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Classical Guitar Workshop @ SNGF 2018
The Old Church
London United Kingdom
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Classical Guitar Workshop @ SNGF 2018
Stoke Newington Guitar Festival presents a weekend of workshops covering ensemble playing, solo performance and technical development. Our workshops are open to classical guitarists of grade 2 standard and above.

The workshops begin at 9.30am on Saturday 17th November and continue till 5.30pm followed by the evening recital at 7.30pm, the Saturday workshops have an emphasis on solo playing and technical development. The Sunday session starts at 11.45am and continues to 6.00pm followed by the evening recital, the Sunday workshops have an emphasis on ensemble playing and musicianship .

The cost of the weekend workshops includes entry to all the festival's recitals over the Saturday and Sunday. Check ticket options for individual day tickets

Our tutors are:

Vickers Bovey Duo

Vickers Bovey Guitar Duo have been described as 'performers with truly uncanny unanimity' (Ivan Hewett, Daily Telegraph) and 'astounding exquisiteness' (Paul Driver, Sunday Times). Julian and Dan first met studying at Birmingham Conservatoire where they both received First Class Honours and the Principals Prize, continuing their studies with a joint Masters at the Royal Academy of Music, London, graduating with Distinction in their Performance Diploma in July 2016.

Winners of multiple awards, the duo have recently been selected for the Worshipful Company of Musicians Maisie Lewis Prize, the Tillett Trust Young Artist Platform, which saw them make their Wigmore Hall debut in February 2017, the 2017 Park Lane Group concert series at St Johns Smith Square and the Concordia Foundation Young Artist Scheme. In 2016 they won the Royal Academy of Musics Club Prize, the most prestigious competition at the Academy and are prize winners at the 2017 Guitar Foundation of Americas International Ensemble Competition in Los Angeles and the 2018 International Festival de Guitarra Braga Ensemble Competition in Portugal. The Vickers Bovey Duo will be coaching duos and soloists.

Richard Wright

Richard Wright is the guitar tutor at the Yehudi Menuhin School, the most well established program for the development of talented young classical guitarists in the UK. An innovator in new thinking for early years teaching, Richard approaches advanced work in forensic detail and he has developed and coached many of the best of the new breed of young guitar virtuosos including SNGF's 2016 guest Laura Snowden and Kevin Loh.

Richard joins us this year to give the advanced solo masterclass where his wide knowledge, encouragement and exacting standards will stretch the very best players.

Francesco Mariani

Festival Director Francesco Mariani is tutor of Guitar at the Purcell School for Young Musicians. He studied at the Leeds College of Music and the RNCM with Graham Wade and Gordon Crosskey. His students have gone on to study at the RNCM, Trinity, Guildhall and San Francisco Conservatoires and have had success in national guitar competitions. He performs solo and in ensemble with Mezzo-Soprano Gina Fergione and has commissioned works by composers Bryn Harrison and Ewan Stefani.

Amy Bowles

Amy Bowles completed her bachelor of Music degree with Charles Ramirez at the University of Surrey and recently completed her Masters at the Royal Northern College of Music with Craig Ogden.

Since graduating in 2001, Amy has continued her professional development and has been awarded both the performers diploma (DipABRSM) and the certificate of teaching (CT ABRSM). In 2014 Amy performed and taught at Elogia de la Guitarra festival in Portugal and regularly runs ensembles at the Stoke Newington Guitar Festival in London.

Amy performs regularly in the Da Capo Duo (flute and Guitar) and Los Firuletes (Argentinian Accordian and Gypsy Guitar) and has participated in master classes with guitarists from all over the world, such as Graham Devine, Scott Tennant, Giulio Tampalini, Marchin Dylla and Gary Ryan.

David Massey

David began studies with David Burden at his local music centre in Hertfordshire. In 2006 he was the strings finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, performing Rodrigos Fantasia para un gentilhombre live on BBC Two from the Sage Gateshead.

He went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Michael Lewin, where he graduated with distinction in 2010 and furthered his studies with an MMus in 2012. During this time he continued to perform guitar recitals at venues such as Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Sage Gateshead, Kings Place, St Martin in the Fields, and expanded his musical experience in chamber music and orchestral playing, taking up instruments such as mandolin and banjo in orchestral, music theatre and operatic music from Mozart and Respighi to John Adams and Peter Maxwell Davies. In 2009 he met flautist Emily Andrews and founded the Andrews Massey Duo (, with whom he has released three acclaimed CDs and toured extensively. Their video of Davids arrangement of Schuberts Standchen has over 60,000 views on YouTube (making it one of the most watched flute and guitar videos).


The Old Church (View)
Stoke Newington Church Street
London N16 9ES
United Kingdom


Education > Classes
Education > Workshops
Music > All Ages
Music > Classical

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Stoke Newington Guitar Festival
On BPT Since: May 28, 2013
Francesco Mariani

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