini Trophy.

    Download an entry form here.
  • Masterclass

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    Sunday 9th June, 10:30. The Village Hall, Main Street, Bishopthorpe. Participant £20, Audience £5.

    Master-Class with Giulio Tampalini
    Although this year's class is focused on the works of Francisco Tárrega (and whilst participants are certainly encouraged to present a piece from the great Spanish guitarist) this is by no means exclusive. Anything goes - from "Lagrima" to "The Carneval of Venice" - or a work by any other composer that you would like to share for appraisal.

    Giulio Tampalini is Professor of Guitar at the Istituto Musicale Superiore "Orazio Vecchi", Modena and director of the Accademia della Chitarra di Brescia.
  • Peter Byrom-Smith

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    Saturday 8th June, 13:30. The Village Hall, Main Street, Bishopthorpe. Performance during the Young Player's Competition.

    Peter is a prolific and energetic composer who's work is performed regularly across Europe and the USA. His recent projects include arranging songs for "Organs of the State" (the new album by Manchester band "This Morning's Call" ), lecturing at Leeds College of Music and "Suffolk Serenade" (commissioned for the celebration of Benjamin Britten's centenary).

    Amongst these and many other projects Peter has very kindly taken time to produce a new work written specially for the Bishopthorpe festival. "Carousel", for guitar ensemble will be premiered during the Young Players' Competition on Saturday 8th by pupils of Robert Heath.

    More of Peter's guitar works can be heard on Friday 7th when John Mackenzie will perform "Summer Moods" as part of his afternoon recital and then, in July, York Guitar Quartet will present "Landscape With Trees" as part of their programme during the York Guitar Festival at Queen Margaret's School.

Venue and locations

Bishopthorpe Village Hall
Main Street
YO23 2RB
Tel: 01904 701 404
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St. Andrews Church and Church Hall
Church Lane
YO23 2QG
Tel: 01904 700088
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